Tue February 12, 2013

Art critic series aims to raise profile of Shreveport-area artists

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison stands in her new office in downtown Shreveport, a stone's throw from the historic Strand Theatre in a new arts district known as Shreveport Common.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring in a San Diego-based art critic to judge the works of local artists in an open exhibition. The art critic series is a two-year grant that will touch 300 visual artists.

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Tue February 12, 2013

History Matters: On the life and legacy of St. Valentine

Commentator Gary Joiner attempts to push aside all the commercialism of Valentine's Day to reveal the life and legacy of the real St. Valentine.

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Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34K Troops From Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:04 am

Soldiers with Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, earlier in February.
Andrew Burton Reuters /Landov

What will likely be a day-long drip of leaks about tonight's State of the Union address begins with this:

"President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, two people familiar with his remarks said Tuesday." (From The Associated Press)

The wire service adds: "That's about half the U.S. forces currently serving there, and marks the next phase in the administration's plans to formally finish the war by the end of 2014."

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Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Doing The Cardinal Math: Numbers Point To Another European Pope

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:07 am

Pope Benedict XVI (left) and Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan in 2011. Scola is among those seen as a likely successor to Benedict.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Sylvia Poggioli reports

On this morning after the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of the month, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli looks at the numbers and concludes it's more than likely the next pope will be a European, just like nearly all the others.


As Sylvia told Morning Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer:

-- 117 cardinals are eligible to vote at the upcoming conclave (only those under the age of 80 can take part).

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Tue February 12, 2013
It's All Politics

4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:32 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address last year. On Tuesday night, he will be back at the Capitol for another address to a joint session of Congress.
Getty Images

President Obama's second inaugural address was widely perceived as a throwing down of the gauntlet in how it framed his progressive faith in government and challenged his Republican political opponents in any number of ways.

Given that, expect to see more glove-throwing Tuesday as the president delivers the first State of the Union speech of his second term.

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Tue February 12, 2013
The Salt

Why Russia Is Saying 'Nyet' To U.S. Meat Imports

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 12:36 pm

A man buys meat at a butcher's stand in Moscow's Dorogomilovsky market in 2011. On Monday, Russia began blocking U.S. meat imports until those imports are ractopamine-free.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

Chances are, you've never heard of ractopamine. But as of Monday, U.S. meat exports to Russia — worth $500 million dollars a year — have been suspended, all because of this obscure chemical.

Russian officials say American meat products won't be allowed into their country unless the meat is certified free of ractopamine.

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Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Anger Over 'Superman' Author Who Condemns Homosexuality

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:06 am

An image from the cover of the first issue of Superman.
DC Comics AP
  • Former POW John Borling talks with Renee Montagne

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Tue February 12, 2013

Haute Tokyo Restaurant Serves Up: Dirt



Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. For Valentine's Day dinner, consider Ne Quittez Pas. The haute Tokyo restaurant has patrons digging deep in their wallets for an apparently chic ingredient - dirt. For $110 each you can dine in four courses of favorites like the soil surprise, a dirt-dusted potato ball with a truffle center. Or if you're feeling gritty, try the soil sorbet. I say go for the fish soup. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korean Nuke Test Seems Timed To Upstage Obama's State Of The Union

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:06 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kyodo /Landov

Not only might North Korea's third underground explosion of an atomic device be a sign that it is closer to having a weapon that's light enough to be put on a missile, it seems to be a not-so-subtle message aimed at the U.S.

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Tue February 12, 2013
Around the Nation

Montana TV Station Warns Of Attacking Zombies



Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

KRTV viewers in Great Falls, Montana were interrupted by a bizarre emergency message yesterday: Zombies On The Attack.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living...

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