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Europe
1:08 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Anders Breivik Awaits Sentence In Norway

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 2:06 pm

Anders Breivik testified that he was sane during his shooting and bombing spree, but argues that he did not commit a crime. He hoped they would force Norway to change its policy on immigration. Peter Talos, a reporter for the Norwegian News Agency, talks about what this case has meant for Norway.

Politics
12:45 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

As Gingrich Fades, Eyes Turn To VP Picks

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 2:06 pm

Mitt Romney swept all five primaries on Tuesday, solidifying his hold on the GOP presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich made a last stand in Delaware, but came up short and aides to the former House speaker say he plans to suspend his campaign soon and will likely endorse Romney.

Law
12:41 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Supreme Court Hears Immigration Arguments

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 2:06 pm

SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law that requires local police to question and detain people suspected of being in the country illegally, has served as a model for similar legislation. Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune Supreme Court correspondent David Savage listened in on the arguments.

From Our Listeners
12:41 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Letters: 'Bully' And Smuggling Immigrants

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 2:06 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including the Secret Service prostitution scandal, Harvey Weinstein's new movie Bully, and the process of smuggling immigrants over the border.

Books
3:01 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

'America's Great Debate' Saved Union From War

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 11:32 am

The Civil War remains the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history and the defining crisis of the nation. But it might easily have started 12 years earlier.

In 1850, California's application to join the Union threatened to unhinge the delicate balance of pro- and anti-slavery forces. The flood of European immigration had shifted power in the House of Representatives decisively to the North. Another free state would tilt the U.S. Senate.

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Music Interviews
3:01 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Classical 'Rock Star' Joshua Bell Takes On Conducting

Joshua Bell.
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Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 4:17 pm

Joshua Bell, the violin prodigy who grew into what some call a classical-music rock star, has taken the helm of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell is the orchestra's first music director since Sir Neville Marriner, who created the group.

On his first tour with the group as both music director and conductor, Bell plays the violin while conducting the orchestra simultaneously, gesturing with his bow. And he leads from the concert master's chair, rather than the podium, which seems unusual to some audiences.

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Opinion
1:24 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

The NRA And 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 3:01 pm

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Education
1:18 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Un- and Under-Employment Awaits Many College Grads

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 3:01 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In a few weeks, long lines of college seniors will cross the stage, turn a tassel and walk into one of the worst job markets in a decade. According to an analysis by the Associated Press, about half of college graduates under the age of 25 were either jobless or underemployed last year, taking jobs as cashiers or barristas to pay the bills.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Op-Ed: Obama And Romney, Quit 'Hispandering'

Columnist Esther Cepeda says it is "a sign of respect" when candidates reach out to Hispanics by speaking Spanish, but there ought to be substance behind the effort.
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Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 11:19 am

Esther Cepeda recently learned a new word: "Hispandering." And, she writes in an op-ed for The Washington Post writers group, "it perfectly captures the spirit of the moment" in presidential politics.

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World
1:24 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Egyptian Elections Complicated By Controversy

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 9:04 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In a few weeks, Egyptians vote in a presidential election that many hoped would mark a full transition from military rule. Then the Egyptian Election Commission disqualified 10 candidates, including the two leading Islamists and the former intelligence chief.

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