It's All Politics
12:09 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

GOP Seizes On Obama Open-Mic Comment To Russian Leader

President Obama unwittingly made some not-so-private comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a Seoul, South Korea security summit.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 7:26 am

When your political opponent hands you a gift, take it.

That's precisely what Republicans did Monday after President Obama's comment to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, captured on open microphones at a security summit in South Korea s, that Obama's would have more negotiating room on missile defense after the U.S.'s November elections than before.

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Interviews
12:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Report Examines Effort To Secure Loose Nukes

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

As Mike Shuster said a moment ago, the main subject of the summit in South Korea is the problem of potentially insecure nuclear materials around the world. For short, loose nukes. In April 2009, President Obama called for a global effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world in four years.

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Law
12:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Amicus Briefs Examined

The Supreme Court has received more than 100 amicus briefs in the health care cases. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel explain what they are, what's involved and what impact they have.

Law
12:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Protesters Rally Outside Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 3:35 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

If you were expecting three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law to kick off with a bang, think again. Today's arguments began like this.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The Anti-Injunction Act imposes a pay-first-litigate-later rule that is central to federal tax assessment and collection.

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Protesters Demand Charges In Trayvon Martin Case

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 3:35 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Today marks one month since Trayvon Martin, an African-America teenager was killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was a neighborhood watch volunteer. People in Sanford and in cities across the country are taking part in rallies today, calling on authorities to arrest the shooter.

NPR's Greg Allen reports that while emotions run high, the facts of Martin's death remain murky.

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Interviews
12:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Stella And Stanley Shouting Contest

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 3:35 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A shout out now for the winner of this year's annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

NICOLE MARTIN: Stanley.

SIEGEL: That is Nicole Martin, who won first place with that vigorous shout to an actor on a New Orleans balcony portraying Stanley Kowalski, the character from "A Street Car Named Desire." Bryan Buckles won second place.

BRYAN BUCKLES: Stella.

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Marijuana Initiative
11:50 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Pot Advocates Disagree Over New Initiative

A photograph of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by United States Fish and Wildlife Service

 

An initiative to allow for personal marijuana use in Washington State will be on the ballot this November.

And while that initiative is getting support from many lawmakers, and even the Seattle bar association, some of the biggest critics of the proposal are other pro-marijuana groups.

Initiative 502 would allow Washington residents age 21 and over to posses an ounce of marijuana for their own personal use.

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Dr. Lawrence Pintak on "Here and Now"
11:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Dr. Pintak on "Here and Now": Pakistan Named The Most Dangerous Country For Journalists

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, is an expert on media and journalism in the Middle East. He was on today's edition of WBUR's Here and Now discussing the current state of journalism in Pakistan, where reporters are frequently targets for violence. As Dr. Pintak points out, the danger still doesn't deter many journalists from their mission to independently report on the state of their country, and pass those journalism values on to Pakistani students.

All Tech Considered
10:58 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Finding Cheaper Gas With Your Smartphone

The GasBuddy app and website rely on crowdsourcing — people across the country sending in gas prices.
NPR

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 3:35 pm

Gasoline prices seem to be going up every day, and motorists are looking to squeeze every penny of savings out of each fill-up. Well, as it turns out with so many things these days, smartphone apps can help.

Companies have applications for most smartphones out there to help people find the cheapest gas in town. I tried out six applications on an iPhone and narrowed the selection to two that I found the easiest to use: GasBuddy and Fuel Finder.

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Author Interviews
10:57 am
Mon March 26, 2012

A Doctor's Quest To Offer 'Best Care' At End Of Life

Dr. Ira Byock is the director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Mark Washburn Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 12:02 pm

Many people hope to die peacefully at home surrounded by their loved ones, but unfortunately it usually doesn't turn out that way. Thirty percent of Americans die in nursing homes, more than half die in hospitals and nearly half of those people spend their last days in intensive care units.

In his book The Best Care Possible, Dr. Ira Byock argues that the way most Americans die is a national disgrace — an ethical, moral and economic crisis that will get a great deal worse as the baby boomers age.

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