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3:47 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

S'il-Vous-Plait: Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way

Barnesandnoble.com

When her first child was born, Pamela Druckerman expected to spend the next several years frantically meeting her daughter's demands. In the U.S., after all, mealtimes, living rooms and sleep schedules typically turn to chaos as soon as a baby arrives. That's the reason one friend of mine used to refer to his child as a "destroying angel."

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Freddie Mac's Conflict Is 'Unsavory,' 'Shocking,' 'Stunning,' Key Senators Say

Two senators who have taken the lead on legislation aimed to help homeowners refinance at historically low interest rates were blunt this morning about how concerned they are by the news NPR reported earlier this week that Freddie Mac "has placed multibillion-dollar bets against American homeowners being able to refinance to cheaper mortgages."

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl At Home, Neil Young Says

Neil Young last month in Park City, Utah.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Steve Jobs, the "pioneer of digital music" who brought us the iPod, listened to vinyl records when he was at home because the quality of the sound is better than current digital formats can produce, rock 'n' roll legend Neil Young said Tuesday.

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Election 2012
11:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Romney Rivals Are In It For The Long Haul

Florida primary voters handed Mitt Romney a resounding victory on Tuesday. But other GOP candidates declared that they are staying in the race. And President Obama has been busy raising money and trying to energize his base. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest election news with politicos Corey Ealons and Mario Loyola.

Election 2012
11:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Why Millions of Americans Have No Government ID

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 10:42 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we'd like to focus on another political battle that could influence the general elections in November. Voter ID laws. Thirty-one states have either introduced or tightened voter requirements in recent months. Fifteen of those states have made it mandatory to show government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. So what's the big deal, you say?

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Europe
10:50 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Russian Communists Court Discontented Youth

Communist Party activists in Moscow campaign on Dec. 2 for the party's candidates in parliamentary elections. The Russian Communist Party is hoping to capitalize on a wave of dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 5:54 pm

A snazzy new Communist Party poster shows two young, tech-savvy and attractive Russians. Both are smiling and dressed in red: The woman holds a red iPhone; the man holds a red laptop, his T-shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle.

The slogan: "For the victory of the majority."

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Around the Nation
10:35 am
Wed February 1, 2012

How Much English Is Enough To Hold Office?

An Arizona judge has deemed Alejandrina Cabrera's English language skills to be inadequate, and has struck her name from the ballot for the city council. Host Michel Martin takes a look at the election controversy in the small border town of San Luis, Arizona. She speaks with Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla and KAWC reporter Michelle Faust.

It's All Politics
10:13 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Romney's Line That He's 'Not Concerned About Very Poor' Will Linger

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney celebrates his Florida primary election win at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney's comment Wednesday about the social safety net has already been boiled down to a quick shorthand: "I'm not concerned about the very poor." It adds to a growing collection of statements that fuel charges that he has, if nothing else, a very tin ear and is an out-of-touch member of the .01 percent.

In a CNN interview with Soledad O'Brien, Romney said in part:

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Construction Spending Rises To Highest Annual Rate In 20 Months

For the fifth consecutive month, builders increased spending in December, the Commerce Department said today. The figures tempered yesterday's news that home prices in most markets tracked by the S&P/Case-Shiller index had slipped 1.3 percent in November.

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The Salt
9:44 am
Wed February 1, 2012

House Of Chicken: Chef Wins Competition With 'Fallingwater' Platter

Richard Rosendale's winning platter, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house, is on display at the 2012 Bocuse d'Or USA competition at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Keith Ferris for the Culinary Institute of America

For many chefs, especially those who still idealize French cuisine, there is no greater glory than winning the Bocuse d'Or. In a world crazy for competitive cooking, the French contest, named for legendary chef Paul Bocuse, has earned a reputation as the most fiercely competitive and prestigious showcase of cooking excellence in the world.

But in its 25-year history, no American has ever won.

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