1:24pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Religion

Cartoonist On Sikh Superhero Who Fights Prejudice

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We want to go now to a place where art and culture intersect. We've heard a lot about the shooting that took place at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin over the summer, and the questions and the soul-searching over that tragedy are still going on, both inside and outside the Sikh community. One man, though, says he has an idea to make the country a more tolerant place for Sikhs and everybody else, actually, and it comes in the form of comic strips.

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12:12pm

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Will Announce Resignation

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 1:09 pm

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) in 2009.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Update at 3:02 p.m. ET. Jackson Resigns:

After much controversy over an extended medical leave and facing an ethics investigation, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat from Chicago, resigned from Congress today.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson said he resigning effective immediately so he can "focus on restoring my health."

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12:10pm

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday?

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 3:30 pm

Snippet of a letter F.B. Haviland sent to President Hoover in 1929 asking him to move Thanksgiving to Friday.
National Archives

Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover in 1929.

Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.

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12:08pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

World AIDS Epidemic Slows, But Fight Stalls In Parts Of Asia

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 1:10 pm

Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day in Nanjing, China, in 2006. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in China has nearly quadrupled to 40,000.
AP

New HIV infections have dropped more than 50 percent across 25 developing countries since 2001, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS reported on Tuesday. And, transmission of the virus from mothers to infants has decreased by 24 percent in just the past two years.

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11:50am

Wed November 21, 2012
Education

Behind The Native American Achievement Gap

Over five million people in the U.S. claim some form of Native American identity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For Native American Heritage Month, guest host Celeste Headlee checks back in with author Anton Treuer about historic education challenges Native Americans have faced and what's being done to close the achievement gap.

11:50am

Wed November 21, 2012
Technology

Outsmart Crowds With Mobile Shopping Revolution

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 10:03 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We want to switch gears now. Tomorrow is Black Friday, as you probably know. That's when many stores offer massive discounts to shoppers who are willing to wait in huge lines and sometimes get into brawls in those lines. It's such a boon for businesses, that many stores are turning it into Black Thursday. They're opening their doors tonight.

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11:26am

Wed November 21, 2012
Music Reviews

The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:39 am

circa 1935: American singer Bessie Smith (circa 1894 - 1937), known as the Empress of the Blues. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Three Lions Getty Images

Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.

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11:26am

Wed November 21, 2012
Author Interviews

A Daughter Remembers Her 'Entertainer' Father

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:45 am

Lyle Talbot began his career as an itinerant carnival and vaudeville performer before eventually making his way to Hollywood.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

If you look up the name Lyle Talbot on IMDb, you'll find dozens of films and television shows he appeared in, starting with the 1931 short The Nightingale and ending with roles on Newhart and Who's the Boss. He made a movie with Bogart before Bogart was a star. He worked with child star Shirley Temple, was featured in the Ed Wood cult classics Plan 9 from Outer Space and Glen or Glenda?, and had a recurring role on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as Ozzie's friend and neighbor Joe Randolph.

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10:56am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

As Talk Of Affirmative Action Heats Up, Asians Contemplate Their Position

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 10:35 am

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.
Eric Gay AP

It's been an eventful couple of months for those following the debate over affirmative action.

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10:51am

Wed November 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

OB-GYNs Say No Prescription Should Be Needed To Get The Pill

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:01 am

Time for oral contraceptives to be available without a prescription?
iStockphoto.com

The time has come for the pill to be available over-the-counter, the nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says.

Why? "There's a 50 percent unintended pregnancy rate in the U.S., which is extremely high for a resource-rich country," says Dr. James T. Breeden, president of the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. Easier access to oral contraceptives could go a long way to bringing that number down, he tells Shots.

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