World Cafe
3:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound On World Cafe

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
Roper Courtesy of Bloodshot Records

JC Brooks and his band The Uptown Sound have made a name for themselves by bringing back the essentials of 1970s soul. Blending rock and R&B from the early '70s — with nods to the underground punk and hip-hop movements of the same period — the group is known for its classically retro sound. Guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein and bassist Ben Taylor provide the nitty-gritty groundwork for JC Brooks, a singer with funk flowing through his veins.

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Middle East
12:41 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

30 Years Later, Photos Emerge From Killings In Syria

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre of 1982 in central Syria. According to Abu Aljude, who was 16 at the time, these images are documentation of the destruction by President Hafez Assad's regime. In this image, Aljude identifies a bombed Christian church.
Courtesy of Abu Jade

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:03 am

Syria's protest generation is obsessed with images.

Thousands of videos have been posted on YouTube during the 10-month revolt against President Bashar Assad's regime, even as regime snipers take deadly aim at the photographers.

The smugglers who carry critical medical supplies to underground clinics in protest cities also smuggle in cameras hidden in baseball caps and pocket pens. The obsession comes from the conviction that documenting the brutality will stop it — this time.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Is That CEO Being Honest? Tone Of Voice May Tell A Lot

  • Steve Inskeep talks with Shankar Vedantam

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Iran Warns That Major Currency Speculators Could Face Death Penalty

An Iranian man counts banknotes after exchanging a gold coin for cash in Tehran.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

In a sign that the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and those announced by the European Union are squeezing Iran, the chief of Iran's judiciary warned that major currency speculators could face the death penalty.

The AP quotes Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani as saying that "depending on the importance of their crimes, some of the economic corrupted can face execution."

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Energy
12:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra

President Obama tours the headquarters of the Solyndra solar panel company in Freemont, Calif., on May 26, 2010.The company declared bankruptcy in August 2011.
Pool Getty Images

Three years ago, venture capitalists were pouring billions of dollars into technologies like solar power, wind power, biofuels and fuel cells. The federal government followed, directing some $44.5 billion into clean technology from late 2009 to late 2011 through loans, subsidies and tax incentives.

But now the clean-tech industry is facing leaner times, in part because of cheaper natural gas prices, the effects of the financial crisis and China's growing solar industry.

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Technology
12:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Changes In Store For Tech Giants And You

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 11:11 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to head now from the site of the Super Bowl to some of the world's biggest websites. Big changes are in store at Google and Facebook.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Indy Mayor On The Big Game

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, there are changes in Google's privacy policy and they are causing a stir. We'll talk about that and we'll also talk about Facebook's new stock offering. That's coming up in a few minutes.

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Education
12:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Getting America's Dropouts Back On Track

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News.

Coming up, millions of eyes will be on Indianapolis this weekend as it hosts the Super Bowl for the first time. We'll check in with the city's mayor to see how the preparations are going for the big game.

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Trump's Announcement Set For Midafternoon: Gingrich? Romney? Neither?

Donald Trump on April 16, 2011, in Boca Raton, Fla.
John W. Adkisson Getty Images

As the never-shy Donald Trump prepares for what he says will be "a major announcement ... pertaining to the presidential race" at 3:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas, there's word from CNN that its sources say the Donald will endorse Mitt Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The Salt
11:14 am
Thu February 2, 2012

A Butter Ad That Will Get You To Eat More Vegetables

Blink

Those northern Europeans are serious about their butter; many countries typically leave in more fat than we do in the U.S. Some would argue that makes for a better product.

But butter, and all that fat in it, is turning into enemy No. 1 in the fight against obesity. Denmark, for one, has become the first country in the world to tax butter and other sources of saturated fat.

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