9:38am

Thu October 4, 2012
Law

Ca. Bans Therapy Meant To Turn Gay Kids Straight

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:30 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to California. Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a landmark piece of legislation banning a controversial form of therapy that is meant to change the sexual orientation of children under 18. Supporters of the ban say the so-called gay to straight conversion therapy can psychologically scar patients in the worst possible ways and there's no medical evidence that it works.

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9:38am

Thu October 4, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Precious' Director Daniels Flocks To Controversy

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Film goers will remember Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels for his provocative 2009 drama "Precious," which was based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire. It was an often grim, but also inspiring, story of an obese, illiterate, abused black teenaged mother who eventually finds a way to overcome her many challenges.

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9:38am

Thu October 4, 2012
Presidential Race

Did The President Need A Sip Of Romney's Red Bull?

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we are recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month by speaking with the first Mexican-American woman to become a college or university president in the U.S. We'll hear her very interesting story in a few minutes.

But first, we turn to last night's presidential debate. An estimated 60 million Americans tuned in to watch the first face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

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9:37am

Thu October 4, 2012
It's All Politics

The Men In The Middle: Jim Lehrer, Big Bird Caught In Debate Cross Fire

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:45 pm

Big Bird, of the children's television show Sesame Street, in Los Angeles.
Matt Sayles AP

Two men — well one man and one big, yellow bird — were caught in the crossfire of last night's debate: the moderator Jim Lehrer and the Sesame Street character Big Bird.

It's safe to say that after last night the two of them are having very different mornings. While the veteran news anchor swallowed scathing reviews, Big Bird enjoyed a strong backing.

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9:33am

Thu October 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Don't Confuse Us With Facts: Why Debates Are All About Style

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:43 pm

Romney vs. Obama. A question of style?
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If you think substance trumps style, the analysis of last night's presidential debate might come as a shock. There seems to be a lot more talk today about things like temperament and facial expressions than the facts.

Here's a sampling of opinion:

Writing in Forbes, Frederick E. Allen says President Obama "looked defensive and uncertain," while GOP challenger Mitt Romney "may have said things that were clearly untrue ... but he said them convincingly."

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7:48am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook Hits Major Milestone: 1 Billion Active Users

The Facebook homepage.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Facebook hit a major milestone today: The biggest social network in the world now has 1 billion active users each month. That means that one in seven people in the world are Facebook users.

As you might have expected, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on his Facebook account.

The milestone, he said, means Facebook has joined the pantheon of things that help connect humans.

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6:57am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:39 am

There were 367,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The bottom line: This doesn't mark any significant change in the jobs market, especially considering the "4-week moving average was 375,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average." That figure is a better measure of labor market trends.

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6:45am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown, First In 45 Years

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 12:28 pm

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Orlin Wagner AP

The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera became a baseball legend last night: He took the first Triple Crown in 45 years and joined the likes of Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle as the 15th player in history to win it.

The stats that got him the most coveted mantle for a hitter? A .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. (You win the Triple Crown if you lead the league in those three measures.) Boston's Carl Yastrzemski was the last player to achieve the feat, back in 1967.

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6:11am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Turkey Continues Bombardment Of Syrian Targets

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:04 am

Local residents check on the damaged house where five Turkish civilians were killed on October 3 by a mortar bomb in the southern border town of Akcakale.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The situation between Syria and Turkey escalated today, as Turkey continued its attack on targets inside Syria and the Turkish parliament gave the OK for military action outside its borders.

As we reported, Turkey is retaliating for a rocket attack that killed five civilians yesterday. The development is important because it could mean the conflict between rebels and the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has now become regional.

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5:11am

Thu October 4, 2012
Food

Thieves Steal Millions In Canadian Maple Syrup

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:19 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Canadian police say they've seized thousands of gallons of maple syrup. They found the sweet stuff in the storehouse of an exporter. The truckloads of syrup appear to be a small part of a heist that siphoned off much of the strategic reserves of a producers cooperative in Quebec. The total amount missing: about $20 million worth. Still, it's a bit of a sticky investigation, as maple syrup is near impossible to track. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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