3:37am

Fri May 4, 2012
Middle East

Political Change Slow To Come To Bahrain

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

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3:37am

Fri May 4, 2012
Business

Bakes Sales Run A Foul Of Obesity Right

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:59 am

As school budgets continue to get squeezed, administrators, parents and students are having to do more fundraising. And now the fight to raise funds has come head-to-head with the fight against childhood obesity. Stephanie Armour, of Bloomberg Businessweek, talks to David Greene about the move to ban bake sales.

3:25am

Fri May 4, 2012
NPR Story

The Politics Of Unemployment Data

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:30 am

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3:25am

Fri May 4, 2012
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

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Well, for kids and parents listening to our show today, let's leave you with a little good food for thought. Our last word in business is: Hello Kitty. That's what some lucky travelers in Asia might be saying if they board an airplane decorated, inside and out, with the famous Japanese character.

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1:13am

Fri May 4, 2012
Economy

Spaniards Dismayed Interest Rates Aren't Lowered

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

Undercover police stand on a Barcelona street during Thursday's demonstration against austerity cuts. On the same day, the European Central Bank's governing council met there but offered no relief to painful austerity measures.
Pedro Armestre AFP/Getty Images

After months of punishing austerity measures, some Spaniards want a break and maybe even some stimulus from Europe. But that didn't happen at Thursday's meeting of the governing board of the European Central Bank.

The location of the ECB summit in Barcelona was kept secret, which may indicate how well officials thought they'd be received in the Spanish port city. Thousands of demonstrators flooded the city's streets, as did police, some in plainclothes and masks, with helicopters overhead.

One in four Spaniards is jobless, and the rate is more than 50 percent for youth.

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12:20am

Fri May 4, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Demonstrators at the Mohamed Ali Square, Tunis

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with Rory O'Connor, journalist and author of the new book, “Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media” We’ll also discuss coverage of the Arab Spring with independent journalist Reese Erlich, who is just back from Tunisia. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What grabbed your attention this week? It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you.

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12:05am

Fri May 4, 2012
Presidential Race

Challenger's Challenge: Romney's Bid To Make News

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

The same day President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan, Mitt Romney picked up pizza for firefighters with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Jae C. Hong AP

Tuesday, President Obama scored a foreign policy success when he traveled to Afghanistan. Now he's being buffeted by the case of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. Meanwhile, Romney had been getting some attention for his critique that the president was politicizing the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. That is, until Obama went to Afghanistan, signed an international agreement and addressed the troops and the nation.

At this point in the presidential race, Romney faces the difficult task of outdoing an incumbent president.

Finding A News Hook

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12:04am

Fri May 4, 2012
Planet Money

Food Trucks Seek 'That Mystical Spot'

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:55 am

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

The Rickshaw Dumpling Truck is a retired postal van, painted red and filled with Chinese dumplings. I'm riding shotgun with Kenny Lao, the van's co-owner. It's a weekday morning, and we're driving into Manhattan looking for a killer spot to set up shop for the day.

"I think there is that mystical spot in midtown that every truck owner dreams of," Lao says. "Easy parking. It's a wide sidewalk. There's no restaurant but there's lots of offices."

There are 3,000 year-round food trucks and carts competing for that mystical spot. And no one has an official place to park.

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12:03am

Fri May 4, 2012
StoryCorps

Remembering A Grandfather's 'Best Gift'

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

Vicente Domingo Villa grew up on the ranches of South Texas.
StoryCorps

Ricardo Isaias Zavala comes from a long line of vaqueros — cowboys who worked the ranches of Southeast Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries. That tradition stopped with his grandfather — but in the Zavala family, parts of it live on.

Ricardo's grandfather's name was Vicente Domingo Villa. His family moved from ranch to ranch, looking for work. Most of the ranches were in the scrubland of South Texas, east of Laredo.

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12:02am

Fri May 4, 2012
Education

For College Seniors, One Last Lap Before Graduation

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

The pool at Bryn Mawr College's Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center. Bryn Mawr is one of a handful of colleges that requires students to pass a swimming test to graduate.
Courtesy of Bryn Mawr College

It's spring, the season when many college students are cramming for final exams. But it's also when some college seniors must prove they can literally stay afloat.

A swim test is still a graduation requirement on a handful of U.S. campuses, mostly in the Northeast. For seniors who have been putting off the exam, it's time to sink or swim.

A Shrinking Tradition

On a recent evening, a handful of seniors at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., gather nervously at the edge of the campus pool, waiting to take the last swim test of the school year.

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