2:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Salt

A Political War Brews Over 'Food For Peace' Aid Program

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 12:47 pm

Pakistani aid workers offload USAID food supplies from an Army helicopter in Kallam Valley during catastrophic flooding in 2010.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Washington is awash in rumors this week that the White House is planning major changes in the way the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world's poorest countries.

It has set off an emotional debate. Both sides say they are trying to save lives.

America's policies on food aid are singularly generous — and also unusually selfish. On the generous side, the U.S. spends roughly $1.5 billion every year to send food abroad, far more than any other country.

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2:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
It's All Politics

The Hunt Is On For A New FBI Director

FBI Director Robert Mueller is set to leave office this year. Whomever President Obama chooses to replace him could become a big part of Obama's legacy.
Susan Walsh AP

Robert Mueller became FBI director just days before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, he's been the U.S. government's indispensable man when it comes to national security.

But Mueller's term has expired, and the clock is ticking on an unprecedented extension that Congress gave him two years ago.

The first time the Obama White House thought about a replacement for Mueller, back in 2011, officials threw up their hands and wound up begging him to stay. Congress passed a special law to allow it. Then Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa put his foot down.

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2:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
Environment

Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:45 am

A worker cleans up oil in Mayflower, Ark., on Monday, days after a pipeline ruptured and spewed oil over lawns and roadways.
Jeannie Nuss AP

Amber Bartlett was waiting last Friday for her kids to come home from school. One of them called from the entrance to the upscale subdivision near Little Rock, Ark., to tell her the community was being evacuated because of an oil spill. Bartlett was amazed by what she saw out her front door.

"I mean, just rolling oil. I mean, it was like a river," she says. "It had little waves in it."

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2:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
Around the Nation

A Letter On Finding A Husband Before Graduation Spurs Debate

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:12 am

A couple walks past Nassau Hall on the Princeton Unversity campus in Princeton, N.J. A letter to the editor in The Daily Princetonian urging female students to find a husband before they graduate has drawn criticism.
Daniel Hulshizer AP

More than a week after Susan Patton's letter to the editor of The Daily Princetonian prompted heated criticism, the 1977 Princeton alumna says she still stands by her words.

"I have never had a problem voicing an unpopular opinion if it's heartfelt," Patton tells NPR.

In her letter, Patton wrote to young women attending her alma mater, "Find a husband on campus before you graduate."

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12:00am

Thu April 4, 2013

6:17pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Your legal rights 4/3

Helping undocumented students in their pursuit of educations and careers

  


Chuck Finney is joined by Marilia Zellner, Legal Services Supervisor, Educators for Fiar Consideration; and Ilyce Shugall, Supervising Immigration Attorney, Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto.


 
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5:22pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 3, 2013

An extended interview with the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. He talks about getting into the job, as well as about his thoughts on re-entry and rehabilitation programs as the goal of incarceration instead of mere punishment.

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4:21pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Prasant Radhakrishnan

Today we are featuring saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan of Oakland.  While firmly based in South India's traditional style of classical  music,  Radhakrishnan is also inspired by the sounds of American jazz.

You can experience this style of music yourself on Friday, April 4, at the Subterranean Arthouse, a community art space in Berkeley. The music starts at 8pm. 

3:50pm

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Award-Winning Novelist And Screenwriter, Dies

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 1:46 am

This undated publicity photo provided by Merchant Ivory Productions shows Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (center) with film director and producer Ismail Merchant (left) and director James Ivory in a studio. Jhabvala, 85, died in New York on Wednesday.
AP

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Booker Prize-winning novelist, has died at her home in New York. She was 85.

NPR's Bob Mondello reported on her career for NPR's Newscast Desk:

"With the films of Merchant/Ivory, you tend to think first of period-perfect costumes and settings, but it was Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's scripts that gave them substance. She was witty, cultivated and could be wonderfully precise about class and propriety in her adaptations of, say, E.M. Forster.

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3:43pm

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Brian Banks, Who Was Cleared Of Rape Conviction, Is Signed By Atlanta Falcons

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:04 pm

A tear of relief: Brian Banks after his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday.
Nick Ut AP

We've told you the story of Brian Banks. He served five years in prison and then five years of probation for a rape conviction that was thrown out in May 2012.

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