NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

British Banks Face Most Radical Overhaul In Decades

Britain is set to radically overhaul its financial laws. Officials say it's an attempt to prevent taxpayers from ever having to spend tens of billions of dollars to save banks from collapse.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Investors Want Europe To Take Bold Steps Against Crisis

Markets in Europe began the week lower on concerns Greece could be edging closer to default. Greece received an international rescue package earlier but an agreement to double the bailout's size hasn't been enacted.

Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

In her role on the Arts desk, Neary reports on an industry in transition as publishing moves into the digital age. As she covers books and publishing, she relishes the opportunity to interview many of her favorite authors from Barbara Kingsolver to Ian McEwan.

It's All Politics
11:34 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Rick Perry Takes Tea Party Debate Licking, Keeps Ticking; Race Seems Stable

Stop Rick Perry.

That was the goal of the other Republican presidential candidates who came to the CNN/Tea Party Express debate Monday evening, to make GOP voters see the Texas governor and front-runner for their party's presidential nomination as less of a shiny new object and more as damaged goods.

By the end of the two-hour debate in Tampa, Fla., his rivals may not have knocked him out of the lead but they gave any Republican voters with doubts about Perry plenty more to fuel their concerns.

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Books News & Features
11:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

'Wonderstruck': A Novel Approach To Picture Books

A Wordless World: The story of Rose, a deaf little girl in Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, is told primarily in pictures. "We experience [Rose's] story in a way that perhaps might echo the way she experiences her own life," Selznick explains.
Brian Selznick

It's not often that a writer can illustrate his own books, but Brian Selznick is that rare find. He began his career as an artist collaborating with authors on children's books. But he gradually realized that he wanted to tell his own stories in both words and pictures — and to do that, Selznick invented a unique narrative device.

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Tina Brown's Must-Reads
11:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Women Of The World

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 9:36 am

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

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Asia
11:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

In Northern Japan, Residents Face A New Reality

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, setting into motion a tsunami that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at a power plant in Fukushima. On March 26, a man walks among debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Athit Perawongmetha Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 7:22 pm

Miyo Tatebayashi used to live about three miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which suffered a crippling accident when the March 11 tsunami struck Japan.

On a recent day, she had just returned from a government-organized trip to the radiation zone in Fukushima prefecture along Japan's northeast coast. She had wanted to see her house.

"When I got out of the bus with my daughter, we were smiling. 'It's there,' " she recalls saying. "But when we actually saw our place, I thought, 'Oh, there is no way.' "

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Health Care
11:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Calif. Medicaid Expansion: A Lifeline For Ex-Convicts

Healthy Oakland physician assistant George Pearson listens to Darren Thurmond's breathing after Thurmond is released from San Quentin State Prison earlier in the day. Thurmond will go to Healthy Oakland for all of his primary care.
Alex Liu KQED

California has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its Medicaid program, three years ahead of the federal expansion that the health law requires in 2014. At least half a million people are expected to gain coverage — mostly poor adults who never qualified under the old rules because they didn't have kids at home.

Among those who stand to benefit right now are ex-offenders. Inmates often leave California prisons with no consistent place to get medical care. But that's changing.

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Music
9:55 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Anamanaguchi: The Band That Plays Nintendo

Anamanaguchi combines the sound chips of old Nintendos and Game Boys with the guitars and drums of rock.
Courtesy of the artist

Anamanaguchi is a punk band that's part of an underground music scene known as "chiptune," an emerging form of electronic music that creates a layered sound from limited technology: video-game systems from the '80s. The group's music got its name because it combines the sound chips of old Nintendos and Game Boys with the guitars and drums of rock; it uses software designed for writing songs, then installs those songs on chips into old game machines. On stage, its members play traditional instruments like guitars and drums along with the video-game console, chirping a digital melody.

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