Morning Cram

Morning Cram
9:43 am
Mon July 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [Bridge to the middle of the month edition]

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From NPR: Ancient seeds show agriculture first grew in Iran, 12 thousand years ago.

Kentucky: The contractor for U.S. 51 bridge repair pushes the start date back past the 15th of July.  A Fulton County man faces off against police, and is now in a Memphis hospital in critical condition.  A Versailles businessman is tapped to head Kentucky Correctional Industries.

Tennessee: The state's Board of Education draws sharp criticism from teachers over pay.  Tennessee offenders can pay fees and fines online or on the phone.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Fri July 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [disregard the tests behind the curtain edition]

From NPR: Under the No Child Left Behind law, states saw low test scores and the lowering of score standards. Advocates for the more rigorous Common Core standards, say it will be harder for states to hide their failing schools.

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Morning Cram
8:08 am
Thu July 4, 2013

The Morning Cram [oh say edition]

From NPR: Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the ballad after witnessing the Battle for Baltimore in 1814. According to author Steve Vogel, after it was published, Key's composition took the country by storm. But it didn't become the national anthem until more than 100 years later.

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Morning Cram
8:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Morning Cram [saturday night sinner, sunday morning…edition]

From NPR: Indiana is the only state where you can't buy packaged beer, wine and liquor on Sundays and the only state that regulates alcohol sales based on temperature. Convenience stores want to change the laws, but the state's liquor stores — who would seem to have the most to gain — are fighting back.

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Morning Cram
8:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Morning Cram [hi ho silver edition]

From NPR: The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty and often stereotyped Native American guide, Tonto. The new version of The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and dabbles with that trope.

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Morning Cram
8:10 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The Morning Cram [what’s….going…on? edition]

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From NPR: Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options, and NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains how it's going to work.

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Morning Cram
7:55 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Morning Cram [just sign the forms edition]

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From NPR: The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to double on Monday. Policymakers in Washington could not agree on a plan to keep it from happening. If they don't agree on a plan soon, 7 million students expected to take out new Stafford loans could be stuck with a much bigger bill.

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Morning Cram
8:03 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Morning Cram [greenhouse gas guzzler edition]

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From NPR: Researchers are developing a technology that could draw carbon dioxide directly out of the air. It's very expensive now, but it works, and one company is already trying to identify a market for all that captured greenhouse gas.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [tweet nation edition]

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From NPR: The editor of The Daily Beast returns to recommend three compelling reads on the topic of the stories media tell about conflict in the world around them — and the surging force of social media, which increasingly sets the storytelling agenda.

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Morning Cram
8:26 am
Tue June 25, 2013

The Morning Cram [diversify your books edition]

From NPR: Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.

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