12:31pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should We Abolish The Minimum Wage?

Jared Bernstein and Karen Kornbluh, who argued for keeping the minimum wage, celebrate their win in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Adelaide Mandeville Intelligence Squared U.S.
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In the 75 years since it was introduced, Americans have been arguing over the minimum wage.

Some say government intervention to artificially raise wages lowers demand for workers and interferes with economic freedom — preventing people who would be willing to work for less from getting jobs at all. They argue that the minimum wage especially hurts teenagers and young adults with few or no skills.

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12:28pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Remembrances

Remembering Annette Funicello, America's Mouseketeer

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:05 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. We're going to remember Annette Funicello. She died yesterday at the age of 70 from complications of multiple sclerosis, which she had had for more than 25 years.

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12:26pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Politics

Social Security Will 'Lose Credibility' If We Do Nothing

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Louisville Cardinals capped off a dramatic journey through March Madness to take the NCAA men's crown last night. We'll look back on the men's college basketball tournament. We'll look ahead to the women's final. That conversation is just ahead.

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12:26pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Sports

Sports Roundup: 'Smarmy' Pro Golf And A Maddening March

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. If you're like most Americans, you probably have some debt, and that's a bummer, but how do you think you'd feel if you were in debt because of a guy who beat you? Later, we are going to talk about what might be the hidden cost of domestic abuse. That's financial abuse. We'll have that eye-opening conversation in just a few minutes.

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12:14pm

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

New Data Show Ford Doing Well In Overseas Markets

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:27 pm

A Ford Focus ST was on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Which Japanese-manufactured car is the world's most popular vehicle? Maybe none of them. It might just be the Ford Focus.

More than a million Focus models were sold worldwide last year, with Toyota's Corolla coming in second. Next was Ford's top-selling F-Series pickup, sold almost exclusively in the U.S. and Canada, according to the marketing firm R.L. Polk.

Still, there's one caveat. As The Wall Street Journal points out:

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12:03pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Music Interviews

Jherek Bischoff Crafts A Symphonic Sound On 'Composed'

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:05 pm

Jherek Bischoff's new album is titled Composed.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

For years, Jherek Bischoff has played in indie-rock bands, including Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra. But on his new album, Composed, he found himself moving away from a rock sound and writing his own orchestral arrangements.

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12:02pm

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Osteen Hoaxster Explains: Goal Wasn't To Defame Pastor

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:27 pm

An image taken from a YouTube video depicts a mock news story on the Christian Broadcasting News site, claiming that Pastor Joel Osteen had renounced his faith.
YouTube

The person behind the elaborate online hoax in which a fake website and Twitter feed falsely proclaimed Pastor Joel Osteen's intent to renounce Christianity and shut down his influential Houston ministry says that his goal wasn't to attack Osteen personally.

"I would like to state unequivocally my intent was not to defame Mr. Osteen," the person behind the hoax wrote in an email, adding that "he seems like an infectiously nice and genial character."

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11:57am

Tue April 9, 2013
Movie Reviews

Going 'Mental' And Enjoying The Ride

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:39 pm

Shaz (Toni Collette), a hotheaded stranger new to the Australian town of Dolphin Heads, becomes the unlikely answer to a local politician's problems when she steps in to nanny his children.
Dada Films

Mental is madder than madcap. I heard one critic sniff, "It's kind of broad" — and, Your Honor, the defense agrees! But if broad means "unsubtle," it doesn't have to mean "unreal." Mental makes most other movies seem boringly, misleadingly sane.

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10:56am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:05 pm

Pakistani vendors in Lahore fix posters of candidates taking part in the upcoming May parliamentary elections. Pakistani officials have provoked both laughter and criticism in recent days as they vetted potential candidates in the country's upcoming national elections with questions that veered between the controversial and the bizarre.
K.M. Chaudary AP

The culling of candidates in the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 election is providing the country some badly needed levity.

The "Pakistani Inquisition," as it's been dubbed, has election commission officials grilling office-seekers on their Islamic bona fides.

Many have stumbled badly, only to be disqualified.

But not Mussarat Shaheen, who performed impeccably. The former dancer — fabled for her Pushto films — was asked by an official in the city of Dera Ismail Khan to recite a verse of the Holy Quran, to test her mettle as a candidate for the National Assembly.

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10:49am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Charges Fly In Ky. Senate Race After McConnell Tape Surfaces

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:24 pm

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

An audio recording has surfaced of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides seeming to discuss whether they would use actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she challenged McConnell in 2014.

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