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History
4:23 pm
Sat May 12, 2012

How Teddy Saved Football

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 5:05 pm

Football is a violent game, but a century ago it used to be a lethal pastime. NPR's Tom Goldman explains how President Teddy Roosevelt stepped in and forced the establishment of new rules that made the game safer.

Author Interviews
4:23 pm
Sat May 12, 2012

The 12 Days Of Disaster That Made Modern Chicago

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 5:05 pm

In 1919, Chicago was called the "youngest great city in the world." World War I had just come to a close, troops were coming home, industry was booming and crime was down. Chicago's mayor at the time, William Hale Thompson — known as Big Bill — had just been re-elected and was spearheading an ambitious urban improvement program.

But in mid-July of 1919, just about everything that could go wrong in Chicago did. Among the headlines were a deadly dirigible crash, a bizarre kidnapping, race riots and a major public transit strike.

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Business
5:52 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

What Caused JPMorgan's Loss Of $2 Billion?

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 6:35 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Gregory Zuckerman about one of the men behind JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion loss. He's a special writer for The Wall Street Journal and author of The Greatest Trade Ever.

NPR Story
3:15 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Faas Protege Remembers Legendary Photographer

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:52 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Finally, this hour, we remember photojournalist Horst Faas. He spent nearly a decade capturing the terror and inhumanity of the war in Vietnam. Working for the Associated Press, his images of panicked Vietnamese civilians, wounded U.S. soldiers, a blindfolded Viet Cong suspect brought the war to people all over the world.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

ALEC Act Would Give Legislatures Power Over AGs

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:52 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A controversial organization that brings together conservative lawmakers and business lobbyists is meeting today in Charlotte, North Carolina. The American Legislative Exchange Council has been under attack. Liberals have been challenging its role in developing laws in many states. And they question its status as a tax exempt charity.

The conference is behind closed doors. But NPR's Peter Overby is there to cover it and he joins us now. Hi there, Peter.

PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

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Author Interviews
3:21 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

'Freeman': A Liberated Slave In Search Of Family

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 9:50 pm

A new novel from writer Leonard Pitts Jr. jolts you back to the chaos of post-Civil War America. At a time when families of slaves were freed — but not necessarily together.

In hope of reuniting with their families, some freed slaves placed classified ads in newspapers:

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Movie Interviews
1:49 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

'Where Do We Go?' Lebanese Women Pave The Way

Muslim and Christian women team up to try everything imaginable to distract their men from war in the Lebanese film Where Do We Go Now? Director and actress Nadine Labaki plays the lead role of Amale.
Rudy Bou Chebel Sony Pictures Classic

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 9:50 pm

Where Do We Go Now? is the brainchild of bloodshed. The film, which has been a megahit in the Middle East, is a bittersweet comedy about a group of women determined to stop their hotheaded men from starting a religious war. It's the second feature film from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki.

When violence erupted on the streets of Beirut in 2008, Labaki saw neighbors, friends, people who were practically brothers turn against each another. As the world around her spiraled out of control, Labaki discovered she was having a baby.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Andrew Sullivan On Obama's Support Of Gay Marriage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 6:19 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

For reaction now, we turn to writer and political blogger Andrew Sullivan. He is gay and married, and for years has been a leading advocate of same-sex marriage. He's the editor of the blog "The Dish" at The Daily Beast website. And, Andrew, I take it from what I've seen on your blog this afternoon you have mixed feelings about this development.

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Music Interviews
4:00 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Paul Thorn: Music From The Margins

Paul Thorn's new, all-covers album is called What the Hell Is Goin' On?
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 6:19 pm

Before Paul Thorn made his living as a singer, he was a professional boxer. He also spent 12 years working at a furniture factory in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss.

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NPR Story
3:59 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Outing Of Al-Qaida Double Agent May Benefit CIA

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 6:19 pm

U.S. officials now say that the man picked to bring a bomb onboard an airliner bound for the United States was actually an agent working on behalf of the CIA. That's the latest twist in a complicated tale — and it raises questions about just how dangerous the group behind the plot really is.

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