12:37pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Economy

Growing Economic Inequality 'Endangers Our Future'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:45 pm

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz grew up in Gary, Ind. — a city that has weathered many economic storms over the past half-century.

Stiglitz went on to study at Amherst College and MIT, where he received a Ph.D. in economics. He later served on and chaired President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and became the chief economist at the World Bank. But even as a child, Stiglitz says, he noticed ways in which the markets weren't working.

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12:37pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Around the Nation

How Louisiana Became The World's 'Prison Capital'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:07 pm

In the past two decades, Louisiana's prison population has doubled.
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A new expose by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans calls Louisiana the "world's prison capital."

The state imprisons more people per capita than any other state or country in the world, with one out of every 86 adults behind bars. Its rate of incarceration is three times higher than Iran's and 10 times higher than Germany's.

How did Louisiana double its prison population in the past 20 years? And what differentiates it from other states?

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12:25pm

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Uniqueness Of The 2012 Election

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 3:11 pm

Protesters in Nice, France, hold banners depicting then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama before a November 2011 G-20 summit where global financial issues were discussed. Sarkozy has since lost re-election; some political scientists say economic problems in Europe also could play an unprecedented role in the upcoming U.S. election.
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All U.S. presidential elections "are unique in some fashion," says John G. Geer, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University.

Sure, but what about 2012? What exactly will make the 2012 election between President Obama and Mitt Romney truly unique?

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12:17pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

From Our Readers: Unpacking Pew's Data On American Polarization

Starting today, we're trying something different. We've enlisted Marissa Alioto, an intern on NPR's social media desk, to comb through your comments and highlight those that are smart and insightful and can teach us all something. We know there is a wealth of knowledge there. We expect some of them to be opinion, but we hope others just point out something that moves a story forward. With that here is Marissa:

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11:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics

Artur Davis On Leaving His Job, Home, And Party

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:40 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, a picture of military moms breastfeeding their children has gone viral and it's raising questions about what's appropriate for women in uniform. We'll speak with one of the women in the picture about why she did it and the reaction to it. That's in just a few minutes. But first, voters are casting ballots in several states today and many political observers will look to the results for clues about the battle for the White House.

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11:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Environment

Do Plastic Bags Bans Help The Environment?

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:40 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, during his long and varied career, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has played everyone from soldiers to servants, from cowboys to criminals - not to mention the almighty. In a moment, he'll tell us what music he plays for inspiration. That's our feature we call In Your Ear, and it's just ahead.

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11:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Around the Nation

Breast-feeding In Uniform: Brave Or Brazen?

Photos of Air Force moms breast-feeding in uniform recently went viral and sparked debate. The photos were meant to support military moms in breast-feeding. But some critics say the photos are disrespectful to the uniform. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with active and retired military moms, including one who was featured in the photos.

11:49am

Tue June 5, 2012
Community

Jack's Chattanoggins

Jack and some of the Chattanooga Roller Girls that will be shaving their heads for Jack's Chattanoggins. Starting at left; Wagzilla, Tamara Obscura, Violet Heartbreaker, and Jack.
Jack Shaves for Kids Cancer

When Jack Skowronnek was 10 years old he read a book over the summer about a boy whose little brother had cancer, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.  In a show of solidarity with pediatric cancer patients Jack asked his mom if he could shave his head.  Jack just wanted to do something to show support for children fighting cancer.  The inspiration of a child has grown into an annual event. 

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10:54am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

This Video May Creep You Out: Artist Turns Dearly Departed Cat Into Helicopter

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:20 pm

Orville, the flying helicopter cat made by artist Bert Jansen. The cat is part of an art fair in Amsterdam.
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10:42am

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

County-By-County Battle In Wisconsin

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:07 pm

"Recall Walker" buttons at the Rock County Democratic Party Headquarters Monday in Janesville, Wis.
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Wisconsin votes on recalling its governor Tuesday, and much has already been made of that vote's potential implications beyond the state.

But for now, this historic moment belongs to the 3 million-plus Wisconsinites registered to vote. Most of them are expected to turn out, and those who do will be thinking about the implications for Wisconsin more than the prospects for fallout elsewhere.

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