4:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
Europe

Europe, After The Vote Against Austerity

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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Around the Nation

Rosa Parks Etched Into History, And D.C. Cathedral

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. is always a work in progress. Although it's more than a century old, and is being repaired from damage caused by last year's earthquake, it always makes room for new statues and carvings of people who inspire.

REVEREND DR. FRANCIS WADE: May God bless the eyes of all who see the likeness we dedicate this evening.

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Sat May 12, 2012
Around the Nation

A (Purchased) Haiku For You, Mom

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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Tomorrow is Mother's Day and a professor at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia has a gift idea. She has set up a booth on campus to craft custom haiku.

From member station WVTF, Sandy Hausman reports.

SANDY HAUSMAN, BYLINE: Fifteen students took turns at a long table outside the dining hall, notebooks and pens poised to honor mothers in that spare Japanese style. The haiku is 17 syllables - total. But University Registrar Scott Ditman was confident a small poem could hit big with the mother of his children.

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4:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
Sports

Big Game Sevens On Both Coasts

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. You didn't think we were going to get through this week without talking about sports.

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SIMON: Both New York and L.A. host big game sevens tonight - hoops on the West Coast, pucks on the East Coast. NPR's Tom Goldman can open a can of bean dip, sit on the couch, watch the TV and say, hey, don't bother me, I'm working. He joins us from an undisclosed location.

Morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi. I wake up eating bean dip.

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4:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
Middle East

Hope Of Syrian Cease-Fire Dwindles

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4:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
Remembrances

Attorney Katzenbach: A Key Force For Civil Rights

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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This morning we remember a man who stood up to George Wallace before the eyes of the world. Nicholas Katzenbach became attorney general in the Johnson administration and played a pivotal role in much of the civil rights history of the 1960s. He died this week at his home in New Jersey at the age of 90. NPR's Debbie Elliott looks back at his life.

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Sat May 12, 2012
Politics

Obama's Gay Marriage Evolution: A Societal Shift?

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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President Obama made a personal statement in a TV interview this week. He didn't call for any new laws or initiatives. But many Americans seem to hear his statement as a truly significant moment in American history. Novelist and screenwriter Armistead Maupin joins us. Mr. Maupin is best known for his breakthrough "Tales of the City" series. He joins us from member station KQED in San Francisco. Thanks so much for being with us.

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN: Oh, it's a pleasure, Scott.

SIMON: How do you feel about what the president said?

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Sat May 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Calling 911? Or Did You Just Sit Down?

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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Are you calling 911 or you just glad to sit down? Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a study this week that shows that 38 percent of the calls received by New York's emergency services are mistakes - mobile phones that dial 911 when a user jostles a phone in their purse or pocket. The popular term for such calls is pocket or butt calls.

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Sat May 12, 2012
House & Senate Races

Indiana Senate Race: The Bigger Picture

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:25 am

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From Wisconsin, we head over to Indiana, where this week, six-term Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost by a landslide to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was supported by the Tea Party.

Now, Senator Lugar was known for working with senators on the other side of the aisle to pass legislation. That may not be the political flavor of the month in his party or his state.

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4:02am

Sat May 12, 2012
The Salt

Black Pepper May Give You A Kick, But Don't Count On It For Weight Loss

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Is black pepper the new secret weapon against fat? A recent paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry claims that the piperine, an ingredient in black pepper, has the power to stop the body from making new fat cells, and could be used to treat obesity.

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