2:23am

Tue June 11, 2013
National Security

Will Surveillance Disclosure Lead To More Oversight Of NSA?

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. The recent leaks revealing the extent of the National Security Agency surveillance programs came as news to many people. But some members of Congress have been warning for years that such surveillance could threaten the privacy of average Americans.

NPR's Larry Abramson reports that in the end, it was Congress that decided not to disclose details about these programs to the public.

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12:18am

Tue June 11, 2013
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

A Daughter's Struggle To Overcome A Legacy Of Segregation

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 6:13 am

Alabama Gov. George Wallace (right) blocks the door of the the Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on June 11, 1963. Wallace, who had vowed to prevent integration of the campus, gave way to federal troops.
AP

As we head into the summer months, NPR is looking back to the summer of 1963, a momentous year in civil rights history. As part of NPR's partnership with The Race Card Project, which asks people to distill their thoughts on race to six words, Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris is asking people who were on the front lines of history to share their memories and their thoughts on race in America today.

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12:18am

Tue June 11, 2013
Politics

How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:40 pm

Third-generation Oklahoma farmer Scott Neufeld says crop insurance is important to his family's business.
Tamara Keith NPR

The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.

The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.

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12:16am

Tue June 11, 2013
Music News

Spotlighting Background Singers In 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:22 am

Darlene Love, one of the background singers featured in Twenty Feet From Stardom, didn't receive credit for singing hits in the 1950s and '60s and says her career was derailed by legendary producer Phil Spector.
Radius/TWC

Twenty Feet from Stardom, filmmaker Morgan Neville's new documentary, is a reminder that most of pop music's catchiest hooks, riffs and refrains were sung by voices harmonizing in the background. Neville says he wanted to put backup singers — black, female and honed in church — front and center.

"I was really more interested in people who were voices for hire," he says, "who were able to walk into sessions never knowing what they had to do and could bring it."

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10:43pm

Mon June 10, 2013

5:36pm

Mon June 10, 2013
Education

The road ahead for Oakland schools, according to outgoing Superintendent

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has seen its share of upheaval over the past decade. In 2003, the state took control of OUSD after a series of financial missteps. In 2009, local control was returned to the district – with the understanding that it would pay back nearly $90 million in debt to the state. That was two days before Tony Smith took office as superintendent.

 

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5:04pm

Mon June 10, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 10, 2013

Diana Diaries, Part 1: A lesson in teaching from a first-time instructor; The road ahead for Oakland schools, according to outgoing Superintendent; and local blues band Crosscut.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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4:50pm

Mon June 10, 2013
Your Legal Rights 06.12.13 7-8PM

Juvenile Law issues.

Your Legal Rights considers Juvenile Law Issues.

Guests:  

Judge Eugene Hyman (retired) and Judge Kurt Kumli of the Santa Clara Co. Superior Court;
Deputy District Attorney LaRon Hogg Haught, Santa Clara Co.; and Greg Feldman, Deputy
Public Defender, San Francisco. 

Listener call-ins welcome beginning approximately 7:30: 415-841-4134. 

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4:36pm

Mon June 10, 2013
Education

Diana Diaries, Part 1: A lesson in teaching from a first-time instructor

Student teacher Diana Arbas in her classroom.
Karen Gordon

Diana Arbas, 27, is a student teacher at Oakland High School. She’s in a masters program at Mills College, where in order to earn her degree, she has to tackle a real classroom. Diana has the guidance of a more experienced teacher, known as a Cooperating Teacher, but the goal is for her to be able to stand on her own.

Oakland’s a hard city to teach in. Oakland High is in East Oakland. The student body is made up of kids with very diverse backgrounds, many from the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Not all come to the ninth grade ready to tackle that level of work.

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4:24pm

Mon June 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Lawmakers Work To Gauge Public Mood On NSA And Leaker

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:17 pm

Demonstrators hold signs supporting Edward Snowden in New York's Union Square Park, on Monday. Snowden, who says he worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA, gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security.
Richard Drew AP

When it comes to secrets leaker Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency's phone records and Internet snooping, some in Congress face a dilemma.

Namely, how to read public opinion.

Speaking off the record, aides for Republican and Democratic House lawmakers told me they are getting constituent calls on both sides: from those urging that Snowden not be prosecuted and those insisting he should be.

An aide for one congressman told me her boss's staff was holding off on issuing a statement until it had the chance to further gauge the voters' mood.

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