11:32pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Music Interviews

Tift Merritt: A Singer With An Outsider's Heart

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 12:59 pm

Tift Merritt's latest album is called Traveling Alone.
Parker Fitzgerald Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. She also has received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. The kind of music she makes doesn't attract much commercial attention — and that seems to suit her just fine.

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11:31pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 7:35 am

Matt Langione, a subject in the study, reads Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Results from the study suggest that blood flow in the brain differs during leisurely and critical reading activities.
L.A. Cicero Stanford University

At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor Natalie Phillips stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.

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4:15pm

Mon October 8, 2012
All Tech Considered

Baseball Autographs Get A Digital Upgrade

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 8:39 am

Sarah Wagner shows off an Egraph of Kerry Wood, her favorite Cubs player.
David Schaper NPR

On her 22nd birthday this summer, Sarah Wagner of suburban Wheaton, Ill., who describes herself as a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, opened an email to find an incredible surprise — a recorded message from her favorite Cubs player:

"Hey, Sarah! Kerry Wood here! Thanks for your message and I hope you're having a great summer!"

"When I heard for the first time, I instantly smiled," says Wagner. "I think my hands probably went over like my mouth, like, 'Oh my gosh, Kerry Wood is talking to me, even though he has no idea who I am!' "

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2:31pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Open Air ~ 10/11/12

Operatic Shakespeare ~ Rock'n President Jackson

On this week's Open Air, host David Latulippe talked with tenor Saimir Pirgu, who is singing in the SF Opera production of Bellini’s “The Capulets and Montagues”, and with Bill English, director of SF Playhouse, to discuss their new season and season-opener:  the rock musical, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," now playing.  Plus Peter Robinson stops by with an update of recent cultural events.  Listen anytime here (originally broadcast 10/11/12).

1:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Solve This

Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 4:48 am

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

In the next two installments of Solve This, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. First, President Obama's strategy, then Mitt Romney's.

Job creation is the centerpiece of President Obama's campaign speeches.

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1:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Business

Plucky Former Poultry Farmer Goes Wild For Gators

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 6:29 pm

A group of baby gators basking in the sun.
jganser iStockphoto.com

Just outside of Camilla, Ga. — about four hours southwest of Atlanta — up a dirt road called Alligator Lane, is one of the largest alligator farms in the country.

"We've got about 20 chicken houses, and we've got about 100,000 alligators on the farm," says owner Mark Glass.

That's right, 100,000 alligators, and they are in big demand in Europe's high-fashion industry.

Right now it's hatching season.

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1:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Africa

Uganda's Leader: 26 Years In Power, No Plans To Quit

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:19 am

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled since 1986, speaks in January at Uganda's Makarere University in the capital Kampala. Uganda celebrates a half-century of independence next month, and Museveni has ruled for more than half of that time.
Ronald Kabuubi AFP/Getty Images

Rebel leader Joesphy Kony, head of the infamous Lord's Resistance Army, has achieved greater notoriety than any other Ugandan in the world today.

Idi Amin, who ruled the country through most of the 1970s, still stands as a symbol of African dictators who abused power and inflicted gross human rights abuses.

Yet as Uganda celebrated 50 years of independence on Tuesday, the man who has most shaped the country is far less known, at least in the West.

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1:25pm

Mon October 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 7:10 pm

Mitt Romney and President Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, on Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

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1:22pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Community Partnership

Litquake 2012 - KRAWL with KALW

Litquake, San Francisco's Literary Festival, takes place for the 13th time October 5-13.  The festival features 163 events and more than 850 authors, and the closing night Lit Crawl, the world’s largest free literary crawl. 

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1:21pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Around the Nation

In Pumpkin Regatta, It's Toothy Grins All Around

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 5:37 pm

Peter Geiger lines up before the start of the pumpkin race in Damariscotta, Maine.
Patty Wight Maine Public Radio

The typical jack-o'-lanterns that don front stoops this time of year pale in comparison to their multihundred-pound brethren: the giant pumpkin. Every year in Damariscotta, Maine, people hollow them out, climb inside and race them in the annual pumpkin regatta. There are two divisions — paddleboat and powerboat — and thousands gather to see whether it will be sink or swim for the contestants.

Topher Mallory bolts a wooden frame onto the flesh of his 550-pound pumpkin powerboat. The stern is large enough to mount a 10 horsepower engine — double that of most competitors.

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