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2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Business News

S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Politics

GOP Not Interest In Raising Taxes On Anyone

President Obama's deficit reduction plan is just a proposal unless Congress acts. Most Republicans don't like what they heard from the president about taxing the wealthy to shrink long-term deficits.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Donahoe Determined To Keep Postal Service Relevant

The U.S. Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year. On Monday, President Obama endorsed a plan to reduce mail delivery to five days a week to cut its massive losses. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe talks to Steve Inskeep about the future of the mail service.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Will Sony's Tablet S Delight Customers?

The Japanese company Sony has had a tough year. It's endured a string of attacks from hackers, earthquake damage and lower earnings and profits. Now the company has released a new product: Tablet S. David Greene talks to Bloomberg tech columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about what the success of the computer tablet would mean for the one-time king of consumer electronics.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Economy

Spain Auctions Airports, Lottery To Generate Cash

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 10:50 am

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DAVID GREENE, Host:

As Spain struggles to cope with its national debt, the socialist government there is turning to some extreme measures. It's auctioning off state industries, like airports and the national lottery. The government is hoping to generate enough cash to avoid asking the E.U. and International Monetary Fund for a bailout. But as Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, selling off state assets is not the most straightforward solution.

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10:01pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Books

Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On In 'Every Thing'

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 3:13 pm

When Shel Silverstein wrote the poem "Years From Now," he seemed to know that one day he'd be gone but that his playful words and images would still be making children happy. "I cannot see your face," he writes to his young readers, but in "some far-off place," he assures them, "I hear you laughing — and I smile."

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10:01pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Author Interviews

Daniel Yergin Examines America's 'Quest' For Energy

Daniel Yergin is the author behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power.
Jon Chomitz

A television ad running in upstate New York has been warning residents that the state's water supply is headed for ruin.

"New York tap water has always been the best in the world," it says. "In places where gas companies are already using a dangerous process called fracking, like Pennsylvania, the water is cloudy and full of toxic chemicals."

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5:41am

Mon September 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Gamers Solve Problem That Stumped Scientists

A virus like HIV needs a protein to multiply. Find how that protein is created, and you take a step toward stopping it. The problem is so complex even computers couldn't figure it out. So University of Washington scientists created a video game. It required players to figure out the protein structure. The winning team found a solution in just 10 days.

5:32am

Mon September 19, 2011
Europe

Judge Orders $2.4 Million In Traffic Fines Refunded

In a small English village, a speed camera on Duck Street was registered erroneously as being on Seatown Road. Because of that technicality, the judge ordered more than 24,000 drivers over 10 years be refunded $2.4 million in fines.

2:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Europe

Strauss-Kahn Speaks Publicly For The First Time Since Arrest

The former head of the International Monetary Fund has given his first television interview since returning to France after being arrested in May on accusations he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York. The charges were dropped but Dominique Strauss Kahn still faces a lawsuit brought by the maid. A French writer also claims he tried to rape her. Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.

2:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Europe

Greece Tries To Show It Can Reduce Budget Deficit

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 1:43 pm

A woman walks past an advertisement of the national lottery in Athens. Public outrage over austerity measures is intense, and a new levy on real estate has been dubbed the "monster tax."
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

It's a critical period for Greece: It has to convince international lenders that it can slash its budget deficit before getting a vital $11 billion installment of last year's $150 billion bailout deal.

Prime Minister George Papandreou canceled a trip to the U.S. to hold an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday on finding more cuts to plug this year's budget shortfall. Greece has blamed the shortfall on a deeper-than-expected recession — the unintended effect of a year and a half of draconian austerity measures.

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2:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Asia

U.S. Accuses Pakistan Of Harboring Haqqani Network

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 4:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, host: It's Morning Edition from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene in for Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

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10:01pm

Sun September 18, 2011
Monkey See

NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Hopes To Fill Some Very Big And Very British Shoes

Maria Bello plays Detective Jane Timoney — a revamped version of Helen Mirren's iconic Jane Tennison — in NBC's remake of the British drama Prime Suspect.
Patrick Harbron NBC

When a British television show is remade for an American audience, it usually hews closely to the original, at least at the uncertain beginning, while it fumbles to find its own identity.

The Office found one. Most don't.

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10:01pm

Sun September 18, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Lucretius, Man of Modern Mystery

Lucretius, circa 55 B.C.
Spencer Arnold Getty Images

Before he became a Professor of literature at Harvard, and way before he wrote his classic Shakespeare biography, Will in The World, Stephen Greenblatt was an I'll-read-anything kind of kid. One day, he was standing in the campus book store, and there, in a bin, selling for ten cents (good price, even in 1961) he noticed a thin, little volume called On the Nature of Things, by a Roman writer named Lucretius.

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5:17am

Fri September 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Big Y Supermarket To Phase Out Self-Checkout Lanes

The self-serve checkout lanes were meant to speed service and save money, but checkout times increased. Cashiers will return, helping people baffled by bar codes, coupons and ways to pay.

5:10am

Fri September 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Grandparents Monkeying With Camera Are Web Stars

Esther and Bruce Huffman were playing with the camera on their new laptop but didn't know millions were about to see it. Their granddaughter posted on YouTube the retired couple's first attempt at uploading video. It went viral.

2:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
Europe

Could Euro Bonds Mend Eurozone Debt Crisis?

As the 17 European countries that use the euro grapple with the sovereign debt crisis, one possible way out is jointly underwritten euro bonds. The debt burden would be jointly shared among the nations that use the euro and stronger economies would help shore up weaker ones. But Germany — Europe's largest economy and main player in the crisis — remains vehemently opposed to the idea.

2:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
Politics

GOP, Obama Want Panel To Find Funds For Jobs Plan

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 6:23 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Let's talk about politics, the economy and more with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who's on the line.

Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON: Good morning Steve.

INSKEEP: Okay, we heard Speaker Boehner's proposals having to do with this supercommittee that's supposed to reduce the deficit. The president takes his swing at this on Monday, right?

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2:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
Environment

EPA Postpones Power Plant Emissions Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay new rules that would limit emissions of climate-warming gases from power plants. It's the second time this month the EPA has either withdrawn or postponed new pollution rules that industry didn't like.

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