10:29am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Asks Biden To Draft 'Concrete Proposals' On Guns By January

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:28 am

Vice President Biden watched as President Obama spoke earlier today in the White House briefing room.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Saying the nation has a "deep obligation" to take steps to reduce gun violence, President Obama confirmed Wednesday that he's asked Vice President Biden to head a task force charged with drafting "concrete proposals, no later than January."

And, Obama said, he will push them "without delay."

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9:58am

Wed December 19, 2012
Wisdom Watch

Reverend Run: From Rapper To Preacher

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:38 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program I will share a few thoughts in my Can I Just Tell You essay but now it's time for our Wisdom Watch conversation. That's the part of the program where we speak with those whose work has made a difference. Today we are speaking with a hip-hop pioneer.

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9:58am

Wed December 19, 2012
Beauty Shop

Newtown: How Much Media Coverage Is Too Much?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, when rap pioneer Run from the group Run-DMC decided to get active in church, he had no idea how far it would go. We'll talk with him about his transition from rapping to preaching. That's later in the program.

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9:58am

Wed December 19, 2012
Economy

Why Not Go Over The Fiscal Cliff?

The White House is promising to veto a new tax proposal from House Speaker John Boehner. But who's bluffing and what's believable when it comes to fiscal negotiations? And what happens if talks break down? For Tell Me More's 'Why Not?' series, host Michel Martin takes a look at what might be on the other side of the fiscal cliff.

9:58am

Wed December 19, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

What Do Polio And Gun Violence Have In Common?

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Charles Krupa ASSOCIATED PRESS

In thinking about the last week's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, I keep coming upon the word epidemic. While the death of one child is too many, the death of nearly two dozen in one place, of hundreds in the span of a year — especially by violence, is intolerable. Or at least it should be.

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9:37am

Wed December 19, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Not Fade': Rock 'N' Roll, Here To Stay

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:58 am

Director David Chase and Executive Producer and Music Supervisor Steve Van Zandt on the set of Not Fade Away.
Barry Wetcher Paramount Vantage

In some ways, the film Not Fade Away is an extension of the friendship between the film's writer and director, David Chase, and its executive producer and musical supervisor, Steven Van Zandt.

Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, first encountered Van Zandt on TV, when Van Zandt introduced the Rascals to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Chase soon cast Van Zandt as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos, and the two became close, bonding in particular over their love of pop music from the 1960s.

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9:02am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Salt

Peak Farmland? Some Researchers Say It's Here

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 2:34 pm

A soybean field near Campo Verde in western Brazil in January 2011. Researchers argue that enough arable land is already under cultivation to feed the planet for the next several decades.
Yasuyoshi Chiba AFP/GettyImages

If you're looking for a dash of optimism about the future — and who isn't, these days? — you can find it in a rosy new prediction about the planet's ability to produce food for the next half-century.

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8:40am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Says Obama Would Veto GOP's 'Plan B' For Avoiding 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 9:22 am

The president would use his pen to just say no, White House promises.
Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool Getty Images

Making the case that the "Plan B" proposed by House Republicans to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year "does not meet the test of balance," the White House announced this morning that President Obama would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.

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8:36am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Will Sell Off Its General Motors Stock

General Motors is buying back stock from the U.S. government.
Paul Sancya ASSOCIATED PRESS

In a statement early this morning, the Treasury Department says it's going to "exit" its investment in General Motors. The federal government holds just over 500 million shares of GM stock.

The automaker will buy 200 million of those shares, and the government will dispose of the rest "in an orderly fashion" over the next year and a half, depending on market conditions.

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8:09am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Robert Bork, Who Was Turned Down For Supreme Court, Dies

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:26 am

Judge Robert Bork in September 1987, at the Senate hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Charles Tasnadi AP

Robert Bork, who was at the center of Senate hearings that "marked the modern battle lines over judicial nominations," as NPR's Nina Totenberg has said, is dead, according to The New York Times, Fox News and The Associated Press.

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