12:14pm

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama In Afghanistan On Surprise Visit

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:54 pm

President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force One at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan earlier today (Tuesday, May 1).
Charles Dharapak AP

One year to the day after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan, the nation from which the al-Qaida leader and his followers planned and organized the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The news of the president's unannounced trip was confirmed just before 3 p.m. ET. Obama is scheduled to deliver a televised address aimed at Americans this evening at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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12:09pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Afghanistan

Facing Death, Afghan Girl Runs To U.S. Military

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:44 am

Afghan women pass U.S. soldiers near Bagram Air Base outside Kabul in 2010. While conditions for Afghan women have improved over the past decade, but they still face many restrictions, as well as abuses like honor killings.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

In a remote part of Afghanistan early last year, a girl was sentenced to death. Her crime was possession of a cellphone. Her executioners were to be her brothers. They suspected her of talking on the phone with a boy. The girl, in her late teens, had dishonored the family, her brothers said.

"My older brother took the cellphone from me and beat me very badly. It was dinnertime. They told me that they would execute me after dinner. They said to me this would be my last meal," says "Lina," a pseudonym.

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12:00pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: What do you want from Occupy Spring?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Occupy movement and International Workers Day, May Day. Unions, labor activists and Occupy groups are planning to take to the streets with a series of May Day actions. Longshoremen have called for a daytime work stoppage at the Port of Oakland. Where is Occupy movement today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How is the occupy movement articulating its demands? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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11:54am

Tue May 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What's On Facebook's Mind? Organ Donation

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 9:02 am

If Facebook has anything to do with it, more organs will be making their way to patients in need.
Frank May Landov

Have you signed up to donate your organs if something happens to you? Are you willing to share that information online with your friends, family and acquaintances?

Facebook execs think you might. And they reckon shared stories about the decision to become an organ donor might spur others to do the same.

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11:53am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

After Helping A Homeless Vet, An Unexpected Holiday Card

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 12:41 pm

Veteran James Brown relaxes in his apartment, which he recently moved into after spending decades on the streets.
Pam Fessler NPR

A recent NPR story about homeless veterans brought a remarkable email from listener Gary Bressick, who runs an insurance agency in Los Angeles. The story focused on one veteran, James Brown, who had just moved into his first apartment after living on the streets for most of the previous three decades.

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11:37am

Tue May 1, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 1, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) // The California Assembly has passed a bill that would allow, but not require, business owners who contract with the state to self-identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce both support the bill because it would allow the government to collect data on the economic impact of LGBT-owned businesses. The bill goes to the Senate next...

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10:55am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Study: Less Religious Are More Motivated By Compassion Than Highly Religious

Are religious people more moved by compassion than those who described themselves as less religious or non-religious?

A group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley set out to answer that question and what they found would surprise some: In three experiments, the social scientists found that the less religious were more generous when presented with situations that stimulated their compassion, which the scientists defined as "an emotion felt when people see the suffering of others which then motivates them to help, often at a personal risk or cost."

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10:24am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Salt

What Will Make the Food Desert Bloom?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:44 am

Symbols like these are designed to help shoppers make healthier choices
Dan Charles NPR

There's a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food.

But as many activists have learned, it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples' habits for the better.

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10:20am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Stocks Rallying After Bullish Manufacturing News

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 1:34 pm

Adding 87 points, the Dow closed at 13,339, its highest level since December of 2007.

CNN Money reports that the index rose in reaction to a rise in U.S. manufacturing activity.

The Wall Street Journal adds:

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10:02am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

'Incredible' Race: America's Lopez Lomong Sets 2012 World Record [VIDEO]

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:07 pm

In his first race at the 5000-meter distance, runner Lopez Lomong set a 2012 world record. But the American also ran into some unusual trouble late in the race. This file photo shows Lomong at the 2008 Olympics.
Clive Rose Getty Images

The sports world is brimming with talk about Lopez Lomong, the American runner who set a 2012 world best in the men's 5,000-meter race in California Sunday. It was Lomong's first race at that distance (just over 3 miles), which he covered in 13 minutes and 11.63 seconds. But the race took a very unusual turn in its final laps.

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