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9:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

A Perpetual Debate: Owning Music In The Digital Age

The discussion over music sharing and compensation has been taking place since long before digital downloads were available.
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Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 11:42 am

This past weekend's post from Emily White, our current All Songs Considered intern, provoked heated discussion about the current state and possible future of music consumption and creation. Emily's personal essay — as a young person who came of age after the moment when music became widely available digitally — was about the evolution of her views toward the music industry, artists and how to support them, as those issues relate to rapidly changing technology.

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Planet Money
8:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Episode 380: An Austerity Wedding

Katerina Margaritou, in her wedding dress.
Courtesy Katerina Margaritou

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:46 am

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Say you've messed up so badly that the only people who will offer you help want your pain and suffering in exchange. They want, to use a fashionable term, austerity. Do you have to accept it? What if that turns out that the pain and suffering is a 20-year detour detour into economic collapse?

On today's show, we hear from a Greek economist about the options open to the country. And we talk to a Greek couple that's getting married tomorrow. They're not sure how they're going to pay for the wedding.

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Recipes
7:50 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Chocolate Chai Sandwich Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

For added decadence, dip the entire cookie into melted chocolate and let it set in the fridge in this Carla Hall recipe.

Makes about 2 dozen 1-inch sandwich cookies

Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chai Ganache Filling

2 cups heavy cream

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Recipes
7:50 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Chocolate-Mint Tea Crinkle Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

If you don't have mint tea, Earl Grey will do just fine. The bergamot, or hints of orange, with the chocolate is a comparable substitution for this recipe, says chef Carla Hall.

Makes about 2 dozen

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon premium mint tea or Earl Grey tea, finely ground

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 medium eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Recipes
7:49 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lemon Citrus 'Tea' Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

If you can find it, there are commercial lemon teas with lemon grass, which goes beautifully with butter and a hint of sugar in Carla Hall's simple lemon shortbread. Lemon grass can be course like straw, however, so be sure to sift the dry ingredients through a fine mesh strainer a couple of times after combining them. You can substitute other lemon teas for this recipe as well.

Makes about 3 dozen 2-inch cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons lemon herb or lemon ginger tea

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

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The Two-Way
7:47 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

LIVE: President Obama Holds A News Conference

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the end of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Los Cabos, Mexico on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:33 pm

China and Russia are not aligned with the United States and the rest of the international community on the subject of Syria, President Obama said during a news conference following the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

"It's not fair to say that Russia and China are signed on," Obama said.

The president said he had "candid" conversations with the leaders of both countries, which have rejected calls for international intervention in Syria. Russia has been accused by the United States of propping up the regime of Bashar Assad.

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Kitchen Window
7:47 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

A Twist On Tea And Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:43 am

As a child, I never appreciated the joy of tea. In fact, I never really had the chance, as my grandmother would say, "Children should not be drinking tea; it is not good for them." If it had been any other beverage, I would have fought with her, but I didn't care enough about tea. I did, however, outgrow that stage. I began to experiment with different teas and learn how to flavor tea with my real passion: spices.

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The Two-Way
7:28 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

House Republicans, Holder Head For Showdown Over Gun-Trafficking Scandal

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:36 am

A House panel will meet Wednesday to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the controversial Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-trafficking operation.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, met with Holder on Tuesday in an effort to resolve difference over his panel's subpoena for the documents.

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It's All Politics
7:14 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:42 am

President Obama has certainly put Republicans in a tricky spot with his action to essentially activate parts of the DREAM Act that would defer deportations for certain young illegal immigrants.

Come out against the president's stance, popular with many Latino voters but not exclusively so, and Republicans run the risk of further alienating many of those voters.

But come out in support of the president's act, and many conservatives in the Republican base could get angry.

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U.S.
6:59 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Senators Get Time In Solitary Confinement

An exercise area for inmates in solitary confinement in California's Pelican Bay prison. Inmates are allowed to leave their windowless cells for 2 1/2 hours daily to exercise and bathe.
Michael Montgomery Center for Investigative Reporting

At any given moment, about 15,000 men and women are living in solitary confinement in the federal prison system, housed in tiny cells not much larger than a king-sized bed.

"It is hard to describe in words what such a small space begins to look like, feel like and smell like when someone is required to live virtually their entire life in it," says Craig Haney, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

But Tuesday, Haney, who has studied life inside prisons for three decades, had an opportunity to paint that picture.

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