9:03am

Wed February 20, 2013
Politics

Same Old Standoff In Washington?

President Obama wants Congress to act fast to avoid massive government budget cuts that could hit in March. Washington is seeing more gridlock as Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest in politics.

8:52am

Wed February 20, 2013
City Visions: February 25, 2013

Foraging Fever

Booty, bounty, or both?
Credit reportageonline.com

For some, foraging is a way to opt out of the industrial food system and a fascinating hobby that's feeding the latest woods-to-table trend. But for others it’s also a way to foster bio-diversity, eco-literacy, community and creativity. We discuss wild edibles, invasives, ethics, access, and what materials can best be harvested in the urban environment.

Guests: 

  • Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin)
  • Sasha Duerr

Guest Host: Victoria Thorp

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

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8:46am

Wed February 20, 2013
Open Air ~ 2/21 at 1pm

Oboe Virtuosity ~ Robert Greenberg ~ Smuin Ballet

Update, 2/28/13:  Bill Bennett collapsed on stage during the final performance of the Strauss "Oboe Concerto" on Saturday.  It is with a heavy, heavy, heart that I now report his passing, as announced by the San Francisco Symphony. -David   (My talk with him happens at @45min into the linked audio of Open Air from 2/21/13.)

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8:04am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 10:33 am

The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.
Keith Draycott FlickrVision

Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:

In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.

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7:59am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

OfficeMax, Office Depot Confirm Merger Deal

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The deal has been talked about for days. Now it's official:

"OfficeMax Incorporated and Office Depot, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement," reads a statement posted online by Office Depot.

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7:45am

Wed February 20, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/20

Fight for your right to wrestle!

Kumar wins 2nd medal
Indian Express indianexpress.com

 

Eliminating wrestling from the Olympics to save the modern pentathlon is terribly unjust. And in this part of the world, it stings a little harder.

 

 

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7:22am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Biden: For Protection; 'Buy A Shotgun, Buy A Shotgun'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:00 am

Vice President Biden earlier this month during a roundtable discussion on gun control at Girard College in Philadelphia.
Tim Shaffer Reuters /Landov

Vice President Joe Biden's advice to his wife about protecting their home in Delaware:

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7:18am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Salt

Calorie Counts: Fatally Flawed, Or Our Best Defense Against Pudge?

Could it all be wrong? Some scientists say calorie counts are too inaccurate to be trusted.
Ed Ou AP

6:41am

Wed February 20, 2013

6:39am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Guilty Plea From Jesse Jackson Jr. Over 'Lavish' Spending

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:51 pm

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., as he entered court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images
  • NPR's David Schaper reporting

We most recently updated the top of this post at 2:50 p.m. ET.

Saying that "I've never been more clear in my life" about what he was doing, a tearful Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday pleaded guilty to using about $750,000 in campaign funds collected for his congressional races to buy himself presents that included a Rolex watch worth more than $43,000.

The former congressman, a Democrat from Chicago, appeared in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. When he's sentenced in June, he could get a prison term of nearly five years.

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