11:40am

Tue February 5, 2013
It's All Politics

In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:42 pm

Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly 2-to-1 margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.

So what did lawmakers in Tallahassee do? The Republican leaders in charge of drawing new maps coordinated with Republican Party consultants to protect Republican incumbents.

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11:19am

Tue February 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Prostate Cancer Screening Is So Tricky

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:56 am

When is the right time to check the PSA box?
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Men can be forgiven for being confused over screening for prostate cancer. Doctors are confused, too.

When it comes to figuring out if the benefits are worth the risks, the simplest solutions may not be best, a study of the options finds.

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11:03am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy To Slow This Year As The Government Tightens, CBO Says

While the economy will benefit from continued improvement in "underlying" conditions, the federal government's push to tighten its spending will slow overall growth in 2013, the Congressional Budget Office projects.

In an updated "Budget and Economic Outlook" reported released Tuesday afternoon, the agency forecasts:

-- 1.4 percent growth in gross domestic product this year, vs. 2.3 percent in 2012.

-- 2.6 percent growth in 2014.

-- 4.1 percent growth in 2015.

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10:23am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

First, Personalized Pez Dispensers. Next, Printed Food?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:11 am

Toronto-based 3-D jewelry company Hot Pop Factory created personalized Pez dispenser heads for the employees of an architecture firm.
Hot Pop Factory

The Pez dispenser is a cultural icon that has withstood the test of time, with Mickey Mouse, Yoda, even George Washington doling out little candy bricks through their plastic necks.

So applying the hot new technology of 3-D printing to make personalized Pez dispensers makes sense, in a weird way. It's just one of a growing number of efforts under way to print customized food products.

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10:11am

Tue February 5, 2013
City Visions: February 11, 2013

How is Oakland Managing its Unfunded Financial Liabilities?



A discussion of Oakland's fiscal health and looming pension costs.  Oakland is being challenged to find ways honor its pension and retirement obligations while providing essential city services.  How realistic is the city's Five-Year Financial Plan?  What lessons can be learned from Oakland's approach to its unfunded liabilities?


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9:54am

Tue February 5, 2013
Theater

Rebecca Luker Has 'Got Love' For Jerome Kern

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:39 am

Soprano Rebecca Luker made her Broadway debut as an understudy to Sarah Brightman in Phantom of the Opera in 1988.
Leslie Van Stelten Derek Bishop

For her latest album, Broadway soprano Rebecca Luker brings her live show — featuring songs by legendary theater composer Jerome Kern, recorded at the Manhattan club 54 Below — to the recording studio. The album, I Got Love: Songs of Jerome Kern, features 14 tracks and classics ranging from "Bill/Can't Help Loving That Man" to "My Husband's First Wife."

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9:34am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Reg Presley, Who Sang 'Wild Thing' With The Troggs, Dies

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:07 am

Reg Presley of The Troggs in 1967.
PA Photos /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: A little 'Wild Thing' and Neda Ulaby's report on Reg Presley

Grab a guitar, hit those three chords (A, D, E) and take three minutes to pay your respects:

Reg Presley, who sang Wild Thing with The Troggs in 1966, is dead. He was 71 and had suffered a series of strokes recently.

The band's website says Presley "died peacefully" on Monday, "surrounded by all of his family."

NPR's Neda Ulaby tells our Newscast Desk that:

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9:17am

Tue February 5, 2013
Movie Interviews

Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:39 am

Jackie, Lynn and Sue — pictured here at age 7 — are three of the children featured in the landmark 1964 documentary 7 Up. The series returns this year with 56 Up, checking in with a group of 14 men and women whose lives have been documented since they were kids.
First Run Features

Every seven years since 1964, in what's known as the Up series, Granada Television has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people. The subjects of the documentary series were 7 years old when it began; in the latest installment, 56 Up, they are well into middle age.

The original idea behind the series was to examine the realities of the British class system at a time when the culture was experiencing extraordinary upheaval.

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9:10am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Japan Says China Locked Weapons Firing Radar On One Of Its Ships

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:24 am

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera speaks to reporters at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Marking a new escalation in tensions between countries with the world's second and third largest economies, Japan formally complained today that China had locked a military radar on one of its ships.

The Washington Post reports this was a "brief but dangerous escalation" in a continued dispute over territory. The Post adds:

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8:43am

Tue February 5, 2013
Politics

Overhauling Immigration: Asians Matter Too

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, if you're planning something special this Valentine's Day, here's another question you might want to ask that special someone first: What's your credit score? In our Money Coach today, we'll hear about why some singles are asking this question pretty early in the dating game these days.

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