Planet Money
12:05 am
Thu March 29, 2012

The $200,000-A-Year Nanny

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I met Zenaide Muneton in the offices of the Pavillion Agency in New York, which specializes in hiring house staff for some of the richest folks in the country. Muneton says she knows how to make everything fun for kids, even homework, and that's why she is one of the better paid nannies at the agency. I asked her what that means.

"It means over $150,000 a year," Muneton said.

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Judging The Health Care Law
9:13 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Justices Ask: Can Health Law Stand If Mandate Fails?

Linda Dorr (left) and Keli Carender chant along with other demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
John Rose NPR

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 11:14 am

The historic legal arguments on the Obama health care overhaul came to a close at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, with key justices suggesting the court may be prepared to strike down not just the individual mandate but the whole law.

The major arguments of the day were premised on a supposition. Suppose, asked the court, we do strike down the individual mandate — what other parts of the law, if any, should be allowed to stand?

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Music
6:48 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass Legend, Dies

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 11:14 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And finally, this hour, we remember Earl Scruggs, the master of the five-string banjo, who has died at age 88. As a young man, he created his own style of fingerpicking on the banjo that would come to bear his name: Scruggs style. He got his start with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s and then teamed up with Lester Flatt as Flatt and Scruggs. And he influenced countless players over his many decades of music, among them, fellow banjo player Tony Trischka, who joins me now.

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The Record
6:40 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died

Earl Scruggs shown during a show in Indio, Calif., on May 3, 2008.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

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Buggy Spring
5:53 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Warm Winter Means Buggy Spring In Southern Idaho

The warm winter in southern Idaho and Montana means residents could see plenty of box elders this spring.
Photo credit: Normanack Flickr

Here come the bugs. It was a warm winter in the southern half of Idaho, in Montana and points east. That means insects are emerging earlier and will have longer breeding seasons.

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Dam Removal
5:11 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Northeastern Washington’s Mill Pond Dam One Step Closer To Removal

Washington State’s Ecology department has given the go-ahead to take out Mill Pond Dam in the state’s far northeastern corner.
Photo courtesy of Pend Oreille PUD

Another Northwest dam is one step closer to biting the dust. Mill Pond Dam is in the far northeastern corner of Washington state. The obsolete hydroelectric dam is just more than 100 feet long and 55 feet high.

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Gubenatorial Debates
4:55 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Inslee Reverses Course, Argees To AWB Debate

Democratic candidate for Washington governor Jay Inslee has reversed course and now says he will participate in a June debate sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, the state's chamber of commerce. Public Radio Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins will moderate the event.

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Lucky Friday Miners
4:39 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Employment Up In Idaho’s Silver Valley As Miners Find Work

High prices for gold and silver, plus a shortage of experienced miners, have opened up jobs for miners laid off from the Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho
Photo Credit: Hecla Mining Company Northwest News Network

Laid-off silver miners in north Idaho aren’t staying out-of-work for long. Around 250 miners and contractors lost their jobs at the end of last year when the Lucky Friday Mine was shut down for safety improvements. But since then, the Silver Valley’s jobless rate has actually dropped two percentage points.

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Michelle Obama
4:27 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

First Lady Will Deliver OSU Commencement Address

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at Oregon State University's commencement ceremony in June.

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Remembrances
4:16 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Feminist Writer Adrienne Rich Dies At 82

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 1:43 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The writer Adrienne Rich has died after a long illness. She was 82. Rich is best known for her poetry, which mirrored the times in which she wrote. Her work grew increasingly political during the 1960s and '70s, and she was a touchstone for the feminist movement. Joining me to talk to about Rich's work is the poet and critic Linda Gregerson. And Linda, I wonder what the experience is for you of reading an Adrienne Rich poem. How would you describe it?

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