9:22pm

Sat May 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Lack Of Support Puts The Brakes On High-Speed Rail

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 9:09 am

California's Legislative Analyst's Office said the latest proposal to build a $68.4 billion high-speed train system is still too vague and the state legislature should not approve funding it for it this year.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Three years ago, President Obama was rolling out an ambitious vision for high-speed rail in America. "Imagine whisking through towns at speeds over 100 mph," the president said at the time.

Today, there are a few Amtrak trains going that fast, but for the most part, the president's plans for high-speed trains have slowed considerably.

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2:46pm

Sat May 12, 2012
Politics

For Gay Republicans, Romney Tough To Support

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 5:28 am

Mitt Romney delivers the keynote address at Liberty University's commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday. In his speech, Romney told students that "marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman."
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's support for same-sex marriage has been a hot topic this week. After he announced his position during an ABC News interview Wednesday, it's been difficult for pundits, the media and the public to focus on much else, especially since the news came on the heels of North Carolina's approval of a ban on same-sex marriage.

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2:23pm

Sat May 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Same-Sex Marriage Back In National Spotlight

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 3:05 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

From NPR News, it's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

For three days now, Mitt Romney's campaign has tried to steer the national conversation back to the economy. But the pressure to respond to President Obama's announcement in support of gay marriage has been intense. And this morning at a speech to students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Romney definitively spoke out.

MITT ROMNEY: Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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1:30pm

Sat May 12, 2012
Television

How TV Brought Gay People Into Our Homes

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 3:05 pm

The hit TV show Modern Family features a gay couple trying to adopt their second child.
ABC via Getty Images

In one of the most talked-about moments from the hit TV show Glee, Blaine declared his love for Kurt and then — they kissed.

Glee is just one of many popular shows on television right now that feature gay characters. Those characters aren't just entertaining us, they're changing Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality.

In five separate studies, professor Edward Schiappa and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota have found that the presence of gay characters on television programs decreases prejudices among viewers.

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11:02am

Sat May 12, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here at Oakland's Golden Gate Library Branch

Hear Hear producers Erica Mu and Audrey Dilling will be back at the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library to hear your stories! Saturday May 12, 1:30 - 4:30 in the Community Room downstairs. 

Drop by! Share a story! It could end up on the radio!

6:10am

Sat May 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Breastfeeding Images Turn Heads At Any Age

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:02 pm

The cover of the May 21, 2012, issue of Time.
AP

Musings on attachment parenting abound in response to the most recent issue of Time magazine, powered by a controversially candid cover featuring a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old.

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5:17am

Sat May 12, 2012
Opinion

Can A Change Of Heart Beat The Flip-Flop Charge?

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:46 am

President Barack Obama told ABC this week that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Most Americans give politicians low marks for sincerity and see every decision they reach as a cold, poll-driven calculation. Often enough, it is. Politicians, after all, have asked pollsters where they should spend their summer vacations.

Yet when pundits and interest groups urge politicians to change their minds and they do, they're assailed for flip-flopping.

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5:07am

Sat May 12, 2012
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: On Composition And Evidence

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

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for your letters.

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5:07am

Sat May 12, 2012
House & Senate Races

Wisc. GOP Gather For Convention On Key Senate Race

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

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Republicans in Wisconsin are gathered this weekend for their annual political convention. The delegates could make an endorsement in a key Senate race this year. It is the contest to replace retiring Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl.

Now, many believe that George W. Bush's former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tommy Thompson, might essentially breeze through a four-way Republican primary.

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4:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
Media

British Press Inquiry Sheds Light On P.M.'s Circle

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

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The British have been holding a public inquiry into press ethics for the last few months. The government is responding to the outcry over the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. The inquiry's investing the way newspapers, the police and politicians may feed off each other and that means shining a light into the secluded world, in particular, of the prime minister's social set. NPR's Philip Reeves has been watching the questioning.

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