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Mon July 18, 2011
Home Or Nursing Home

At 88, A Chance To Be Independent Again

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:39 am

For six years, Rosa Hendrix, 88, lived in the Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Atlanta. But she always wanted to go back to an apartment, like the one where she lived before she fell and needed physical therapy. Now she's moving to a new home.
All photos by Robin Nelson for NPR

As Rosa Hendrix puts it, she got "stuck" in a nursing home for six years. So when the 88-year-old woman was finally able to move out, she looked around her new one-bedroom apartment and had some stark things to say about what makes a home.

"A home means to me where you are not in prison. Where you don't have to have somebody to tell you what you can do, when you can do it and how you can do it," she says.

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Mon July 18, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Joe Boyd And Robyn Hitchcock: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon July 18, 2011 12:29 pm

Adele Hampton NPR
  • Audio Only: Joe Boyd And Robyn Hitchcock's Tiny Desk Concert

Joe Boyd's name popped up on many of the records I loved in the 1960s and '70s. I remember seeing him listed on an Incredible String Band album, and then later on an early Pink Floyd album; then Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, John Martyn, Shirley Collins.

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Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

'News Of The World' Whistleblower Found Dead

Originally published on Mon July 18, 2011 2:48 pm

Police told Britain's Press Association news agency that a former News of the World show biz reporter, who was the first named whistleblower in the hacking scandal that has roiled Britain, was found dead today.

The Guardian, which first reported the story, writes Sean Hoare was found dead at his Waterford home and police do not think the death is suspicious. The paper quotes a police statement:

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Mon July 18, 2011

Does Government Debt Really Weaken The Economy?

House Speaker John Boehner House Majority Leader Eric Cantor answer questions during a press conference on a balanced budget amendment at the U.S. Capitol July 14, 2011. Economists say many conservatives believe the answer to the economy's woes is a dramatic reduction in spending, but that could be risky.
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These days, many conservatives argue that slashing the nation's debt should be lawmakers' top priority as they try to revive the U.S. economy. Adding too much debt has eroded consumer confidence, they say, and paying it down would help jump-start growth.

But economists say the relationship between government debt and the weak economy isn't so clear.

Addressing the deficit has become a central focus of economic policy in Washington, and politicians like House Speaker John Boehner often talk about the deficit and unemployment in the same breath.

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Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Behind Closed Doors: Abortion In The African-American Community:

(March 29, 2011 file photo from Chicago): Controversial anti-abortion billboards depicting President Obama. They were sponsored by
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There's a spirited and civil debate on Tell Me More today about the divisive issue of abortion — with particular focus on, as host Michel Martin says, data showing that "while black women make up about 13 percent of the U.S. female population, they account for 30 percent of abortions performed in the U.S." (Michel cited Guttmacher Institute figures.)

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