The Impact of War
10:59 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Sgt. Bales Pretrial Hearing Set To Begin Monday

Sgt. Robet Bales is charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Maj. Brent Clemmer

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 4:39 pm

A pretrial hearing is scheduled to begin Monday morning for the Washington soldier charged with massacring 16 Afghan civilians in March. Army prosecutors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will make the case that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales should face a full court martial.

Sgt. Bales is a 39-year-old married father of two. He’s accused of entering two Afghan villages on the night of March 11 and murdering nine children, three women and four men –- then burning some of the bodies. Bales was on his fourth combat deployment at the time of killings.

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Elections 2012
10:56 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Federal Election Law Hotlines Tend To Be Snoozers In NW

Voters can call an election law hotline to combat voter fraud and rights abuses. Photo by Big Dubya via Flickr

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:54 pm

This election day, the U.S. Department of Justice will have federal attorneys in every state, ready to take complaints. It's a long-standing program aimed at combating election fraud and voter rights abuses. But the hotlines tend to be pretty quiet in the Northwest.

The election day program has been around for decades. But attorneys in Oregon and eastern Washington say -– at least in recent memory -– they haven't gotten any complaints. Western Washington received a few calls in 2008 about voter registration issues.

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Music Reviews
10:34 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Taylor Swift Leaps Into Pop With 'Red'

Taylor Swift's Red challenges her diehard fans while inviting naysayers to give her music another try.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 2:44 pm

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Guides? We've Got 'Em

In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

As Eyder said earlier, "it's almost over."

The campaign, that is.

But if you haven't had enough of it all yet, here's are three places to go if you're looking for tips on what to watch for and when to watch for it.

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On Disabilities
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Op-Ed: Stop Using 'Retard' As An Insult

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:11 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Around the Nation
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Sandy Recovery Effort Faces A New Storm

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:08 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Since this time last week, parts of the Northeast have been transformed. The lights are back on in many areas, the floodwaters retreated, most public transportation is up and running, and most New York City schools reopened this morning. But wreckage still blocks streets, hundreds of thousands still lack power, gas is still short in North Jersey and on Long Island.

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Economy
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Sluggish Economy Relies More On Part-Time Workers

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:16 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the past few years, the definition of work has changed in parts of the American economy. More and more restaurants and retailers have half as many full-time workers as they used to and twice as many part-time. They save money on pay and benefits, and they use new technology to schedule part-timers based on the season, the time of day or even on the temperature.

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Media
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Should Newspapers Make Political Endorsements?

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:21 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

In the run-up to Election Day, newspaper readers usually expect to see endorsements on the editorial page, but that tradition's come into question. Last month, the Los Angeles Times received a flurry of criticism following its endorsement of President Obama, and the editorial board responded with a defense of the practice. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is among the papers that's decided to stop endorsing political candidates altogether. We want to hear from you: Should newspapers make political endorsements?

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Books
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Nancy Pearl Recommends Science Fiction

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Science fiction is literature that asks “what if?” What if time travel was possible? What if robots took over? What if climate change made Earth uninhabitable? Nancy Pearl joins us with recommendations for science-fiction titles (including  “Angelmaker” by Nick Harkaway) and a conversation about the genre. What sci-fi are you reading? Share your picks with us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

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