11:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Chooses Republicans' Words Carefully To Say They're Playing Politics

President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House earlier today (Sept. 12, 2011).
Alex Wong Getty Images

At the White House today, President Obama criticized what he said is a view among some Republicans that they don't want to work with him on passing a jobs bill — even when many of the things he's proposing are measures they've supported in the past — because it wouldn't be good for the GOP politically:

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11:10am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Woodward: It's Clear From His New Book, Cheney Didn't Learn From Iraq

Former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Feb. 10, 2011, file photo.)
Alex Brandon AP

We've been keeping up with reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir, In My Time. In it, the vice president has made some extraordinary claims, including that he was in charge during Sept. 11 and saying that he still supports water boarding as way to get detainees to talk.

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11:02am

Mon September 12, 2011
Environment

Agency Takes New Approach To Save Everglades Land

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 6:13 pm

A flock of ibis flies at the Oak Creek Marsh, a former cattle pasture near the Kissimmee River, the headwaters of Florida's Everglades.
Luis M. Alvarez AP

In Florida, federal officials have released plans for a new wildlife preserve just south of Orlando. The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge will include at least 150,000 acres, but there's a twist — most of it will remain under private ownership.

Visitors mostly come to central Florida for its theme parks and beaches, but long before Walt Disney set his sights on the part of the state where he erected a castle at the Magic Kingdom, it was known for its lakes, rivers and grasslands.

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11:00am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Rumsfeld Calls Paul Krugman's Sept. 11 Column 'Repugnant'

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in March 2011.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

"After reading Krugman's repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM."

That's the reaction on Twitter today from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to "The Years of Shame" blog post published Sunday by New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.

In his post, Krugman argues that:

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David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975.

From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News.

Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009),  Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992), and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996).

An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

10:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
Television

Margo Martindale: A 'Justified' Moonshine Matriarch

Margo Martindale is Mags Bennett, a charmingly villainous moonshiner in the FX series Justified. For her performance, Martindale drew on her roots in East Texas and Kentucky. "It's all part of my makeup. It's something I really understand," she says.
Prashant Gupta FX

In the FX series Justified, Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a U.S. marshal transferred from the sunny skies of Miami to his former home in the backwoods of Kentucky. In those Kentucky hills, Givens encounters a slew of unsavory characters, including Mags Bennett, a moonshine-making Appalachian matriarch of a law-defying hillbilly family.

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10:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
Television

No Must-Sees In Fall Crop Of Network TV

Ashton Kutcher (center) replaces Charlie Sheen on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which also stars Angus T. Jones (left), and Jon Cryer.
Matt Hoyle CBS/Warner Brothers

For the second year in a row, the new shows served up by the broadcast TV networks are dull and disappointing — not a great new program in the bunch. There are a pair of terrific new series on the horizon, on cable. But the entire fall TV season concept has been defined and dominated by broadcast television for half a century now — and though that changes a little each year, it's still the biggest game in town, with the most viewers and the most attention.

So here we go again.

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10:03am

Mon September 12, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

SpongeBob May Be Too Speedy For Preschool Brains

SpongeBob Squarepants may be too much for little minds.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for Nickelodeon

Parents may dote on the tragicomic adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants, but researchers say that that the cartoon's fast-based scenes may make it harder for young children to pay attention and think.

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10:00am

Mon September 12, 2011
News

Justice Denied In Puerto Rico, Says ACLU Chief

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the Puerto Rico Police Department. The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report accusing the police of violating the constitution and using excessive — sometimes fatal — force against civilians. Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union conducted its own investigation, finding similar allegations of police brutality in Puerto Rico. Host Michel Martin speaks with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero.

10:00am

Mon September 12, 2011
News

Lt. Gov. Of Puerto Rico Pushes For Police Reform

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 11:51 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, Host:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Now, to a story that has probably received far less attention than it would have, had it occurred in another major American locale. It's about the police department in Puerto Rico. It's the country's second largest department after New York City's.

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