10:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Africa

Is Egypt Better Or Worse Off Now?

It's been two years since Hosni Mubarak was ousted as Egypt's President. Today, there's new leadership, but the country is still in turmoil. And some Egyptians wonder if things are changing for the best. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Cairo Bureau Chief, Leila Fadel, to learn more about the new Egypt.

10:10am

Thu January 31, 2013
Arts

World's Largest Classical Music Label Calls Tennessee Home

The Naxos warehouse located in Franklin, Tennessee, holds more than 4 million CDs and music DVDs.
Credit naxos.com

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  When you think of Tennessee, the music that springs to mind likely includes a fiddle, not a violin. America's "Country Music Capital" is famous for the Opry, not the opera. So it may surprise you to learn that the world’s largest classical music label has its American headquarters here in the Volunteer State.

The North American headquarters of Naxos Records is located in Franklin. The label has more than 7000 recordings in its catalog, and stores more than 4 million CDs in its Franklin warehouse alone.

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9:43am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hagel: 'No One Individual Vote, Quote Or Statement Defines Me'

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 11:53 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., during his Senate nomination hearing earlier today.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

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Responding to those who have questioned his views on Israel, Iran and defense spending, former Sen. Chuck Hagel said Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense that:

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9:27am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

In Alabama, Hostage Standoff Continues; Child Thought To Be Unharmed

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:17 am

Law enforcement personnel near the scene of the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a man is said to be holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov

The scary situation remains unchanged in southeast Alabama, where authorities say a man shot and killed a school bus driver on Tuesday and then took a 5-year-old boy to an underground bunker.

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8:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Classical

Tennessee Valley Winds Community Concert Band Performance

Tennessee Valley Winds Community Concert Band Performance
 

Murfreesboro, TN- The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform a free concert under the direction of Dr. Steve Rhodes on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm. This concert is presented as a part of the Wind Band Conference hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.  Music will include works by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins,  Vincent Persichetti, Arthur Bird,  Mark Camphouse and John Philip Sousa. 

Dr. Steve Rhodes, Director Instrumental Ensembles

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8:53am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Shooting Death Of Chicago Teen Ignites Outrage, Enters National Gun Debate

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 9:50 am

Hadiya Pendleton.
Courtesy of Pendleton family via the Chicago Tribune MCT /Landov

Hadiya Pendleton's shooting death Tuesday in a park just a mile from President Obama's home in Chicago has generated outrage "from City Hall to the White House" and is now part of the "national debate over guns and crime," The Chicago Tribune writes.

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7:51am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Growth In Incomes, Spending Slowed In 2012; Jobless Claims Jumped Last Week

Consumer spending rose in 2012, but not by as much as the year before. In December, these shoppers were out and about in Glendale, Calif.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Americans' personal incomes grew by 3.5 percent in 2012, compared with 5.1 percent growth the year before, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. And it says consumer spending rose 3.6 percent last year, vs. 5 percent in 2011.

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7:38am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Salt

Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family

Honey, what if the kids don't want it?
Goran Ljubisavljevic iStockphoto.com

It may sound like a line from The Godfather, but some agricultural specialists advise that farming isn't personal; it's business. And family farms need to think and act more like a business to survive in a competitive world, says Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in the department of agricultural economics at Ohio State University.

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7:09am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hack Attack On 'New York Times' Looks Like Part Of Chinese Campaign

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 3:57 pm

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  • From 'Morning Edition': Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Nicole Perlroth

This news ...

"For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees."

... appears to be "part of a broader campaign against American media reporting on Chinese leaders," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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6:32am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran, Israel, Defense Cuts To Be Key Topics At Hagel Hearing

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 11:52 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.

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