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2:49am

Mon June 4, 2012
Asia

U.S. Works To Rebuild Ties In Asia-Pacific

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hands out coins to members of the crew as he visits USNS Richard E. Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday. Panetta toured the former U.S. air and naval base in the bay, becoming the most senior American official to go there since the war ended.
Jim Watson AP

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is trying to send a message during a weeklong trip to the Asia-Pacific region: The U.S. is back.

Panetta continues Monday to Vietnam, where he's hoping to build stronger defense ties. The trip began Sunday with a historic return to a key crossroads of the Vietnam War: Cam Ranh Bay.

Panetta boarded a little ferry boat Sunday in the beautiful natural harbor north of Ho Chi Minh City. On board, he asked about his destination: the USNS Richard E. Byrd, a big supply ship docked on the other side of the bay.

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2:48am

Mon June 4, 2012
Africa

Some Taboos Vanish In Tunisia, Replaced By Others

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:49 am

Since the revolution last year, Tunisians have had greater freedom to express their opinions on political and social issues. But the rise of Islamist groups has made religion a more sensitive topic. Here, two men chat at a cafe in the capital Tunis.
John W. Poole NPR

Over the next couple weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep will be taking a Revolutionary Road Trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves as they write new social rules, rebuild their economies and establish new political systems. Steve and his team will be 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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2:45am

Mon June 4, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

A Waiting Game For Homeowners Trying To Sell Short

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

Cathy Yamauchi has been waiting since Thanksgiving to hear from her mortgage lender regarding a short sale of her home in Ramsey, Minn. She is planning to move to a townhome, but is mostly living out of boxes while waiting on the short sale.
Jennifer Simonson MPR

Banks are often accused of dragging their feet when a homeowner wants to sell for less than the balance on the mortgage. A lot of those "short sales" might be better dubbed "really long and drawn out" sales. New federal guidelines, though, could now push lenders to approve short sales faster.

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2:43am

Mon June 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What's Different About The Brains Of People With Autism?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:21 pm

Jeff Hudale, who is autistic, demonstrates a face recognition test at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Researchers use eye tracking devices to monitor and record what he is looking at.
Rebecca Droke Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Like a lot of people with autism, Jeff Hudale has a brain that's really good at some things.

"I have an unusual aptitude for numbers, namely math computations," he says.

Hudale can do triple-digit multiplication in his head. That sort of ability helped him get a degree in engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. But he says his brain struggles with other subjects like literature and philosophy.

"I like working with things that are rather concrete and structured," he says. "Yeah, I like things with some logic and some rules to it."

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2:42am

Mon June 4, 2012
Science

Summer Science: How To Build A Campfire

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:10 am

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Summer living is supposed to be easy — school is out, the days are long, the traffic eases. But it's not all inner tubes and lemonade: Summer can throw us some curveballs, too. How can I avoid sunburn? What can I do to stave off that brain freeze? Why do my s'mores always burn?

Fear not; NPR is here to help. As part of our new Summer Science series, we'll turn to science to tackle these vexing questions, starting with how to build the perfect campfire.

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6:24pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Wis. Recall: A Trial Run For The Presidential Race

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:25 pm

A supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (right) talks with a supporter of Walker's Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, at a recall election rally Friday on Friday.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

Voters in Wisconsin will decide Tuesday whether or not to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It's been one of the most expensive statewide races in American history, and the stakes in that election could have national implications, for unions, for deficit hawks, for businesses, even for President Obama's re-election.

The vote over whether to recall Walker is so important, it's drawn millions in outside money and some of the biggest political stars in the country. Now millions of dollars are flowing in, too.

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5:26pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Election 2012

In Calif. Election, A Fight For Second Place

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:25 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

This Tuesday, a congressional race in California's rural Central Valley will come down to a fight for second place. As Sasha Khokha of member station KQED reports now, the race pits a farm worker-turned-astronaut against the son of a disgraced congressman.

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5:01pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Middle East

Assad Denies Role in Houla Massacre

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:25 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

In two days, voters in Wisconsin will decide whether or not to recall their governor, Republican Scott Walker. It's been one of the most expensive statewide races in American history. And the stakes in that election could have national implications for unions, for deficit hawks, for businesses, even for President Obama's re-election. We'll tell you why in a moment in our cover story today, but first to some news out of Syria.

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5:01pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Interviews

How Reliable Are Surveys?

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:25 pm

The mother's milk of many political campaigns is the survey — a snapshot of how likely voters feel about particular subjects. But a recent study suggests that only 9 percent of people asked to take part in surveys actually do, calling into question any survey's findings. Slate reporter Will Oremus offers his insight.

5:01pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Europe

Thousands Mark Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:25 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN")

GUY RAZ, HOST:

A day of, what else, pomp and circumstance in London today.

(SOUNDBITE OF BOAT HORNS)

RAZ: Boats of all sizes blew their horns in celebration traveling past the queen on her own vessel on the River Thames. It's the queen's diamond jubilee, a celebration of her 60th year on the throne.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Three cheers for the queen. Hip, hip...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Hooray.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Hip, hip...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Hooray.

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5:01pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Remembrances

'Family Feud' Host Richard Dawson Remembered

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:25 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Now to some sad news.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FAMILY FEUD")

GENE WOOD: It's time for the "Family Feud." Introducing the Johnson family...

RAZ: The actor and original host of "Family Feud" has died.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FAMILY FEUD")

WOOD: And now, here is the star of the "Family Feud," Richard Dawson.

RAZ: Richard Dawson hosted the show for nearly 10 years up until 1985.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FAMILY FEUD")

RICHARD DAWSON: Help me welcome the champs, the Johnson family.

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1:04pm

Sun June 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Queen Sails Through Diamond Jubilee

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 4:56 pm

A royal-themed cake which will be served during a street party in south London on Saturday.
AFP Getty Images

Thousands are crowding the banks of the Thames today to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth leading a flotilla of a thousand boats to mark her 60-year reign.

Her gilded barge is the centerpiece of what organizers are calling the biggest pageant on the river in 350 years. As NPR's Philip Reeves reports from London, a 41-gun salute echoed over the city this morning, launching what will be several days of festivities.

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10:06am

Sun June 3, 2012
Asia

'Like Our Own Mother': Aung San Suu Kyi In Thailand

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 7:36 pm

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi waves to Myanmar refugees during her visit to the Mae La refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border on Saturday.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

On her first journey abroad in 24 years, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi upstaged and dazzled world leaders with her statesmanship and charisma.

Suu Kyi attended an international economic forum in Thailand last week, but Saturday was very different. She visited a camp on the Thai-Myanmar border, where refugees have fled to escape oppression and civil war in her homeland. The visit showed that despite becoming one of the most prominent politicians in Asia, her political situation at home remains a bit precarious.

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Politics

The Obama-Clinton Dynamic

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will appear at two glitzy fundraisers in New York. At his side will be former President Bill Clinton, both darlings of the Democrats and both in regular contact with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A natural partnership between two like-minded political giants, you might think - or is it?

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8:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Economy

How Homes Structure The American Dream

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 10:37 am

Home ownership has long been considered a key part of the American Dream. The dream has taken a beating in recent years, but polls show the desire to own remains extremely high. NPR's Chris Arnold discusses the state of home ownership and reviews the latest housing news with host Rachel Martin.

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