3:24am

Fri June 15, 2012
All Songs Considered Blog

Youssra El Hawary Scales A Wall With A Wink And A Smile

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 2:48 pm

Egyptian singer/songwriter Youssra El Hawary.
Courtesy of the artist

I try my best to keep up on new sounds out of the Middle East and North Africa, but the name Youssra El Hawary was completely new to me until just a couple of weeks ago. But now, I'm totally hooked on music by this 28-year-old folkie-ish, indie-ish, chanson-ish singer/songwriter from Egypt armed not with a guitar, but ... an accordion.

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2:44am

Fri June 15, 2012
Asia

China's Economy Cools, Perhaps More Than Planned

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:14 am

A Chinese worker operates a machine at a factory in Binzhou in northeast China's Shandong province. China's exports and imports shot up in May year-on-year, the customs agency said on June 10, defying expectations amid a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.
AFP/Getty Images

In recent months, economic growth in China has not only slowed — it's slowed faster than most people expected. Last week, for the first time since the depths of the global financial crisis, the government actually cut lending rates to try to spur growth. All of this has people wondering: Where is the world's star economy headed?

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2:43am

Fri June 15, 2012
Planet Money

Can Lincoln Be Cool Again?

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:56 am

An ad for the 1965 Lincoln Continental.
courtesy Lincoln

In the car business, Lincoln once stood as the pinnacle of luxury. Frank Sinatra drove a Lincoln. So did the Shah of Iran. In the U.S., the presidential limo was a Lincoln.

The brand peaked with the 1961 Lincoln Continental, a beautiful, innovative car that stood for style, individuality and sophistication.

But after the '60s, Lincoln started on a long, slow decline that mirrored the slide of the American auto industry.

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2:11am

Fri June 15, 2012
Monkey See

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Investigates The Space Science Of Summer Movies

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:56 am

There's plenty of starfield action going on in Prometheus.
Twentieth Century Fox

If you make movies that have anything to do with science, please note: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, pays attention.

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2:07am

Fri June 15, 2012
Humans

Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:33 am

The Panel of Hands in the Cave of El Castillo in Spain. New dating methods suggest the paintings could have been drawn by Neanderthals, not humans, as previously thought.
Pedro Saura AAAS/Science

The famous paintings on the walls of caves in Europe mark the beginning of figurative art and a great leap forward for human culture.

But now a novel method of determining the age of some of those cave paintings questions their provenance. Not that they're fakes — only that it might not have been modern humans who made them.

The first European cave paintings are thought to have been made over 30,000 years ago. Most depict animals and hunters. Some of the eeriest are stencils of human hands, apparently made by blowing a spray of pigment over a hand held up to a wall.

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1:57am

Fri June 15, 2012
Law

Legal Help For The Poor In 'State Of Crisis'

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:56 am

At Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore, the doors are open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It serves as a kind of legal emergency room for people who need help but can't afford a lawyer.
Carrie Johnson NPR

Nearly 50 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that people accused of a crime deserve the right to a defense lawyer, no matter whether they can afford to pay for one. But there's no such guarantee when it comes to civil disputes — like evictions and child custody cases — even though they have a huge impact on people's lives.

For decades, federal and state governments have pitched in to help. But money pressures mean the system for funding legal aid programs for the poor is headed toward a crisis.

A Legal ER

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12:03am

Fri June 15, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:56 am

Fathers have played an important role in shaping musical history.
Matthew Scherf iStockphoto.com

With Father's Day coming up this weekend, Morning Edition music commentator Miles Hoffman has been thinking about a few musical dads and their children.

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5:21pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Jurors In Sandusky Trial Hear From Three More Alleged Victims

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:27 pm

Jurors in the trial against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky heard from three more alleged victims during the fourth day of testimony today. Amid more graphic testimony, they told similar stories about how they say Sandusky made them feel special.

The AP reports:

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5:12pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 9:17 am

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield).
Lisa Brown

During a heated debate on the floor of the Michigan state House, Rep. Lisa Brown made an impassioned speech against a bill that seeks to put new regulations on abortion providers and ban all abortions after 20 weeks.

Brown, a Democrat, argued that her Jewish faith allowed for therapeutic abortions when the mother's life is in danger without regard to length of pregnancy.

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4:18pm

Thu June 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney Duel On Economy In Ohio Where It Could All Be Decided

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 5:21 pm

Ohio could very well be the state where what's expected to be a very close presidential race gets decided.

And every indication is that the economy will be the issue that drives the majority of voters to either President Obama or Mitt Romney.

Which explains why on Thursday both the Democratic president and the all-but-official Republican nominee were, again, in Ohio to argue why he and not his opponent should be president starting January 20, 2013.

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