10:39am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Paying For Success: River Otters Are Being Trapped Again In Illinois

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 2:30 pm

Once almost gone from Illinois, river otters are now back in big numbers.
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
  • On 'Morning Edition': Steve Inskeep speaks Illinois biologist Bob Bluett

"They're wonderful, they're great. But sometimes too much is too much."

That's the basic problem confronting Illinois and its wild river otters, state Department of Natural Resources biologist Bob Bluett said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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10:33am

Mon November 26, 2012
Planet Money

Household Debt In America, In 3 Graphs

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 5:38 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

For more, see What America Owes In Student Loans

U.S. households owe a bit less than they did at the peak of the bubble. But they still owe a lot: $11.4 trillion, give or take a few billion. Mortgage and home-equity debt is still by far the biggest chunk of that debt.

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10:29am

Mon November 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

Some Kids Bounce Straight To The Emergency Room

First the kids pile in, then the bouncing begins.
Nationwide Children's Hospital

If your kids absolutely must jump around at their next birthday party, an inflatable moonwalk or bounce house may be a safer bet than a backyard trampoline. But only a little safer.

The wildly popular mosh pits for the school-age set have become a common source of injuries that send kids to the hospital.

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9:54am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

In One Corner Of Syria, A Rebel Victory Results In Friction

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 3:49 pm

A Syrian rebel fighter is shown in the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 11, several days after the rebels captured it. The rebel takeover has created friction with the town's Kurdish population.
Murad Seezer Reuters/Landov

When Syrian rebels seized the border post at Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 8, they celebrated the victory and went on to "liberate" the town, a place where both Arabs and Kurds live on Syria's northeast border with Turkey.

But the Kurdish inhabitants quickly saw their "liberation" as a disaster. Within days, dozens were dead in clashes between Kurdish militias and the rebels.

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9:32am

Mon November 26, 2012
Music Reviews

Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:20 am

Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn).
Scott Friedlander Courtesy of the artist

Jazz reflects who we are as a people — democracy in action and all that. But a jazz tune or solo is also a portrait of the musician who makes it; the music reflects the particular background and training that influences how composers compose and improvisers improvise. Jason Kao Hwang makes that autobiographical component explicit throughout his extended composition for eight pieces, Burning Bridge. His parents made the move from China around the end of WWII, and he grew up attending Presbyterian services in suburban Chicago.

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9:14am

Mon November 26, 2012
Politics

Republicans Consider Breaking Tax Vow

Congress comes back to work this week and the fiscal cliff is its top priority. Some Republicans have said they'll break a longstanding pledge not to raise taxes. Host Michel Martin talks politics with columnist Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.

8:03am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

SEC Chief Schapiro Is Leaving

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:15 am

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

(We updated the top of this post at 11:50 a.m. and 12:15 p.m ET):

Moving quickly after the announcement that Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro is leaving on Dec. 14, the White House just said that President Obama has designated SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to be her replacement.

In a statement, the president says:

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7:17am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson

Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in 2009.
Molly Riley Reuters /Landov

The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction.

The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. So, as The Times-Picayune says:

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6:50am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: High Dives Into 'World's Biggest Pile Of Leaves'

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 7:49 am

Bangakang video.

In case you haven't fallen for its charms yet, there's a video of three fun guys from Utah and their friends jumping into the "world's biggest pile of leaves" that's getting lots of views these days.

You can see their high jinks here.

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6:15am

Mon November 26, 2012
KALW Almanac

Monday November 26, 2012

  • 331st Day of 2012 / 35 Remaining
  • 25 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:02
  • Sunset:4:53
  • 9 Hours 49 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise3:46pm:
  • Moon Set:5:18am
  • Moon’s Phase: 97 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • November 28 @ 6:47 am
  • Full Beaver Moon
  • Full Frosts Moon

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froz

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