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5:18am

Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Boise Streaker Picks Wrong Path To Elude Police

Police say a man in Boise, Idaho, went running naked through a park. Police gave chase. When they caught up to him, the naked man had become entangled in the barbed wire on top of a fence.

2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Sports

Hopes Dim For NBA Season: Players Reject Offer

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 6:39 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The pro basketball season had been getting canceled a couple of weeks at a time, but now the entire season could be lost. Players rejected last night what the owners said was their best offer. And the players made a dramatic move as well. They actually disbanded as a union. We're going to talk about this with NPR's Mike Pesca. He joins us from the studios of our member station WBUR in Boston.

Mike, good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: Hope WBUR is taking good care of you up there.

PESCA: They are.

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2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Politics

House To Debate Balanced Budget Amendment

The House of Representatives is set to debate this week a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget each year. It's part of the same mandate of this summer's debt ceiling law that more famously requires Congress to slash $1.2 trillion from the deficit or face automatic, across-the-board cuts.

2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Economy

What, If Anything, Will Speed Economic Recovery?

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 6:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. After all the economic news of the past several years, one big question remains unanswered. That question is: How do we finally get out of this?

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2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
NPR Story

Occupy LA Divides Protesters, Homeless

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 6:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Occupy camp in Los Angeles has become something of a microcosm of the city. Some differences are showing among people who call themselves the 99 Percent, homeless people clustered in an area called Skid Row. You find protesters with jobs in an area dubbed Westwood, an affluent community near UCLA. Gloria Hillard reports.

GLORIA HILLARD, BYLINE: Rain the night before has given way to a crisp and clear Los Angeles morning. Shelly Moss pulls a crocheted maroon sweater over her blond hair and adjusts her glasses.

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2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

Business News

The Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico says it will shift its route. Monday's announcement came after President Obama said he would delay a decision to approve the $7 billion project. Nebraska residents were concerned about the pipeline running through an environmentally sensitive area, and possibly contaminating water supplies.

2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

FHA To Issue Annual Report

The Federal Housing Administration today issues its annual report to Congress. A Wharton School professor is warning the FHA's problems are worse than the agency is letting on. The professor predicts that taxpayers will have to provide another multi billion dollar bailout if the economy doesn't improve soon.

2:00am

Tue November 15, 2011
Business

'Batman' Video Game Aims To Get Your Money 2 Times

The video game "Batman: Arkham City" is one of the hottest titles of the year. Its publisher, Warner Brothers, has found several ways to make extra money from its sales. Renee Montagne talks to Kill Screen Magazine co-founder Jamin Warren about the industry's creative business models.

11:45pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Music Interviews

Childish Gambino Is Trying To Be A Grown-Up

Donald Glover onstage as Childish Gambino at Bonnaroo this summer.
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Donald Glover is a truly multifaceted talent. He is a stand-up comedian. He has written for the NBC show 30 Rock and Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and has attracted significant attention for his role on the NBC show Community. As if that weren't enough, he also raps under the moniker Childish Gambino, and has just released a new album called Camp.

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5:33am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Mayor Uses Pen Name To Report City's Good News

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 5:37 am

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5:22am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Hawaiian Singer Stages One-Man Occupy Protest

The artist Makana was performing for President Obama and leaders of nations bordering the Pacific who were meeting in Honolulu. The singer opened his jacket to reveal an "Occupy with Aloha" T-shirt. And then launched into a protest song. Makana said the song did attract stares. Still, the Obamas appeared too busy with guests to notice.

2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

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2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Holiday Sales Expected To Be Better Than Last Year

Analysts are predicting a fairly good year for retailers over the holiday season. Those sales are expected to increase 3 percent overall and go up 15 percent for online retailers. Plus, this is the first year tablets like the iPad may make an impact on the retail landscape.

2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Update

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 4:39 am

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2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Europe

After Berlusconi, Next Italian Government Takes Shape

After a week of market turmoil over the worsening eurozone crisis, hopes are high that the appointment of economist Mario Monti to head a technocratic government in Italy will reassure lenders that the country can speed economic overhaul. Monti could face obstruction from lawmakers of outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's party.

2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Photography

Bangladeshi Photographer Wants To Change How You See His Country

Steve Inskeep talks to Shahidul Alam. The former chemist became a photographer because he was tired of seeing images of the developing world through the lens of Western photographers. He now runs an art gallery, a photo agency and a school of photojournalism in Bangladesh. He recently published a book of stunning photographs called, "My Life as a Witness."

2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 5:15 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And now let's see if you're manly enough to take the pain to make the money that we'll talk about in our last word in business. A few years ago a man uploaded a clip of his son getting his finger bitten by the baby brother.

(SOUNDBITE OF SCREAM)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: (Unintelligible)

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2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Asia

Summit; Free Trade In Asia-Pacific Vital To Recovery

President Obama has a low-key day in Hawaii Monday, before he flies to Australia and Indonesia. His weekend was full of diplomatic meetings at a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders. The president believes the U.S. has not paid enough attention to that region over the last decade. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, he's promising to devote more resources the Pacific Rim.

2:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Analysis

Obama Sends Signals To Debt Committee To Act

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 4:57 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And as Ari said just a moment ago, President Obama will be back in Washington just before that supercommittee's deadline. Before the president left for Hawaii, he picked up the phone and made calls to both the Democratic and Republican chairs of the group.

To talk about that and more, let's turn now to NPR's Cokie Roberts. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

MONTAGNE: Let's start with what those phone calls were about.

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