4:57am

Sat May 19, 2012
Million-Dollar Donors

With Eye On Future, Billionaire Investor Bets On Paul

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 10:19 am

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who has donated more than $2.5 million to a superPAC backing GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in October.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, only one candidate remains to challenge presumptive nominee Mitt Romney: Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Even Paul has said he will no longer campaign in states that have yet to hold their primaries. And Paul has always been considered a long shot to win. But that hasn't deterred many of his hard-core supporters, including the Silicon Valley billionaire who has bankrolled the superPAC backing Paul.

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4:56am

Sat May 19, 2012
Europe

In Turkey, Debating A Women's Right To Bear Arms

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 10:09 pm

A woman holds a photo of Guldunya Toren, an unmarried mother allegedly killed by her brothers for having a child out of wedlock, outside parliament in Ankara, Turkey, in 2004. Her case prompted huge protests and forced Turks to realize that the justice system often fails to protect at-risk women.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

In Turkey, hundreds of women die each year at the hands of a husband or family member, in a society that critics say too often ignores violence against women. After years of frustration, one organization has shaken up the debate with a controversial proposal: arming women and training them to defend themselves.

Looking back, Yagmur Askin thinks perhaps she should have paid more attention on her wedding day, when her husband's family welcomed her by saying, "You enter this house in a bridal gown, and you'll leave it in a coffin."

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4:55am

Sat May 19, 2012
Politics

Are 8 Heads Better Than 1 At Fixing Europe's Debt?

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 11:20 am

President Obama speaks with other G-8 leaders at Camp David in Maryland during the summit on Friday.
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Camp David, in the Maryland hills outside Washington, D.C., is usually a place for the president and his family to get away from work, a wooded refuge with a swimming pool, tennis courts and a putting green.

This weekend, though, President Obama is bringing work with him to the camp — along with the leaders from most of the countries with the world's largest economies.

The Group of Eight is meeting in the rustic setting, but the agenda will be all business.

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4:43am

Sat May 19, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Audra McDonald, 'Weight Of The Nation'

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 4:49 pm

Audra McDonald.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of Nonesuch Records

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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12:58am

Sat May 19, 2012
The Two-Way

In Historic Space Mission, Launch Is Only The First Test

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 12:43 pm

SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral in Florida was scheduled to launch Saturday morning, but aborted just before liftoff.
Roberto Gonzalez Getty Images

Moments after ignition, a privately funded spacecraft aborted its liftoff, delaying its mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX's unmanned rocket had a one-second window to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday morning, and the failed launch means the next opportunity won't be until early Tuesday morning.

The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, had been tweeting from the company's California headquarters leading up to the scheduled launch time of 4:55 a.m. ET.

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11:59pm

Fri May 18, 2012
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9:00pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Levon Helm: Rambles Home

Airs Friday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m.   A one-hour music and commentary show about the late musician Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Band, and a revered solo artist. Helm died April 19, 2012 at the age of 71 from a recurrence of throat cancer that had threatened his life as far back as 1997. This program features Helms vocals and drumming with The Band, as well as some of his post-Band performances, with special attention given to his Midnight Ramble concerts held in recent years at his home in Woodstock, NY.  Among the commentators complimenting the music are journalist Anthony DeCurtis, musicians Shawn Colvin, Rich Pagano, David Gans, Grammy Museum head Bob Santelli and others plus archival clips of Levon Helm himself.

5:34pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Remembrances

Baritone Fischer-Diskau Was One Of Opera's Greatest

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 10:51 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And we briefly note the passing of one of the world's great opera singers: German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died today. He was 86. From his first recital in Berlin in 1947 until his retirement in 1992, Fischer-Dieskau is in demand at opera houses and concert halls the world over. He was especially known for his interpretations of Schubert songs, like this one from the song cycle "Winterreise" or "Winter Journey."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WINTERREISE")

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5:20pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Hepatitis C Cases In Rural Wisconsin Underscore Drug Link

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Yes, hepatitis C is big among baby boomers. And the feds are moving toward a recommendation that all of them get tested at least once for the infection.

But new hepatitis C cases are cropping up in young people, too, and some of them live in out-of-the-way places that haven't been hotbeds for the illness.

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5:19pm

Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Fungus, Fruit Flies, Old Age: It's The End Times For NPR's AntCam

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 11:17 pm

There is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
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Back in 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, there were no guarantees. There were no guarantees that they'd make it there and there were no guarantees that they could make it back home.

President Richard Nixon and his speech writer William Safire knew that. So, imagining a situation in which the American astronauts were doomed in an alien land, Safire drew up a plan to mark their inevitable demise in a dignified way.

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