5:26 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Japan's Economic Plan May Be Bad News For Everyone Else

Masaaki Shirakawa, the governor of the Bank of Japan, speaks before the press in Tokyo on Friday. The central bank announced new measures to stimulate the economy Tuesday.
Rie Ishii AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 5:36 pm

Moves taken by Japan's central bank are raising fears that the world could face what's called a "currency war." The measures, announced Tuesday, are designed to flood Japan's moribund economy with money and encourage businesses and consumers to spend more.

Steps like these have been tried again and again by countries all over the world — including the U.S. — in recent years, with mixed success.

What's Wrong With Pouring Money Into The Problem?

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The Two-Way
4:01 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Egyptian Court Gives 21 Death Sentences Over Soccer Riot

Egyptian soccer fans of Al-Ahly football club celebrate in front of their club premises in Cairo on Saturday. An Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death in relation to a soccer stadium riot last February.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 2:11 pm

The top of this post was updated at 10:28 a.m. ET:

An Egyptian court has sentenced 21 defendants to death over a deadly soccer riot last year, adding fuel to the violent protests that continued to flare across the country on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

After Contract's End, Fox News And Sarah Palin Part Ways

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate speaks at a "Patriots in the Park" Tea Party rally at the Wayne County, Mich., fairgrounds in July.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:47 pm

Fox News is not renewing Sarah Palin's contract, The New York Times and other news outlets are reporting.

After her failed vice presidential run in 2008, Palin resigned as Alaska's governor in 2009. When she took the job at Fox, she quickly became a staple on the cable news channel and one of the leading voices of the conservative movement in the United States.

The New York Times reports:

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

PHOTOS: Scenes From The March For Life

Lucia Dragas, 8, from Boston, Mass., held a poster saying "Defend Life" along with her parents during the rally.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered across the nation's capital Friday, marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

For many, faith was a large part of their opposition. Dunia Minniun from New Jersey, brought her husband's cross to the rally so he could be with her "to save the lives of the innocents."

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Studio B
5:34 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Live on Wednesday the 30th: AMY RAY

As one half of the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray has been one of the most prominent forces in Southern folk-rock, women's music, and well, music in general since she and Emily first started in the '80's.  Amy started the not-for-profit Daemon Records in 1990, with a mission to support local artists at a grassroots level, to teach young artists how to further their own careers, and to keep the independent spirit alive.  She's released 5 solo records since 2000, and Joe Kendrick will talk with her about all this and more in Studio B.  She plays Charlotte Tuesday nigh

Studio B
5:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Live this Thursday the 31st at 11am: JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS & BALSAM RANGE

John Driskell Hopkins has been enjoying great success with the Zac Brown Band out of Atlanta these past few years, but has also recently recorded an album with Haywood County bluegrass hand Balsam Range.  They play a live session in Studio B this Thursday morning, before their Asheville show Friday night. 

Studio B
5:24 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Live this Friday at 1pm: SOLAS

Since 1994, Solas (a Gaelic word for "light") has been breathing new life into traditional Irish music.  Their latest project Shamrock City is an interesting spotlight on a turn-of-the-century Montana town that was powered by Irish-American immigrants.  Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, and the rest of the band return to Studio B for a live radio ceilidh with Joe Kendrick.  They play Thursday evening in Charlotte and Friday evening in Asheville. 

Studio B
5:23 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Live this Friday at 3pm: CASEY DRIESSEN

Fiddler extraordinaire Casey Driessen has been involved in various projects this year: in addition to a recent presentation at TedX Asheville, Casey has kicked off his "Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project" collaboration, which followed his "Singularity Tour" mix of his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects.  He talks and plays with Scotty Robertson in Studio B before his evening performance in Asheville with Carrie Rodriguez. 

New Tunes at Two
5:20 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

New Releases Featured Jan. 28-31 between 2-3pm:

Mon: ROBBEN FORD - Bringing It Back Home (available Feb. 18th)

Tues: RICHARD THOMPSON - Electric (available Feb. 5th)

Wed: JIM JAMES - Regions of Light and Sound of God (available Feb. 5th)

Thur: SAMANTHA CRAIN - Kid Face (available Feb. 19th)

Peak of the Week
5:19 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Thursday the 31st between 8pm & Midnight: BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE - Get Up!

Ben Harper is back, this time with harmonica blues great Charlie Musselwhite, and on the soulful Stax record label!  No Depression magazine calls it "the first great album of 2013...I mean, it’s Ben Harper.  It’s Charlie Musselwhite.  Do the math."  We'll add it all up together with the rest of our Thursday night mix on the last day of the first month.