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2:32pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Election 2012

Influx Of Puerto Ricans Changes Fla.'s Voter Calculus

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 7:51 pm

A sign lets voters know they can cast early ballots for the Florida primary election in January at the South Creek Branch Library in Orlando.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Florida is a perennial battleground state in presidential elections. And within Florida, the area around Orlando is a battlefield where the terrain has changed radically.

It used to be a tossup. But four years ago, Barack Obama won in Orlando — or technically in Orange County — with 59 percent of the vote, a margin of almost 80,000 votes.

What happened in Orlando?

There were several things: The Democrats registered a lot of black voters. Obama ran well among independents. But the biggest difference was the number of new arrivals to the area.

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2:32pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Around the Nation

The State Of Affairs For Veterans Seeking Jobs

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 4:20 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, retired Army General Eric Shinseki, is attending that job fair in Detroit and he joins me now. Welcome to the program.

SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI: Well, thank you, Melissa. Great to be joining you.

BLOCK: When you talk with employers, what do they tell you about the hurdles or the challenges of hiring veterans? What are the problems there?

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2:21pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Chris Thile's First Musical Memory

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 7:54 pm

Chris Thile says he was only a year old when he first heard "The Girl from Ipanema."
Danny Clinch

It's clear Chris Thile has an ear for music: The 31-year-old mandolinist, best known for his bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, has been playing music his entire life.

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2:15pm

Wed June 27, 2012
NPR Story

A Peek Inside Astronomer Carl Sagan's Mind

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 7:53 pm

The astronomer Carl Sagan made it his life's work to engage the public in the world of science and exploration. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that it's acquired his personal papers. Host Audie Cornish talks with Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow.

1:01pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What Clementines Can Teach Surgeons

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 4:20 pm

University of Michigan

Clementines and pelvic anatomy are two things you probably wouldn't ever talk about in the same sentence, unless you're Pamela Andreatta.

Andreatta, a medical educator at the University of Michigan Medical School, knows all about how people learn. And lately, she's been spending a lot of time scrutinizing how residents are taught to do minimally invasive surgery.

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7:06pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Remembrances

Nora Ephron, Filmmaker, Is Dead at 71

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:41 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The writer Nora Ephron has died. Over the course of six decades, she chronicled the lives of women in newsprint, in books, on the stage and on screen. She was 71 years old, and died of complications from a blood disorder. She's best known for romantic comedies such as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally," but she also brought to the big screen Karen Silkwood and Julia Child.

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5:18pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Sports

BCS Presidents Approve Four-Team College Football Playoff

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

At long last, big-time college football has a playoff, if you want to call four teams a playoff. Today, a committee of university presidents agreed to a system that replaces the current Bowl Championship Series beginning in 2014.

NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins me now. And, Tom, this is something that college football fans have wanted for years. President Obama has said he wants this championship game. What do you know about the deal?

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3:22pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Sports

Ready, Set, Sail: America's Cup Back In Rhode Island

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

The Oracle Racing AC45 catamarans practice in the San Francisco Bay in February. The AC45 is a smaller version of the AC72, which teams will race in next year's America's Cup Finals in 2013.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

An America's Cup sailing event is being held to Newport, R.I., for the first time in 29 years. Sailors began arriving in Newport last week for the final leg of the America's Cup World Series regatta, which has been held at stops all across the world to gin up excitement for the official America's Cup next year in San Francisco.

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3:22pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Politics

Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.

Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.

Student Loans

President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.

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2:40pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Commentary

Getting To The Heart Of The City

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Stockton's financial morass is an example of challenges faced by many cities these days.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In the coming weeks, we'll report on urban life in the 21st century with the NPR Cities Project.

(SOUNDBITE OF STREET NOISE)

BLOCK: Our Cities Project stories start next Monday and we want your input. What is the heart of your city, your favorite pocket park, plaza or watering hole? Please send us pictures and sound.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The sound of San Francisco is the BART train.

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2:40pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Board Reinstates University Of Virginia's President

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. At the University of Virginia this afternoon, a resounding turnaround.

TERESA SULLIVAN: Today, the Board of Visitors has voted to reinstate me as the president of the university.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

BLOCK: Teresa Sullivan has her job back. Just two weeks ago, she was forced out in a behind-the-scenes move by some board members. Students and faculty were infuriated, and the campus has been in turmoil.

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2:40pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Law

Blog Sees Success In Supreme Court Focus

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 4:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This Thursday, when the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in the health care case, many fingers will be anxiously clicking on the website ScotusBlog. It'll be live blogging starting at 8:45 in the morning, even though opinions don't come down until 10.

ScotusBlog was started in 2003 by lawyer Tom Goldstein, who's argued many cases before the Supreme Court. And he joins me to talk about his website and how it works.

Tom, welcome back.

TOM GOLDSTEIN: Thanks for having me.

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2:23pm

Tue June 26, 2012
NPR Story

Facebook's E-mail Change Rankles Users

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 4:52 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

What do your friends see on Facebook when they look for your email address? It might not be what you think. In the past few days, Facebook automatically changed the email contacts it displays without clearly notifying users about what it was doing.

As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, lots of people on Facebook are not happy.

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2:20pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Sinking Under A $10,000 Monthly Mortgage Payment

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 4:50 pm

The nation's housing crisis has touched countless people. Increasingly, the well-off are among them.

Housing counselors around the country say they are seeing more people struggling to keep their million-dollar homes. It's a twist on a familiar story of hardship — but one that involves some very big numbers.

Moving Up, Falling Down

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2:20pm

Tue June 26, 2012
NPR Story

'Steeplechase Queen' Hopes To Score Big In London

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

At this week's Olympic trials, middle distance runner Jenny Simpson will find out if she's going to the Olympics. Simpson is the current world champion in the 1,500 meters, but as we hear from NPR's Allison Keyes, she's had some setbacks recently, and she and her coach are making last-minute tweaks to her training routine.

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2:20pm

Tue June 26, 2012
NPR Story

Orbitz Targets Mac Users For Pricier Hotels

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

You know the ads that poke fun at the hapless, square PC compared with the hip and clever Mac?

(SOUNDBITE OF AN AD)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Hello, I'm a Mac.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: And I'm a PC. And I feel inadequate.

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11:53am

Tue June 26, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Youth Lead Rebellion, And Teach Their Elders

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:06 pm

A Syrian youth flashes the victory sign as he stands in front of a building that was covered with anti-government graffiti — though local authorities painted over it — in the town of Duma, outside Damascus, in February.
AFP/Getty Images

The uprising in Syria began in the spring of 2011 when rebellious teenagers scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall in the southern city of Daraa.

The protest against their arrest, and the regime's brutal response, sparked the wider revolt. Throughout the unrest, the country's younger generation has been at the forefront of efforts to end the repressive regime of President Bashar Assad.

At a cafe in the heart of Damascus recently, a young man flips open his cellphone to show pictures of people killed in the uprising.

"Actually, they are my friends," he says.

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10:32am

Tue June 26, 2012
World

Arab-Jewish Tensions Creep Into 'Peace Village'

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:28 pm

A boy walks past spray-painted graffiti that reads in Hebrew, "Death to Arabs" and "Revenge." The vandalism took place earlier this month in the mixed Arab-Jewish community of Neve Shalom in Israel.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli village of Neve Shalom was founded decades ago as a place where Arabs and Jews could coexist in the volatile Middle East. The area has weathered regional wars and uprisings, but earlier this month, vandals targeted it and spray-painted anti-Arab epithets on the school's walls.

"We discovered first of all that a number of tires had been punctured, and then we noticed the damage at the school, slogans painted on the walls saying 'Death to the Arabs,' " says Howard Shippin, a longtime resident of Neve Shalom village. "Of course it's very disturbing."

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3:40pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Could Kaiser Permanente's Low-Cost Health Care Be Even Cheaper?

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:27 pm

George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2009.
Michel Euler AP

Kaiser Permanente rose out of Henry J. Kaiser's utopian, industrialist dream.

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2:40pm

Mon June 25, 2012
NPR Story

And This Little Piggy Made ... A Home Of Books?

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:27 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to a literary construction zone. Commentator Andrei Codrescu is starting a building project using books.

ANDREI CODRESCU, BYLINE: I put out the word that I'm making a house out of books, and thousands of books started arriving by truck, big publishers' remainders, 100 years of bad taste in hardback. My building made of books grew from a shack to a palace the size of Versailles made entirely out of bestsellers.

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