2:02pm

Fri November 9, 2012
World

To Combat Sanctions, Iran Buys Up Gold

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 11:17 am

Iranian women look at a jewelry shop display in Tehran, Iran, in 2010. Iran now appears to be stockpiling gold in an attempt to stabilize its economy, which has been hit hard by Western sanctions.
Atta Lenare AFP/Getty Images

Iran is stockpiling gold. That's the way David Cohen sees it. He's undersecretary of the Treasury, and the Treasury's point man for the banking sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Iran.

"Iran is attempting to hoard gold, both by acquiring it and by preventing the export of gold from Iran, in a somewhat desperate attempt to try and defend the value of its currency," Cohen says.

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1:49pm

Fri November 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Los Angeles Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown Five Games Into The Season

Former head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers gives instructions during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers in November.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers have fired coach Mike Brown only five games into the season.

In a press release, the Lakers said Assistant Coach Bernie Bickerstaff will take over in the interim.

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1:24pm

Fri November 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Feat: Not Just Winning But How He Won

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 2:50 pm

President Obama greets the crowd after a Sept. 22 speech in Milwaukee.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Maybe it's just math, but it may also be a great political accomplishment.

President Obama has put together a coalition that's not only been a winner for him, but promises to pay dividends to his party for years to come.

A mix of minorities, young people and educated white professionals has now driven him to two majority-vote presidential victories — the first Democrat to pull that off since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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12:52pm

Fri November 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Interrupting Violence With The Message 'Don't Shoot'

David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, and professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Courtesy of David M. Kennedy

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 1, 2011. Don't Shoot is now out in paperback.

In 1985, David M. Kennedy visited Nickerson Gardens, a public housing complex in south-central Los Angeles. It was the beginning of the crack epidemic, and Nickerson Gardens was located in what was then one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America.

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12:17pm

Fri November 9, 2012
The Two-Way

NASA Successfully Uses 'Interplanetary Internet' To Control Robot

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 6:18 pm

A diagram of a space Internet.
NASA

12:00pm

Fri November 9, 2012
Public Affairs Specials

President Obama speaks at noon

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White House

President Obama will speak today at noon about the economy. His remarks are expected to last approximately 10 minutes and NPR will provide coverage of his remarks. We will start the Regional Symphony Broadcast after the president's remarks.

11:51am

Fri November 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama To Lay Down His Markers On Economy & Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 1:08 pm

Vice President Biden looks on as President Obama speaks at the White House.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The post-election negotiations over taxes, the economy and the so-called fiscal cliff moved into a new phase this afternoon when President Obama stepped up to a microphone at the White House to lay out his latest thoughts about what needs to be done.

In many ways, this words were echoes from the hard-fought campaign.

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11:46am

Fri November 9, 2012
NPR Story

Boehner: To Avert Fiscal Cliff, Kill Tax Loopholes

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner addressed a major economic issue this morning. In a press conference, the Republican talked about the so-called fiscal cliff. That's the combination of higher tax rates and spending cuts due to take effect at the end of this year.

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11:37am

Fri November 9, 2012
Shots - Health News

How Changing Visual Cues Can Affect Attitudes About Weight

Pictures like these helped British researchers gauge people's attitudes about weight.
Courtesy of Martin Tovee

With most Americans fat or fatter, you'd think we'd be lightening up on the anti-fat attitudes.

Alas, no. Even doctors often think their overweight patients are weak-willed.

But changing negative attitudes about body size might be as simple as changing what you see. When women in England were shown photos of plus-sized women in neutral gray leotards, they became more tolerant.

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11:20am

Fri November 9, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Nov. 8, 2012

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:05 pm

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Election Day has come and gone, but NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that.

But the president won just about every battleground state, pushing his Electoral College totals into landslide proportions. And, the Democrats did far better in the Senate than anyone expected.

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