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1:17pm

Fri February 4, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Sing Out, Mr. President: NPR Music Premieres New Presidential Songs

Thomas Jefferson was a fiddler. Harry Truman played piano. Bill Clinton blows the saxophone. But choral conductor and educator Judith Clurman makes them all sing.

Clurman commissioned 16 contemporary composers to write short choral pieces based on the words of American presidents for a cycle she calls Mr. President.

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1:02pm

Fri February 4, 2011
Planet Money

6 Ways Of Looking At The Jobs Numbers

The January jobs report is messy and confusing. Taking the longer view presents a clearer picture of the job market.

Here are six graphs we put together to show how the job market has changed over the past few years.

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12:47pm

Fri February 4, 2011
Iraq

One Man Says No To Harsh Interrogation Techniques

Matthew Alexander led the interrogation team that tracked down al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006.

Alexander, a critic of the harsh techniques employed by the military during the administration of George W. Bush, says he used strategic, noncoercive methods of interrogation to find al-Zarqawi, which he wrote about in his book How to Break a Terrorist.

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12:46pm

Fri February 4, 2011
It's All Politics

This Week's Podcast: Egypt, Charlotte, Health Care And Ronnie

Yes, I know, the nation wants to hear what Jon Huntsman will do regarding the race for the White House in 2012. Or whether Mike Pence will run for governor of Indiana.

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12:42pm

Fri February 4, 2011
The Two-Way

iPhone On Verizon Sells Out; Sets First-Day Sales Record

In a press release, Verizon Wireless announced this morning that it was halting the pre-orders of iPhones for existing customers, 17 hours after it went on sale. Dan Mead, president and CEO of the company added:

"In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story."

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