1:34am

Mon April 30, 2012
Asia

Drama Amid Indonesia's Disappearing Mangroves

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:36 am

A man gathering firewood to sell cuts down mangrove trees in the coastal area of Medan city on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Jan. 31. The country, which has one-quarter of the world's mangroves, is losing them at a rate of 6 percent a year. The coastal forests play important ecological and environmental roles.
Suntanta Aditya AFP/Getty Images

The rising tide laps at the feet of local children and fishermen and submerges all but the tops of the mangrove trees of Tiwoho village in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province. At one degree of latitude north of the equator, the climate here is about the same all year round: hot, wet and perfect for the forests of salt-tolerant trees that grow along sheltered coastlines.

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1:32am

Mon April 30, 2012
Election 2012

Romney's Big-Dollar 'Bundlers' Stay Anonymous

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 8:07 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters in Aston, Pa., on April 23.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

Every presidential nominee going back to 2000 has revealed the names of influential supporters known as "bundlers" because of the way they persuade others to give money to a candidate. Every nominee, that is, until Mitt Romney.

The most anyone can give directly to any presidential campaign is $5,000, and everyone who gives that much is listed in the Romney campaign's monthly disclosures.

When it comes to the bundlers, though, the campaign chooses to keep those names secret.

Voluntary Disclosure

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1:31am

Mon April 30, 2012
Education

Economy Puts Value Of Liberal Arts Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 4:47 am

Wellesley College English professor Yoon Lee teaches a class on the rise of the novel.
Tovia Smith NPR

As high school seniors wrestle with big decisions before Tuesday's deadline about which college they want to go to, some of the nation's top liberal arts colleges are dealing with big decisions of their own. Many of the most elite private schools are trying to figure out how they may have to adapt at a time when they're seen as a more expensive — and less direct — path to landing a job.

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1:30am

Mon April 30, 2012
Asia

Trade, Security On Agenda For Obama, Japan's Noda

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 8:09 am

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a reception at the Japanese Embassy in Washington on Sunday. Noda meets with President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda are meeting at the White House on Monday — the first such meeting between U.S. and Japanese leaders in three years.

Political turmoil in Japan has led to a constant turnover in leadership: There have been six prime ministers in as many years.

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3:38pm

Sun April 29, 2012
Media

If A Fact Dies In The Forest, Will Anyone Believe It?

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 4:04 pm

A recent obituary in the Chicago Tribune mourned the death of facts. But are they truly dead?
iStockphoto.com

According to columnist Rex Huppke, there was a recent death that you might have missed. It wasn't an actor, musician or famous politician, but facts.

In a piece for the Chicago Tribune, Huppke says facts – things we know to be true – are now dead.

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3:09pm

Sun April 29, 2012
Around the Nation

A Broken City: Remembering The L.A. Riots

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 3:48 pm

Twenty years later, first-person accounts of the Los Angeles riots from Angelenos Titus Murphy, Ted Soqui and Rhonda Mitchell, who first told their stories to L.A. Magazine.

3:09pm

Sun April 29, 2012
The Two-Way

State Of Emergency Raises The Stakes In Sudan

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:42 am

Tensions are rising between Sudan and it's recently-indepedent neighbor, South Sudan.
Adriane Ohanesian AFP/Getty Images

Sudan has declared a state of emergency as tensions mount along the disputed border it shares with its new neighbor, South Sudan.

As the AP reports, declaring a state of emergency gives the government expanded powers of arrest. On Saturday, Sudanese officials claimed they had arrested four people, including three foreigners.

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1:40pm

Sun April 29, 2012
Around the Nation

New Hazard On The Horizon: Amateur Storm Chasers

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 3:48 pm

Emergency responders are running headlong into a growing phenomenon: roads bottled up by swarms of tornado chasers
Matt Piechota YouTube

When more than 100 tornadoes raked the Great Plains a couple of weeks ago, emergency responders ran headlong into a growing phenomenon: roads bottled up by swarms of tornado chasers.

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8:03am

Sun April 29, 2012
Music Interviews

Marvin Sapp: Surviving Loss, 'Keeping It Moving'

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 3:48 pm

Marvin Sapp's new album is titled I Win.
Courtesy of the artist

"Never Would Have Made It" is the biggest gospel hit of the past decade, and the man who sings it, Marvin Sapp, is quite possibly the biggest name in gospel today — a development that still surprises the Michigan pastor.

"I'm blown away by how that song has had the impact that it has had on so many people," Sapp tells NPR's Guy Raz. "All of us, I've learned, have gone through 'never would have made it' moments, and that's the reason why I believe that it resonates so strongly in so many people's lives."

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8:02am

Sun April 29, 2012
Sports

In Hockey Playoffs, A Question Of Fairness

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:31 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And now, let's turn our attention to the world of sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BALL GAME")

WYNONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game being played each day. Life is a ball game...

GREENE: Life is a ball game, isn't it? Well, at least that's how Mike Pesca sees it. He is NPR's sports correspondent and also WEEKEND EDITION's guide to those intersections of sports and life. And he joins us now.

Hey, Mike.

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