Europe
3:22 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Emerging Markets Promise IMF Financial Firepower

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde announced Friday that the IMF had raised $430 billion, surpassing its stated goal.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 7:46 am

International Monetary Fund officials and members of the G-20 nations announced Friday that member countries have pledged $430 billion to add to the Fund's crisis-fighting arsenal.

The Fund's managing director Christine Lagarde came into the annual World Bank-IMF spring meetings in Washington, D.C., with a goal of raising $400 billion from member states. She was clearly happy and relieved as she announced a number larger than that.

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Europe
3:22 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Amid Europe's Debt Crisis, A Sharp Rise In Suicides

Mourners gather at the spot in front of the Greek parliament in Athens where 77-year-old retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas shot and killed himself on April 4. Christoulas left a note saying he did not want to end up scrounging for food in garbage bins.
Simela Pantzartzi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 5:47 pm

The eurozone crisis has been under way for three years and has led to sharp welfare cutbacks and a credit crunch throughout the continent.

But one of the most serious effects of the financial crisis has been an alarming spike in suicides in debt-burdened Greece, Ireland and Italy.

Last Wednesday, about a 1,000 people gathered in central Rome for a candle-lit vigil to honor Italy's economic victims. Statics show that from 2009 and 2010, some 400 small-business owners took their lives.

There have already been 23 crisis-related suicides since January.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:02 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Science Writer Mary Roach Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:03 am

The science writer known for tackling death in her book Still, sex in her book Bonk and space travel in her latest book, Packing For Mars, takes a quiz in honor of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Brothers. (Rebroadcast from Sept. 18, 2010)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:02 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Novelist Carl Hiaasen Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:03 am

The Florida novelist tells us what he finds so weird and inspiring about South Florida and answers three questions about extreme cold-weather activities. (Rebroadcast from Feb. 5, 2011)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:45 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Writer Susan Orlean Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:03 am

New Yorker staff writer and author of the Orchid Thief and the recent biography of movie canine Rin Tin Tin takes a quiz on other things that sound like "Rin Tin Tin": Tintin, Tauntaun and TomTom. (Rebroadcast from Dec. 3, 2011)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:45 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Novelist Tom Robbins Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:03 am

Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Skinny Legs and All, and most recently B is for Beer, joins us to talk about Seattle, taking LSD and answer questions about the other Mr. T. Robbins. (Rebroadcast from June 5, 2010)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:45 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Newbery Medal Winner Jack Gantos Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:03 am

Award-winning children's book author and recent recipient of the Newbery Honor joins us to talk about his other distinction: his arrest on drug smuggling charges. Then he takes a quiz on Harlequin romance novels. (Rebroadcast from Jan. 28, 2012)

Interviews
12:08 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Carl Zimmer, The Three Stooges

After they leave their orphanage for the first time, Curly (Will Sasso) bears a heavy burden — his fellow Stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos, left) and Larry (Sean Hayes).
Peter Iovino Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 8:58 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Oregon Taxes
5:34 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Corporate Kicker Opponents Collect Initiative Signatures

Oregon initiative activists begin gathering signatures this weekend for a measure to do away with a corporate tax rebate.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Jenkins/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Oregon initiative activists begin gathering signatures this weekend for a measure to do away with a corporate tax rebate. It's known as the kicker because it's triggered when tax revenues exceed projections by more than two percent.

There's also a personal tax kicker, which this initiative would not touch. The labor-backed group, Our Oregon is sponsoring the ballot measure. The proposal would send money from the corporate kicker to schools. Spokesman Scott Moore says currently most of the refunds go to companies headquartered outside of Oregon.

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Oregon Sues BP
4:45 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Oregon Sues BP Over Lost Investments

BP deep water oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo credit: © BP p.l.c. BP

Oregon has filed a securities lawsuit against the petrochemical giant, BP.  The state wants to recover investment losses triggered by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill two years ago.

The lawsuit alleges that investors, like the state, were misled about the safety of deep water drilling. Lawyers say BP made 'materially false' and 'misleading' statements. James Sinks of the Oregon State Treasury says state lawyers did their due diligence before filing, and are confident.

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