6:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Politics

Kansas Republicans At War With Each Other

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:22 pm

"We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us," says Kansas state Sen. Tim Owens, who's facing a tough re-election bid this Tuesday.
John Hanna AP

Moderate Republicans have come under attack in primaries across the country this year, but the split in the GOP is perhaps older and sharper in Kansas — and it comes to a head Tuesday.

"I think the lines have been drawn in the sand. Bridges have been burned. Everybody is all-in this election," says Jim Denning, one of the conservative candidates for the state's Senate.

The Republican statehouse primary is a savage fight fueled by money from the Koch brothers and labor unions, with big consequences for the citizens of Kansas.

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6:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Europe

Summer Weddings Buoy Economy Of Small Greek Island

The Greek economic crisis has barely grazed the tiny island of Folegandros. It lives off boutique tourism and island weddings that keep its small hotels, windmill houses and tavernas full. Joanna Kakissis sends a postcard of a very multinational wedding on the island.

6:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Politics

A Democrat's View: Why Women Should Vote For Obama

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6:26am

Sun August 5, 2012
Participation Nation

The People's Boutique In Washington, D.C.

Zaniyah sleeps while her mom shops at the Bread for the City boutique.
Courtesy of Caroline Lacey

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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6:16am

Sun August 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Youth Vote 2012: Once Again, With Enthusiasm?

Aubrey Marks (left) helps a University of Central Florida student to register to vote in Orlando, Fla., on July 31.
John Raoux AP

Christina Sanders, who organizes young voters, has a message for those under-30 with political grievances: "There is no Superman coming."

Trying to convince members of the notoriously non-voting age-group to head to the polls on Nov. 6 for the presidential election, she tells them: "You are a part of the American system."

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5:11am

Sun August 5, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

Scientists Look To Martian Rocks For History Of Life

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 10:41 am

Mmm, nice rock! This rover's looking for secrets to the history of life on Mars.
Photo Illustration Courtesy NASA

NASA has sent rovers to explore Mars before. But three words explain what makes this latest mission to Mars so different: location, location, location.

The rover Curiosity is slated to land late Sunday in Gale Crater, near the base of a 3-mile-high mountain with layers like the Grand Canyon. Scientists think those rocks could harbor secrets about the history of water — and life — on the Red Planet.

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5:11am

Sun August 5, 2012
Animals

Bat Calls Make Eerie Comeback As Techno-Like Beats

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:04 am

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region Flickr

For the past five years, bats have been disappearing at an alarming rate, falling prey to a mysterious disease called white-nose syndrome. But they're making an eerie comeback in a new audio exhibit at a national park in Vermont. The exhibit features manipulated recordings of bat calls that are funneled through glass vessels hanging from a studio ceiling.

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5:10am

Sun August 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Back Scratch? Romney Has An Ally In Indiana

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 6:48 pm

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, right, applauds as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at Stepto's Bar-B-Q Shack in Evansville, Ind., Saturday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Republican Mitt Romney campaigned this weekend in a state that has not seen much of either presidential candidate. Nobody considers Indiana a toss-up in the presidential race.

But the Senate contest there is a different story. It's a very close race, and the result could determine which party controls the Senate next year. So Romney showed up at a barbecue shack in Evansville to give the conservative Republican candidate a boost.

'Help Me Elect This Guy'

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12:00am

Sun August 5, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Radiolab: The Bad Show

The Bad Show
Adam Cole WNYC

Airs Monday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m.   Cruelty, violence, badness... This episode of Radiolab, we wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it's something we can ever really understand, or fully escape. We encounter a man who scrambles our notions of good and evil, turn to one of the most famous (and misunderstood) psychology experiments ever, talk to  a man who chased one of the most prolific serial killers in US history. then got a chance to ask him the question that had haunted him for years: why?

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5:06pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Around the Nation

How America's Losing The War On Poverty

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 12:53 pm

Members of the Dolan family walk home with bags of food from the Southern Tier Mobile Food Pantry in Oswego, N.Y., in June. Food banks across the nation are reporting giant spikes in demand.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

While President Obama and Gov. Romney battle for the hearts and minds of the middle class this election season, there's a huge swath of Americans that are largely ignored. It's the poor, and their ranks are growing.

According to a recent survey by The Associated Press, the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line will reach its highest point since President Johnson made his famous declaration of war on poverty in 1964.

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