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12:01 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

In India, The Pressure Cooker Of College Admissions

Competition for admission to India's top school, Delhi University, is particularly fierce. Here students fill out forms at the Arts Faculty in New Delhi, India, on June 21.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 8:41 am

This can be a harrowing time for high school seniors and their parents in the U.S. as they wait to hear from college admissions offices. But the pressure can be equally intense, if not more so in India, where the massive number of applicants and one make-or-break exam keeps students on edge.

Admission to Delhi University, one of India's most prestigious schools, is considered as tough, if not tougher than the process at many leading schools in the U.S.

"It's a very difficult game, given the numbers," says Dinesh Singh, the vice chancellor of Delhi University.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:56 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Binge Drinking: Risky And Widespread

A man who has five drinks or more at one sitting is bingeing.

Binge drinking in America looks to be an even bigger problem than we thought.

About 1 in 6 Americans, or 17 percent of the population, went on at least one drinking binge in a month last year, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That works out to 38 million people.

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From Our Listeners
11:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Letters: 'The Moment,' Twins And Calendars

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics, including the moment that changed your life, differences between identical twins, and a proposal for a new calendar.

NPR Story
11:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Tilda Swinton Faces A Parent's Nightmare In 'Kevin'

Actor Tilda Swinton plays the mother of a child who commits a horrific crime in the film We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:19 pm

In the film We Need To Talk About Kevin, Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton plays the tortured mother of a disturbed, disruptive and manipulative son.

As he gets older, Kevin — played as a child by Rocky Duer, and by Ezra Miller as a teen — systematically undermines his mother and his parents' marriage, and then goes on a horrific, Columbine-reminiscent killing spree.

The film, based on a novel by Lionel Shriver, follows Swinton's character, Eva Khatchadourian, as she attempts to grapple with her son's shocking crime.

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Middle East
11:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

One Year Later, Arab Spring Still Reverberating

The demonstrations that spread across the Middle East in 2011 unseated leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Yemen's president has agreed to step down and violence continues in Syria. NPR foreign correspondents discuss developments since the Arab Spring and what they mean for the region and the U.S.

NPR Story
11:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Film Legend Robert Redford Previews Sundance 2012

Oscar-winning director and actor Robert Redford founded the nonprofit Sundance Institute, sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival, in 1981.
Kristina Loggia

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 10:58 am

Every year, film fans and studio executives travel to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, a showcase for independent films from around the world.

While feature films are always a draw at the festival, documentary fans closely follow the nonfiction films that premiere at Sundance each year.

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11:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Political Fact-Checking Under Fire

Sites like PolitiFact and are designed to verify political claims and hold politicians accountable. But critics say fact-checking entities are themselves biased. The Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway and Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post discuss fact-checking in American politics.

The Two-Way
10:59 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Panel Says N.C. Should Pay $50K To Forced Sterilization Victims

The victims of a North Carolina program that forcibly sterilized thousands of people should receive $50,000 in compensation, a task force said Tuesday. The AP writes that this is first time, the state tries to make up for a eugenics program that ran from the 1930s until 1977.

Before any payments are made, however, the state Legislature must approve the panel's recommendation.

The AP reports:

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Election 2012
10:45 am
Tue January 10, 2012

In N.H., Romney's Real Rival May Be Expectation

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was stumping at Harvey's Bakery in Dover, N.H., is pinning his hopes on a strong finish in the Granite State.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Primary Day in New Hampshire turned into open season as GOP rivals launched a barrage of attacks seeking to undermine front-runner Mitt Romney, whose campaign hopes to live up to expectations that he will deliver a solid victory.

Not only does Romney need to win, he needs to win convincingly — holding challengers such as Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and a resurgent Jon Huntsman comfortably at arm's length.

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The Salt
9:48 am
Tue January 10, 2012

X-Rays Scan Foods For The Secret Ingredient That Could Break A Tooth

Costco has pushed vendors to X-ray food to find "foreign objects" like metal and stones before they reach consumers.

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 7:44 am

I don't know about you, but when I spoon into store-bought ice cream or chomp into hot dogs, I don't consider it a risky activity, one that could land me in the dentist's chair with a broken tooth. But it turns out that this does happen. Even Costco, the giant warehouse retailer, says it's true.

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