2:25am

Thu January 3, 2013
NPR Story

Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 4:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

Farmers and ranchers across this country expected to start the year with a new farm bill in place. This is an important piece of legislation to many people. It sets agricultural policy for the next five years.

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1:59am

Thu January 3, 2013
Economy

What Is A Good Unemployment Number, Really?

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 3:50 am

On Friday, new unemployment numbers will be released for December. In last month's report, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, a four-year low. For a preview of the labor market prospects for the new year, Steve Inskeep talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, an international consulting firm.

12:27am

Thu January 3, 2013
It's All Politics

After Upset Win, House Freshman Looks To Make A Name For Himself

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 3:27 am

Then-candidate Eric Swalwell speaks as Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., walks offstage during an endorsement meeting at the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club in Oakland, Calif., in September.
Jeff Chiu AP

A 32-year-old Bay Area prosecutor will be sworn in to Congress on Thursday after ousting a 40-year incumbent.

California Democrat Eric Swalwell — who will be the second-youngest member of Congress — capitalized on his opponent's gaffes and used old-fashioned door-knocking and high-tech mobile phone outreach to win votes.

His first challenge in Washington might be getting people to pronounce his name correctly. Even senior members of California's congressional delegation have gotten it wrong, saying "Stallwell" instead of "Swalwell."

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12:26am

Thu January 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Hurricane Sandy Brings One Family Closer

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:26 am

The day after their neighborhood was flooded, the Hardys returned to their house to start bagging up the garbage. The contents of the fridge were spread all over the kitchen floor and even outside. There were sausages in the street. The kitchen floor was a mess of muddy puddles.
Courtesy of Heather Hardy

The Hardy family goes back generations in a tiny neighborhood called Gerritsen Beach at the southern end of Brooklyn. For them, Superstorm Sandy has created something like an extended family reunion.

Their 2 1/2 bedroom house is currently just barely livable. They removed a fallen tree, replaced drywall, fixed the electricity and heat, and threw down rugs to keep the dust and mold from overwhelming them until they do the work the house really needs.

The Hardy family is more closely knit than a lot of people could stand.

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12:24am

Thu January 3, 2013
Television

'Downton Abbey' Cast: It's More Fun Downstairs

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 1:41 pm

Hugh Bonneville (left) stars as Lord Grantham and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, the formidable butler of Downton Abbey.
Joss Barratt Carnival Films

With the third season of the sumptuously upholstered period drama Downton Abbey coming to PBS Masterpiece Classic on Jan. 6, Morning Edition's David Greene sat down with a half-dozen members of the cast to talk about what's in store.

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12:23am

Thu January 3, 2013
Europe

Prime Minister Finds Soap Opera's Turkish Delights In Bad Taste

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 3:27 am

Eggs streak down a billboard advertising the popular Turkish soap opera The Magnificent Century. The show focuses on palace intrigue during the 16th-century rule of Suleiman the Magnificent. Some Islamists have protested the show's depiction of the sultan's harem.
Murad Sezer Reuters via Landov

Suleiman the Magnificent was the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire, presiding for nearly a half-century at the peak of the empire's power in the 16th century.

During Suleiman's rule from 1520 to 1566, the Ottomans were a political, economic and military powerhouse. Suleiman's forces sacked Belgrade, annexed much of Hungary and advanced across large parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

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12:00am

Thu January 3, 2013
Your Call

Your Call: Can Video Games be a Force for Good?

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Can videogames be a force for good?  On the next Your Call we'll look at the ways video games are being used to educate and enlighten – and how those efforts relate to the $65 billion gaming industry.  What’s the social responsibility of game companies? What can be changed in terms of equality and fair representation in the gaming world?  What have you gained from gaming and what would like to see in the future?  

It's Your Call with Matt Martin and you.

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9:55pm

Wed January 2, 2013
The Record

Patti Page, Who Dominated The '50s Pop Charts, Dies

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 3:27 am

9:03pm

Wed January 2, 2013
Your Legal Rights 1/2/13

Your Legal Rights - Homeowners Bill of Rights

Tonight Chuck welcomes Real Property Law attorneys Marc Seidenfeld and Frank Adam to discuss the Homeowners Bill of Rights.

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