2:59am

Tue October 9, 2012
Law

Sandusky Could Receive Up To 373 Years In Prison

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:25 am

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, shown arriving at court during his trial in June, is expected back in court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Jerry Sandusky is expected back in a Bellefonte, Pa., courtroom Tuesday for a sentencing hearing. The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys. Now young men, some of the victims will be given an opportunity to tell the court how the abuse affected their lives.

Sandusky has been in a county jail since the jury convicted him on 45 out of 48 counts, but after the hearing, he likely will be moved to a state prison.

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2:33am

Tue October 9, 2012
Author Interviews

'Mr. Penumbra' Bridges The Digital Divide

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:25 am

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Author Robin Sloan has spent time on both sides of the digital divide, both as a short-story writer and an employee at Twitter — where he described his job as "something to do with figuring out the future of media."

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2:32am

Tue October 9, 2012
Music Interviews

Tift Merritt: A Singer With An Outsider's Heart

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 3:59 pm

Tift Merritt's latest album is called Traveling Alone.
Parker Fitzgerald Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. She also has received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. The kind of music she makes doesn't attract much commercial attention — and that seems to suit her just fine.

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2:31am

Tue October 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 10:35 am

Matt Langione, a subject in the study, reads Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Results from the study suggest that blood flow in the brain differs during leisurely and critical reading activities.
L.A. Cicero Stanford University

At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor Natalie Phillips stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.

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7:15pm

Mon October 8, 2012
All Tech Considered

Baseball Autographs Get A Digital Upgrade

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:39 am

Sarah Wagner shows off an Egraph of Kerry Wood, her favorite Cubs player.
David Schaper NPR

On her 22nd birthday this summer, Sarah Wagner of suburban Wheaton, Ill., who describes herself as a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, opened an email to find an incredible surprise — a recorded message from her favorite Cubs player:

"Hey, Sarah! Kerry Wood here! Thanks for your message and I hope you're having a great summer!"

"When I heard for the first time, I instantly smiled," says Wagner. "I think my hands probably went over like my mouth, like, 'Oh my gosh, Kerry Wood is talking to me, even though he has no idea who I am!' "

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5:38pm

Mon October 8, 2012
'Another Thing': Test Your Clever Skills

'Another Thing': Singing The Housework Blues

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 9:38 pm

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Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free Range Kids, bring you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. We take a trend in the news and challenge you to help us satirize it with a song title, a movie name or something else wacky.

This week's challenge: A study out of Norway found that couples who split the chores equally are 50 percent more likely to divorce.

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4:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Solve This

Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 7:48 am

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

In the next two installments of Solve This, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. First, President Obama's strategy, then Mitt Romney's.

Job creation is the centerpiece of President Obama's campaign speeches.

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4:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Business

Plucky Former Poultry Farmer Goes Wild For Gators

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 9:29 pm

A group of baby gators basking in the sun.
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Just outside of Camilla, Ga. — about four hours southwest of Atlanta — up a dirt road called Alligator Lane, is one of the largest alligator farms in the country.

"We've got about 20 chicken houses, and we've got about 100,000 alligators on the farm," says owner Mark Glass.

That's right, 100,000 alligators, and they are in big demand in Europe's high-fashion industry.

Right now it's hatching season.

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4:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Around the Nation

In Pumpkin Regatta, It's Toothy Grins All Around

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 8:37 pm

Peter Geiger lines up before the start of the pumpkin race in Damariscotta, Maine.
Patty Wight Maine Public Radio

The typical jack-o'-lanterns that don front stoops this time of year pale in comparison to their multihundred-pound brethren: the giant pumpkin. Every year in Damariscotta, Maine, people hollow them out, climb inside and race them in the annual pumpkin regatta. There are two divisions — paddleboat and powerboat — and thousands gather to see whether it will be sink or swim for the contestants.

Topher Mallory bolts a wooden frame onto the flesh of his 550-pound pumpkin powerboat. The stern is large enough to mount a 10 horsepower engine — double that of most competitors.

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4:41pm

Mon October 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 10:10 pm

Mitt Romney and President Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, on Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

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