1:38am

Fri January 25, 2013
NPR Story

Senate Changes Filibuster Rules

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:14 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When and if the U.S. Senate is ready to confirm Mary Jo White to head the SEC, she may find her path somewhat smoother - thanks to a rule change the Senate agreed to last night. The new Senate rule makes it just a little bit harder to block nominations, and a little easier to reach resolution than it was for President Obama's nominees in his first term. It's part of a subtle revision of the most potent weapon of the minority party: the filibuster. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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12:00am

Fri January 25, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: January 25, 2013

Cannabis leaf

(ASA) // The US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC this week ruled against de-classifying cannabis as a dangerous drug, saying "adequate and well-controlled studies" on cannabis as medicine do not exist. An appeal is expected.

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12:00am

Fri January 25, 2013
Your Call

Today On Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Courtesy of flickr.com/photos/perspective/

On the next Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we'll discuss coverage of the ongoing civil war in Syria as well as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We'll also look at the latest developments and coverage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Fred Weir, the Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.   

Kate Sheppard,  staff reporter for Mother Jones' Washington bureau. 

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11:49pm

Thu January 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Sponsors Of Assault Weapons Ban Hope Newtown Shooting Changes Minds

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:14 am

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference Thursday announcing her plan to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Congressional Democrats appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to push for a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The bill's author, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, started her remarks with a roster of tragedy: "Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Tucson. Oak Creek. The common thread in these shootings is each gunman used a semiautomatic assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine."

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11:48pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Planet Money

At $17.5 Million A Year, LeBron James Is Underpaid

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:29 am

A bargain at $17.5 million a year.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

LeBron James is arguably the best player in the NBA. His salary is $17.5 million a year. He's worth much, much more.

"He's getting hosed," says Kevin Grier, an economist from the University of Oklahoma.

James used to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. When he left, the value of the team fell by tens of millions of dollars — and the value of his new team, the Miami Heat, rose by tens of millions. The economists I talked to said James should be making closer to $40 million a year.

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11:46pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Television

Lives Of Praise, Lives In Progress On 'The Sisterhood'

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:14 am

The new TLC show The Sisterhood follows the lives of five preachers' wives in Atlanta.
TLC

11:46pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Movies

For Would-Be Sundancers, Kickstarter Can Fuel Films

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:14 am

A scene from 99% — The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, a Sundance documentary that raised more than $23,000 on Kickstarter.
Ari Ress Sundance Film Festival

If you want to make a movie, you generally need a lot of money. And filmmakers have to be creative about raising it.

Just ask the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival, taking place this week in Park City, Utah. Some 10 percent of the films selected for this year's iteration of the prestigious festival raised money through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

In the three years since the website launched, Kickstarter-funded films have been nominated for Oscars, picked up by Showtime and HBO, and honored with awards at Sundance, South By Southwest and Cannes.

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11:44pm

Thu January 24, 2013
U.S.

Foreign Investors Trade Dollars For U.S. Residency

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:14 am

This Marriott hotel in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood was rebuilt by American Life Inc. using EB-5 visa investment money. The project helped dozens of well-to-do people obtain permanent green cards.
Jennifer Wing for NPR

Svetlana Anikeeva was 15 in the early '90s when she visited America as an exchange student.

"And it was completely different place in every imaginable aspect," she recalls.

Anikeeva grew up in Vladivostok on the eastern edge of Russia, and studied abroad in Savannah, Ga., where the experience, she says, changed her life.

"The people were different. The culture was different. The weather, the food, the school. Everything was fascinating," she says. "I knew that I wanted to come here."

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8:46pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

Out In The Bay 1/24/13

Interview with author Chana Wilson.

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8:01pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Folk Music & Beyond ~ 1/26

Gaucho Live!

Gaucho

"Folk Music & Beyond" welcomes Gaucho, the Bay Area gypsy jazz ensemble.  Gaucho performs the music of Django Reinhart and the gypsy jazz of 1930's Europe.  They also find inspiration in the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swingand the “gut bucket” sound.  Saturday 1/26 at 3pm.

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