12:22am

Fri September 7, 2012
The Salt

Panera Sandwich Chain Explores 'Pay What You Want' Concept

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:11 pm

This Panera Cares store in Chicago switched from for-profit to nonprofit this summer, and it started asking customers to pay whatever they want.
Niala Boodhoo for NPR

The concept of "pay what you want" for goods and services is a nostalgic throwback to the days when people trusted one another just a little bit more, and it's something you expect to see at the occasional farm stand or at a hip, independent coffee shop.

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12:21am

Fri September 7, 2012
Education

Recess In Chicago? Strike Threat Draws National Eyes

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 7:15 am

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union hold an informational picket outside Willa Cather Elementary School on Aug. 20 in Chicago. Teachers could go on strike Monday.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

The Chicago Public Schools system is teetering on the edge of a strike, just a week into the school year. Teachers say they'll walk out Monday morning if tense weekend negotiations don't bring a contract. It would be the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years.

At Parker Elementary School on Chicago's South Side, students are jumping double Dutch and hula-hooping. This is the first time many of the kids on this playground have ever had recess. The playtime is part of an extended school day pushed for by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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12:07am

Fri September 7, 2012
Dead Stop

'Gatsby' Author Fitzgerald Rests In A D.C. Suburb

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 11:55 am

The grave of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald lies next to a major thoroughfare for commuters between Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C.
Jess Gitner NPR

Every weekday, thousands of commuters to the nation's capital drive past the grave of a celebrated American author, and it's a good bet they don't realize it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, was born in St. Paul, Minn.; he's associated with that city, as well as Paris, the Riviera and New York. But he's buried in Rockville, Md., outside Washington, D.C., next to a highway between strip malls and train tracks.

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12:05am

Fri September 7, 2012
StoryCorps

Boy Grows Close To Grandmother, Through Memories

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 12:23 pm

Graham Haggett, 11, and his mother, Shelli Wright, remembered Graham's grandmother Sandra Lee Wright, who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks. Graham brought "Lammy," a stuffed animal his grandmother gave him, to the interview.
StoryCorps

Graham Haggett was just 10 weeks old when his grandmother Sandra Lee Wright was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. But he knows a lot about her, mainly from the stories his mother, Shelli Wright, has told him.

"Somebody described her to me once," Shelli says, "as the kind of person that when she walks in the room, the temperature goes up by 10 degrees."

Sandra Lee Wright worked for Aon Corp., a risk management and insurance company with offices close to the top of the World Trade Center's south tower. She was 57 when she died.

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11:13pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist Greg Muttit about his new book " Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq." Since 2008, Iraq’s central government has awarded 15 oil and gas deals to international energy companies. What role did oil play in the invasion of Iraq? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.or


Guests:


Greg Muttit, an investigative journalist and author

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9:44pm

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama: 'Times Have Changed ... So Have I'

President Obama speaks Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Framing the coming election as a choice between fundamentally different visions, President Obama offered himself to the country Thursday as a fire-tested leader ready to finish the job he started.

"Our problems can be solved," Obama said. "Our challenges can be met."

It was an older, battle-scarred nominee who faced his party in Charlotte, N.C. This message of hope was tempered and longer-view — a good distance if not a full turn from the vision he offered four years ago when he accepted the nomination in a thundering Denver stadium.

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9:19pm

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Takeaways From The Last Night Of The Democratic Convention

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:25 am

President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

If you missed the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

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5:17pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 6, 2012

This Bay Area Life with Ira Glass!

5:00pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Arts & Culture

This Bay Area Life

Crosscurrents host Hana Baba interviewing Ira Glass

This edition of Crosscurrents is a special one-hour show dedicated to an interview with This American Life host Ira Glass by Hana Baba in KALW studios, and stories from his show that were based in the Bay Area. In that spirit, we’re calling this show This Bay Area Life (in which Hana tries to pull off a subtle imitation of Glass).

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4:07pm

Thu September 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Pistorius Falls To Britain's Peacock In 100 Meters; American Browne Is Second

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:25 am

Bronze medalist Arnu Fourie of South Africa (from left), gold medalist Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain, silver medalist Richard Browne of the United States and Oscar Pistorius of South Africa cross the line in the Men's 100m - T44 Final at London's Olympic Stadium.
Jamie McDonald Getty Images

In one of the most closely watched events at the London Paralympics, South African Oscar Pistorius failed in his attempt to win the 100-meter sprint and regain his title as the world's fastest amputee today.

Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock took the lead early and kept it, winning in 10.90 seconds, a Paralympic record. American Richard Browne, 21, of Jackson, Miss., won the silver medal.

Pistorius, the double amputee who ran in the Olympics this year, came in fourth. He finished in 11.17 seconds.

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