8:52am

Fri July 6, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 5 2012

Charles Dharapak AP

If the Supreme Court says President Obama's Affordable Care Act includes a tax, then why is his rival Mitt Romney paying a political price? And who would have guessed in the aftermath of the ruling the right would attack Chief Justice John Roberts. Plus: It's getting nerve-wracking for Charlie Rangel.

NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin have the latest political news in this week's roundup.

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8:51am

Fri July 6, 2012
Music Reviews

Big K.R.I.T.: Music Straight 'From The Underground'

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 11:20 am

Big K.R.I.T.
Courtesy of the artist

Big K.R.I.T.'s distinction as a rapper is the way he spreads his vowels out over his beats like gravy. There's little that's harsh in his phrasing, even as his lyrics can be tart or tough. In general, though, his tone over the course of Live From the Underground is a voice of coolness, of relaxation or resignation, even occasionally serenity.

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8:34am

Fri July 6, 2012
Election 2012

Is The Jobs Report A 'Kick In the Gut'?

Presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney calls the June employment report that showed 80,000 jobs created "another kick in the gut to middle class families." Host Michel Martin speaks with two of Tell Me More's regular politicos, Democrat Corey Ealons and Republican Ron Christie, about how these figures could affect the race for the White House.

8:33am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Is It? All You Need To See Are These Two Maps

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 11:11 am

"Papa B" (left) and "Cadillac Bob" find refuge from the heat in a shaded lot between their homes on Chicago's South Side.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

The heat wave across much of the nation continues.

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8:06am

Fri July 6, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Savages:' A Violent, Drug-Induced High

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 8:57 am

In Savages, the love triangle among Chon (Taylor Kitsch), O (Blake Lively) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) is disrupted when O is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel.
Francois Duhamel Universal Studios

Often I'm asked, "What's the worst movie ever made?" and I say, "I don't know, but my own least favorite is Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers." The early script by Quentin Tarantino was heavily revised, and the final film became a celebration of serial killers, now existential heroes with absolute freedom. Beyond the bombardment that was Stone's direction, the worldview was abominable.

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7:30am

Fri July 6, 2012
Music Interviews

James Murphy: The Brains Behind LCD Soundsystem

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 7:01 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on June 21, 2012. The new film Shut Up and Play the Hits documents LCD's Soundsystem's farewell concert at Madison Square Garden.

When LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy attended live concerts, he says he always felt like there was something missing.

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7:08am

Fri July 6, 2012
Planet Money

How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 8:06 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Losing your job is rarely good. Not being able to find one for months can be disastrous for individuals, and bad for society as well. Yet during the recent recession and the current anemic recovery, more people in the U.S. have been unemployed for longer than at any time since 1948.

Of all Americans who were unemployed in June, almost half had been without a job for 27 weeks or longer. In other words, 5.4 million people have been jobless for more than half a year.

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5:17am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice For Argentina's 'Stolen Children;' 2 Dictators Convicted

Former dictator and Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla (left), and former general and member of the military junta Reynaldo Bignone in a Buenos Aires court on Thursday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Nearly four decades later, there's some solace for the families of young women in Argentina who were killed after giving birth under orders from the country's then-dictators. The women's babies — Argentina's "stolen children" — were then handed over to loyal members of the military.

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4:50am

Fri July 6, 2012
KALW Almanac

July 6, 2012

Holy Act of Conception, Batman...it's my birthday today!

188th day of 2012, 178 remaining

Sunrise: 5:55am
Sunset: 8:35pm

Tides at the Golden Gate
High:  1:27am, 3:10pm
Low:  8:01am, 8:21pm

94% of Moon visible, rising at 10:32pm

Holidays & Celebrations

Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas - Lithuania
Independence Day - Comoros
John Huss Day - Czech Republic
Republic Day - Malawi
Eino Leino Day - Finland

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4:45am

Fri July 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Car Hits Cross-Country Runner But She Keeps Going

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 6:05 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

It is definitely wrong to hit and run, but it's a little impressive that a high school student was hit and kept running. Anaheim, California police say a high school cross country team was running when a turning car whacked one of the runners. The young woman was apparently determined, because she got backed up and ran away. The driver called after her to stop, stayed where he was and called police. The runner was eventually treated and suffered only minor injuries.

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