2:18am

Mon April 30, 2012
Africa

Sudan Declares State Of Emergency

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:33 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's turn now to Africa and a story we'll be following this week. Sudan has declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan, the new country there, further raising fears that these two nations are heading toward all-out war. Earlier this month, South Sudan invaded and briefly occupied Sudan's main oil field. This followed aerial bombardments of South Sudan's border regions by the Sudanese air force.

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12:56am

Mon April 30, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: What is happening with the weather?

(Adrian Myers/Taxi/Getty Images)

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about changing weather patterns. We have had one of the warmest winters on record including an extended drought in parts of California. Last month was the warmest March on record since 1895, when records were first kept. What’s the link between extreme weather and climate change? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Extreme weather events are already plaguing the country. What should we expect in the future? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests

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12:37am

Mon April 30, 2012
Author Interviews

Caro's 'Passage of Power': LBJ's Political Genius

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 7:26 am

Keystone Getty Images

Robert Caro writes obsessively about power. Fittingly, it's Lyndon Johnson — catapulted suddenly into the presidency "in the crack of a gunshot" — who consumes him.

The Passage of Power, the fourth volume of Caro's massive biography of Lyndon Johnson, is released this week. Caro has dedicated decades to meticulously researching Johnson's life, and the previous books in the series have been almost universally hailed as a significant achievement in American letters.

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12:36am

Mon April 30, 2012
Opinion

Living To 100: The Story Of India's Pocket Hercules

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 5:39 am

Centenarian Manohar Aich sits at his home in Kolkata, India. Aich stood 4 feet 11 inches at his tallest, earning him the nickname "Pocket Hercules."
Bishan Samaddar

A fad that has been sweeping through middle-class India might look familiar to some Americans — it's a craze for fancy gym equipment. But when commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe (who is known as the "Pocket Hercules") he found that the body builder has little patience for the new trend.

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12:35am

Mon April 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

To Predict Dating Success, The Secret's In The Pronouns

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 8:17 pm

People who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says.
iStockphoto.com

On a recent Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.

The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours they did a rotation, making small talk with people they did not know, one after another, in three-minute increments.

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12:34am

Mon April 30, 2012
Asia

Drama Amid Indonesia's Disappearing Mangroves

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 4:36 am

A man gathering firewood to sell cuts down mangrove trees in the coastal area of Medan city on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Jan. 31. The country, which has one-quarter of the world's mangroves, is losing them at a rate of 6 percent a year. The coastal forests play important ecological and environmental roles.
Suntanta Aditya AFP/Getty Images

The rising tide laps at the feet of local children and fishermen and submerges all but the tops of the mangrove trees of Tiwoho village in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province. At one degree of latitude north of the equator, the climate here is about the same all year round: hot, wet and perfect for the forests of salt-tolerant trees that grow along sheltered coastlines.

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12:32am

Mon April 30, 2012
Election 2012

Romney's Big-Dollar 'Bundlers' Stay Anonymous

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 7:07 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters in Aston, Pa., on April 23.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

Every presidential nominee going back to 2000 has revealed the names of influential supporters known as "bundlers" because of the way they persuade others to give money to a candidate. Every nominee, that is, until Mitt Romney.

The most anyone can give directly to any presidential campaign is $5,000, and everyone who gives that much is listed in the Romney campaign's monthly disclosures.

When it comes to the bundlers, though, the campaign chooses to keep those names secret.

Voluntary Disclosure

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12:31am

Mon April 30, 2012
Education

Economy Puts Value Of Liberal Arts Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:47 am

Wellesley College English professor Yoon Lee teaches a class on the rise of the novel.
Tovia Smith NPR

As high school seniors wrestle with big decisions before Tuesday's deadline about which college they want to go to, some of the nation's top liberal arts colleges are dealing with big decisions of their own. Many of the most elite private schools are trying to figure out how they may have to adapt at a time when they're seen as a more expensive — and less direct — path to landing a job.

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12:30am

Mon April 30, 2012
Asia

Trade, Security On Agenda For Obama, Japan's Noda

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 7:09 am

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a reception at the Japanese Embassy in Washington on Sunday. Noda meets with President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda are meeting at the White House on Monday — the first such meeting between U.S. and Japanese leaders in three years.

Political turmoil in Japan has led to a constant turnover in leadership: There have been six prime ministers in as many years.

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9:52pm

Sun April 29, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Stanford Law Professor Joan Petersilia

David Onek and Joan Petersilia

Criminal justice expert David Onek recently sat down with Stanford law professor Joan Petersilia to talk about California’s criminal justice realignment. Onek is a Senior Fellow at Berkeley Law School and a former San Francisco Police Commissioner; Petersilia is the former President of the American Society of Criminology and served as a special advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here’s what they had to say.

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