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Analysis
3:00 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Some In Obama's Party Opposed To Jobs Plan

President Obama has been going around the country trying to rev up crowds demanding Congress pass his jobs bill. But besides Republicans, some Democrats also oppose Obama's plan.

Music Interviews
1:44 pm
Sun October 9, 2011

Bjork's 'Biophilia': Interactive Music, Pushing Boundaries

Bjork's new album, Biophilia, is also an interactive multimedia project.

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

The title of Bjork's new album came to her after she read a book by neurologist Oliver Sachs about the mind's empathy for music.

"He called it 'musicophilia,' she says. "Obviously, I make music, but I wanted to do a project about nature. So I thought, if I call it Biophilia, it's sort of empathy with nature."

So there are song titles like "Solstice," "Dark Matter" and "Crystalline." The lyrics actually touch on processes in nature — for instance, how crystals grow.

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Around the Nation
6:10 am
Fri October 7, 2011

'Life-Like' Polamalu Frightens Wax Museum Fans

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

If you don't already find wax museums a bit creepy, this might convince you. NFL star Troy Polamalu is famous for his long, black curls. And it's quite plausible he would be among the lifelike statues in Hollywood's Madam Tussauds. So when visitors sidled up for a souvenir photo with the wax figure in a Steelers jersey, they got a shock. It was alive. It was Polamalu in the flesh shooting a commercial and playing a prank. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Rural Western Pennsylvania Bridge Goes Missing

The bridge was stolen sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5. Police suspect thieves dismantled it to sell as scrap metal. It was made of corrugated steel valued at about $100,000.

National Security
3:29 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Partisan Divide On National Security Shrinks

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney travels to the Citadel in South Carolina to deliver a speech on national security Friday. The issue has traditionally been a bright line between hawks and doves, Republicans and Democrats. But even on this, the third anniversary of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the politics are no longer clear cut.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Pakistani Doctor Who Helped CIA May Face Treason Trial

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:55 am

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LYNN NEARY, host: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Steve Inskeep is away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host: And I'm Renee Montagne.

When the U.S. tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden in his hiding place in northwest Pakistan, it chose to keep the Pakistani army and its intelligence service in the dark about that mission. The fact that Pakistan was caught with the world's most wanted man living within walking distance of a premiere military academy humiliated and angered many in the country.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Business News

Lynn Neary has business news.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Law

Mortgage rates are now below 4 percent. The average 30 year fixed rate loan is at an all time low. But high unemployment, weak consumer confidence, and tougher standards for getting credit, are keeping many Americans from buying homes.

Art & Design
3:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Remembering How Steve Jobs Changed The Design World

Apple's Steve Jobs, who died this week after battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer, didn't just change technology. Lynn Neary learns more about the profound legacy Jobs leaves behind on the world of design from John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Business
3:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Banks To Raise Debit Card Fees

Lynn Neary talks to Ron Lieber, personal finance columnist for "The New York Times," about debit card fees.

Economy
3:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Obama Urges Wall Street Protesters To Back Jobs Plan

Loosely-organized protests that began on Wall Street last month have now spread to other cities across the country. President Obama says he understands the frustration conveyed by prostesters. He's trying to channel public anger with Wall Street into support for his own financial policies.

Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Barry Eisler's 'Detachment' From 'Legacy' Publishing

Barry Eisler is a former CIA operative turned thriller writer. His latest book, The Detachment, was e-released on Amazon in September.

Courtesy Barry Eisler

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 11:38 am

Thriller writer Barry Eisler has turned his back on traditional publishing — or as he calls it, legacy publishing. His latest book, The Detachment, was released as an e-book in September. It comes out in paperback in October. Both versions are published by Amazon.

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Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

'Gardener' Gives 'Heirloom Life' To Forgotten Flora

Yokohama squash was first introduced to North America around 1860 by James Hogg of Yorkville, N.Y. after his brother, Thomas, sent him the seeds from Japan.

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The Yokohama squash was first introduced to North America around 1860 by James Hogg of Yorkville, N.Y. after his brother, Thomas, sent him the seeds from Japan.

Jeremiah C. Gettle and Emilee Freie Gettle Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. LLC

As a child growing up on his family's farm in the 1980s, Jere Gettle didn't spend his evenings watching TV; instead, he read seed catalogs. To him, the endless varieties of seeds with exotic sounding names were full of possibility. He loved the idea of planting them in the ground, tending the crops that grew from them and preparing the harvested vegetables for a family meal.

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Economy
11:19 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Obama To Congress: Make Jobs Proposal Top Priority

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama sought this morning to put his proposal to create American jobs at the top of Congress' to-do list. The president has traveled the country in recent weeks, trying to rally public support for his $447 billion plan. And today, he held a press conference at the White House.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: And the reason I keep going around the country talking about this jobs bill is because people really need help right now. Our economy really needs a jolt right now.

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Europe
6:27 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Horshack Move Banned At British School

Teachers say the new method of giving thumbs up has a calming effect, and makes it easier not to overlook students who don't want to draw attention to themselves. The new method is more like The Fonz on Happy Days and less like Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter.

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