4:04pm

Wed February 27, 2013
NPR Story

U.S. Plans To Offer More Direct Aid To Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:57 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The Obama administration is rethinking its strategy in Syria. As the death toll mounts and a diplomatic solution seems out of reach, the administration is planning to do more to help Syrian rebels. That could involve what's referred to as direct, non-lethal assistance. It does not include weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry is talking about all this in Rome with members of the Syrian opposition, and NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with him.

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3:59pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Sequester: Cuts And Consequences

Sequester Spells Uncertainty For Many Public Schools

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:57 pm

Children eat breakfast at a federally funded Head Start program. Many Head Start administrators are concerned they may have to cut back on the number of enrolled children if the sequester moves ahead.
John Moore Getty Images

If Congress and the Obama administration can't agree on a budget deal by Friday, the federal government will be forced to cut $85 billion from just about every federally funded program. Every state could lose federal aid, and a myriad of government programs could shut down or curtail services — and that includes the nation's public schools.

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3:45pm

Wed February 27, 2013
World Cafe

The Relatives On World Cafe

The Relatives.
Sam Butler Courtesy of the artist

Founded by brothers Rev. Gean West and Tommie West, The Relatives first surfaced in the 1970s with the single "Walking On." With its rhythmic fusion of traditional gospel and psychedelic funk, the quintet became known for its energetic live performances. However, the group disbanded in 1980, disappearing from the music world without so much as a full studio album to its name — until now.

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3:43pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Mexico's Larger-Than-Life Teachers Union Chief Will Remain Behind Bars

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:42 pm

Elba Esther Gordillo waves during the ceremony of the National Police Day in Mexico City, on June 2, 2012.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images

Elba Esther Gordillo will remain behind bars, a Mexican judge decided today.

Gordillo's arrest, yesterday, shocked the country. She is the president of Mexico's national teacher's union and considered the most powerful woman in the country, having the ability to sway both small, local elections and even presidential ones.

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Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues. Heâââ

3:28pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

Remembering Van Cliburn, A Giant Among Pianists And A Cold War Idol

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:37 am

A youthful Van Cliburn, captured mid-concerto.
Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation

3:14pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Governing

5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 9:57 am

Some countdowns, like the one for the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2006, are credible and some are not. But they all contribute to the Countdown Effect.
Pete Cosgrove AP

Only a few more hours until the sequestration is scheduled to kick in. You can feel the tension. The anxiety. The pre-panic attack.

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3:05pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Picture Show

A Photographer Remembers Wounded Knee, 40 Years Later

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:33 am

Vietnam veteran Sid Mills, a Yakima man, stands guard.
Owen Luck

Forty years ago, a caravan of more than 50 cars full of demonstrators pulled into Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. That day marked the beginning of a 71-day occupation led by members of the Oglala Lakota tribe and followers of the American Indian Movement, attempting to address long-standing grievances — not only with the U.S. government but also with tribal leaders.

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2:47pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Salt

Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating?

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:09 pm

Donta Jackson's snack of choice is a bag of Skittles.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

After school and evening are "crunch time" for most families. It's the time when crucial decisions get made that affect kids' fitness and weight. And that includes snacking.

To get an idea of what parents thought their kids were doing during this time, NPR conducted a poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Youth Radio's Chantell Williams talked about the findings with teens and their parents.

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2:36pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Hearing On Gun Control Turns Emotional

Neil Heslin, father of six-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, holds a picture of him with Jesse as he testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Things on Capitol Hill today turned emotional, when Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son was killed in Sandy Hook, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Throughout, Heslin held a picture of him holding his son Jesse Lewis, who was 6 at the time of rampage, during his first Christmas. Two other oversized pictures of a smiling Jesse were place on easels beside him.

Heslin's voice cracked almost from the beginning, when he said Jesse was killed about 20 minutes after he dropped him off at school.

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