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3:03 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Despite Low Rates, Investors Rely On Treasurys

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 3:03 pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee Thursday that the U.S. economy faces some significant risks, and Fed officials are still deciding what to do about it.

His remarks disappointed a lot of investors who want the Fed to do something to revive growth. Bernanke spoke at a time when interest rates on government debt are hitting lows not seen since the Great Depression.

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Election 2012
3:02 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Will Economy Push Washington To Make A Deal?

President Obama speaks with House Speaker John Boehner during a meeting at the White House in 2011. A slowdown in job growth and a looming tax deadline could force the president to try to revive his "grand bargain" with Republicans.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 3:03 pm

The Obama administration is searching for a "sweet spot" in economic policy: measures that could increase job growth right now without worsening the federal deficit. That task gained new urgency this month when the Labor Department reported a sharp slowdown in job growth in May.

The challenge could force the president to try to revive his "grand bargain" with Republicans.

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Shots - Health Blog
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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Alt.Latino
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.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

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.
AP

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

NPR

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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This Is NPR
5:03 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

The Curious Listener: Wait Wait... Pick Me!

Katie Burk/NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:34 pm

If you've ever wondered how to be a contestant on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! you should definitely read this installment of "The Curious Listener" from NPR Listener Services.

Many have tried and many have failed the challenge: answering three questions about the week's news in order to win the coveted prize of having Carl Kasell record the outgoing message on their voice mail or answering machine.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

In 'Patagonia,' Pristine Rivers And A Plan For Dams

The Baker River is one of two waterways that would be dammed in a proposed hydroelectric project in the fabled Patagonia region of Chile. This section of the river would become a reservoir under the plan.
Brian Lilla First Run Features

The way the Andes divide Patagonia, Argentina gets most of the land and Chile most of the water. As shown in Patagonia Rising, a new documentary, the landscape on Chile's side of the border is similar to coastal British Columbia or the Alaska panhandle: chilly, forested, mountainous and very wet.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Back To Woodstock, And To The Spirit Of The '60s

A big-city lawyer (Catherine Keener, right) must adjust to the hippie lifestyle when she and her daughter (Elizabeth Olsen, left) go to Woodstock to visit her mother (Jane Fonda) in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding.
Jacob Hutchings Strategic Motion Ventures LLC

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:29 pm

Several characters in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, a bland comedy about generational disconnect, read and worship Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. And just as Whitman's paean to "thee old cause" celebrated "thou stern, remorseless, sweet idea," so too does the film push, much less sternly and sweetly, its own idea: that the spirit of the 1960s is alive and well and (still) living in Woodstock.

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