9:32am

Wed December 5, 2012
Open Air ~ 12/6 at 1pm

Holiday Picks ~ Peter Gallagher ~ Crones for the Holidays

On Open Air this week, host David Latulippe takes a look at holiday offerings in the area, both traditional and off the beaten path.  A couple of crones stop by, Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers, to discuss their comedy sketch show, "Crones for the Holidays", a more traditional "Down Home Christmas" preview from the Aurora Theatre, a talk with actor Peter Gallagher, who has a cabaret appearance in SF this weekend, the founders of Sweet Can talk about their circus-like show "Mittens & Mistletoe", and Dianne Keogh shares her cultural picks.  Originally broadcast 12/6/12.

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9:26am

Wed December 5, 2012
Economy

How Helpful Is Extending Unemployment Benefits?

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

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, for years now we've been talking about ways to close the achievement gap. Now some states are asking to set standards based on race. You can imagine why this is controversial. So we'll try to learn more about this in just a few minutes.

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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.


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