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8:52 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New Fetal Genetics Test: Less Risk, More Controversy

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:37 pm

The full genetic code of a fetus has been cracked. The technique, used by scientists at the University of Washington, could offer parents safer and more comprehensive prenatal testing in the future. It also leaps into a debate over what information parents will eventually have — and use — to decide whether to have an abortion.

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8:06 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

A Half-Dozen Songs To Make Your Bones Shake

DJ/promoter Frankie Francis makes up one-half of the British retro-boogaloo outfit, Sofrito.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 4:08 pm

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The Two-Way
6:36 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Issa To Holder: 'No, Mr. Attorney General You're Not A Good Witness'

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.
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Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:53 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder faced a grilling today during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

Rep. Darrell Issa was the main questioner, asking Holder if his Justice Department knew of the tactics used in the flawed gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious.

NPR's Carrie Johnson reports Republicans also accused Holder of not coming clean and not complying with subpoenas. She sent this report to our Newscast unit about the four-hour long hearing:

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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

In Syria, Some Places 'Are Already Living The Civil War'

A Syrian boy sits in the rubble of house which was destroyed during a military operation by the Syrian pro-Assad army in April in the town of Taftanaz, Syria.

NPR's Deborah Amos has been covering the uprising in Syria since it began more than a year ago. Like other foreign reporters, she has had to cover much of the conflict from afar because the Syrian government has only rarely granted visas. She has just returned to Syria for the first time since last fall and sent this dispatch:

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This Is NPR
6:08 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

NPR Presents: An Evening With 'Planet Money' At The 92nd Street Y


Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:35 pm

Act One: It all begins with some innocent bartering.

Act Two: Enter the crisis. And the guy left to clean up the mess.

Act Three: Happily Ever After?

No, you're not reading a program for the next big show to hit Broadway. But this production certainly won't lack drama, and the venue doesn't falter when it comes to New York City clout.

Join NPR's Planet Money team on Wednesday, June 13 at 8PM at 92nd Street Y in Manhattan as they explain the seemingly inexplicable: the modern economy.

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It's All Politics
5:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

There's More Secret Money In Politics; Justice Kennedy Might Be Surprised

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the Citizens United opinion saying that corporations can pay for ads expressly promoting or attacking political candidates.
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Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:39 pm

Federal election law has required the public disclosure of campaign donors for nearly 40 years.

But this year, outside groups are playing a powerful role in the presidential election. And some of them disclose nothing about their donors. That's despite what the Supreme Court said in its controversial Citizens United ruling two years ago.

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Music Reviews
5:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Music Review: 'Can You Canoe'



You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

For many kids, summer means no homework, playing outdoors and, of course, traveling. Our children's music reviewer, Stefan Shepherd, tells us about a new album inspired by a trip down America's original interstate highway.


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National Security
5:42 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Congressmen Accuse White House Of Leaking Intel

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:54 pm

A bipartisan group of senators has called an investigation into how the news media has received information from the White House about drone strikes and cyber warfare.

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5:39 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Calif. Governor: 'Pension Reform Is Imperative'

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:54 pm

The public employee unions that unsuccessfully opposed the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suffered two other defeats on Tuesday. Voters in San Diego and San Jose, Calif., approved measures to curb city pensions. Firefighters in those cities vow to take the matter to court but public support for the cutbacks was overwhelming.

5:38 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Federal Reserve Predicts Moderate Economic Growth

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:54 pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before the Joint Economic Committee on Thursday. Bernanke said the economy is facing some "headwinds," but that he expects it to continue growing at a moderate pace.