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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Death Toll In Nigeria Reaches 98 After Church Attacks, Reprisals

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:11 pm

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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It's All Politics
3:35 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Executive Privilege: A Long (And Sometimes Sordid) History

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:09 pm

First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
3:27 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

From left, Marc Ribot (guitar), Chad Taylor (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass) performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
John Rogers

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:14 am

The guitarist Marc Ribot has played in just about every conceivable setting in New York City. But through his involvement in punk bands, funk and soul groups, film scoring, the noise community, session work with rootsy singer-songwriters, South American and Caribbean folkloric projects, the contemporary classical scene and all the other experiments, he's also long held a love of jazz, from its hairiest to most clean-shaven expressions.

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

No iPads Or iPhones For You, Apple Store Clerk Tells Iranians

The scene at an Apple store.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:51 pm

Sahar Sabet of Alpharetta, Ga., says that when she was in an Apple store at the local North Pointe Mall last week to buy an iPad and an iPhone, she and her uncle were overheard by a clerk.

The sales rep asked what language they were speaking and where they were from. When they said they were speaking Farsi and originally from Iran, Sabet tells Atlanta's WSB-TV, the clerk's response was a shock:

"I can't sell this to you."

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The Picture Show
2:43 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Happy Summer Solstice!

Riding a sea turtle, OK? (Mon Repos beach, Australia, circa 1930)
State Library of Queensland Flickr Commons

To celebrate, here are some summery pix that look good from Flickr Commons.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Bernanke: Federal Reserve Expects 'Slow Progress' On Unemployment

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:51 pm

The Federal Reserve is ready to take further action — including the purchase of Treasury bonds — "to provide support for the economy," the Chairman of the Fed Ben Bernanke said during a press conference.

Bernanke also said that the members of the Federal Open Market Committee had "marked down" their outlooks on the economy.

Most expect there to be little change in the unemployment rate through the end of the year. The consensus, said Bernanke, is that the Fed expects "slow progress" on unemployment and most opinions are "weighted toward slower growth" on the GDP.

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Planet Money
2:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Would Greece Leaving The Eurozone Make Greek Yogurt Cheaper?

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 1:38 pm

Johnny Johnson poses this question on our Facebook page:

If Greece exits the Eurozone would that mean my Greek yogurt would no longer cost 2 bucks a pop?

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Field Recordings
2:14 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Metric In A Non-Synthetic Situation

Metric performs a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on May 26, 2012.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:14 pm

In a matter of minutes, Metric singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw went from rocking in front of thousands of fans on the main stage of the Sasquatch Music Festival to hiking through a rumored thicket of rattlesnakes overlooking the Columbia River. The duo gamely made the trek for an acoustic performance of "Synthetica," the title track from Metric's new record.

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This Is NPR
2:13 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Lady Rizo Shows NPR Love

Lady Rizo
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:33 pm

Lady Rizo - comedian, singer and chanteuse - playfully showed her love for NPR during her visit to NPR West. The Grammy-winning performer was on Weekend Edition to chat with NPR's Scott Simon about her unique blend of comedy and cabaret.

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Middle East
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

What's Ahead For Iran After 'Last Chance' Talks

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

The latest round of high-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions ended Tuesday without an agreement. After the failure of talks that President Obama called Iran's "last chance," some wonder whether or not Israel or the United States may now opt for military force.