9:50am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Drop In Productivity Paints 'Mixed Picture'

The Associated Press takes a traditional view of the news that American workers' productivity fell more than first thought in the first quarter.

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9:26am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Ho-Hum: Dull And Boring Are Now A Pair

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:32 am

The signs tell the story.
Facebook.com

Boring, Ore., took not-so-bold action Tuesday night.

The town in Clackamas County is now in an "unofficially official pairing" with tiny Dull, Scotland.

Yes, Dull and Boring have joined forces. As they were destined to.

According to The Oregonian, there was a unanimous vote — of the 38 residents who attended a Boring planning board meeting — to form this "Pair for the Ages," as T-shirts on sale in Boring declare.

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8:18am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

'Little Worry' At Federal Reserve About Another Recession, 'WSJ' Says

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 8:39 am

Job seekers lined up at a jobs fair in Portland, Ore., earlier this year.
Rick Bowmer AP

Midway through a Wall Street Journal story today about whether the Federal Reserve will do something in coming weeks to give the economy a boost is this eye-catching line:

"There is little worry at the Fed of a new recession."

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8:11am

Wed June 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Seven Ways Wisconsin's Recall Vote May Matter To You

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 4:15 pm

For weeks now, we in the news business have been telling you how much the Scott Walker recall election in Wisconsin matters to the country as a whole.

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7:48am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Suicide Bombers Strike In Afghanistan; More Than 20 Civilians Killed

An Afghan man inspects a motorcycle used in today's suicide attack near Kandahar.
AFP/Getty Images

At least 22 people were killed and another 50 wounded in southern Afghanistan today when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market near the Kandahar Air Field used by U.S. and coalition forces.

Most of the victims were Afghan civlians, officials tell the BBC.

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7:44am

Wed June 6, 2012
Pop Culture

Muppet's Elmo Campaigns To Carry Olympic Torch

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Eight thousand people will carry the Olympic torch before it reaches London to open the summer games, though one would-be torch barer isn't even human. He's a small red fuzzy monster.

KEVIN CLASH: (As Elmo) Elmo's ready to start training to be a monster torch-bearer. Yay. Oh, oh, Cramp, cramp.

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7:33am

Wed June 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Clouds Block Florida Crowd's View Of Venus

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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7:14am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Win For Wisconsin's Walker Seen As Blow For Democrats, Boost For The GOP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 7:50 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) after his victory Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images
  • NPR's Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Now that it's over and Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has easily defeated a recall attempt, the morning-after analyses are in. There's a common theme:

-- Walker's win "is a stinging blow" to President Obama's re-election chances, says National Journal's 2012 Decoded blog.

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5:03am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Salt

Road Brew: How To Make Hooch With Tunisian Date Juice (Or Try)

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:26 am

Filling up on legmi by the side of the road
John Poole NPR

Over the next couple of weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

Inskeep and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya, and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.

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4:29am

Wed June 6, 2012
Business

States End Extended Benefits Despite Dismal Economic Outlook

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

So far this year, 25 states have ended the Extended Benefits program. That program made sure people out of work for long periods of time continued receiving financial assistance. But there was a catch: if a state's unemployment rate improved, the money would stop flowing. The fact that some states are seeing lower unemployment may seem like a good sign for the economy. It's no comfort to the people who are still out of work.

Susie An from WBEZ in Chicago has that story.

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