10:31am

Mon September 3, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Who was Mother Jones and what did she do for the labor movement?

On today's Your Call, on Labor Day, we’ll have a conversation with Simon Cordery, author of “Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness.” In 1902, she was called the most dangerous woman in America for her effective and creative labor organizing. How did she organize workers in early 20th century? And want can what can we learn from her activism? It’s Your Call, with me Rose Aguilar.


Guests:


Simon Cordery, chair of the History Department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

10:21am

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Why I'm A Democrat: Marion Barry, Washington's Mayor For Life

Councilman Marion Barry in 2009.
Stephen Boitano AP

Throughout the Republican National Convention, we asked people in Tampa why they were Republicans.

We're doing the same thing here in Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention.

We started by asking Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C. and current councilman.

He's always been a polarizing and controversial figure in politics.

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10:07am

Mon September 3, 2012
Asia

Pakistan's Transgenders In A Category Of Their Own

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 1:53 pm

Malaika, 19, sits behind a friend while her makeup is applied at a friend's home in Rawalpindi. The transgender teenager got straight As in school before dropping out because of discrimination from her classmates. Now she dances at weddings and other parties for money.
Lauren Frayer NPR

Urban Pakistan assaults your senses: tangles of traffic; Pakistani pop competing with the mosque's call to prayer; pungent spices in the steamy air. And then there are the transvestites.

At traffic lights, you see people draped in elegant pink and red clothing, with sparkling makeup. They tap their painted fingernails on your car window, asking for money. And that's when you notice the stubble on their chins.

"Begging here in traffic is just a part-time job," says 32-year-old Mina Mehvish. "I really want to be a dancer."

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9:22am

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

'Now It's Our Turn': The Democratic National Convention Kicks Off In Charlotte

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena on Sunday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Unlike what Republicans did in Tampa last week, Democrats will lay out a clear plan to get the country back on sound footing, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said during news briefing in Charlotte, N.C., moments ago.

Villaraigosa, who is the chair of the Democratic National Convention, said that by the time the convention wraps up Thursday night, the party will have crystalized its platform and explained that this election is about a stark choice.

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9:03am

Mon September 3, 2012
Interviews

Joan Rivers Hates You, Herself And Everyone Else

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 11:57 am

Joan Rivers says her material has only gotten stronger with age. "I always say, 'What are you going to do? Are you going to fire me? Been fired. Going to be bankrupt? Been bankrupt.'"
Courtesy of the author

This interview was originally broadcast on June 11, 2012.

Joan Rivers doesn't hold anything back.

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9:03am

Mon September 3, 2012
Music Reviews

Miguel Zenon And Laurent Coq Play 'Hopscotch'

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 11:57 am

Miguel Zenon.
Courtesy of the artist

The new quartet album by alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Laurent Coq is called Rayuela, which means "hopscotch." It's named for Julio Cortázar's novel, the fragmented tale of a wandering bohemian and his social circles in Parisian exile, as well as back home in Buenos Aires.

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5:53am

Mon September 3, 2012
The Salt

No More Shame: Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-End Fashion Purse

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:14 pm

Vernissage is trying to revamp boxed wine to attract a more sophisticated customer.
Vernissage

Ladies, if the thought of showing up at a party or a picnic with a box of wine seems a little gauche, there's now a product for you: Vernissage's "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It's boxed wine, shaped like a handbag.

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5:08am

Mon September 3, 2012
KALW Almanac

Monday, September 4, 2012

247th day of 2012, 119 remaining


Sunrise:  6:42pm  ~ Sunset: 7:35pm


Moonset:  9:51am ~ Moonrise: 9:03pm


Tides at the Golden Gate ~  High: 1:53am/2:04pm  Low: 7:33am/8:11pm


Today's Special Celebrations:

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4:43am

Mon September 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Stephen Brede, 61, Paddles Around Lake Erie

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Stephen Brede. He climbed into a canoe on the Michigan shore of Lake Erie in June. Two months later he returned to the same spot from the opposite direction, having paddled around the entire lake. He says he camped onshore and sometimes residents took him in. The Petoskey News-Review says he now reports having paddled around three of the Great Lakes. And at age 61, he has two to go. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

4:43am

Mon September 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Trucks Full Of Cash: U.S. Firms Make Plans For Greece Euro Exit

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:41 am

A woman walks past a closed branch of the ATE bank in Athens, on July 30 as employees of the bank went on strike.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

European leaders have vowed to do all they can to keep the eurozone intact, but U.S. companies are making contingency plans in case Greece is forced to leave the currency union.

The New York Times said major U.S. banks and corporations are "preparing for what was once unthinkable" — Greece's exit from the eurozone:

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