4:21pm

Tue October 23, 2012
NPR Story

Dow Falls 243 Points On Worst Day In Months

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:18 am

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And I'm Audie Cornish. Now, some business news. This past Friday and again today, the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points. The drop occurred after several big U.S. companies turned in disappointing results. NPR's Jim Zarroli explains.

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4:21pm

Tue October 23, 2012
NPR Story

Former CIA Agent Pleads Guilty To Leaking Info

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:18 am

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A big development today in the Justice Department's crackdown on national security leaks. A former CIA agent pleaded guilty to revealing the name of a covert operative to a reporter. John Kiriakou agreed to spend two and a half years in prison.

NPR's Carrie Johnson was in the courtroom in Virginia for the plea hearing and joins us now to talk about the case. Welcome, Carrie.

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4:21pm

Tue October 23, 2012
NPR Story

Obama Hits Battleground States In Final Blitz

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:18 am

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I'm Audie Cornish, and we begin this hour with a sprint. The 2012 presidential debates are now history and today, President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney begin the two-week race to Election Day. Mr. Obama is widely considered the winner of last night's foreign policy debate, but he didn't spend much time crowing today.

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4:21pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Activists Attack Assad Regime, With Puppets

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:07 am

This episode of Top Goon featured the Syrian president on the left, a member of the security forces on the right, and a photo of the former president, Hafez Assad, who is the father of the current leader.
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"I'm not crazy," the figure says, standing alone in a dark room, as if trying to convince himself.

"I'm not crazy?" almost a question this time.

"I'm not crazy. I'm not crazy. I'm not crazy!" he yells, finally making up his mind.

And, of course, he sounds crazy.

Meet Beeshu, an avatar of the embattled president of Syria, Bashar Assad, rendered in papier-mache and mounted on someone's finger. He's the star of the show Top Goon and the inspiration for its title.

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3:49pm

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

The Race To 270: A Swing State Scorecard

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:11 am

From now until Election Day, the U.S. might as well consist of just eight or so states, not 50.

Those are the battleground states where President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, their running mates and spouses will be spending much of their time in what remains of the 2012 race for the White House.

It's all about amassing the 270 electoral votes required to be elected president. NPR's analysis of the race at this point suggests the eight states that are most in play are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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3:41pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Impact of War

Iraq Vet Seeks Atonement For Early War Tragedy

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:09 pm

A scene from the early days of the fighting in Iraq in the spring of 2003. In one incident, three members of an Iraqi family were killed. A U.S. Marine involved in the shooting recently tracked down the family to ask for forgiveness.
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On April 8, 2003, in the early days of the Iraq War, the Kachadoorian family found themselves in the middle of a firefight at a major intersection in Baghdad.

They had approached the intersection in three cars and didn't respond to Marines' warnings to stop and turn around; so the Marines opened fire, killing three men and shooting a young woman in the shoulder, not realizing that the people in the car were civilians.

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3:07pm

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was Deafening

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:13 pm

Demonstrators clash with riot police in Athens while protesting the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 9. The euro crisis is one of several issues that came up little, if at all, during the U.S. presidential debates.
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It's possible that the presidential debates will be remembered mainly for trivia — Big Bird, binders and bayonets.

But Mitt Romney and President Obama did discuss issues of paramount importance, including taxes, entitlements and the role the U.S. should play in the Middle East.

Those issues — and above all else, the economy — dominated discussion throughout the debate season. That meant other important topics such as immigration were barely mentioned, while others never came up at all.

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3:03pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: USAID Says Figures On Flood Aid In Pakistan Misinterpreted

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 5:11 pm

Aug. 28: A flooded road in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Update at 6 p.m. ET:

Our original headline on this post was "U.S. Pledges Exceed Pakistan's Spending On Its Own Flood Relief." As we reported, the Christian Science Monitor has looked into the details of a Congressional Research Service report and concluded that U.S. aid to Pakistan for flood relief exceeded that country's own spending.

But Ben Edwards, a spokesman at the U.S. Agency for International Development, tells us in an email that:

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Mozart Festival

The Mozart Festival series of radio programs is comprehensive coverage of one of the world’s most spectacular music events. Location-recorded in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, Austria, The Mozart Festival includes performances by some of the world’s leading soloists and orchestras, backstage clips with performers, and location-recorded features touring the Mozarteum Foundation’s priceless collections, including Mozart’s original manuscripts and personal possessions. The Mozart Festival from American Public Media is presented by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and produced by Houston Public Media in cooperation with ORF/Austrian Radio. Wesley Horner, producer.

Performers on The Mozart Festival radio programs include Met Opera star Mojca Erdmann; Camerata Salzburg with conductor Louis Langrée (Music Director, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center; newly appointed Music Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); pianist Emanuel Ax; stellar young German violinist Carolin Widmann; English conductor Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; American pianist Robert Levin performing on Mozart’s own piano; and rising star conductors Pablo Heras-Casado of Spain leading the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and 28-year-old David Afkham, guest conductor with Concertgebouw, Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles orchestras, leading the Mozarteum Orchestra.

2:40pm

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:58 pm

U.S. Army Special Forces ride horseback as they work with members of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2001.
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President Obama said during Monday night's debate that the U.S. Army has fewer horses and bayonets than in the past.

That's true. Although Army Special Forces were on horseback in Afghanistan when they helped defeat the Taliban in 2001, the Army's horses are now used only for ceremonial occasions.

As for bayonets? The last bayonet charge was during the Korean War in 1951.

The bayonet has somewhat gone the way of the horse cavalry, as far as the Army is concerned (although Marines still use bayonets in training).

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