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5:07pm

Tue June 5, 2012
World

On Pakistan's 'Sesame Street,' Everything's Not A-OK

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Baily the donkey (right) and Munna, characters from the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, perform at the launch ceremony for the show, Sim Sim Hamara, at Rafi Peer Theater Workshop in Lahore, Nov. 26, 2011.
Mohsin Raza Reuters/Landov

The U.S. is withdrawing millions of dollars in funding for the Pakistani version of Sesame Street. Officials say the decision stems from serious allegations of fraud directed at the Pakistani theater company that's producing the children's TV program.

Sim Sim Hamara, the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, is set in a mock-up of a typical Pakistani town. There's a school, the ubiquitous Banyan tree, a restaurant and a colorful cast of characters centered on a 6-year-old girl named Rani who loves the sport of cricket.

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5:03pm

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

How Accurate Is Obama's Attack On Romney's Jobs Record?

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Mitt Romney talks about his plan for creating jobs at a 2011 campaign speech in Las Vegas.
Julie Jacobson AP

A new Obama campaign ad says the Massachusetts economy actually fared poorly during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's four years as governor, challenging the notion that Romney knows how to fix the nation's ailing economy.

The ad says that between 2003 and 2007, Massachusetts had one of the worst economic records in the country, lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs at "a rate twice the national average, and fell to 47th in job creation."

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5:03pm

Tue June 5, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Cyclist's Swift Ride From Wall Street To The Olympics

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Since entering the sport at age 25, Evelyn Stevens (right) has risen to the elite ranks of women's cycling. In April, she passed top rival Marianne Vos of Holland on her way to winning the Fleche Wallonne race in Belgium.
Michael Steele Getty Images

Four years ago, Evelyn Stevens was working as a Wall Street investment banker and just starting to race bicycles. But she rose through the cycling ranks quickly, and next month she will represent the United States at the Olympic Games in London.

On a recent muggy morning in busy Central Park, Stevens easily weaves her bicycle through many obstacles.

"There's the horse carriages, there's the bike buggies, there's the Rollerbladers," she says, "the people on their bikes training, the five gajillion joggers, the hot dog stands, the dogs — there's a lot going in."

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5:03pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics

Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, greets supporters Tuesday in Racine, Wis.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of major donations from across the country.

One reason for that was a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor in Walker's situation bypass limits on political donations.

Wisconsin law says candidates for governor normally may not take donations of more than $10,000 each. That was the limit under which Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrat, operated in the recall election being decided Tuesday at the polls.

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4:59pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Depressed? Treatment May Be A Phone Call Away

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 5:28 pm

Therapy by telephone can work about as well as the in-person variety.
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Depression can be treated effectively over the phone, and a test of the approach showed that patients are more likely to maintain treatment telephonically.

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offered 18 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, a kind of talk therapy, to more than 300 patients with major depression. Half received treatment in person and half over the phone.

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4:19pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008.
Paul Drinkwater NBC via Getty Images

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The politician currently hosts a TV show on Fox News and plays bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. His musical tastes are similarly multifaceted: Huckabee says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.

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4:13pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Monkey See

Home Video Picks: 'The Sting'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

The cover of The Sting.

Time now for a home-viewing recommendation from movie critic Bob Mondello. He's says he's excited about the Blu-ray release of The Sting...and that's no con.

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3:27pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Of First Doctor To Treat Lincoln Rediscovered

Hulton Archive Getty Images

"When I entered the box the ladies were very much excited. Mr. Lincoln was seated in a high backed arm-chair with his head leaning towards his right side supported by Mrs. Lincoln who was weeping bitterly. Miss Harris was near her left and behind the President.

"While approaching the President I sent a gentleman for brandy and another for water."

Those are the words of Dr. Charles A. Leale, 23, the first physician to reach Abraham Lincoln's side on April 14, 1865, after assassin John Wilkes Booth shot the president in the head.

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3:21pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Monkey See

Aubrey Plaza Takes Quite A Trip In 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed.
Benjamin Kasul FilmDistrict

2:39pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Salt

The Storied History Of A Tunisian Tuna Pastry Called Bric

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 4:25 pm

Steve Inskeep displays his "bric," a fried pastry containing runny egg and canned tuna.
John W. 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 of the Arab Spring are remaking themselves after revolutions last year.

Steve 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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1:30pm

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Moderates: Heroes Or Heretics?

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 4:04 pm

Stickers are given to voters Tuesday in Milwaukee. Wisconsin voters are choosing between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a recall election.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

When Wisconsin State Sen. Dale Schultz goes to the polls Tuesday, he will vote for GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the gubernatorial recall election.

"I'm a Republican," Schultz said during an interview in his Capitol office in Madison, on the eve of the state's historically acrimonious and expensive recall election.

But if the Democratic candidate, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, succeeds in ousting Walker, Schultz, 58, says, "I'm going to do everything I can to make him successful, too."

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1:22pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Summertime And Healthy Kids Are Never Easy

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:23 pm

Dr. Robert Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, makes his opinion about the group crystal clear on his Twitter feed.
Twitter

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a chat on Twitter with pediatrician Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Search for the hashtag #nprkids. We'll be tweeting from @NPRHealth with @DrBobBlock for about a half-hour.

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1:18pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

California's Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage Ban Looks Headed To Supreme Court

A federal appeals court in San Francisco says it will not reconsider an earlier ruling that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

That means, as our colleagues at KQED's News Fix blog report, that "Prop 8 supporters will almost certainly ask the United States Supreme Court to hear the case."

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12:50pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Disney To Put Limits On Food Ads In Bid To Nudge Kids To Eat Healthier

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

Mickey thinks kids should eat better.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

With an endorsement from first lady Michelle Obama for its effort, Walt Disney Co. confirmed this morning that it is going to apply new standards to food ads aimed at children and their families during programming for kids. The entertainment giant says it will try "to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles."

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12:49pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

How The Transit Of Venus Helped Unlock The Universe

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 9:46 am

The planet Venus is seen crossing the sun in June 2004 as photographed through a telescope at Planetarium Urania in Hove, Belgium. The earliest known observation of such a transit was in 1639 by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

In an age when the size of the observable universe is known to a few decimal places, today's Transit of Venus offers a good opportunity to reflect on just how far we've come.

(For viewing information, click here.)

Less than 250 years ago, the brightest minds of the Enlightenment were stumped over how far the Earth is from the sun. The transits of the 1760s helped answer that question, providing a virtual yardstick for the universe.

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