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10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

The 'Truths' Of Politics Not Quite So True

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If you've been following campaign news, you've probably heard a lot about the supposed truths of politics. These are the hard and fast rules pundits and politicians have gleaned over the years.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: No one has ever won the presidency without carrying their home state...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: No Democratic presidential candidate has ever won the presidency without carrying some Southern states.

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Presidential Race
10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Romney Visits Florida On First Day Of Early Voting

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Republican Mitt Romney got a boost in Iowa yesterday from the Des Moines Register, becoming the first Republican that the paper has endorsed since Richard Nixon. Governor Romney was in Florida trying to drum up the votes on the first day early voting. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Election 2012
10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Weekend Brunch: Young Voters In Texas

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Books
10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Annotating 'Frankenstein' And Reviving A Classic

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There are some books that have saturated themselves so deeply into our culture and consciousness we tend to believe we've read them, even when we haven't. Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is one of those books.

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COLIN CLIVE: (as Dr. Henry Frankenstein) It's alive. It's alive. It's alive.

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Sports
10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Week In Sports: Giants Set Stage For Series Sweep

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Time now for sports - but no time for music this week, because today we want to get right to the latest in the World Series. And this morning, the San Francisco Giants and their fans are celebrating a 2-0 win over Detroit and a 3-0 lead in the World Series. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us for the latest. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey.

MARTIN: Where does this leave the series?

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Environment
10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Roaring Up East Coast

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The nation is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, from the East Coast all the way into the Ohio Valley. The storm killed almost 60 people in the Caribbean, and U.S. officials are warning the storm could affect as many as 60 million people NPR's Allison Keyes reports.

ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: All along the coast people like Carl Stevens in Virginia Beach were getting ready to hunker down for a while.

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Asia
10:58 am
Sun October 28, 2012

What's Next For China's Economy?

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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History
9:03 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Closing Courthouse Brought Moonshiners To Justice

The John B. Hayes Federal Building in Wilkesboro, N.C., is among several federal courthouses being closed in the South.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.

The Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building is in Wilkesboro, N.C., where distilling corn whiskey in backwoods breweries was once the town's main trade. It's one of six federal courthouses closing in the South over the next year or two.

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Asia
6:21 am
Sun October 28, 2012

With Barbs, Author Becomes Literary Star In China

Blogger and race car driver Han Han doesn't shy away from skewering Chinese government and society.
Robert Cianflone Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 7:41 pm

Not so long ago, many Chinese commentators wrote in a cautious, oblique style designed not to offend the nation's famously humorless leaders — then came the Internet, blogs and a cheeky young man named Han Han.

The voice of China's post-'80s generation, Han is ironic, skeptical and blunt — writing what many young Chinese think but dare not say publicly.

Now 30 years old, Han has boy-band good looks, drives race cars and has 8 million followers on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

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Around the Nation
6:21 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Working It: Living Between Hope And Hardship

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

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Time now for another story in our Working It series. People in Nashville, Tennessee, have been sharing their ups and downs in a difficult job market. Today, we meet James Elliott. He lost his job with a big construction company four years ago. Now, he works as a freelance carpenter and handyman. He's 51 years old, married, with a grown daughter and a 17-year-old son. We followed him through a day's work digging trenches and fixing cars with his friends.

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