6:00am

Sat August 13, 2011
Remembrances

First Black Secret Service Agent Dies At 82

Charles L. Gittens' tenure opened the door for hundreds of minority Secret Service agents who served after him. NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

6:00am

Sat August 13, 2011
Sports

Swimming The Channel: This Time, She's Sure

Pat Gallant-Charette wants to swim across the English Channel in August. On top of her job as a nurse, the 60-year-old grandmother from Westbrook, Maine, follows a rigorous training schedule that includes one- to 10-hour swims along the crashing waves of the cold ocean shore. Gallant-Charette almost crossed the Channel once before, but currents kept her at bay just a mile and a half from the finish. This time, she's convinced she'll make it. Independent producer Patty Wight sends this audio postcard.

6:00am

Sat August 13, 2011
Technology

Several Reboots Later, The IBM PC Turns 30

Thirty years ago this week, IBM released the first personal computer. It was a computer designed for the average American, and the average American couldn't get enough of it. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks to Dr. Dave Bradley, one of the 12 engineers who designed the original IBM personal computer and who also invented the control-alt-delete function.

6:00am

Sat August 13, 2011
Strange News

Would The Red M&M Take Your Lunch Money?

An advertisement regulatory board in Australia recently spent two weeks deliberating over whether the red M&M in the M&M commercials was a bully. They've found, in fact, he is not. Guest host Jacki Lyden has more.

6:00am

Sat August 13, 2011
NPR Story

Sounds Of Stars Fall In A Bavarian Forest

There's a free concert taking place at a forest in Germany, and the headline acts have come from far, far away. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks to New York-based artist Jeff Talman about his German sound installation, Nature of the Night Sky. Working with astrophysicist Daniel Huber, he used radiation and seismic data from stars and shaped it into music, played back after sundown each night in a Bavarian forest.

6:00am

Sat August 13, 2011
NPR Story

Sports: Tiger Misses The Cut; Philly Lives In Hope

This week, golf's PGA Championship might have cemented the downfall of Tiger Woods, while the Philadelphia Eagles hope their first preseason game was just a small step en route to a Super Bowl appearance. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks sports with ESPN's Howard Bryant.

5:38am

Sat August 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Don't Get In A Pickle: Learn To Can Food Safely

Canning your own food is a timeworn practice that's back in vogue.
iStockphoto.com

Call it a reaction to high food prices, food recalls, and a bad economy. Or just call it retro chic. But there's no doubt canning is newly trendy among people who a couple of years ago probably didn't give much thought to what goes into a jar.

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5:27am

Sat August 13, 2011
Books

New Prose Revitalize 'Literary Brooklyn'

Sometimes, when walking Brooklyn's streets, it doesn't feel as if its literary past is haunting. Rather, its literary soul is still alive and pulsating. Brooklyn is a world unto itself and a writer's enclave.

Walt Whitman had his office at the Daily Eagle near the Fulton Ferry dock. Hart Crane wrote his masterpiece about Brooklyn's masterpiece, the bridge. Henry Miller's beloved Williamsburg is further north along the East River and has its own bridge.

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5:05am

Sat August 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Are Michele Bachmann's Best Days On Campaign Trail Nearly Past?

Rep. Michele Bachmann greets a voter in Pella, Iowa.
Liz Halloran NPR

DES MOINES — These sunny August days in Iowa may prove to be Michele Bachmann's best as a GOP presidential candidate.

On the eve of the state's Republican straw poll in Ames, where she is expected to either win or place, the Minnesota congresswoman hop-scotched central Iowa.

She charmed about 100 supporters and the curious in the tidy, Dutch-and-proud town of Pella, and drew easily the largest crowd of any GOP candidates speaking at the Iowa State Fair.

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4:39am

Sat August 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Tribal Rights Hinder Child Support For Mothers

Christina Brown has had little luck getting child support from her ex-husband, who is a member of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Tribal governments and any employee of a tribal firm, including casinos, are not obligated to follow state child support orders that allow the government to garnish the wages of a parent who refuses to pay.
Carlos Puma California Watch and KQED

Collecting child support can be difficult for many mothers, but if the father is Native American, it can be nearly impossible.

Tribes are sovereign nations and don't have to comply with court-ordered child support payments. But some states, including California, are beginning to work with tribes to make sure those payments get to mothers.

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