Book Reviews
2:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Review: 'Hope: A Tragedy'

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And I'm Audie Cornish. Now, a review of the latest book by Shalom Auslander. It's a novel that incorporates a bizarre representation of one of history's most tragic heroines. Our reviewer, Alan Cheuse, says the book is surprising and infuriating.

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Election 2012
2:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

'Etch A Sketch' Gaffe Fodder For Romney's Opponents

Mitt Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom sparked mockery and attacks from Romney's rivals with a comment made in an interview Wednesday morning. Fehrnstrom said Romney would move away from his conservative positions advanced during the primaries by hitting the "reset button," almost like an "Etch a Sketch." The comment underscored Romney's reputation for changing his position on important issues. Robert Siegel talks with Ari Shapiro.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Harbor Pilots Reap High Rewards For Dangerous Job

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Israel Tries To Deter African Asylum Seekers

Israel is starting construction of the largest detention center in the world for asylum seekers. The facility, which would house up to 8,000 people initially, has been designed by Israel's defense ministry to "deal with" African refugee, asylum seekers, and migrant workers who cross into Israel from Egypt. At the same time, Israel is nearing completion of a new border fence designed to make it harder for migrants to get into the country.

Shots - Health Blog
1:54 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

How Obama Lost The Messaging War Over Health Care Law

Protesters show their opposition to President Obama's health care overhaul on March 16, 2010, days before it became law.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:44 pm

The sweeping health overhaul law turns 2 years old this Friday. And as it heads toward a constitutional showdown at the Supreme Court next week, the debate over the measure remains almost as heated as the day President Obama signed it into law.

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Sifting Through What We Know About The French Shootings Suspect

Police officers stand near the apartment building where a suspect in the shooting at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school is barricaded in Toulouse, southern France on Wednesday.
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The standoff between a murder suspect and French police in Toulouse, France, has stirred up a swirl of speculation about the man's background and motives, but so far there are relatively few confirmed facts.

French officials say the suspect is a 23- or 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian decent by the name of Mohammed Merah, who had a long record as a juvenile delinquent.

He's suspected in the killings this month of three French paratroopers of North African descent, as well as a rabbi and three Jewish schoolchildren.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

House committee votes to eliminate newspaper sales tax exemption

A House committee voted 7-5 on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to back a proposal to eliminate sales tax exemptions on newspaper equipment. The savings would be used to help funding for the blind.
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Newspaper publishers in Missouri could have to pay more to buy paper, ink and other supplies under a measure that has been endorsed by a House panel.

In a 7-5 vote Wednesday, the House Tax Reform Committee backed a proposal to eliminate sales tax exemptions on newspaper equipment in order to help fund state aid to the blind.

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Arts and Culture
12:56 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The 40/40 Project: KBIA visits New Bloomfield, MO.

The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Gingrich: Some 'Brand New Players' Might Emerge At GOP Convention

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 6:03 am

Saying that Mitt Romney may not be able to "grind his way toward the nomination" despite a huge fundraising advantage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told NPR today that he sees no reason to exit the Republican presidential race and that there's a chance of a new contender emerging at the party's convention in August.

"I'm not so sure you wouldn't get a series of brand new players" stepping forward during a brokered convention, he told Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep.

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World Cafe
12:20 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Zola Jesus On World Cafe

Zola Jesus.
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Nika Roza Danilova, known on stage as Zola Jesus, has crafted an experimental, genre-straddling sound which incorporates Gothic rock, lo-fi acoustic music, orchestral instrumentals, ambient electronic sounds and strong, diva-esque vocals. She's released three full-length studio albums in the span of three years, and each has sounded more purposeful and powerful than the last.

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