9:22am

Thu June 14, 2012
Music Reviews

On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 2:39 pm

Patti Smith.
Courtesy of the artist

Featuring Patti Smith's former New York punk-era colleague Tom Verlaine on solo guitar, "April Fool" is one of the prettiest songs on Smith's new album, Banga. Verlaine sends out long, thin, delicate tendrils of sound as Smith's voice suffuses the melody with full-throated urgency. Although Smith has said, with typical art-democratic directness, that "almost everybody in the world can sing," a few songs on Banga make you aware of what a good voice she has.

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9:22am

Thu June 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Radio's Bryan Fischer Tries Pushing Romney Right

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:56 am

Before hosting Focal Point, Bryan Fischer was the chaplain of the Idaho State Senate and the head of the Idaho chapter of the American Family Association.
Troy Maben AP

In April, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell, an openly gay man, to serve as his campaign's national security spokesman. Within hours, Grenell was being attacked by a Christian radio talk show host named Bryan Fischer, whose Focal Point call-in show reaches more than 1 million listeners a day.

Nine days after Fischer began his on-air attack, Grenell resigned. He had been the only openly gay member of Romney's campaign staff.

The Christian right and Fischer saw Grenell's resignation as a "tremendous victory," says New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer.

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9:17am

Thu June 14, 2012
The Salt

Report Urges Food Stamp Program To Clarify Purchases, Corporate Profits

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:30 am

The public really doesn't know much about what food stamp recipients are buying, and how much companies are profiting.
iStockphoto.com

Anthony Smukall's shopping list might look similar to that of many American's: Milk, eggs, whole grain bread, apples, assorted berries. But Smukall buys these products with his monthly SNAP allotment – money he receives from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).

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9:14am

Thu June 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

U.S. Olympic Team Sprints Ahead With Electronic Health Records

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 11:13 pm

Transporting reams of athletes' medical information has become a major burden for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and is one reason it's switching to electronic medical records.
Andrew Villegas KHN/iStockphoto.com

Team USA is used to racing with digital clocks. Now, it's time for digital health records.

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9:12am

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

20,000 Pages Of Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files' Ordered Opened In Oregon

The state of Oregon's Supreme Court ruled today that "20,000 pages of so-called perversion files compiled by the Boy Scouts on suspected child abusers over a period of 20 years" must be opened to the public, The Associated Press reports.

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9:10am

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Spain's Borrowing Costs Skyrocket After Second Downgrade

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen on a screen as a broker arrives at the stock exchange in Madrid on Thursday.
Paul White AP

After Moody's became the second ratings agency to downgrade Spain's sovereign debt, the country's borrowing costs skyrocketed to record highs.

"The interest rate — or yield — on the country's benchmark 10-year bonds rose to a record 6.96 percent in early trading Thursday, its highest level since Spain joined the euro in 1999 and close to the level which many analysts believe is unsustainable in the long term," the AP reports.

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8:34am

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Your Shoes May Say A Lot About You

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:43 pm

We can tell you now: These are Mark's.
Mark Memmott NPR

Shoes can supposedly tell us more about a person than just whether they're sensible or stylish.

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7:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
Education

Teachers Open Up On Why Kids Really Drop Out

It's the end of the school year, and teachers and students are enjoying some downtime. But some kids won't be going back to school next fall because about a million students drop out every year. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout crisis with teachers from three cities with high dropout rates: Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

7:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
Politics

Miami Mayor Bucks Party Line On Voting

Miami's Republican Mayor Tomas Regalado moves against his party and his governor. He tells host Michel Martin that Florida's controversial voter eligibility program, that is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters, isn't necessary.

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