11:42am

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

Obama Faces Grumbling On The Left

Van Jones (right) of the American Dream Movement, points skyward during a sing-along in front of the Capitol to urge lawmakers to come to a fair deal on the budget on Thursday. At the microphone is Joel Silberman, also with the American Dream Movement.
Bill O'Leary The Washington Post/Getty Images

President Obama may have lost a direct hand in the debt-limit negotiations, but some of his liberal base is still seething at the concessions he was willing to make to Republicans — especially Social Security and Medicare cuts that may yet be in the offing.

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11:32am

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

White House, GOP Leaders Try For Compromise

House Speaker John Boehner (right) consults with staff members before entering the House chamber on Saturday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

After weeks of intense partisanship, the White House and congressional leaders made a desperate, last-minute stab at compromise Saturday to avoid the government default threatened for early next week. "There is very little time," declared President Obama.

Obama met with top Democrats at the White House and spoke by phone with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

"We're now fully engaged, the speaker and I, with the one person in America out of 307 million who can sign a bill into law," McConnell said.

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10:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
Music News

For Gay Christian Musicians, Work Balances Faith, Art, Love

For Jennifer Knapp, coming out as gay meant abandoning a promising career as a Christian singer-songwriter.
Courtesy of the artist

Many Christian denominations denounce homosexuality as a sin. As a result, gay Christian singers, songwriters and musicians face a challenge in balancing their art, their sexuality and their faith. For those few who have decided to come out, it has meant giving up successful careers.

Singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than a million albums and earned Dove Awards on the strength of songs like her 1998 hit, "Undo Me." But in 2002, at the height of her career as a contemporary Christian artist, Knapp suddenly stopped making music.

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9:31am

Sat July 30, 2011
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Singer-Songwriter Rosanne Cash Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Fri July 29, 2011 2:57 pm

It's tough to have a famous parent, really hard to go into the same business, and almost impossible to create a brilliant career in your own right ... but that's exactly what singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, has done.

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9:22am

Sat July 30, 2011
NPR Story

God's Polling Power

In this week's essay, host Scott Simon reflects on the almighty power of polls — on the almighty.

7:46am

Sat July 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: From Peacock Finances To Relieved Livers

You are the same person wherever you are, right? Well, Dr. Vlad Griskevicius might beg to differ. The professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota looked at how people's personal spending behavior varies from city to city.

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6:31am

Sat July 30, 2011
Author Interviews

'Night Train' Pulls Through Segregated South

The Night Train

In Clyde Edgerton's new novel, The Night Train, the main characters are friends, but no one knows it.

The two boys, Larry Lime Nolan and Dwayne Hallston, work side by side at Dwayne's father's furniture store. They both love the music that's taken hold of the country in 1963, the time the novel is set. But in their hometown of Starke, N.C., Dwayne, who is white, and Larry, who is black, have to keep their friendship concealed like some family embarrassment.

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6:14am

Sat July 30, 2011
Africa

Conflict Zone Slows Aid For Somalia's Famine Victims

U.S. officials are sounding increasingly frustrated that they and other big donors can't mount the kind of humanitarian operation that is needed in Somalia. Violence in Mogadishu this week is just the latest of their troubles.

Aid work is never easy, but the troubles add up quickly in a conflict zone like Somalia, says Assistant Secretary of State Eric Schwartz.

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6:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
Digital Life

Obama Tweets For Help With The Debt Ceiling

President Obama set off a torrent of tweets on Friday when he asked Americans to send messages to Congress about the debt limit. Host Scott Simon reads some of the responses.

6:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

Debt Crisis Was Long In Coming, Ex-Reagan Aide Says

What impact will the debt ceiling turmoil have on the financial markets? Host Scott Simon talks with former Reagan budget director David Stockman, who predicts some panic ahead.

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