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Presidential Race
6:03 am
Sun September 30, 2012

To Prep For Debates, Stand-Ins Take The Stage

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain waits backstage before the presidential debate with Obama in 2008.
Scott Olson AP

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 5:59 pm

When President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney stand on the debate stage this week, their campaign advisers and debate coaches want everything — from the stage lighting, to the audience, the room temperature and most importantly, their opponent — to feel very familiar.

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Latin America
6:02 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Venezuela's Young Voters Courted Heavily In Election

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles attend a campaign rally in Valencia, Venezuela, on Thursday. Capriles is running against President Hugo Chavez in the country's Oct. 7 election.
Rodrigo Abd AP

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 1:09 pm

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is running for re-election next Sunday. With some polls predicting a tight race, the youth vote in Venezuela is shaping up to be crucial.

That has both the populist president and his challenger working hard to appeal to younger voters who are worried about high crime and jobs — and who can remember no other president than Chavez.

Out on the campaign trail, Angie Rivas passes out fliers and organizes other young people as they canvass this gritty metropolis in a van belting out hip music.

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Europe
3:28 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

U.K.'s Simmering Class Tensions Roil Over "Plebe" Flap

British Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell is accused of denigrating a police officer during an altercation over his bicycle.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images Europe

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 1:21 pm

A political scandal in the United Kingdom involving a bicycle, a police officer and a bad-tempered Cabinet minister has laid bare lingering tensions over the British class system.

The controversy has provided ammunition to those who charge the Conservative Party-led government is out of touch with ordinary Britons.

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World
5:26 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The Tricky Business Of Reintegrating The Taliban

Former Taliban fighters display their weapons as they join Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province on Sept. 18.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 5:59 pm

In an attempt to put down the insurgency in Afghanistan, the international community has spent millions to try to reintegrate former Taliban fighters and other militants back into society.

So how well has it worked?

Critics like Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network say many militants use these programs to gain access to arms and money, without necessarily changing their ways.

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It's All Politics
9:37 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Women Head For The Hill In Record Numbers

U.S. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York waves as she takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:43 pm

More women are running for Congress this year than ever before. The 18 women running for the Senate break the previous record of 14, set two years ago. Also, there are 163 female candidates for House seats, more than the 141 who ran in 2004.

That gives this election season a Year-of-the-Woman ring to it, says The Center for American Women and Politics. The center's director, Debbie Walsh, offered some reasons in a press release:

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Sports
7:54 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Sportsmanship: What's Expected In Football

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And now it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, LIFE IS A BALLGAME)

SISTER WINONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game being played each day. Life is a ball game...

WERTHEIMER: An incident at the end of last week's NFL match-up between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers has created a fuss about the unwritten rules of football.

It got the attention of NPR's Mike Pesca, too. He joins us this week from member station KCRW in Santa Monica, California. Mike, hi.

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Author Interviews
7:54 am
Sun September 23, 2012

'Wallflower' Film Puts Adolescence On Screen

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now, from the small screen to the big one, and the story of a teenage boy about to begin his freshman year of high school.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER")

LOGAN LERMAN: (as Charlie) Dear Friend, I haven't really talked to anyone outside of my family all summer. But tomorrow is my first day and I really want to turn things around this year.

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Music
7:53 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Jewish Musical Tradition Echoes Through Ages

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman compares Jewish cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot to some of the giants of opera. Helfgot is the chief cantor at Manhattan's Park East Synagogue. He has sung at the Metropolitan Opera. Now, he and Perlman have recorded an album together that goes back to a time when cantors were opera stars. Jon Kalish reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Around the Nation
7:53 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Doubts Creep In GOP Stronghold In Va.

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

President Barack Obama has pulled ahead of Governor Romney in another battleground state - Virginia. That's according to recent polls. This past week, we drove west from Washington, D.C. to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to talk to voters about the presidential election. On the way, we stopped at an apple barn to see some of the other choices Virginians face.

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Health
7:53 am
Sun September 23, 2012

'Freshman 15' Is More Of A 4-Year Phenomenon

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Keeping the weight off can be a challenge for college students, too. Many college freshmen dread that infamous Freshman 15 - the extra pounds that come with a diet of pizza, snacks and sodas. Well, a new study from Auburn University has found that the average college student actually gains about 12 pounds over FOUR years. Sareen Gropper is a nutrition professor at Auburn. She is the co-author of this study. And she joins us from Auburn, Alabama. Professor Gropper, thank you for being with us.

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