Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Total Disgrace': Jackie Robinson Statue Defaced In Brooklyn

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:15 am

Before the damage: The statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, outside the stadium where the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones play.


Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Fannie Mae Books $10.1 Billion In Second-Quarter Profits

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:05 am

Driven by a recovery in the U.S. housing market, mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae netted profits of $10.1 billion in the second quarter, its sixth-straight quarter with positive results. The company, which has operated under federal conservatorship since 2008, reported its earnings Thursday.

Fannie Mae cited "a significant increase in home prices in the quarter," which nearly doubled that of last year's second quarter.

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Thu August 8, 2013
Arts & Culture

Homeless and Non-Homeless Trade Stories For Upcoming Performance

An interview with Teneka Dye, artistic director of Recreate Café

    It's no surprise that the homeless and non-homeless lead different lives in different ways. But what would happen if the two could switch for the day, the homeless become non-homeless and vice versa? An upcoming event called Walk in My Shoes will test what happens when the two populations switch.

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Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Hold Steady

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:54 am

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this year.
Mario Tama Getty Images

There were 333,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration says. Claims were up 1.5 percent from the previous week's 328,000 — and basically remained at the lower end of the range where they've stayed for the better part of the last two years.

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Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: NSA Is Searching 'Vast Amounts' Of Americans' Emails

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:50 am

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

"The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials," The New York Times reported Thursday.

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Thu August 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? It's Not Them, It's You

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:01 am

S.pneumoniae bacteria may look harmless, but don't rile them.

Imagine a friend of a friend brings his family to stay with you — his family of tiny survivalists. For weeks or months you all live quietly side by side with no problems. You share meals. Your kids play together.

Then one day you get sick — maybe felled by a bad cold or the flu. Suddenly certain the end is near, your jittery houseguest breaks out an armory's worth of chemical weapons. He abandons his community to save himself and hunt for a new home, wreaking havoc on the way out the door.

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Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Publishers Object To Proposed Punishments For Apple

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:15 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Burglars Return Loot To Group That Helps Sex Assault Victims

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:12 am

The note left behind by whoever took computers and other valuables from the offices of the San Bernadino County (Calif.) Sexual Assault Services. The goods were returned.
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

(Update at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9: Click here for new information about efforts to help the agency pay for the damage done to its office.)

Let's start our day with a feel-good story:

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Thu August 8, 2013
Around the Nation

Republicans And Democrats Get Behind 'Voices For Yes'



Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Republicans and Democrats agree. Strategists who worked on opposing campaigns are urging the Twitterverse to just say yes to the candidacy of the progressive rock band, Yes. Plus, a Facebook page, a website, a documentary, all to get the Rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame to say yes to Yes. Is our national polarization at an end? Or perhaps "The Gates of Delirium" have opened.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.