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WEMU features include Green Room, Issues of the Environment and Cinema Chat.  Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.

Girl in a Coma is a trio of young women from San Antonio who play rock music — loud rock music — in both English and Spanish. Lead singer and songwriter Nina Diaz, 23, is the youngest member of the band. Her sister Phannie plays drums, while their longtime friend Jenn Alva slaps the bass. Girl in a Coma is signed to Blackheart Records — a label owned by rocker Joan Jett — and takes its name from the song "Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths.

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EU To Decide Food Aid Program's Future

Oct 18, 2011

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While Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax proposal has proven effective as a marketing device, it's also inspired criticism from across the political spectrum. Here's tax attorney and Republican candidate, Michele Bachmann, attacking the plan.

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call "Word of Mouth."

This week, Brown says the media is taking a closer look at the gap between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party. "There's a kind of firebomb that's about to go off when the debt talks again resume," she says.

Republicans 'Playing With Fire'

Writer Malin Alegria's first novel, Estrella's Quinceanera, covers familiar territory for anyone who has ever been a 15-year-old girl battling with her mother — but the fact that the book's sassy protagonist, Estrella Alvarez, is Mexican-American makes her unique in the world of young adult fiction.

Centenarian Sets Marathon Record In Toronto

Oct 17, 2011

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Walmart's Top Man In China Steps Down

Oct 17, 2011

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Before leaving on that bus tour, the president helped to dedicate a new memorial in Washington. It's in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. NPR's Scott Horsley was there.

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The world of IndyCar racing has lost one of its stars. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed yesterday during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas. Wheldon was trailing a pack of cars when he was unable to avoid a massive pile-up.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, here we go. (Unintelligible) a huge crash. Up at turn number two. Oh, multiple cars involved.

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And our last word in business comes from the London Philharmonic.

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Now let's consider Egypt, where a crackdown security forces on Coptic Christian protesters in recent days is a sobering reminder of the challenges that remain after the revolution there.

Pebble Mine Development Polarizes Alaska

Oct 17, 2011

In southwest Alaska, officials are counting votes on a controversial initiative to stop an open-pit copper and gold mine. If passed, the initiative could stop the developers from getting permits they need to start digging at Pebble Mine. The mine's location, near the spawning grounds for the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, worries conservation groups, commercial fishermen and sport fishers. Daysha Eaton of member station KDLG reports.

If you ask Colson Whitehead to describe the man at the center of his new novel, Zone One, he'll tell you: "It's about a guy just trying to make it to the next day without being killed — so it's about New Yorkers."

But character Mark Spitz isn't just any New Yorker. He's one of the only human survivors of a mysterious plague that has swept the world, turning billions of people into zombies. New York is devastated and Spitz is charged with clearing the undead from lower Manhattan.

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Police Chase Down Toll Cheating Trucker

Oct 14, 2011

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Now, for many children of the 1980s, what we're going to talk about next is sacrilege: A new version of "Footloose" opens in theaters today, with no Kevin Bacon in sight.

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A long lost painting is also fine. It's been returned to its rightful owners. The work is by a French artist, Jules Breton. It's a portrait of a young peasant woman in a white kerchief, leaning against a boulder on a rocky beach, mending a net.

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