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6:42pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Music Interviews

Ben Allison: Personal And Unpredictable

Ben Allison says that putting a personal spin on the songs he loves often requires breaking them apart.
Lourdes Delgado

Jazz bassist Ben Allison has made a name for himself with his original compositions, but on his 10th album, Action-Refraction, he reinterprets the works of other musicians. The selections vary widely: from the R&B of Donny Hathaway to the unconventional rock of PJ Harvey. Though Allison says he was attracted to "tuneful, well-crafted songs," his covers are by no means ordinary.

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6:18pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

What Science Tells About Power And Infidelity

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., closes the front door of his building when arriving home in New York, June 9, 2011.
Mary Altaffer ASSOCIATED PRESS

On tonight's All Things Considered, NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam takes on a subject we've been covering quite a bit lately: Powerful people caught up in sex scandals.

But Shankar wanted to get at a question that's been the talk around the water cooler: Why does it seem that the one embroiled in a sex scandal is always a person in power and always a guy?

Just take a listen to this montage of mea-culpas from leading politicians:

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5:43pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

'I Tried Not To Think About The Possibilities,' Says American Held In Syria

Pathik Root.
Amanda Steen NPR

Pathik Root had been in Syria just 10 days when he stopped on March 18 to watch as one of the first protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad broke out in Damascus.

Within seconds after he pulled his BlackBerry from a pocket, he was in the hands of Syrian security. Quickly, he was put in the back of an SUV and whisked away.

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5:08pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Business

Dow Falls Below 12,000 For First Time Since March

Fears that the global economic recovery has stalled pushed the Dow Jones industrial average below 12,000 for the first time since March and drove the stock market lower for the sixth straight week.

Friday's drop extended the longest weekly losing streak for stocks since the fall of 2002.

Weak economic news has dampened hopes for a steady recovery, sending stocks down. Traders worry that weaker hiring, sluggish industrial output, and a moribund housing market are reversing a bull market that has lifted the Dow 20 percent over the past year.

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5:06pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Spain Says It's Arrested Anonymous Members Connected To Sony Hack

Members of the group Anonymous protest during Spain's film Goya Awards ceremony at Teatro Real in Madrid.11.
Javier Soriano AFP/Getty Images

Spanish authorities said they arrested three people in connection with a hack that accessed the personal information of thousands of PlayStation users.

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