NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Judy Blume: Banned Often, But Widely Beloved

Judy Blume and her son, Lawrence Blume, are working together on a movie version of her novel, Tiger Eyes.
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Judy Blume has been channeling the anxieties, dreams and secret thoughts of young readers for more than four decades. With her honest treatment of topics from bullying to puberty, she has won legions of fans around the world. But she's also drawn the ire of critics, who want her frank books banned.

School libraries around the country have banned many of Blume's books over the years, including Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Then Again, Maybe I Won't and Blubber, making Blume a champion for supporters of intellectual freedom for young people.

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Opinion
12:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Op-Ed: Islamists Can Adopt Democracy

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 1:13 pm

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And now, The Opinion Page. Today, Egyptians began the long process of electing a new parliament. Millions turned out to vote in the first meaningful election in that country's history. There are close to 50 political parties competing, among them several Islamist parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which many regard as the best organized and likely to emerge as one of the big winners. Some regard Islamism as incompatible with democracy.

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Law
12:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

What Happens To The Criminally Insane, After Court

This week, John Hinckley Jr. faces a hearing to determine whether or not he can be released from a mental health facility to care for his ailing mother. The case raises questions about the role of the insanity defense and what happens to the criminally insane after they leave the courtroom.

Daniel Zwerdling is a correspondent in NPR's Investigations Unit.

Around the Nation
11:22 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Feds Seize 150 Websites In Counterfeit Crackdown

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 1:21 pm

Federal authorities announced Monday that they have seized the domain names of 150 websites accused of selling counterfeit or pirated merchandise.

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI coordinated the effort for "Cyber Monday," the day that for many shoppers kicks off the online holiday shopping season.

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Remembrances
11:03 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Controversial Film Director Ken Russell Dead At 84

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The acclaimed, eccentric, and very polarizing British film director Ken Russell has died, after a series of strokes at the age of 84.

The director of Tommy, Women In Love and Altered States, Russell was known for a florid style and fascination with sadomasochism that earned him condemnations and a cult following. His adaptations of classic literature and over-the-top biopics ranged from perverse to merely provocative — and an indelible nickname: "Kinky Ken Russell."

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NPR Story
11:02 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle

Dr. Alex Dromerick co-directs the Brain Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here he observes Stephen Jones, a policeman who was involved in a motorcycle accident.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 3:20 pm

The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:52 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Gabriel Kahane: Tiny Desk Concert

Cristina M. Fletes/NPR

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 12:00 pm

  • Audio Only: Gabriel Kahane's Tiny Desk Concert

Gabriel Kahane seems to enjoy blurring the lines between indie rock and indie classical. He arrived at the NPR Music offices with a string quartet and an electric guitarist in tow, and though they hadn't played together for long, you'd never know it.

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The Salt
10:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Soybeans May Have Fed Asia Earlier Than Thought

Soybean farmers in Xiangfan, in central China's Hubei province.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 1:39 pm

It's funny how the birthplace of one little bean can stir up a world of passions. But when it's the soybean, maybe it's not such a shocker.

Soy plays an outsized role in human history, serving as the primary source of protein in Asia for millennia. That can slip by people in the United States, where — until very recently — the super-nutritious bean was relegated to animal feed.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Markets Rally On European News, Black Friday Sales

At point today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 2.9 percent to 11,554. The rally comes after news that European leaders had made progress on a solution to the sovereign debt crisis and record sales this past Friday.

It also comes after a 4.8 percent downturn last week, the worst Thanksgiving week since the markets started observing the holiday in 1942.

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