2:03am

Fri October 5, 2012
Sports

U.S. Speedskater Admits To Sabotaging Rival's Skates

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:19 pm

Simon Cho competes in the men's 500-meter finals at the 2011 ISU World Cup short track speedskating final in Dresden, Germany. He won the event.
Robert Michael AFP/Getty Images

American speedskater Simon Cho says what he did was "wrong" when he yielded to what he claims was persistent pressure from a coach to tamper with another skater's blades at the World Short Track Team Championships in Poland last year.

"Tampering with someone's skates is inexcusable," Cho told NPR in his first interview about the incident. "And I'm coming out now and admitting that I did this and acknowledging that what I did was wrong." The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune also spoke with Cho earlier this week after the NPR interview.

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12:43am

Fri October 5, 2012
Planet Money

No One Trusts China's Unemployment Rate

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:09 pm

Mark Ralston AFP/GettyImages

Ask an economist like Eswar Prasad, who used to work at the International Monetary Fund, "So, do you know, what the unemployment rate in China is?"

And he'll answer, "We don't."

The official unemployment rate, put out by the government, Prasad says, is 6.5 percent, but according to him, "that number has no credibility at all."

He's not the only dubious one.

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12:21am

Fri October 5, 2012
Solve This

Romney, Obama Far Apart On Closing Budget Gap

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:33 am

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Here's one thing President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could agree on during their first debate this week: Something has to be done about the enormous gap between what the federal government collects in taxes and what it spends.

But the two men fundamentally disagree on what to do about that budget deficit.

The Problem

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12:18am

Fri October 5, 2012
Europe

Not Everyone In Spain Eager To Wager On EuroVegas

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:03 pm

Spaniards protest the construction of the EuroVegas gambling complex at Puerta del Sol in Madrid last month.
Gustavo Cuevas EPA/Landov

American billionaire, casino mogul and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has a new project: a $35 billion gambling megacity in Europe. He has chosen debt-ridden Spain as the location for "EuroVegas," which is expected to bring up to 250,000 much-needed jobs.

But many Spaniards are divided over whether they want casinos in their backyard.

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12:17am

Fri October 5, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Media Roundtable

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of the first presidential debate. What did you think of the questions? We’ll also talk about Wal-Mart Workers Strike at Multiple Stores across the country, and Venezuela's  presidential election. We’ll be joined by veteran journalist David Cay Johnston, freelance journalist Josh Eidelson,and the Guardian’s Rory Carroll. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Where did you see the best reporting this week?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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12:16am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Salt

Shake It Up, Baby: Are Martinis Made The Bond Way Better?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 5:12 am

One martini; shaken, not stirred.
Karen Castillo Farfan NPR

In the movie Goldfinger, a minion of bad guy Auric Goldfinger asks 007: "Can I do something for you, Mr. Bond?"

"Just a drink," Sean Connery's Bond replies, deadpan. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred," he intones.

From Connery to Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, this preference is repeated again and again in 007 flicks. (Check out this video montage for the full Bond effect.)

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12:15am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Salt

In Haiti, Aid Groups Squabble Over Rival Peanut Butter Factories

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:00 pm

Alex E. Proimos Flickr.com

Can there be too much life-saving peanut butter?

In Haiti, two different humanitarian groups have built new factories to make this product, which is used to treat severe malnutrition and maybe someday prevent it. The problem is, Haiti doesn't appear to need two of them. Each factory, all by itself, could satisfy Haiti's current demand.

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7:03pm

Thu October 4, 2012
StoryCorps

For Special Education Teacher, 'Every Day Is Precious'

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 6:04 am

Ken Rensink found his calling, teaching special education, after a debilitating accident when he was 19. Now 47, he talked about his journey with friend and colleague Laurel Hill-Ward at StoryCorps in Chico, Calif.
StoryCorps

Ken Rensink's path to special education teaching began when he was 19, just one day after he completed his training for the U.S. Army Reserves. He fell asleep at the wheel of his car, hit a telephone pole and nearly lost his life.

"I was paralyzed from the waist down," Ken told friend Laurel Hill-Ward, a Chico State University professor who trains special education teachers. "My left arm was so weak, I could barely hold a plastic cup of water."

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5:23pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Out in the Bay - 10/4/12 - Pomo Afro Homos

Out In The Bay goes Pomo Afro Homos!

Pomo Afro Homos onstage

Pomo Afro Homos? Yes, "post-modern African American homosexuals," the
groundbreaking black queer performance troupe from the 90's is back! Marilyn Pittman
talks with Brian Freeman, one of the founders of the group that made history in San Francisco
during the AIDS crisis of the early 90's. He's reprising their signature show,

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4:53pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 4, 2012

Oakland limits the public from attending city council meetings, Republicans in San Francisco react to the first presidential debate, reporter Melissa griffin files a report from the Denver on the presidential debate, the Mill Valley Film Festival, paying for a stranger's meal at Berkeley's  Karma Kitchen, and local musicians The Dunes.

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