Peak of the Week
4:28 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 31st beginning at 8pm: BONNIE RAITT - Slipstream














Parallel Lives
4:28 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Obama, Romney On Health Care: So Close, Yet So Far

President Obama is applauded after signing the health care overhaul during a ceremony in the White House on March 23, 2010. Then-Gov. Mitt Romney signs a Massachusetts health care overhaul at Faneuil Hall in Boston on April 12, 2006.
Win McNamee/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:24 pm

From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. In this installment of NPR's "Parallel Lives" series, a look at one of those similarities: They both signed health care overhaul laws based on an individual mandate.

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Asia
4:24 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

A Tweet, A Year In A Labor Camp, And Now An Appeal

Fang Hong is seeking compensation for the year he spent in a Chinese labor camp ‚ÄĒ his sentence for a scatological tweet that mocked politician Bo Xilai and Police Chief Wang Lijun.
Louisa Lim NPR

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:24 pm

This is the tale of a single tweet and its far-reaching consequences in China.

In April 2011, retired forestry official Fang Hong posted a scatological tweet, mocking a powerful Chinese politician, Bo Xilai, the Chongqing party secretary.

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Spindale Cycle
4:22 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Monday, May 28th at 8pm: DOC WATSON - My Dear Old Southern Home

It's probably fair to say there would be no WNCW if not for the creativity, virtuosity, and success of this humble gentleman from nearby Deep Gap, NC.  The seamless blend of folk, blues, bluegrass, and mountain music that is Doc Watson's trademark is captured on this 1991 album, in good company with Jack Lawrence, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, T. Michael Coleman, & others.  

The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Spanish Lender Requests $24 Billion Bailout

Spanish bank Bankia's headquarters in Madrid. Spain's fourth-biggest bank, Bankia asked the government for a 19 billion euro bailout.
Pierre-Phillippe Marcou AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 8:44 pm

A troubled Spanish lender has asked the government for 19 billion euros ($24 billion) of public money to keep the bank from collapsing.

As The New York Times reports, this is far beyond what the government was expecting when it took over Bankia and "its portfolio of delinquent real estate loans."

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World Cafe
4:07 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

John Mayer On World Cafe

John Mayer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 5:11 pm

Becoming a rock star has major implications ‚ÄĒ just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.

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Studio B
4:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Friday, June 1st at 3pm: JONATHAN SCALES FOURCHESTRA

We've really enjoyed following Asheville's Jonathan Scales since he formed his Fourchestra in '07.  This ain't your cruise ship's steel pan sound: picture Bela Fleck, Thelonious Monk, or maybe even Mozart on the Caribbean instruments, with a great 3-piece band following his lead.  They play Bristol, Asheville, Charlotte, & Brevard this month.  

Studio B
3:40 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Wednesday, May 30th at 2pm: STEVE KIMOCK

Whether jamming with Zero, Bruce Hornsby, The Other Ones, Rhythm Devils, Ratdog, Phil & Friends, or with his own band, guitarist Steve Kimock dials it in whenever he's on stage.  His latest tour includes giants Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess, and Wally Ingram among others backing him up.  They play Asheville's Grey Eagle Wednesday night, and Kimock joins us in Studio B that afternoon with, at the very least, his guitar.  





The Two-Way
3:33 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Finds Traces Of More Highly Enriched Uranium In Iran

In its periodic report on Iran's nuclear program, the United Nation's nuclear watchdog said it found traces of uranium enriched to a level higher than it had previously reported.

NPR's Mike Shuster filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"When International Atomic Energy Agency monitors carry out routine inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, they take environmental samples to help them determine the nature of uranium enrichment underway.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:27 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Backers Of Cost-Free Coverage For Birth Control Fault Legal Challenges

Andrew Shaw iStockphoto.com

You know all those lawsuits now pending around the country charging that the Obama administration's rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer no-cost contraception is a violation of religious freedom?

Well, a whole bunch of supporters of the rule are chiming in now to say that argument has no legal merit.

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