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2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Doctor Blazed Trails For Women In Medicine

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Dr. Leila Denmark led an exceptional life. She fought hard to become a doctor when women were largely shut out of the profession and helped research and test the whooping cough vaccine. She then opened her own practice and spent the next 71 years caring for child patients and their parents. Dr. Denmark died this week at the age of 114. That's right, 114.

Charles Edwards of member station WABE in Atlanta has this remembrance.

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Economy
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Jobs Report A Litmus Test For Economy's Direction

The U.S. economy added only 120,000 jobs in March, far below expectations. The job gains were the smallest in five months. The report isn't a conclusive verdict on the economy. It could be an off month of weak growth or the sign of something more troubling — a serious hiring slowdown.

Business
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Hiring Climate Affects Small Businesses

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:23 pm

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We head to Ohio now for Bruce Lackey's view of the economy. He's CEO of Happy Chicken Farms, a wholesale egg and dairy distributor in Urbancrest, Ohio. The company has been in business since 1953, now has 32 employees. Mr. Lackey joins me from his office. Welcome to the program.

BRUCE LACKEY: Well, thank you very much for the invitation.

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Economy
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Jobs Numbers Fall Short Of Predictions

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs last month according to the Labor Department. A few years ago, that would have had economists cheering. Today, they're using words like disappointing. Here's the problem, 120,000 is half as many jobs as the economy added in February and far fewer than most observers were expecting.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Collegiate 'Boat Race' A British Institution

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Three hundred thousand people are expected to line the River Thames in London tomorrow with millions more watching on TV. The reason? The 158th Annual Oxford Cambridge Boat Race.

Vicki Barker reports on what has become a British institution.

VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: Unloading kegs and kegs of beer, Richmond Hughes manages The Ship Pub in Hammersmith, a prime viewing position for the race. Hughes expects 5,000 people to jam his riverside garden tomorrow to watch the men from Oxford and Cambridge Universities compete.

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Commentary
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Week In Politics: Republican Primaries

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To talk more about this, we're having our weekly political commentator David Brooks of the New York Times weigh in and filling in for E.J. Dionne is Clarence Page, columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Welcome gentlemen.

CLARENCE PAGE: Hi, Audie.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

CORNISH: So let's get going with those job numbers. Setback for the president, meaningful setback, David?

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Remembrances
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Long-Distance Runner Was 'Indomitable Seeker'

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Now, we remember the man known as Caballa Blanco, or the White Horse.

MICAH TRUE: I started running a long time ago and I am an ultra-distance runner - is what people call it, but I just call it - I like to run.

CORNISH: That's Micah True in an interview with Runners World last year. True was a long distance runner made famous by Christopher McDougall's non-fiction bestseller "Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athlete and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen."

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The Salt
1:44 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Guerrilla Grafters Bring Forbidden Fruit Back To City Trees

Guerrilla grafter Tara Hui grafts a fruiting pear branch onto an ornamental fruit tree in the San Francisco Bay Area. She doesn't want the location known because the grafting is illegal.
Lonny Shavelson for NPR

Originally published on Sat April 7, 2012 6:00 am

Spring means cherry, pear and apple blossoms. But in many metropolitan areas, urban foresters ensure those flowering fruit trees don't bear fruit to keep fallen fruit from being trampled into slippery sidewalk jelly.

But a group of fruit fans in the San Francisco Bay Area is secretly grafting fruit-bearing tree limbs onto those fruitless trees.

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The Picture Show
1:26 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Not Your Average Prom Portraits

David Alagem and Lorraine Nicholson, Los Angeles, 2008
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:54 am

Prom season is here. And there really isn't a more hyped event in high school social life. There's the fashion, the flowers, plans for the future and, of course, the after party. Photographer Mary Ellen Mark, now 72, recalls her 1958 prom with fondness.

"There I was, looking so perfect and happy facing my future," she tells NPR host Audie Cornish. "I was fascinated by my own prom pictures."

Hence her latest book: Prom, a collection of 127 portraits from 13 schools across the country, shot between 2006 and 2009.

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Classics in Concert
1:24 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Beethoven's String Quartet Of Transcendence

The Emerson Quartet play Beethoven at the Savannah Music Festival. From left: Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel and Lawrence Dutton
Frank Stewart Savannah Music Festival

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:36 pm

Beethoven's String Quartet Of Transcendence

In the spring of 1825, when Beethoven was 54, he became terribly sick. He was in bed for a month and he wrote to his doctor, "I am not feeling well ... I am in great pain." The doctor put Beethoven on a strict regimen, warning, "No wine, no coffee, no spices of any kind." The doctor also advised Beethoven to get away from the city to where he could find fresh air and "natural milk."

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