Education
11:46 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Corporal Punishment In Schools: Does It Work?

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. To many people, a teacher spanking a student for starting a fight or talking back in class might seem like a relic of distant times, but it's more common than you might think. Though the trend is down, as recently as six years ago, a quarter of a million students were spanked at school, and laws in 19 states allow corporal punishment.

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Animals
11:42 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Detection Dogs Trained At New Center To Save Lives

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Eleven-week-old 11-week-old Bretagne is beginning her training as a detection dog at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which opens Tuesday. Click here to see photos of Bretagne at the mic during her Fresh Air interview.
Sarah Griffith

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:27 pm

A detection dog-training center opens Tuesday, on the anniversary of Sept. 11, at the University of Pennsylvania so scientists can train dogs for search-and-rescue missions — and study what helps them succeed.

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Fronteras
11:41 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Program To Fly Mexican Deportees Deeper Into Country

Detail of Homeland Security flag

Starting next month, the Department of Homeland Security will test a new way to send Mexican deportees back to their home country. The pilot initiative will likely mean that fewer deported migrants will wind up in Mexican border towns.

Agency officials say that starting in October, a two-month pilot program will fly Mexican nationals to Mexico City if they are originally from the interior of the country. From the capitol, the returning migrants can take buses to their hometowns.

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State Capitol News
11:39 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Voters Get to Vote on Lowering Property Taxes....for Business

Voters will decide in November whether to reduce property taxes -- but not for themselves.

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It's All Politics
11:36 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Politics, The Pledge And A Peculiar History

A woman recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:05 pm

When Mitt Romney uses the Pledge of Allegiance as a metaphor for all that's good and right with America, how many in his audience know that the two-sentence loyalty oath was penned not by the Founding Fathers in 1776, but a fascist preacher more than 100 years later?

Or that the original recommended posture was with a straightened arm raised upward and outward? Or that it was changed to the hand over the heart during World War II after the Nazis adopted the original as their salute?

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Netanyahu Says World Has No 'Moral Right' To Stop Israel From Attacking Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, not seen, in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Gali Tibbon AP

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 5:26 am

Comments from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are ratcheting up diplomatic tension between Israel and the United States.

During a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Netanyahu expressed his frustration with how world powers are handling Iran and its nuclear program.

"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu said.

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NPR Story
10:29 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Subdued Reflection On 9/11 Anniversary

A flag sits atop one of the memorial panels at the World Trade Center site in New York City on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:39 pm

On the morning of the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the sound of bagpipes pierced the air at the site of the World Trade Center memorial in New York City.

At the Pentagon, in New York and in Shanksville, Pa., thousands of Americans came together to remember those who were killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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NPR Story
10:29 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Sets Record

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 11:46 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Every summer, some of the ice that covers the Arctic Ocean melts. Come mid-September, it begins to refreeze. Scientists began to monitor this cycle in the late 1970s, and this year, they saw less ice than ever before - a lot less ice. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris joins us here in Studio 3A. Richard, nice to have you on the program.

RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Always a pleasure, Neal.

CONAN: And how big is this change?

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Tue September 11, 2012

The Mysterious Case Of China's Disappearing Heir Apparent

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses the opening ceremony of the autumn semester of the Party School of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Sept. 1.
Xinhua, Li Tao AP

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 8:21 pm

In the rarefied air of China's leadership circle, anything that strays from strict protocol becomes grist for the rumor mill.

So it is with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of Xi Jinping, the presumptive heir to President Hu Jintao.

Xi, 59, has inexplicably missed a series of important meetings with foreign dignitaries in the past week, including one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing. The last time anyone saw him in public was Sept. 1.

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NPR Story
10:28 am
Tue September 11, 2012

What We Know About Iran's Nuclear Program

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 5:26 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. There are new questions about Iran's nuclear program after a report from the IAEA late last month. The U.N. inspectors expressed frustration with Iran's tactics. At one site, Parchin, they worry that what may be critical evidence is being destroyed. At another, Fordow, they found that Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges available to enrich uranium, and now there's a report that Iran ran computer models of atomic warhead explosions.

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