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6:08 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

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

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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'

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN YOU CANOE?")

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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.

Around the Nation
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.

Economy
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.

Politics
5:36 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New Farm Bill Focuses On Reaping, Not Sowing

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

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A $970 billion bill, covering everything from food stamps to crop insurance, passed a key procedural hurdle in the Senate today, and it did so with overwhelming bipartisan support. The measure, known as the Farm Bill, comes up for renewal every five years. For lawmakers it's long been a way to bring big money back to their states.

But NPR's Tamara Keith reports that this year's bill comes with an austere spin.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Corrupt Leaders Hamper D.C.'s Quest For Autonomy

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

The chairman of Washington, D.C.'s city council resigned Wednesday night, as federal prosecutors moved to bring campaign finance and bank fraud charges against him. Kwame Brown is the second member of the council to resign amid corruption charges in the last few months. And Mayor Vincent Gray has been dogged throughout his tenure by allegations of misuse of campaign funds.

Law
5:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Texting And Driving Bans May Make Roads Less Safe

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

A Massachusetts judge imposed the maximum sentence on a teen driver who was texting when they caused an accident that killed a pedestrian. It's part of a growing effort in a few states to bring tougher charges and impose harsher sentences for texting while driving.

Youth Radio
5:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Calif. School District Finds Gentler Path To Discipline

A gavel rests in a makeshift courtroom at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif. The local school district has cut the number of student suspensions in half in six years by adopting a youth court program and other new discipline methods.
Robyn Gee

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:57 pm

Each school year, more than 700,000 California students — predominantly black and Latino — are suspended or expelled.

Robert, a talkative sixth-grader in the city of Richmond, has been suspended three times from his elementary school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. If he gets suspended one more time, he says, he might get expelled. [NPR has withheld his last name because he is a minor.]

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