11:41am

Tue May 8, 2012
Remembrances

Sendak's Legacy: Helping Kids 'Survive Childhood'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:49 am

Sendak talks with children about his book Where the Wild Things Are at the International Youth Library in Munich in June 1971.
Keystone/Hulton Archives Getty Images

When author and illustrator Maurice Sendak entered the world of children's books, it was a very safe place. Stories were sweet and simple and set in a world without disorder. But Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, broke with that tradition. In Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak explored the darker side of childhood. Upstairs in young Max's bedroom, a jungle grows, and he sails off to a land of monsters.

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11:24am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Albanian Who Tried To Help Bring Down Mobster Gets Asylum In U.S.

An Albanian man who more than a decade ago agreed to help the U.S. Justice build a case against a mobster accused of human smuggling has finally won his long-sought quest for asylum in the U.S.

Edmond Demiraj, his wife and adult son have been granted full asylum, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

As Carrie reported last year:

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11:05am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

What's Your Favorite Sendak Memory?

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 11:30 am

'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.
NPR

The death of children's author Maurice Sendak has brought back many memories for many of us.

This blogger remembers nephew Ben reading Where the Wild Things Are back in the late '60s and being fascinated by what seemed to be a very different, much more interesting, kind of book than I'd been used to as a kid just a few years before.

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10:52am

Tue May 8, 2012
Energy

Falling Oil Prices: A Blip Or A Hint Of The Future?

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:42 pm

Oil and gas production in the U.S. is rising, and the U.S. is expected to be less dependent on foreign energy in the coming years. This oil drilling rig, shown in October 2011, is outside Watford City, N.D., a state that has seen a boom in energy production.
Matthew Staver Landov

World oil prices have been falling recently — and that's good news for oil consumers such as the U.S., Europe and China, and a potential challenge for the big exporters like Saudi Arabia and Russia.

The oil market is notoriously volatile, and the factors driving prices down are temporary. But some energy industry analysts are posing a much larger question: Is the world, and the U.S. in particular, entering a new phase of expanding energy supplies and more moderate prices?

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10:39am

Tue May 8, 2012
Politics

When The Political Becomes Very Personal

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 1:13 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we know that minorities have been hard hit by the effects of the recession in everything from employment to foreclosure rates. There's a new office within the agency that's been charged with looking out for consumers that's supposed to take a look at how financial practices affect minorities and women. We'll speak with the new head of that office in just a few minutes.

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10:34am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Americans Remain Split On Same-Sex Marriage, Gallup Poll Signals

Gallup.com

With same-sex marriage back in the news because of Vice President Biden's comment that he's "absolutely comfortable" with equal rights for partners in such relationships, the pollsters at Gallup are out with this report:

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9:26am

Tue May 8, 2012
Remembrances

Beloved Children's Author Maurice Sendak Dies

Maurice Sendak, the well-known children's book author and illustrator, has died. He was 83. Sendak is widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are. Steve Inskeep has this remembrance.

9:15am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Nebraska Man Changes His Name To 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'

Not the Nebraska Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

He made this decision before scientists told us that, back in the prehistoric day, dinosaur farts likely contributed to climate change:

Tyler Gold of York, Neb., is now officially named Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold, the local York News Times reports.

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8:47am

Tue May 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Your Drug Copay Could Change

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 11:00 am

How much a medicine costs you could vary depending on the value your insurer assigns to treatment.
iStockphoto.com

What if how much you paid for a drug was based on how much it might help you, instead of the sticker price?

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8:19am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Co-Workers Rescue Man From Vat Of Acid

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 12:16 pm

While initial headlines that said a man jumped into a vat of acid to rescue a co-worker at at New Jersey construction site may have overstated what happened just a bit, there's still a dramatic tale to tell.

According to NorthJersey.com:

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8:06am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Salt

Recipe For Safer Drinking Water? Add Sun, Salt And Lime

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 10:37 am

Pakistani boys collect water from a hand pump on the outskirts of Islamabad.
Anjum Naveed AP

Sun, salt and lime sounds like the beginnings of a cocktail recipe, but for some, it could mean cleaner, life-sustaining water.

In many developing countries, the only source of water is contaminated with viruses and bacteria. In fact, the United Nations estimates that 1 in 6 people don't have access to enough fresh drinking water.

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8:05am

Tue May 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters Tuesday To Decide Lugar's Fate, Walker's Wisconsin Recall Opponent

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 10:00 am

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., meets with voters Tuesday outside of a polling place in Greenwood, Ind. Lugar is being challenged in the Republican primary by Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
Darron Cummings AP

Voters in Indiana, Wisconsin and North Carolina on Tuesday will decide the outcome of battles many see as proxy wars going into the fall elections.

-- In Indiana, voters will determine the fate of six-term Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, 80, a respected legislator who has run afoul of Tea Party activists.

-- In Wisconsin, they'll pick a Democrat from a field of four whose aim it will be to oust anti-union Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a June recall election prompted by his slashing of collective bargaining rights.

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7:12am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Sacred White Buffalo Slaughtered; Reward For Catching Killer Grows

Lightning Medicine Cloud, a sacred white buffalo, last June.
LM Otero AP

6:50am

Tue May 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Doorman Gets Handed His Stolen Driver's License

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:51 am

A 19-year-old University of Iowa student paid $20 for a stolen driver's license and debit card. He took the ID to a bar. But the bouncer instantly recognized the ID was stolen. Because it belonged to him.

6:46am

Tue May 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Suspect Walks After Improper Miranda Warning

An L.A. County detective testified that he gave a suspect the Miranda warning. But a TruTV reality show was following him around. Video shows the detective actually said, "You watch TV. You know your rights and all that?" Prosecutors say that's not close enough.

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