Wed October 10, 2012

Arne Duncan: Need To Address The Opportunity Gap

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:03 pm



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Today we want to bring you into one of the most important conversations we are having in this country. It's about our schools. Welcome to our Twitter Education Forum. Today we are broadcasting from member station WLRN in Miami, but the conversation has actually already started.

For the past month on Twitter, using the hashtag npredchat, we've already been hearing from our radio audience and from our digital audience.

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Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Member Of Russia's Pussy Riot Freed; Two Others Remain In Jail

Yekaterina Samutsevich of Pussy Riot after her release from prison today in Moscow.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

One member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot was set free by a Moscow court today. But two others who were given two-year prison sentences after being convicted of "hooliganism connected to 'religious hatred' " will remain in prison.

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Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Alex Karras, Former NFL Star And Actor, Dies

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 11:36 am

Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions in 1971.

Alex Karras, who was a star defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s and went on to gain other fame for his acting in Hollywood's Blazing Saddles and TV's Webster, has died, according to multiple reports.

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Wed October 10, 2012
House & Senate Races

Tale Of The Tape: Senate Showdown In Indiana

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 2:36 pm

AJ Mast AP

If you're searching for a Tea Party litmus test this year, look no further than Indiana's U.S. Senate race.

Tea Party-backed GOP state Treasurer Richard Mourdock is locked in a close race with House Democrat Joe Donnelly, who has represented Indiana's 2nd Congressional District since 2007.

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Wed October 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Democrats Sense An Opening In Indiana

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 1:11 pm

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana talked with residents of Columbia Healthcare Center, a nursing home in Evansville, Ind., on Thursday.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Joe Donnelly is counting on the auto industry bailout to help him out.

Donnelly, a third-term Democratic representative, is running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, which remains heavily dependent on the auto and RV industry. His opponent, GOP state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, not only opposed the bailout of Chrysler, but sued to block it.

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Wed October 10, 2012
Music Reviews

Iris DeMent's Emotionally Complex 'Sing The Delta'

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 3:21 pm

Sing the Delta is Iris DeMent's first album of new songs in 16 years.
Courtesy of the artist

Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the '70s and '80s and had more commercial ambition, she'd probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

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Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Spaniards, Who Usually Aid Others, Being Asked To Help Their Own

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 8:17 pm

In June, people in Madrid came to a distribution center where those in need could get food.
Javier Soriano AFP/Getty Images

(Journalist Lauren Frayer is a frequent contributor to NPR. She files this report from Madrid.)

For decades, the Red Cross has asked Spaniards to donate money to starving children in the Third World. But with Europe's debt crisis, the needy are now right here at home.

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Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Successful Surgery For Pakistani Girl Whose Shooting Has Caused Outrage

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 10:12 am

The front page of today's The News, in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Philip Reeves, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

After several hours of surgery, the girl whose shooting by the Taliban has caused deep anger in Pakistan and has exposed that nation's "deepest fault line," is said to be in stable condition.

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Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Jack Welch Says He Was 'Right About That Strange Jobs Report'

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 8:52 am

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.
Thomas Lohnes AFP/Getty Images

When former General Electric CEO Jack Welch tweeted on Friday that the drop in the unemployment rate last month was "unbelievable" and that President Obama and his campaign aides "will do anything ... can't debate so change numbers," he aligned himself with conspiracy theorists who were asking if some sort of "October surprise" had been pulled.

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Wed October 10, 2012

Taiwan Asks Apple Maps To Blur Radar Station



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