It's All Politics
6:48 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Retell Politics: Story About Obama's Mother Gets Another Look

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 7:50 am

Were last night's convention references to Barack Obama's mother and her struggles with an insurance company before her death a powerful argument for health care reform? Or were they a well-worn misrepresentation of history?

The answer appears to be in the wording.

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The Salt
3:24 am
Fri September 7, 2012

When It Comes To Buying Organic, Science And Beliefs Don't Always Mesh

A shopper surveys the produce at Pacifica Farmers Market in Pacifica, Calif., in 2011.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:10 pm

We heard from a lot of you — and we mean a lot of you — about our recent report on the Stanford School of Medicine analysis of several studies on the health effects of organic foods.

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Planet Money
3:23 am
Fri September 7, 2012

This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One

See photos of Peter Frew and other tailors in this slide show from The New York Times Magazine.
Marvin Orellana The New York Times

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:15 am

Peter Frew is one of a tiny number of people left in the United States who can — entirely on his own, using almost no machinery — make a classic bespoke suit. He can measure you, draw a pattern, cut the fabric and then hand-stitch a suit designed to fit your body perfectly.

Frew spent more than a decade as an apprentice for a remarkable tailor in his native Jamaica. He now sells his suits for about $4,000. Since New York is filled with very rich people who see their suits as an essential uniform, Frew has all the orders he can handle.

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The Salt
3:22 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Panera Sandwich Chain Explores 'Pay What You Want' Concept

This Panera Cares store in Chicago switched from for-profit to nonprofit this summer, and it started asking customers to pay whatever they want.
Niala Boodhoo for NPR

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:11 pm

The concept of "pay what you want" for goods and services is a nostalgic throwback to the days when people trusted one another just a little bit more, and it's something you expect to see at the occasional farm stand or at a hip, independent coffee shop.

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Education
3:21 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Recess In Chicago? Strike Threat Draws National Eyes

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union hold an informational picket outside Willa Cather Elementary School on Aug. 20 in Chicago. Teachers could go on strike Monday.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:15 am

The Chicago Public Schools system is teetering on the edge of a strike, just a week into the school year. Teachers say they'll walk out Monday morning if tense weekend negotiations don't bring a contract. It would be the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years.

At Parker Elementary School on Chicago's South Side, students are jumping double Dutch and hula-hooping. This is the first time many of the kids on this playground have ever had recess. The playtime is part of an extended school day pushed for by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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This Day
1:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Poet Gerry Grubbs

Palaces of the Night by Gerry Grubbs

Local poet Gerry Grubbs shares his poem, This Day.

Author Pauline Chen
1:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Red Chamber

The Red Dragon by Pauline Chen

Ohio author and former professor at Oberlin College, Pauline Chen, has published her first novel, The Red Chamber, and she joins Barbara Gray to talk about this retelling of the Chinese literary classic Dream of the Red Chamber.

Concert at the Taft
1:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Antibalas

New album cover from Antibalas

David Delegator shares a preview of the band Antibalas, a jazz-influenced Afropop band from Brooklyn, NY, which is coming to the Taft Theatre on September 15.

Photography Exhibit of Early Steamboats
1:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Cincinnati Library Hosts Steamboat Exhibit

Delta Queen

Steamboats through an Early Lens is the newest exhibit at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s main branch downtown. Jane Durrell welcomes Patricia van Skaik from the Library’s Genealogy and Local History Department to discuss this fascinating photographic exhibition and the history of steamboats in Cincinnati.

Acclaimed Exhibit Returns to Cincinnati
1:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Blessing to One Another

From the exhibit "A Blessing to One Another"
  • Part 1 of "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” from May 18th, 2005
  • Part 2 of "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” from May 18th, 2005

Returning to Cincinnati after seven years touring the country is A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People. This interfaith exhibit will be on display in the Skirball Museum at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion beginning September 10. Lee Hay speaks with one of the exhibit’s creators, Dr. James Buchanan, and the Skirball Museum’s curator, Jennifer Jensen

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