10:58am

Fri October 12, 2012
Election 2012

Biden Debate Coach On VP's Performance

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:46 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, President Obama honored late labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez earlier this week but a new book questions whether the full story of his life and legacy isn't perhaps more complicated. That's in a moment.

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10:58am

Fri October 12, 2012
World

Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, And Now The EU?

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:46 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the winner of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize and they chose the European Union.

THORBJORN JAGLAND: The European Union is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and (unintelligible) social unrest. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU's most important result, the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.

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10:56am

Fri October 12, 2012
U.S.

Casinos Not An Easy Bet For Local Governments

The MGM Grand Detroit is one of three resort casinos that have opened in the city since 1999.
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More states and cities are turning to casinos to generate revenue and plug budget holes.

The latest to try its luck is Maryland, where groups are waging an expensive campaign over a ballot question that will be put to voters next month. Proponents promise jackpots of jobs and funding for public schools, but analysts say the gamble doesn't always pay off at the levels promised for public coffers.

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10:45am

Fri October 12, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Sun Goes Down. Up Comes A Mystery

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 10:53 am

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Here's a question you probably didn't know was a question: Why is the sky dark at night?

My daughter asked me this about 10 years ago. We were looking up at the night sky, and she said, "There's lots of stars up there." And I said, "Yes."

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10:33am

Fri October 12, 2012
Local

LSU Shreveport's Pioneer Heritage Day: A window into the 1850s

The LSU Shreveport Pioneer Heritage Center will host hundreds of visitors on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for its annual pioneer day. Center director Marty Young says the aim is to transport people back to the 1850s, featuring a variety of folklife demonstrations and tours of the seven historic buildings that make up the Heritage Center.

9:45am

Fri October 12, 2012
Author Interviews

The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:53 am

H1N1 virus virons appear in a tissue sample.

C. Goldsmith and D. Rollin CDC Public Health Image Library

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 11, 2011. The Viral Storm will be published in paperback on Oct. 16.

The New Yorker once called virologist Nathan Wolfe "the world's most prominent virus hunter." Wolfe, the director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative, spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into deadly pandemics.

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9:30am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Panetta: 'Foreign Cyber-Actors Are Probing America's Critical Infrastructure'

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 12:14 pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivered a policy speech that he said was a "clarion call" for Americans to take cyber security seriously. Attacks that can cripple a country, he said, are no longer theoretical.

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9:11am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Picture Show

'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:03 pm

That's Bananas: "Whether [Josephine Baker's] getting a pedicure or she's walking down the street or she's relaxing in a yard somewhere, I just love the variety of pictures of her," Gainer says. "The banana skirt is a part of who she was, it's the most famous thing, but it just annoys me when that's just the only thing. ... There was a lot more to her than that."
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I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed a year or so ago, when I saw a photo of Joyce Bryant. The caption said she was once dubbed the "black Marilyn Monroe" and was mentioned many times in Walter Winchell's gossip column.

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8:36am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

You Thought The VP Debate Was Feisty? Things Got Physical In California

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 9:25 am

Democratic Reps. Howard L. Berman and Brad Sherman face off in a debate.
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All eyes were on Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, last night. By all accounts, it was a political debate for the ages, full of barbs and fireworks.

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7:48am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Salt

The Secret To Genius? It Might Be More Chocolate

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:13 pm

A Swiss cardiologist plots a cheeky graph that shows a country's chocolate consumption may predict its chances of winning a Nobel.
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Nerds, rejoice! It's Nobel season — the Oscars for lab rats, peacemakers and cognoscenti alike. Every fall, big thinkers around the world wait for a middle-of-the-night phone call from Sweden, dreaming of what they might do with the $1.2 million prize.

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