It's All Politics
5:07 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Romney's Business Skills Evident In His Strong Debating Style

Mitt Romney at the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3.
Charlie Neibergall AP

If there was any surprise in the first 90-minute presidential debate, it was President Obama's apathetic performance, not Mitt Romney's energetic and assertive pounding of the commander in chief.

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Digital Life
5:06 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Why Video Phones Might Not Be The Future After All

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

Fifty years ago, it seemed to the makers of The Jetsons that people would be making video calls instead of phone calls. But even though computers and smartphones have the capability now, many people don't often make video calls to talk to their friends.

Business
5:05 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Softbank Buys $20 Billion Stake In Sprint-Nextel

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

Japan's Softbank has announced it will spend $20 billion to take a majority stake in Sprint-Nextel. The deal will provide Sprint, the third largest carrier in the U.S. market, with some much needed cash. It also gives Softbank the opening it's been looking for to break into the U.S. market.

Business
5:05 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Sprint Born From Railroad, Telephone Businesses

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

Melissa Block explores the long family history of the companies that comprise what became Sprint. It all began in Kansas in the late 19th century and came to include a long distance system created by the Southern Pacific Railroad Internal Network Telecommunications, or SPRINT.

Middle East
5:04 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban Transported To U.K.

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:12 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

In recent days, the name Malala has reverberated around the world. She's the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban. She was targeted because she blogged about what life is like for a child living under Islamist militant rule and she publicly campaigning against Islamist' ban on girls' education.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Concord, Kannapolis Will Upgrade To Electric-Hybrid Buses

If you ride the bus in Concord and Kannapolis, you’ll soon be seeing some big changes. The cities’ joint bus system called Rider Transit will be getting eight new hybrid-electric buses with free WiFi hotspots. There will also be service on Sundays starting in October 2013 and several improvements to bus stops, including a doubling of the number of shelters, solar-powered street lights and improved security system.

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Europe
5:03 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Scotland To Vote On Independence From U.K.

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Scotland took a step towards independence today, at least a step towards a vote on the subject. British Prime Minister David Cameron met in Edinburgh with the head of the semiautonomous Scottish government. And together, they signed off on an independence referendum to be held in two years.

But as Vicki Barker reports, it's not clear people in Scotland want independence.

VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: The two men smiled as they exchange copies of the agreement for each other to sign.

ALEX SALMOND: Here, there you go.

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'Another Thing': Test Your Clever Skills
4:55 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Another Thing' Wraps With Songs Of Housework Woe

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Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, have brought you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. The contest wraps up this week with one final installment of listener responses.

Last week's challenge: A Norwegian study found that couples who split chores equally are more likely to divorce. Come up with the name of a country song about a chore-splitting couple.

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Movie Interviews
4:54 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

In 'The Sessions,' A Different View Of The World

John Hawkes plays Mark O'Brien, a man who spends most of his life in an iron lung after suffering from polio, in The Sessions.
Sarah M. Golonka Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

It's not easy for John Hawkes to watch clips of himself in his new movie, The Sessions. He plays a man named Mark O'Brien, based on a real writer and poet, who spends most of his time in an iron lung as a result of childhood polio; that meant the role was hard on Hawkes' body. As he tells Melissa Block on All Things Considered, "It was a physically painful role to play." Not only did it require him to act primarily from a horizontal position, but it called for him to create the illusion of a curved spine.

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Around the Nation
4:54 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Americans Win Economics Nobel For Market Design

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:46 pm

Two Americans, Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics. Their research on market design has found many practical applications. It's at the heart of the system used to match medical school graduates with residency programs and is even used in the market that matches human organ donors and recipients.

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