9:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Africa

Is Egypt Better Or Worse Off Now?

It's been two years since Hosni Mubarak was ousted as Egypt's President. Today, there's new leadership, but the country is still in turmoil. And some Egyptians wonder if things are changing for the best. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Cairo Bureau Chief, Leila Fadel, to learn more about the new Egypt.

9:19am

Thu January 31, 2013
Music Reviews

A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:13 am

Jack DeJohnette.
Chris Griffith Courtesy of the artist

On a new box set collecting the first four albums of Jack DeJohnette and his band Special Edition, two discs are gems and the other two have their moments. DeJohnette's quartet-slash-quintet was fronted by smoking saxophonists on the way up, set loose on catchy riffs and melodies. The springy rhythm section could tweak the tempos like no one this side of '60s goddess Laura Nyro.

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8:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Television

Spacey And Fincher Make A 'House Of Cards'

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:18 am

Kevin Spacey is the star and a producer of the new Netflix series House of Cards, on which David Fincher is a co-producer.
Melinda Sue Gordon Netflix

Ten months on the road playing Richard III in theaters around the world is a good way to prep for playing a ruthlessly ambitious politician and Washington insider — according to Kevin Spacey, at least.

Just before he took the role of Francis "Frank" Underwood, the fictional majority whip of the House of Representatives who hatches a plan to take down the president in the new Netflix original series House of Cards, Spacey spent nearly a year playing Shakespeare's murderously ambitious king.

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8:51am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

In Alabama, Hostage Standoff Continues; Child Thought To Be Unharmed

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 6:17 am

Law enforcement personnel near the scene of the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a man is said to be holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov

The scary situation remains unchanged in southeast Alabama, where authorities say a man shot and killed a school bus driver on Tuesday and then took a 5-year-old boy to an underground bunker.

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8:43am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hagel: 'No One Individual Vote, Quote Or Statement Defines Me'

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:53 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., during his Senate nomination hearing earlier today.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

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Responding to those who have questioned his views on Israel, Iran and defense spending, former Sen. Chuck Hagel said Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense that:

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7:53am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Shooting Death Of Chicago Teen Ignites Outrage, Enters National Gun Debate

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 8:50 am

Hadiya Pendleton.
Courtesy of Pendleton family via the Chicago Tribune MCT /Landov

Hadiya Pendleton's shooting death Tuesday in a park just a mile from President Obama's home in Chicago has generated outrage "from City Hall to the White House" and is now part of the "national debate over guns and crime," The Chicago Tribune writes.

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6:51am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Growth In Incomes, Spending Slowed In 2012; Jobless Claims Jumped Last Week

Consumer spending rose in 2012, but not by as much as the year before. In December, these shoppers were out and about in Glendale, Calif.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Americans' personal incomes grew by 3.5 percent in 2012, compared with 5.1 percent growth the year before, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. And it says consumer spending rose 3.6 percent last year, vs. 5 percent in 2011.

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6:38am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Salt

Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family

Honey, what if the kids don't want it?
Goran Ljubisavljevic iStockphoto.com

It may sound like a line from The Godfather, but some agricultural specialists advise that farming isn't personal; it's business. And family farms need to think and act more like a business to survive in a competitive world, says Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in the department of agricultural economics at Ohio State University.

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6:09am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hack Attack On 'New York Times' Looks Like Part Of Chinese Campaign

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 2:57 pm

Ramin Talaie Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Nicole Perlroth

This news ...

"For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees."

... appears to be "part of a broader campaign against American media reporting on Chinese leaders," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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5:49am

Thu January 31, 2013
Europe

German Company's Giant Cookie Goes Missing

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When the huge golden cookie that stood for 100 years outside the headquarters of a big German cookie maker went missing, the company put up a reward. Then the kidnapper sent a ransom note. I have the biscuit, it said with text cut from magazines. It demanded the company donate cookies to children in a local hospital, and the reward to an animal shelter. Signed: Cookie Monster. Cute. But so far the bakery has not bitten. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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