5:24am

Sun September 2, 2012
World

In Russia, 200-Year-Old Battle A Day To Remember

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 12:08 pm

Members of historical clubs, dressed as Russian cavalry, advance during the 2010 re-enactment of the 1812 battle between Napoleon's army and Russian troops in Borodino.
AFP/Getty Images

Two hundred years ago this week, Napoleon Bonaparte fought a battle in Russia that may have begun his undoing. He led his Grand Army against the Imperial Russian Army near a village called Borodino, about 70 miles from Moscow.

It was the single bloodiest day of the Napoleonic Wars, and it's remembered by Russians as a symbol of national courage. An army of re-enactors relived that Sunday.

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11:05pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Music Interviews

Alanis Morissette On Anger, Fame And Motherhood

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 5:57 pm

Alanis Morissette's Havoc and Bright Lights is the singer's eighth studio album.
Courtesy of the artist

A lot has changed for Alanis Morissette in the past two decades. Raised Catholic in Ottawa, she spent much of her youth believing she couldn't sing. When she began her music career as a teenager, it was as a dance-pop artist — and, briefly, Vanilla Ice's opening act. Finally, in 1995, she released Jagged Little Pill, an international smash that made Morissette an overnight celebrity, won her an armload of Grammy awards and left her with a "scorned woman" image that she hasn't shaken since.

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9:00pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Johnny Cash: The Man In Black

Airs Friday, August 31 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 and 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.

5:37pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Politics

GOP Looks To Amp African-American Support

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 6:32 pm

Mia Love, the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Barack Obama won more than 95 percent of the black vote in the last presidential election, and Democrats are expected to have a huge advantage this November. Even so, Republicans looked for ways to appeal to those voters at their convention in Tampa, Fla.

Though the convention hall was packed with delegates this week, it wasn't until gospel star Bebe Winans and the Tampa Bay City Life Church Chorus came on stage that there was any sizable number of African-Americans around.

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4:48pm

Sat September 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Four More Beers? Well, Here Are Two From The White House

President Obama drinks a beer — that's presumably not from the White House — as he watches the U.S. men's basketball team play Brazil in an Olympic exhibition game in July.
Alex Brandon AP

4:04pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Around the Nation

Buffalo Cleans Up From Dirty Industrial Past

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 5:37 pm

City leaders are attempting to increase public access to Buffalo's waterways, long blocked by aging industrial ruins and polluted land.
Daniel Robison for NPR

Along the shore of Lake Erie, the rusting relics of Buffalo, N.Y.'s industrial days have long blocked access to the water and posed risks to residents. Now, after decades of inaction, the city is finally clearing a path for the public to return to the waterfront.

Buffalo's approach has been dubbed "lighter, faster, cheaper." Tom Dee has led this effort as president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., a special state agency in charge of city waterfront property. He says years were wasted chasing grand redevelopment projects, but now the strategy is more homegrown.

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4:03pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Author Interviews

Following The Footnotes Of The Revolutionary War

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 5:37 pm

In his book, Robert Sullivan considers, among other things, how little Emanuel Leutze's 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware has in common with the actual historic crossing, which took place at night and during a snowstorm.
Metropolitan Museum of Art AP

When we think of the seminal moments in the birth of the United States of America, many people would point to the battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill. But according to Robert Sullivan, the founding landscape of our nation is not in Massachusetts. It is in and around New York.

In his new book, My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78, Sullivan writes that the majority of battles in the Revolutionary War were fought in the middle colonies: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

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4:03pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Politics

How 'Government' Became A Dirty Word

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 5:01 pm

President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., in January 1981. In his speech after being sworn in, Reagan called government "the problem."
AP

The message at the GOP convention this week was clear: Government is too big, too expensive, and it can't fix our economic problems.

"The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government. And we choose to limit government," said Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

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3:06pm

Sat September 1, 2012
Election 2012

'Why I'm A Republican'

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 11:10 am

New Jersey delegate April Bengivenga says two words describe why she became a Republican: Ronald Reagan.
NPR

Throughout the week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., NPR digital journalists asked delegates, politicians and other attendees to react to the statement: "Why I'm a Republican." Here are some of those responses. (And here's what we heard from Democrats in Charlotte.)

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3:02pm

Sat September 1, 2012
The Two-Way

'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' Author Richard Bach Injured In Plane Crash

A file photo of author Richard Bach, in 1975.
Associated Press

Pilot and author Richard Bach was hurt Friday when the small plane he was flying tangled in power lines as he attempted to land, according to media reports.

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