9:26am

Wed December 5, 2012
Education

Grading Kids On Race

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:04 am

Some public schools across the U.S. are setting different standards for students based on their race. The goal is to cut the achievement gap in half. Host Michel Martin speaks with Emily Richmond, of the Education Writers Association, about criticisms to this approach.

9:26am

Wed December 5, 2012
History

Buying Freedom Through Dressmaking

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:30 am

The new movie 'Lincoln' explores the last months of Abraham Lincoln's life and sheds light on prominent figures of the time. One lesser-known person is former slave Elizabeth Keckley. She became a close confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor Clarence Lusane about Keckley's contributions to American history.

9:22am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:36 am

Dave Brubeck performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet in November 2005.
Timm Schamberger AFP/Getty Images

9:10am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Missouri Bridge Blows Up Real Good (On Purpose)

Boom! The westbound side of Missouri's Blanchette Bridge went down Tuesday.
Missouri Department of Transportation

We're little kids when it comes to watching things blow up.

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8:44am

Wed December 5, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/5

Death Tourism

Bones left behind in the Killing Fields of Cambodia
Bishan Samaddar

 

The business of mourning never stops especially in a country where death itself has become a tourist attraction.

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8:11am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

China's Communists Declare War ... On Boring Meetings

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:14 pm

Must ... stay .... awake: A Chinese paramilitary police officer yawns and his colleagues fall asleep while then-President Hu Jintao delivers a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Dec. 18, 2008.
Andy Wong AP

Suffer from insomnia? The droning rhythm of a Chinese Communist official reading a work report out loud will likely do the trick.

It certainly does for many party members: Just 10 minutes into any party meeting, look down the serried ranks of the attendees, and you'll spot the dozers and snoozers, napping away, heads lolling lazily toward their neighbors.

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8:09am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Citigroup Cutting 11,000 Jobs, Taking $1.1 Billion In Charges

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 11:48 am

Chris Hondros Getty Images

Saying it needs to "further reduce expenses and improve efficiency across the company," Citigroup announced today that it is eliminating about 11,000 jobs — 4 percent of its global workforce.

The banking giant also said it is expects to take "pre-tax charges of approximately $1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 and approximately $100 million of related charges in the first half of 2013."

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7:41am

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Is There A Right Way To Use Military Drones?

 


  


The Obama Administration’s expanded use of drones in countries like Pakistan,Yemen, and Somalia has drawn international criticism – but it’s also more popular with Americans than other ways of waging war. What are the legal, moral, and strategic implications of using drones to kill your enemies? Is it time to change the drone assassination program?Or end it?  It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.


Guests:

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7:25am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

'NY Post' Photographer: I Was Too Far Away To Reach Man Hit By Train

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 12:26 pm

Before the attack: Two men are seen talking on a New York City subway platform Monday in this framegrab from a video released by the New York City Police Department. Moments later, police say, Ki-Suk Han (whose face is obscured) was pushed on to the tracks.
New York City Police Reuters /Landov

It's a horrifying image that has sparked a passionate debate.

By now you've probably heard about the front page photo on Tuesday's New York Post of a man struggling to climb out of an approaching subway train's way. He had been pushed on to the tracks by a stranger.

Ki-Suck Han, 58, did not make it. He died from the injuries he received.

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6:51am

Wed December 5, 2012
Shots - Health News

Medical Residents Work Long Hours Despite Rules

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 7:05 am

To reduce errors by doctors in training, medical educators have capped how long they can work. But enforcing the limits can be a challenge.
iStockphoto

More than 10 years after she was a internal medicine resident, Dr. Vineet Arora still thinks about how her shifts used to end.

She says the best shift change was one that didn't require her to transfer single patient to the next bunch of residents. "A good sign out was 'nothing to do,' " she recalls. "When I trained, you worked here until your work was done."

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