2:03am

Wed February 27, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:48 am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday weighs the future of a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.

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2:02am

Wed February 27, 2013
Working Late: Older Americans On The Job

At 85, 'Old-School' Politician Shows No Signs Of Quitting

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:16 pm

Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser at the state Capitol.
Narayan Mahon for NPR

Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. In Working Late, a series for Morning Edition, NPR profiles older adults who are still in the workforce.

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1:03am

Wed February 27, 2013
Music News

Exiled From Iran, A Singer Makes The Case For Beauty

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 8:03 pm

Strict laws made it impossible for the Iranian singer Hani to pursue her dream in her home country.
Courtesy of the artist

A petite woman prances across the stage at Kurdistan TV in Erbil, northern Iraq, with her long, brown hair bouncing behind her.

A band begins to play, the studio audience falls quiet, and the woman starts to sing. Her voice is powerful and her message is personal: It's about fleeing to a foreign land to find freedom.

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9:03pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Dear College Presidents: Break The NCAA's Vise Grip On Athletes

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:37 am

Ronald Martinez Getty Images

The great social quest in American sport is to have one prominent, active, gay male athlete step forward and identify himself.

But I have a similar quest. I seek one prominent college president to say to her trustees or to the other presidents in his conference: "The NCAA is a sham and disgrace. Let's get out of it."

We know those presidents who disdain the NCAA are out there, but, alas, none dare speak the words that will break the evil spell.

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8:00pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Airheart Live

Airheart Live from Red River Radio

Airheart

Airs Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. Airheart is an  acoustic trio playing a wide variety of music, from rock to pop to folk to country to blues to R&B. They place a special emphasis on beautiful harmonies, including not only their own original songs but also The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Hank Williams, Sr., The Eagles, Three Dog Night, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pure Prairie League, The Hollies, Loggins & Messina, The Everly Brothers and many others. Airheart is Dan Garner, guitar, vocals, & harmonica; Amelia Blake, guitar & vocals; and Paula O'Neal, vocals, penny whistle, & percussion. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.

5:19pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Sequester: Cuts And Consequences

Advocates Warn Sequester Could Mean Big Cuts For The Low-Income

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:05 pm

A nutrition specialist prepares a Meals on Wheels delivery in upstate New York. The national organization says the sequester could mean significant cuts in the number of meals they serve to homebound seniors.
John Moore Getty Images

Many programs affecting low-income Americans — like food stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families — are exempt from across-the-board spending cuts set to go into effect March 1.

But many other programs are not, and that has service providers scrambling to figure out how the budget stalemate in Washington might affect those who rely on government aid.

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5:13pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Should You Fear The 'July Effect' Of First-Time Doctors At Hospitals?

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 5:59 pm

It's unlikely that July patients are paying for residents' inexperience with their lives.
iStockphoto.com

It's an old joke, repeated every year around nurses' stations, examination rooms, and operating theaters: Whatever you do, don't get sick in July.

That's when hundreds of just-graduated medical students begin their residencies. The logic goes that, come summer, you're all but guaranteed to be treated by a novice physician, especially in teaching hospitals. Better to wait a few months, until the new docs have settled in a bit, to be seen about that suspicious lump.

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5:09pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 5:37 pm

Karnes County Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas.
ICE

The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) says it released several hundred detainees in an effort to prepare for the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1. More people may be released in the coming days.

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4:45pm

Tue February 26, 2013
It's All Politics

Has The U.S. Outgrown The Voting Rights Act?

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:47 pm

A supporter of the Voting Rights Act attends a rally Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday.
Richard Ellis Getty Images

The nation has twice elected an African-American president.

Black voters have been turning out for general elections in rates that for the first time in U.S. history rival those of whites.

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4:24pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:05 pm

The U.S. Embassy in central London in 2009.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

There's been a tug of war between aesthetically pleasing and safe when it comes to American embassies around the world.

Many embassies have been slammed as bunkers, bland cubes and lifeless compounds. Even the new Secretary of State John Kerry said just a few years ago, "We are building some of the ugliest embassies I've ever seen."

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