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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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  • For Some Black Voters, 2012 Is A Different Story
    In 2008, African-Americans turned out in record numbers to help elect America's first black president. Their support remains high, but their enthusiasm is not what it used to be. At the Democratic National Convention, African-Americans reflect on the last four years and why some are not as excited.
  • Democratic Convention Draws Troubled Homeowners
    As Democrats gather for their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., troubled homeowners have also converged on the city. They have come to voice their dissatisfaction with how the Obama administration and the nation's big banks have handled the foreclosure crisis.
  • Letters: 'You Didn't Build That' And Record Cabbage
    Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about the refrain "you didn't build that" and the world's largest cabbage.
  • Plaquemines Parish Still Deluged With Stormwater
    Melissa Block talks with Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser about residents how in that area of Louisiana are recovering from Hurricane Isaac.
  • Dusty Pretzels A Relic Of Romania's 'Folk Capitalism'
    Commentator Andrei Codrescu found a reminder of the so-called Romanian revolution of 1989 in his study. It was a box of chocolates wrapped in the miniature covers of one of his poetry books, and a bag of petrified pretzels. He brought them back from Romania in the 80s and meant to give them to friends as proof of the country's newly-born capitalism. Unfortunately, mice ate the goods and, metaphorically, time ate the revolution.
  • Scientists Unveil 'Google Maps' For Human Genome
    For decades, scientists thought that most of our genetic code was essentially useless filler between our genes. But the results of a massive project to understand this so-called junk DNA reveal that it contains switches that control how genes function.
  • Richard III's Remains May Reside Under Parking Lot
    Archaeologists in Britain have begun looking for the remains of the last English king to die in battle. They believe King Richard III was buried under what is currently a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Robert Siegel talks to Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society, who has been at the dig site.
  • Recession Still Hurting U.S. Families Trying To Put Food On The Table
    A USDA report shows that 18 million households are struggling with the lingering effects of the recession. Particularly hard hit are households with children headed by single mothers who may be working but aren't earning enough to get by without assistance.
  • Oscar Pistorius Seeks Redemption In Race To Be The World's Fastest Amputee
    At the Paralympics, the South African double amputee faces his rivals in the 100-meter sprint.
  • NFL Starts Regular Season Without Its Regular Refs
    The NFL starts its regular season tonight with replacement referees. A labor dispute has sidelined the regular refs. Some players and fans say the game is suffering.

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