9:55am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics

Exit Interview: US Trade Representative Ron Kirk

Look around your kitchen table and you'll see the work of Ambassador Ron Kirk. He's the United States Trade Representative, which is a cabinet-level position, and he's negotiated trade deals all around the world. Host Michel Martin talks to him about why he's choosing to step down from his post and the importance of U.S. trade.

9:55am

Wed March 6, 2013
Latin America

Any Praise For Hugo Chavez?

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, officials in a number of major cities around the country are looking to close public schools to save money, but some parents and activists say the cost of that move is higher than you might think. We'll talk with a reporter and an activist in her city in just a minute.

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9:55am

Wed March 6, 2013
Education

Where Kids Go When Neighborhood Schools Close

A rash of public school closings in some U.S. cities has parents and teachers reeling. School officials say the closings are needed to save money, but some argue it's a form of discrimination. Host Michel Martin talks with a Chicago reporter and a Philadelphia activist about how the closings could affect students and local communities.

9:47am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

How To Sneak Into A Chinese Village When Police Don't Want You There

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 10:41 am

When residents of the southern Chinese village of Shangpu staged an uprising, police set up a roadblock on the main road to keep outsiders away, including reporters. Here, a policeman mans the roadblock on Saturday.
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On occasion my job requires me to sneak into a Chinese village as I did earlier this week to report a story on a rural uprising. This does not come naturally. I'm 6-foot-2 with gray hair and blue eyes and don't look remotely like a Chinese farmer.

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8:58am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Victims' Advocates Push For Some Cardinals To Be Barred From Papal Conclave

In Vatican City's St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, a man looked at the Italian magazine Chi's photo of former Pope Benedicxt XVI — the first such image since he stepped down last week.
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As Roman Catholic cardinals now gathered in Rome continue to make preparations for their conclave that will choose a new pope, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk that "advocates for victims of clerical sex abuse across the world are stepping up demands that three cardinals withdraw" from that process.

According to Sylvia:

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8:51am

Wed March 6, 2013
All Tech Considered

Why The Library Of Congress Has A Lock On Your Phone

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:56 am

A law designed to protect copyrights on music and movies put digital locks on all sorts of things.
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What it means to own something in the digital age is being re-negotiated.

Few of us own the music we listen to or the movies we watch in exactly the same way we did a decade ago. And today if you buy a smartphone from a cellphone company, what you can legally do with it — how and where you can use it — may be proscribed even if that phone is fully bought and paid for.

I keep a lot of music on my phone. I have the Stones, Janis Joplin and OK Go.

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8:42am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

South Korea Vows Retaliation If Pyongyang Makes Good On Military Threat

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:12 am

A U.S. Marine takes part in a winter drill in South Korea last month.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

South Korea upped the ante Wednesday after Pyongyang threatened to scrap the armistice that ended a brutal war between the rival neighbors in 1953, promising retaliation for any North Korean attack.

"If North Korea carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute retaliations," South Korea's Gen. Kim Yong-hyun told reporters in Seoul.

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7:39am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Kerry Says He's Confident Arms Are Reaching Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:16 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to U.S. Embassy staff in Doha on Wednesday.
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Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes that arms are reaching the rebels in Syria and that the U.S. supports international efforts to put weapons in the hands of the opposition to step up pressure on President Bashar Assad.

At a news conference in Doha with Qatar's Prime Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, Kerry said Tuesday that "there are greater guarantees that weapons are being transferred to moderates and directly to the Syrian opposition."

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7:35am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Valerie Harper, TV's 'Rhoda,' Reveals She Has Terminal Brain Cancer

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:10 am

Actress Valerie Harper, when she was "Rhoda," in the early 1970s.
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Saying that she doesn't think about dying, she thinks "of being here now," actress Valerie Harper has revealed to People magazine that she has terminal brain cancer.

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7:00am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

198,000 Jobs Added In February, Report Shows; January Growth Revised Upward

The scene at a job fair in New York City on Feb. 28.
Lucas Jackson Reuters /Landov

There were 198,000 jobs added to private employers' payrolls in February, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report — a privately produced snapshot of the employment picture that's sometimes a signal of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say when it releases its data from the same month.

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