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4:16am

Thu June 28, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a possible deeper debt for JPMorgan.

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2:26am

Thu June 28, 2012
Music

The Bajo Quinto: The Instrument That Will Not Go Gently

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am

Don Telesforo next to a bajo quinto, holding a jarana mixteca.
Courtesy of Ruben Luengas

Almost 20 years ago, a young student at the National University of Mexico went in search of a very old instrument in the mountains of the southern state of Oaxaca. Today, he has become a leading force in the revival of the instrument called the bajo quinto and the music played on it.

Ruben Luengas was working on a research project at the National School of Music in Mexico City in 1995. He wanted to focus on the music of his hometown, in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, so he asked his 97-year-old grandmother to tell him about the music played at her wedding.

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2:25am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Salt

Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:47 pm

Barbara and Norman Roux stand in front of cattle pens on their farm outside of Moundridge, Kan., where she has raised cattle for nearly 70 years.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

In the chicken and pork industries, nearly every aspect of the animals' raising has long been controlled by just a handful of agriculture conglomerates. But the cattle industry is still populated by mom-and-pop operations, at least at the calf-raising level.

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2:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Asia

Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am

Anti-nuclear activists in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, June 22. Some 20,000 demonstrators protested against the Japanese government's decision to restart two idle nuclear reactors in western Japan, ending a brief period without any nuclear power generation.
Rie Ishii AFP/Getty Images

After taking all 50 of its nuclear reactors offline following a devastating accident last year, Japan is planning to restart the first of two of them in western Fukui prefecture as early as Sunday.

The catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in March 2011 forced Japan to scale back plans to aggressively expand its nuclear energy sector. But the highly controversial move to restart the two reactors on the other side of the country is a sign that the nuclear power lobby isn't throwing in the towel yet.

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2:16am

Thu June 28, 2012
Planet Money

Going Public Is A Hassle

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 4:09 pm

Meh.
Richard Drew AP

Here's a classic story of how a multimillion-dollar company gets started.

A young guy named Seung Bak is on a trip to China. He gets back to his hotel room late one night and turns on the TV.

"I'm flipping through channels, and in the middle of China they are showing Korean dramas all around the clock," Bak says.

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