12:03pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Book Talk 7/29

Alan Hollinghurst on Book Talk

Alan talks with Alan Hollinghurst about his latest novel, "The Stranger's Child." [rebroadcast]

Airs Sunday 7/29 at 6:30pm.

11:25am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

NPR Taps Lobbying Firm To Help Make Case On Public Funding

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 2:47 pm

Our colleague David Folkenflik reports for the Newscast Desk that:

"NPR has hired an outside lobbying firm to help make its case with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as some House Republicans seek to make deep funding cuts to public broadcasting.

"Recent disclosure forms show NPR has paid $10,000 to Navigators Global, a firm founded by Republican political figures including strategist and pundit Mike Murphy.

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11:13am

Thu July 26, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Meet Anna Zhu and Alison Zhao

Anna Zhu and Alison Zhao shared their story at Alemany Farms in San Francisco.

Anna Zhu and Alison Zhao are cousins. They shared their thoughts on family dinner in the U.S. as American-born Chinese with the producers of our new community storytelling initiative, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project.

For more information about Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project, click here. You can also find the project on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at@hearhereradio

10:53am

Thu July 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Backer Explains Why Obama's Wrong, Despite Her Firm's Gov't Contracts

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 12:48 pm

Rebecca Smith, owner of A.D. Morgan, speaks Thursday at a Tampa, Fla., event to denounce President Obama's statements about small businesses. The event was organized by the Romney campaign. At left is Lou Ramos of Value Enterprise Solutions.
Daniel Wallace Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com

Rebecca Smith owns a Tampa, Fla., construction-management firm that does a lot of work overseeing the building of schools and jails, and other projects for state and local governments.

But even though much of her firm's $80 million in annual revenue comes from contracts with government agencies, she says she was "disgusted" by President Obama's thesis that government had a significant role in her business achievements.

Obama's actual words, from a July 13 speech in Virginia, were:

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10:48am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Video Clip Previewing London 2012 Opening Ceremonies Is Released

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 12:13 pm

A scene from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony is seen in this screenshot, taken from a clip released Thursday.
YouTube

10:33am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

How's Facebook Really Doing? Investors Will Soon Find Out

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:41 pm

Mobile devices are key to Facebook's growth potential. Can it deliver?
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Update at 4:33 p.m. ET. Right At Expectations:

Facebook reported slightly stronger than expected profits. For the second quarter, it reported a net loss of $157 million or 11 cents a share. But when it adjusted its earnings to remove stock compensation charges related to its IPO, Reuters reports, Facebook actually made 12 cents a share.

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10:31am

Thu July 26, 2012
Cops & Courts

Public Counsel’s Laura Faer on Criminal Justice Conversations

David Onek and Laura Faer in studio.

Laura Faer, the Education Rights Director for the Public Counsel Law Center, talks with host David Onek about the movement to reform California’s broken school discipline process.

Interview Highlights

On school suspensions in California:

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10:24am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Stories Of The Colorado Victims: Mom's Sure Her Daughter Stood Up To Gunman

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 7:56 am

Rebecca Wingo.
Facebook

As they're told, we'll point to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded last Friday when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

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10:22am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Ford Recalls 485,000 Escapes And Mavericks With Throttle Problems

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 9:16 am

Ford Escapes sit at a Ford dealership in east Denver.
David Zalubowski AP

Ford says that 485,000 Ford Escapes and Mavericks — which are sold in Europe — may have problems with its throttles.

The AP reports Ford issued a worldwide recall for model year 2001 through 2004 small sports utility vehicles "that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control."

The AP adds:

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10:11am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Christopher Beha, On Faith And Its Discontents

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:15 pm

Christopher Beha is an associate editor at Harper's magazine and the author of The Whole Five Feet.
Josephine Sittenfeld Tin House Books

In the novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder, writer Charlie Blakeman runs into his former college love after 10 years and finds out that she has converted to Catholicism. Charlie can't make sense of her conversion, but as he finds out more about Sophie's past, he sees her life is more complicated than he previously thought. When Sophie once again disappears, Charlie sets out to discover what has happened to her.

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