Thu June 21, 2012
Movie Reviews

Hank Williams Takes A Back Seat In 'The Last Ride'

In The Last Ride, Silas (Jesse James, right) is hired to drive Hank Williams (Henry Thomas) to his New Year's gigs and must learn to stand up to the country singer's hectoring behavior.
Melody Gaither Mozark Productions

The Last Ride recounts the final days of country-music legend Hank Williams, but it's strangely short on actual information about the singer. We only sparingly hear snippets of his music on the radio, and we learn almost nothing of his past. In fact, no one ever refers to the man by his proper name.

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Thu June 21, 2012
The Salt

Kosher: The Hottest Word On Food Labels

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:11 am

This matzo ball soup may be kosher, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better for you.

Grandma's can of matzo ball soup and jar of gefilte fish have never seen such love.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Planet Money

Anna Schwartz, 1915-2012

"Anna did all of the work, and I got most of the recognition," the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said.

Anna was Anna Schwartz, Friedman's co-author. She died today at age 96.

Friedman and Schwartz wrote A Monetary History of the United States, 1867 -1960. Among other things, the book argued that the Federal Reserve helped to cause the Great Depression by mismanaging the money supply.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Middle East

In Yemen's Badlands, Al-Qaida Takes To The Hills

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:31 pm

A Yemeni army tank fires at positions of al-Qaida militants near the coastal town of Shaqra, Yemen, last week, in a photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry. Yemen's army says it has pushed al-Qaida fighters out of towns in the south.

Yemen's offensive against al-Qaida has focused on territory in the south of the country that the militants have held for nearly a year. With the backing of the U.S., Yemen's army has cleared al-Qaida and its allies. But many local residents believe the fight is far from over. Kelly McEvers spent several days in southern Yemen and filed this report.

We're in a Yemeni army land cruiser with a shattered windshield. Our destination is the town of Shaqra, the last town in the al-Qaida badlands before the sandy ground turns into mountains.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Music Interviews

David Byrne Finds A Disco Muse In Imelda Marcos

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.
Andrea Shea NPR


Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Down 250 Points, Dow Suffers Second Worst Drop Of The Year

Worries about a slowing world economy took its toll on the markets today: At close, the Dow was down 250.82 points or 2 percent. Standard & Poors was down 2.2 percent and Nasdaq was down 2.4 percent.

That was the worst drop in three weeks and the second worst drop of the year.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Tomorrow, The European Crisis Moves To The Pitch

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:14 pm

Greece's captain Giorgos Karagounis chats with his teammates during a training session, prior to the Euro 2012 soccer quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Poland.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

It almost certainly won't solve the European sovereign debt crisis. But the way it's being framed, tomorrow's European Championship quarterfinal is starting to sound like its next chapter: Greece vs. Germany; austerity vs. stimulus; intact eurozone vs. one without Greece.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some have dubbed the game a "debt derby" that pits "the euro zone's most cash-strapped nation against its Teutonic task- and paymaster." The Journal adds:

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Thu June 21, 2012
Planet Money

How Much Does The Government Spend To Send A Kid To Public School?

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:11 am

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

On average, it costs $10,615 to send a kid to public school for a year. (That's federal, state and local government spending combined.)

As the map above shows, that one number masks a huge variation. Utah spends just over $6,000 per student; New York and the District of Columbia over $18,000.

There's even more variation when you get to the district level. Detailed figures and lots more data (including district-level spending) are available in a report the Census Bureau released today.

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Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Iran Says U.S., Allies Launched 'Massive Cyber Attack' Against Nuclear Facilities

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 8:38 am

An undated screen grab, released by the Kaspersky Lab, showing some of the programming behind Flame.
AFP/Getty Images

Iran's intelligence minister says his country has uncovered a "massive cyber attack" he says was launched by the United States, England and Israel to coincide with nuclear negotiations that happened in Moscow.

Press TV, Iran's official, English-language news outlet, reports that Heidar Moslehi said Iran had "taken necessary measures" to protect itself against the attack.

Moslehi added:

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Thu June 21, 2012
This Is NPR

NPR Senior Washington Editor Indulges In The Forbidden Fruit Of "A Brave New World"

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:41 pm

Doby Photography NPR

Last week, NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg revealed a streak of "steamers" she managed to check out from her neighborhood library at age ten for our take on NPR Books' PG-13 series, where NPR staffers look back on the Young Adult novels that inspired their own coming-of-age moments.

Turns out, Susan isn't the only one around here guilty of giving in to the gripping pages of Young Adult fiction. NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving shares this week what he found among the scholarly books on his father's book shelf:

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