The Two-Way
6:20 am
Fri May 4, 2012

'Elegant Solution' Possible For Chinese Activist; He May Study Abroad

Chen Guangcheng, left, with U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke on Tuesday at the U.S. embassy in Beijing.
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Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:17 am

  • Louisa Lim, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

The news that China's Foreign Ministry now says legal activist Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad could be an "elegant solution [of] a really difficult diplomatic problem," NPR's Louisa Lim reported earlier on Morning Edition.

Chen has "a letter of invitation" from New York University, she says.

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Around the Nation
6:10 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Usual Flower Is MIA At Michigan Tulip Festival

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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Space
6:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Photographers, Skywatchers Prepare For Supermoon

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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Economy
5:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

The Politics Of Unemployment Data

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 11:30 am

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This MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

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Business
5:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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Well, for kids and parents listening to our show today, let's leave you with a little good food for thought. Our last word in business is: Hello Kitty. That's what some lucky travelers in Asia might be saying if they board an airplane decorated, inside and out, with the famous Japanese character.

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Sports
5:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Horse Tips For Saturday's Kentucky Derby

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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If all goes according to plan, tomorrow is the day the sun shines bright, the people are gay, and the birds make music all the day, for it is the first Saturday in May, Kentucky Derby day. But long before the horses are off racing in the greatest two minutes in sports - that's a trademark phrase, by the way - there is one man all eyes will be on, and his name is Mike Battaglia. He sets the morning line at Churchill Downs and has joined us from a trailer next to the racetrack to tell us about handicapping horses.

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Middle East
5:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Political Change Slow To Come To Bahrain

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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NPR Story
5:25 am
Fri May 4, 2012

China: Chen May Apply To Study Abroad

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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In Beijing, American officials are working feverishly to end a diplomatic crisis over a Chinese dissident. It erupted just as the U.S. Secretaries of State and Treasury arrived this week for high level talks with the Chinese on economic and security issues. On Wednesday, diplomats on both sides thought they had found an agreement that would enable human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to go free. But that fell apart.

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NPR Story
5:25 am
Fri May 4, 2012

'Avengers' Usher In Summer Blockbuster Movies

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

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OK, so it's still officially spring, but the movie world is kicking off the summer blockbuster season this weekend with a whole lineup of superheroes in Marvel's "The Avengers." Here's film critic Kenneth Turan's review.

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Economy
3:13 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Spaniards Dismayed Interest Rates Aren't Lowered

Undercover police stand on a Barcelona street during Thursday's demonstration against austerity cuts. On the same day, the European Central Bank's governing council met there but offered no relief to painful austerity measures.
Pedro Armestre AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

After months of punishing austerity measures, some Spaniards want a break and maybe even some stimulus from Europe. But that didn't happen at Thursday's meeting of the governing board of the European Central Bank.

The location of the ECB summit in Barcelona was kept secret, which may indicate how well officials thought they'd be received in the Spanish port city. Thousands of demonstrators flooded the city's streets, as did police, some in plainclothes and masks, with helicopters overhead.

One in four Spaniards is jobless, and the rate is more than 50 percent for youth.

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