4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Business

Pilots Vote Will Decide Frontier's Future

Pilots at Denver-based Frontier Airlines are voting whether to reduce their pay and benefits to keep their employer in business. In exchange, they'll get a stake in the airline, which NPR's Jeff Brady says has been losing a lot of money.

12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Movie Interviews

Journalists Navigate New 'Times' In 'Page One'

In Page One, Andrew Rossi provides an extended glimpse of The New York Times through the keyhole of its media desk.
Magnolia Pictures

There was a time when The New York Times was known as a leader in daily news. Today, the new documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times finds that paper struggling to get a footing in the new media landscape.

Beginning in 2009, filmmaker Andrew Rossi spent over a year embedded with the Times' media desk. Rossi tells NPR's Renee Montagne that he was attracted to the "play within a play" quality of shadowing media writers at a time when the paper was renegotiating its place in the media world.

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12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Homebuilder 'Rolls' Along, Deals With Hard Times

Martha Rose has been building houses for nearly four decades. Despite the hard times, she's upbeat and optimistic.
Wendy Kaufman NPR

Construction of new homes rose more than expected last month. But with the glut of foreclosures and other houses already on the market, home prices in many places continue to fall. For homebuilders it remains a very tough market, and many are struggling to survive.

Martha Rose has been building houses for nearly four decades, and despite the hard times, she still loves it. The Seattle-area homebuilder refers to herself as a building nerd and worries about every detail, from the overall plan and energy efficiency of a project to how a particular corner will be built.

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12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Animals

Squeaking Up A Storm: Yes, That Mouse Is Singing

Mighty Mouse? Male Alston's mice use high-frequency songs to entice females.
Bret Pasch University of Florida

When you think of animals that sing, birds will certainly come to mind. Whales might, too. But mice? Or fish?

It turns out mice and fish do sing, although "vocalizations" might be a more technically correct way of describing the sounds they make.

Bret Pasch, a graduate student at the University of Florida, says there are plenty of mouse species that sing. "The more we search, the more we find that rodents and other small mammals produce vocalizations," he says.

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12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Planet Money

How To Buy A Stolen Credit Card

Joe Raedle Getty Images

To find the online megamall for stolen credit cards, I have to go to Pittsburgh.

That's where Keith Mularski works. He's a cybercrime agent with the FBI, and he's going to show me how to buy thousands of stolen credit card numbers.

Mularski pulls up a login screen on his browser.

To even be able to see this site — to register and get a password here — Mularski had to use an an alias to persuade two criminals already on the inside to vouch for his criminality.

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10:00pm

Thu June 16, 2011
StoryCorps

A Writer And His Father, And 'A Barrier Between Us'

Walter Dean Myers, 73, spoke with his son, Christopher Myers, 36, about his efforts to make an impression on his father.
StoryCorps

Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. He became an author, writing young adult fiction that's especially popular with teenage readers. But as he tells his son, Christopher, there was one person Myers always wanted his writing to impress: his dad.

"He bought you a typewriter at one point," Christopher says. "Why do you think he knew that that was important to you?"

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6:34pm

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

On What Would Be His 40, Talk About About What Led To Tupac's Death

Today would have marked the rapper Tupac Shakur's 40 birthday. But beyond all the tributes of his music on radio and on the web, there's one story making the rounds that puts into question the events that led to his shooting death in September of 1996.

In a letter written from jail to AllHipHop.com, Dexter Isaac, who is serving a life sentence, confessed that he shot Tupac outside Quad Studio in Manhattan in 1994.

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5:04pm

Thu June 16, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Administration Prescribes Prevention For Nation's Health

iStockphoto.com

Obama administration officials unveiled a plan to improve our nation's prosperity. No, not with more jobs, but by helping Americans stay healthy at every stage of life.

But first, they got a workout congratulating each other on a job well done with the National Prevention Strategy, a plan required by the federal law overhauling health care, during a Thursday media briefing.

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4:51pm

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

University Of New Mexico Football Player Arrested For Sagging Pants

Deshon Marman, a 20-year-old University of New Mexico football player, ended up in jail because of the way he wore his pants.

Albuquerque's KRQE reports that Marman was boarding a U.S. Airways flight Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport when an airline employee asked him to pull up his pants, "because she said, they were 'below his butt and his boxer shorts were showing.'"

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