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2:42 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Taking Ivy League Classes Online, For Free

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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NPR Story
2:21 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

First Lady Fights Obesity With Moves And Good Food

First Lady Michelle Obama gardens in Soweto township, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The first lady has planted a garden on the South Lawn of the White House — it's the first vegetable garden to be planted there since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden.
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Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:43 pm

Many first ladies choose a mission, and when Michelle Obama moved into the White House, she decided to take up the cause of combating childhood obesity. It's an epidemic that affects up to one-third of all children in the U.S. It's also a personal issue for the first lady. A number of years ago, her pediatrician asked her to rethink her daughters' diets.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Whitey Bulger.
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The girlfriend of the notorious mob boss James J. 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive.

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The Mix
2:06 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

This mix is best enjoyed in warm weather, near a large body of water, with your old school boombox turned up to 11.
Aaron R. Fulkerson Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:54 pm

There's never just one theme running through the music of a given year, but through the first half of 2012, it's been hard to ignore the varieties of ecstasy referenced, performed and endorsed by the musicians behind many of our favorite songs.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Analog For Astronauts: An Ambient Classic Reimagined

The Apollo 11 space module above the surface of the moon.
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Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 5:02 pm

(Classical Detours meanders through stylistic byways, exploring new recordings from the fringes of classical music.)

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NPR Music Essentials
1:58 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

Stephanie d'Otreppe NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:07 pm

The albums that made the first half of our year came at us from every direction (often, more than one at a time). We've collected our favorites into a handy little list that we're happy to share with you today.

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World Cafe: Sense Of Place
1:55 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

World Cafe Gets Funky In New Orleans

Explore this interactive map for stories, photos and videos of the city's highlights, as recommended by Trombone Shorty, Ani DiFranco, John Boutté, Treme's Davis Rogan, and Dr. John.

National Security
1:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Ahead Of Moscow Talks, U.S. Options On Iran

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 9:07 am

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From Our Listeners
1:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Letters: Jobs For Teens And Buddy Guy

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 2:34 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener feedback on previous Talk of the Nation programs, including shows on summer jobs for teens, the complications of claiming Native American ancestry and blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

Your Money
1:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Improving The Lives Of Single Moms And Their Kids

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 2:39 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Isabel Sawhill argued that then-Vice President Dan Quayle was right 20 years ago when he criticized television character Murphy Brown's decision to become a single mom. Sawhill cited statistics that show children in a two-parent family do better at school, then later in life.

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