12:08pm

Fri October 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Teenage Boy Scout Denied Organization's Top Rank Because He's Gay

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:53 pm

Ryan Andresen
Karen Andresen via Change.org

Ryan Andresen spent 12 years as a Boy Scout. Now that he's 17 and about to graduate from high school, he completed the final requirement to receive the Eagle Scout award, which signifies the highest rank in the organization.

Except, according to his mother, Karen, when he submitted the paperwork, the scoutmaster for Troop 212 in the San Francisco Bay Area told him he could not give him the Eagle Scout honor because Andresen is gay.

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11:50am

Fri October 5, 2012
It's All Politics

For Obama, 7.8 Could Be Lucky Number

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 12:09 pm

President Obama smiles during a rally Friday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
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To become president and to be re-elected president takes much luck (among other factors, like money and political skill.) And President Obama appears to be one of the most fortunate presidents in recent memory with the release of the latest employment report.

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11:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Business

One Jobs Report, Two Different Political Spins

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:22 pm

Democrats say the economy is growing and jobs consistently are being added. But Republicans note that the pace is far too slow to absorb the more than 12 million people still looking for work.
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With a new report showing the nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, the Obama administration got good news Friday: Jobs are indeed growing. But, as Republicans noted, the pace remains well below the level needed to provide paychecks for the 12.1 million people seeking them.

The truth is, each party could find evidence to support either a positive or negative spin on the labor market, which is recovering — yet weak.

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11:01am

Fri October 5, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Oct. 4, 2012

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Republican Mitt Romney delivers a needed jolt to his campaign at the first presidential debate. Ron Elving and Ken Rudin dissect the memorable moments and look ahead to next week's matchup between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for the latest political news in this week's roundup.

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10:37am

Fri October 5, 2012
Local

LA Film Prize takes Shreveport-Bossier by storm

The Louisiana Film Prize, the first of its kind, wil be decided this weekend as audiences view the 20 finalist short films that were shot in Shreveport-Bossier. Creator Gregory Kallenberg says the $50,000 grand prize turned heads, and the audience participation is a new twist in the film festival world.

10:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Does Jobs Report Mean Things Are Getting Better?

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:30 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, the sweeping move to modernize the Catholic church known as Vatican II turns 50. We'll talk about that in Faith Matters in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's still all about the economy. The economy is still center stage this election season. This morning's jobs numbers are providing fresh material for the ongoing contest between the candidates and their philosophies and records.

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10:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Faith Matters

50 Years After Vatican II Transformation Continues

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:30 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, it's time for "Faith Matters." That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. In a few minutes, we will hear from an American monk who has been tapped to lead one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism, and we think you will be interested to hear of his unusual path to his current place.

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10:26am

Fri October 5, 2012
Commentary

McDonald: On taking stock of one's life

The late commentator Archie McDonald often exposed himself and invited us into his life. There were times when we learned of his shortcomings. Maybe he revealed them to help encourage us to slow down and think about our impact on others. He wrote this commentary on the verge of a big birthday. It was a time when he took stock of his life. This reveal may make a difference in someone else's journey today.

10:24am

Fri October 5, 2012
World Cafe

Beth Orton On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 2:13 pm

Beth Orton.
Jo Metson Scott

Until this week, it had been six years since Beth Orton released an album. In 1993, a chance meeting with Grammy-winning producer William Orbit led to the creation of her debut album, Trailer Park, as well as collaborations throughout the '90s with the likes of The Chemical Brothers. Her music was widely praised and dubbed "folktronica" — a blend of folk and electronic music.

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10:17am

Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Botulism Outbreak Tied To Contaminated Prison Hooch

A hoarded baked potato appears to have been the source of botulism in some prison-made hooch.
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Behind bars, nothing says party quite like "pruno."

Pruno is a kind of homebrew made from whatever prisoners can get their hands on. Some fruit, a little water and sugar are usually enough to make alcohol-producing yeast happy.

But it seems a baked potato saved for weeks before it was added to a pruno batch last year at a Utah prison caused the second-largest botulism outbreak in the U.S. since 2006.

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