Author Interviews
12:20 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Putin 101: Understanding Russia's 'Strongman'

Macmillan

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 12:36 pm

Russia's presidential election is on Saturday. The projected winner is current prime minister — and former president — Vladimir Putin, the subject of a new biography, The Strongman. Author Angus Roxburgh is a longtime journalist who served briefly as a public relations adviser to the Kremlin. He joined Morning Edition's David Greene to discuss the complicated figure who dominates and defines Russian politics.


Interview Highlights

On Putin's ability to manipulate others

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The Salt
10:41 am
Tue February 28, 2012

When Food Truck Horns Meet Wedding Bells

Many food trucks, like Carpe Donut, are finding new business catering weddings.
Courtesy of Jack Looney

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 2:02 pm

Owning a food truck may sound like fun – it's a free wheeling, superhip, and low-cost way to experiment with food service. But increasingly food truckers are finding that they're up against some unfriendly realities of city streets, namely a shortage of parking spots.

That's why many, like Nida Rodriguez, who steers the helm of The Slide Ride, a Chicago truck that dishes out gourmet mini sandwiches, are now focused on catering events from office parties to weddings.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Tue February 28, 2012

As Bombardment Continues, Rebels Smuggle Journalist Out Of Syria

A man burns a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration on the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, on Sunday.
Rodrigo Abd AP

A British photojournalist hurt during the government shelling of Homs is now safe in Lebanon, his employer told Reuters.

Reuters adds that The Sunday Times said Paul Conroy was in "good shape and good spirits."

Conroy was hurt in the same incident that killed two other journalists, including his colleague Marie Colvin and Frenchman Remi Ochlik. There is no word whether French journalist Edith Bouvier, who is also hurt, is still in Syria.

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It's All Politics
10:31 am
Tue February 28, 2012

A 'New Low'? Romney Has Admitted Voting In Other Party's Primary

Following a visit to his Michigan campaign headquarters on Feb. 28, Mitt Romney told reporters that Republican voters should choose the party's nominee.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In a final burst of campaigning in Michigan Tuesday, embattled GOP front-runner Mitt Romney complained that rival Rick Santorum was making automated phone calls to Democrats and urging them to vote against Romney in the Republican race. (Although only declared Republicans can vote in the party primary, voters can change their affiliation to cast a ballot.)

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Shots - Health Blog
10:17 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Coming To A Strip Mall Near You, A Health Insurance Store

Now you can add health coverage to your shopping list.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 10:47 am

Soon millions of people will shop for health insurance on their own.

The health care overhaul requires nearly everyone to have health insurance, after all, and employer coverage has been slowly, steadily declining.

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Around the Nation
10:11 am
Tue February 28, 2012

A Nation Divided: Can We Agree On Anything?

Chris McDonough, a Republican (left), and Robert O'Brien, a Democrat, argue about political issues outside a caucus in Portland, Maine, in February.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 6:09 pm

Like baseballs in a batting cage, the controversies that divide us just keep on coming. Fast and unpredictable.

Last month it was the flap over the Susan G. Komen foundation and its move to cut financial support of Planned Parenthood. The resulting imbroglio dredged up deeply held convictions among Americans about women's health issues and "cause marketing" that, in this case, has resulted in profits for companies promoting breast cancer awareness and research through pink and omnipresent product tie-ins.

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It's All Politics
9:57 am
Tue February 28, 2012

As Michigan Heads To Polls, Romney Buoyed By Santorum Stumbles

In a final bit of campaigning before Tuesday's vote, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, wave to his supporters during a campaign stop in Royal Oak, Mich., on Monday night.
Rebecca Cook Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 11:14 am

Less than a month ago, it seemed inconceivable that Mitt Romney would have to fight for his political life in his home state of Michigan.

But fast-moving economic changes, the candidate's verbal stumbles and event venue blunders, and the ascent of flamethrower social conservative Rick Santorum have left Romney sweating to eke out a win Tuesday in Michigan's Republican presidential primary, where the latest polls show a tight race.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Order For Durable Goods Drops 4 Percent

The Commerce Department says a drop in spending on transportation and business equipment contributed to a 4 percent decrease in manufactured durable goods in January.

The decrease follows three consecutive monthly increases, including a 3.2 percent increase in December.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Romney Calls Santorum's Robocalls To Democrats A 'Terrible Dirty Trick'

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, addresses supporters at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Michigan on Monday.
Carlos Osorio AP

With the latest polls showing a dead heat in Michigan, the leading Republican presidential candidates are taking swipes at each other just hours before voters will head to the polls.

The latest spat between former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is over a Santorum "robocall" campaign that targets Democratic voters.

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Japan In Crisis
7:58 am
Tue February 28, 2012

One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'

After the earthquake, workers were sent inside Reactor 1 to release some of the pressure building up inside of the reactors.
Frontline

Almost one year ago, the Fukushima nuclear disaster nearly led to a global catastrophe, if not for the efforts of a small group of engineers, soldiers, and firemen, who risked their own lives in the days after the disaster to prevent a complete nuclear meltdown.

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