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11:40 am
Wed June 20, 2012

A Ceremony That Was Anything But Private

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Rodney King helped shed new light on the issue of police brutality, but I want to ask if there's also something we can learn from Rodney King's struggle with alcohol. That's my "Can I Just Tell You?" essay, and it's just ahead.

But first, it is June, the traditional start of the wedding season. And for most couples, the big day can be accompanied by some butterflies, and maybe a little last-minute drama.

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Mountain Stage
11:33 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Henry Girls On Mountain Stage

Henry Girls' members perform songs from their recent album December Moon.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:10 pm

The Irish sisters in Henry Girls make their first American appearance on this episode of Mountain Stage. From Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland, Joleen, Lorna and Karen McLaughlin create a seamless mix of folk, bluegrass and traditional Irish music, framed by their chilling three-part harmonies.

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Asian-Americans On The Rise

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's June, the beginning of the summer wedding season and a lot of couples are tying the knot, but what happens when your plans for a dream wedding in your hometown are the subject of - well, let's say - opinions of complete strangers?

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World Cafe
10:58 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters And Men are an Icelandic folk-rock band.
Hörður Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic sextet specializing in catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting backups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when it won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands; since then, the buzz has only grown.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Wed June 20, 2012

And Then She Snapped: School Lunch Photo Ban Sparks Gifts To Hunger Charity

Nine-year-old Martha Payne's favorite school lunch: chicken curry, broccoli and ice cream.
Martha Payne NeverSeconds.com

Scottish school girl Martha Payne is just nine, but she caused a national kerfluffle last week when she was told she could no longer publish photographs of her school lunches on her daily food blog, NeverSeconds.

Martha began blogging in April about the quality of her school lunches, with the help of her father, David. Each day she posts a clear photograph of a meal, and rates each one on its taste, health, price and number of pieces of hair that turn up in the food (mostly none).

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Wed June 20, 2012

White House Exerts Executive Privilege Over 'Fast And Furious' Documents

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:24 pm

The battle between the Obama administration and the House Oversight and Government over the Fast and Furious operation just ratcheted up another notch. There's word that the White House is exerting executive privilege over documents that the committee's Republican majority has subpoenaed.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Voyage To The Center Of A Black Hole

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A black hole and its massive pair of jets is seen in association with a growing microquasar in this artist's impression based on multiple sources of telescope data.
L. Calçada/M.Kornmesser ESO

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 11:47 am

Who doesn't wonder what happens when someone falls into a black hole? I'm sure some of you, dear readers, have lost many hours of sleep on this one. Especially now that we know that there is a black hole at the center of most of the hundreds of billions of galaxies out there, including a behemoth in our own Milky Way with a mass of about 4 million suns.

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Opinion
10:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Foreign Policy: The Coming Oil Crash

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and CEO of state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft Igor Sechin (L) push the button launching a new oil terminal at the Black Sea port of Tuapse on June 15. An expected fall in crude prices this autumn could have serious impacts on the economies of Russia and other nations reliant on oil exports.
Mikhail Klimentyev AFP/Getty Images

Steve Levine is a blogger and foreign correspondent for Foreign Policy.

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The Picture Show
10:18 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Seeing More Than A Fence: Road Trip Along The Southern Border

This photograph is included in an exhibition currently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography In Mexico. (Border fence, near Naco, Ariz., 2010)
Victoria Sambunaris Yancey Richardson Gallery

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:33 pm

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Victoria Sambunaris is standing on a cliff overlooking the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas.

From her vantage point, she says, she can view children swimming in the river while their families sit at picnic tables and barbecue across the bank. Some of the children race on their Jet Skis, trying to keep up with U.S. border agents patrolling the river on pontoons.

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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Greece Has New Prime Minister

New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras has been sworn in as Greek prime minister, correspondent Joanna Kakissis and Sky News report.

As Joanna reported earlier for our Newscast Desk, Samaras' conservative New Democracy party came in first during Sunday national elections, but didn't get enough support to govern on its own. So it will share power with the Socialist PASOK and a small pro-European party — The Democratic Left.

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