9:00pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Johnny Cash: The Man In Black

Airs Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. Johnny Cash became the stuff of legend over his long and storied career. Born in Arkansas and reared in fields of cotton, he was also raised on Gospel music and radio. The struggles of the depression that his and other families endured would ring through much of his music. He would become a champion for many who didn't have one. As his career progressed he would use his fame and status to bring changes and awareness of the plight of many, including prisoners, Native Americans, as well as the poor and downtrodden. Join us for this hour long look at Johnny Cash's politics and influence on American Culture. "Till things are brighter, I'm the Man in Black" sang Johnny Cash. He was an American with open eyes, aware of the state of the world, and he cared deeply. Cash shared his opinions on politics without hesitation or compromise, and people listened. His influence helped open the way for artists to express their feelings and views without fear. Rodney Crowell hosts this hour long tribute to The Man In Black.

6:52pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Music Interviews

Glen Hansard: The Best Songs Come 'As A Gift'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:59 am

Glen Hansard's new album, his first proper solo release, is titled Rhythm and Repose.
Heidi Rose

Glen Hansard began singing on the streets of Dublin when he was just 13. Now, in his early 40s, it's almost hard to count his honors. Once, the musical featuring his songs, just won eight Tony Awards.

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6:48pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Annoying Music

The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer (So Far)

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 1:22 pm

No one ever said summer music had to be fun.
Ryan Lane iStockPhoto.com

NPR Music has already put together a list of 50 of our favorite songs to help you celebrate the summer. On it, you'll find cheery synth-pop singles, smooth R&B ballads, thumping club bangers and fist-pumping rock anthems.

Missing, however, are those "deep cuts" that lend themselves to a detached, ironic, slightly campy appreciation — the songs that are so bad they're good.

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5:51pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Tonight, Wallenda Will Attempt High-Wire Walk Over Niagara Falls

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:34 am

Nik Wallenda looks at the tightrope cable in Niagara Falls, Canada on Wednesday.
David Duprey AP

Nik Wallenda has successfully walked across Niagara Falls on a 2-inch-wide cable. As if there wasn't enough drama, he added a bit of last-minute mystery to his audacious attempt.

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5:20pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Election 2012

City Slickers Romney And Obama Woo Rural Voters

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:24 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, wave from a campaign bus on Friday at Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire on Friday, back at the farm where he launched his presidential campaign one year ago.

"In the days ahead, we'll be traveling on what are often called the backroads of America," he said. "But I think our tour is going to take us along what I'll call the backbone of America."

It was the first stop on a five-day bus tour that will take him to small towns. The former Massachusetts governor's campaign is calling it the "Every Town Counts" tour.

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5:10pm

Fri June 15, 2012
It's All Politics

President Obama's Immigration Shift Could Bolster Latino Support In November

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:00 pm

Supporters of President Obama's announcement on immigration policy rally outside the White House Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama's decision to stop deporting young, otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants could help rebuild his support among electorally important Latinos after 18 months of futile efforts, some activists said Friday.

"There is overwhelming support for the protection of these children, as there is in the rest of the country. I think this could have an energizing effect on Latino voters," says Clarissa Martinez del Castro, director of immigration and national campaigns for National Council of La Raza.

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5:03pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Pop Culture

Beauty At The Beach Takes A Retro Turn

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:18 pm

A trio at the beach, clad in state-of-the-art (in 1948) suits.
Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

With summer looming, it's time to prep for your vacation (or, for many in these financially tight times, "staycation"). The good news? A trip to the beach or the pool. The bad news? You need a swimsuit.

But the fitting-room-phobic can take heart in a trend that's seized the swimsuit industry lately. It's a retro look that includes high-waisted bikini bottoms, ruffles, halters and more.

Retro Trend Echoes A Glamorous Time

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4:42pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Acknowledges Military Action In Yemen And Somalia

Drone strikes against members of al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia have been widely reported. But for the first time, the White House has publicly acknowledged these operations.

The administration said the U.S. had taken "direct action" in both countries in a six-month report on U.S. combat operations required by the War Powers Resolution.

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4:38pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Europe

Greek Leftist Leader Up For 'Worst Job' In Europe

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:41 pm

Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters at a party rally in Athens. The leftist party came second in the elections last month and could win a revote on Sunday.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

A few short weeks ago, the Greek politician Alexis Tsipras was a young rebel leading Syriza, a fractious leftist coalition best known for anti-austerity protests. Now, his party could come in first in Sunday's election.

The party's possible win alarmed the German edition of the Financial Times as it posted an online appeal in Greek calling on voters to resist his demagoguery.

But Tsipras, a civil engineer who has been involved in leftist politics since his teens, says his program to roll back austerity will save the euro from its ballooning debt crisis.

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4:30pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Calif. Runs With Health Law Without Waiting On Supreme Court

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

California lawmakers have been introducing legislation that would replicate key pieces of the federal law, including bills defining benefits and guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
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Many states have done nothing to implement the health overhaul law, saying they'll wait to see how the Supreme Court rules.

Not California.

The country's most populous state got out in front first on implementing the law, and it hasn't slowed down in recent weeks as the rest of the country waits to hear from the high court.

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