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College
1:23 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Do Law Schools Cook Their Employment Numbers?

Many law school students say they were lured in by juicy job numbers upon graduation, but when they got out, all they ended up with is massive debt.
Dan Kite iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 5:01 am

It's often assumed that even in tough times, lawyers can find good jobs. But that proposition is being overturned by a tight legal market, and by a glut of graduates.

The nation's law schools are facing growing pressure to be more upfront about their graduates' job prospects. Many students say they were lured in by juicy job numbers, but when they got out, all they ended up with is massive debt.

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The Mix
12:05 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

The ultimate NPR workout mix

Tina Turner's epic version of "Proud Mary" is a full workout in a song. Trust us.
Patrick Riviere Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:23 pm

Everybody has that one song that pushes you into a sprint for your last half-mile. That urgent, four-on-the-floor beat that begs your feet to pound your bike's pedals up a killer hill. The lyrics that tell you: Yes, you're awesome, and yes, you can wipe the floor with your competition, whether it's the other 500 people in the marathon or that one sweaty, spandex-clad sensation you see huffing and puffing in front of you in the mirror.

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Television
10:33 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz'

In the two-hour premiere episode of Alcatraz, Rebecca (Sarah Jones) looks for clues to a missing prisoner from the 1960s who suddenly reappears in modern day.
FX

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 5:29 am

Let's begin with Justified – because, frankly, that's the one that's got me the most excited.

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World Cafe
9:24 am
Mon January 16, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats

Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.

Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 4:54 pm

Over the years, World Cafe has seen its share of guitar gods.

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Election 2012
6:52 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Huntsman Expected To Quit Race, Endorse Romney

Jon Huntsman greets people outside Virginia's restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 9:01 am

Jon Huntsman staked his presidential campaign on New Hampshire and his bid to become a legitimate competitor on distinguishing himself from front-runner Mitt Romney. But less than a week after a disappointing third-place finish in the Granite State's GOP primary, Huntsman decided to quit the race and back Romney.

Huntsman will endorse Romney, officials said Sunday, because he believes Romney is the best candidate to beat President Obama in November. Campaign manager Matt David said Huntsman will announce his withdrawal at an event in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Author Interviews
6:51 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Legal scholar: Jim Crow still exists in America

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 4:39 am

Under Jim Crow laws, black Americans were relegated to a subordinate status for decades. Things like literacy tests for voters and laws designed to prevent blacks from serving on juries were commonplace in nearly a dozen Southern states.

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Can I Just Tell You?
6:49 am
Mon January 16, 2012

From Martin Luther King Jr., a burden and gift

The statue shows King emerging from a stone extracted from a mountain.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 12:04 pm

As you can tell, if you managed to hear any or all of today's program, then you know that the central question we've been grappling with is what exactly does Dr. King's life and message mean to us now, some 43 years after his death and so many years after the largely successful conclusion of the specific campaigns that defined his adult life.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Fuel-carrying tanker reaches iced-in Alaskan town

Originally published on Sun January 15, 2012 5:03 pm

Crews worked to build a path Sunday over a half-mile of Bering Sea ice for the final leg of a Russian tanker's mission to deliver fuel to a town isolated amid one of the most severe Alaska winters in decades.

The tanker was moored roughly a half-mile from Nome's harbor after a Coast Guard cutter cleared a path for it through hundreds of miles of a slow journey stalled by thick ice and strong ocean currents.

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Author Interviews
9:49 am
Sun January 15, 2012

The Inquisition: Alive And Well After 800 Years

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 12:13 pm

When we talk of inquisition it is usually prefaced with a definite article — as in, The Inquisition. But, as Vanity Fair editor Cullen Murphy points out in his new book, God's Jury, the Inquisition wasn't a single event but rather a decentralized, centuries-long process.

Murphy says the "inquisitorial impulse" is alive and well today — despite its humble origins with the Cathars in France, where it was initially designed to deal with Christian heretics.

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Around the Nation
9:46 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Montana's wide-open spaces getting a bit crowded

Montana's wide-open spaces are slightly more crowded than they used to be, and not all residents are happy about sharing.
J. Stephen Conn Flickr

Originally published on Sun January 15, 2012 2:58 am

One of the nation's least densely populated states has hit a major milestone. Montana's population crossed over the 1 million person mark around the first of the year. While the governor says that's a good sign for the future, some residents say the state's already too crowded.

Fewer than 2,000 people live in Townsend, Mont., a small farming community surrounded by national forests and just south of the gigantic Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

At Penny's Breakfast Station, cook Amber Burchett fries up hash browns in the early afternoon.

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Africa
9:40 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Just A Few Months Old, S. Sudan Already In Turmoil

People who escaped ethnic violence in Jonglei state wait for food rations at a World Food Program distribution center on Thursday. South Sudan gained independence just six months ago, and already ethnic tensions inside the new country have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Michael Onyiego AP

Originally published on Sun January 15, 2012 2:59 am

South Sudan gained independence just six months ago, but the country is already plagued by ethnic violence at home and ongoing tensions with its previous rulers in Sudan.

Potential humanitarian crises are brewing in both Sudans, and U.S. diplomats are sounding frustrated that the two are not talking to each other enough.

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Author Interviews
5:41 pm
Sat January 14, 2012

Alan Bennett Defies Expectations With 'Smut'

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 4:14 pm

Alan Bennett, author of The History Boys and The Madness of King George, among countless other books, plays and memoirs, is a grand old man of British letters.

"I'm getting on now, and I'm thought of in England as being rather cozy and genteel — certainly in the stories that I write," he tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

So Bennett decided to give his readers a little rattle with a new book of two short stories called Smut.

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High-tech world
4:35 pm
Sat January 14, 2012

Is it time for you to go on an 'information diet'?

"Clicks have consequences" says Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 2:00 am

We're used to thinking of "obesity" in physical terms — unhealthful weight that clogs our arteries and strains our hearts. But there's also an obesity of information that clogs our eyes and our minds and our inboxes: unhealthful information deep-fried in our own preconceptions.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Russian Spacecraft Expected To Crash Into Earth This Weekend

The Zenit-2SB rocket with Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Soil) craft blasts off from its launch pad at the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Oleg Urusov AP

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 2:33 pm

There are two stories about space junk today: First, the AP reports that the International Space Station had to fire its engines to move out of the way of some space junk.

"NASA officials said debris from an old U.S. private communication satellite would have come within three miles of the orbiting outpost on Friday had the station not changed its orbit," the AP reports.

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Election 2012
2:12 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Ron Paul Paradox: GOP Questions His Impact

Ron Paul greets supporters in Meredith, N.H., on Sunday, two days before he placed second in the state's Republican primary.
Stephan Savoia Associated Press

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 7:08 pm

Four years ago, Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished fifth in the New Hampshire presidential primary with just under 8 percent of the vote.

On Tuesday, he got nearly 23 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, finishing second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Republican contest. That came a week after Paul's third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

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