Music
4:03 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

A Musical Style That Unites Mexican-Americans

Mono Blanco, a veteran Son Jarocho band from Veracruz, performs in Los Angeles.

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Originally published on Sun October 30, 2011 1:10 pm

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Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist, penning the "Ask Amy" column, which appears in over 100 newspapers. She is a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Her commentaries and radio stories also have been featured on All Things Considered.

She grew up on a small dairy farm in the Finger Lakes district of New York. Her father wanted his three daughters to be farmers but gave up on them when they refused to compete in the local Dairy Princess pageant. Her large family has lived in and around her hometown (pop. 450) continuously since the Revolutionary War. She has described them as "hilarious, short-waisted Methodists."

Opinion
3:45 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

For Witty, Warm, Wonderful Advice, We Asked Beth

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Amy Dickinson writes the Ask Amy advice column for the Chicago Tribune. Her column appears in 150 newspapers across the country.

I think the best advice is simply good advice.

It's helpful, useful and delivered with respect.

Ask Beth's specialty was advising young people about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. This is a tricky business because kids and teens are often misinformed — or simply uninformed.

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It's All Politics
3:42 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Mitt Romney Criticized For Slow Motion, Climate-Change 'Flip Flop'

Mitt Romney.

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Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Mitt Romney drew barbs Friday for his continued shift to the ideological right on the climate change issue.

Actually, the criticism for Romney that blew in from both the political right and left came as critics accused him of a full flip flop on global warming.

Romney's political foes jumped on comments he made in Pittsburgh Thursday at a campaign appearance.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Bin Laden Capture Earns Leon Panetta A $10,000 Bottle Of Wine

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 4:23 pm

It was a bet made as a joke. Last New Year's eve, California restaurateur Ted Balestreri had then-CIA director Leon Panetta and about 28 others over for a dinner party. He was talking to his guests about his wine collection, when the 141-year-old bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild came up.

It was the oldest wine in his possession and Balesteri said he wouldn't serve it, but if Panetta captured Osama bin Laden he would uncork the $10,000 legendary bottle of wine.

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Newt Gingrich
3:39 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Could Gingrich Be Next GOP Challenger To Surge?

Newt Gingrich is introduced before the start of a Republican presidential debate earlier this month in Las Vegas.The former House speaker is hoping for a surge after a highly anticipated Iowa caucus poll is released this weekend.

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Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 9:36 pm

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination.

He's been polling a distant fourth in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as in pivotal, winner-take-all Florida — all contests that will play out in January.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Want To Improve Your Lawn? Don't Bag Those Leaves

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The National Audubon Society considers fall leaves to be "natural vitamins" to use in yards.

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Every year, about 8 million tons of fallen leaves end up in landfills.

That's according to Melissa Hopkins of the National Audubon Society, who offers alternatives to raking up leaves and throwing them away.

"A lot of people think that when leaves fall, you need to really quickly scoop them up and get rid of them," she tells NPR's Melissa Block as they take a look Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., covered in a blanket of leaves. "We think about leaves as vitamins. They are free vitamins that naturally occur in your yard."

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NPR Story
3:00 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Cards Force First World Series Game 7 Since 2002

In dramatic fashion, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers Thursday night to force the first game 7 in the World Series since 2002. Michele Norris talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the game and how it ranks among other thrilling World Series games of the past.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Believing In The Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals' victory means joy and rapture for NPR's Yuki Noguchi. But lest you think it's all about the skill of players, there's a lot of superstitious ritual involved.

The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Watchdogs Take Back Claim About $16 Muffins

Federal watchdogs now concede they made a mistake when they criticized the Justice Department for paying $16 each for muffins at a conference. But they also say Justice still needs to be careful about how it spends taxpayer money.

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