12:26pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Music Reviews

The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:39 am

circa 1935: American singer Bessie Smith (circa 1894 - 1937), known as the Empress of the Blues. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Three Lions Getty Images

Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.

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12:01pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

OB-GYNs Say No Prescription Should Be Needed To Get The Pill

Time for oral contraceptives to be available without a prescription?
iStockphoto.com

The time has come for the pill to be available over-the-counter, the nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says.

Why? "There's a 50 percent unintended pregnancy rate in the U.S., which is extremely high for a resource-rich country," says Dr. James T. Breeden, president of the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. Easier access to oral contraceptives could go a long way to bringing that number down, he tells Shots.

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11:58am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

As Talk Of Affirmative Action Heats Up, Asians Contemplate Their Position

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 11:35 am

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.
Eric Gay AP

It's been an eventful couple of months for those following the debate over affirmative action.

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11:19am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Sikh Temple Shooter Acted Alone, Had No Drugs In System

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:19 am

Photos of victims are seen during a candlelight vigil in Union Square for victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting on August.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The FBI has concluded its investigation into the shooting spree at a Sikh temple that left six dead.

After interviewing 300 people and following 200 leads, the FBI concluded that Wade Michael Page acted alone when he opened fire at the Oak Creek, Wis. temple in August.

What's more, reports The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because Page killed himself, we may never know his motive. The FBI said that there was no evidence that Page acted because of his connections to white supremacist groups.

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11:12am

Wed November 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Will Your Family Squabble About Politics This Thanksgiving?

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 6:21 pm

The last time Kathy Neal's family had a big gathering, they got into a fight about politics.

At her niece's high school graduation in May, the conversation turned to gas prices, which led Neal to argue that oil companies were not just profiteering at the expense of consumers, but getting billions in government subsidies to boot.

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11:05am

Wed November 21, 2012
Planet Money

Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:57 pm

Christophe Ena AP

The story of Lance Armstrong's alleged doping is, in part, the story of an astonishing business enterprise — an enterprise that drove what the U.S. anti-doping agency called "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" cycling has ever seen.

The story of that enterprise starts in 1998, when the Festina cycling team was caught at the Tour de France with a car full of banned drugs. According to author Daniel Coyle, this marked a huge shift in the culture of doping in cycling.

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11:00am

Wed November 21, 2012
Holiday Special

Harmonia: Harvest Season

Airs Wednesday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m. Harmonia rings in the harvest season with a cornucopia of early music delights!  We'll hear merchant cries from long-ago London, witness the marriage of music and ritual, and dine at Johann Hermann Schein's musical Banquet.  For dessert: our featured release Amor Vincit Omnia or "Love Conquers All."

10:40am

Wed November 21, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Double Thanks

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:58 am

monkey
vimeo

I'm giving thanks in two ways today, first for things that have lasted, persisted (and here's hoping they keep on going), and second — for change; for our ability to create beauty in new ways. So I'm saying thank you for what's old and what's new.

Thanksgiving, I think, can go both ways.

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10:34am

Wed November 21, 2012
Israeli-Palestinian Coverage

Egypt's Evolving Role In Israel-Gaza Conflict

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:00 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the novel "The Round House" won this year's National Book Award for fiction. We'll talk with author Louise Erdrich about the story and the award. That's just ahead.

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10:01am

Wed November 21, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

10:01 Spotlight: Tipitina Foundation's 'Instruments are Comin' Benefit Concert

Bill Beckett talks with Kathy Melancon about the "Instruments A Comin" Concert on Saturday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. featuring country music legend and Shreveport native Kix Brooks who returns home for this benefit concert. He'll be joined by blues sensation Sonny Landreth for the show at Shreveport's Historic Municipal Auditorium. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Tipitina Foundation's "Instruments are Comin" program which will be dedicated to the Shreveport-Bossier Parish Schools to buy new high quality instruments for their Music Education programs.

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