Morning Edition for September 29, 2011
Sep 29, 2011 — When prospective jurors file into a Detroit courthouse next week for the start of a major terrorism trial, all eyes will be on the defendant, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Best known as the "underwear bomber," he plans to represent himself in court. But his behavior before the trial has raised questions about how that will work.
Sep 29, 2011 — Joe Kennedy lectures burping baby Ted on political ambition while teenagers Joe Jr. and John wrestle for the presidency. Cartoonist Kate Beaton irreverently recasts history and classic literature in her new book, Hark! A Vagrant.
Sep 29, 2011 — As companies have moved away from traditional pension plans, they've been shifting employees to 401(k)s that transfer the cost — and the risk — to workers. Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. But author Ellen Schultz says the shift has helped firms boost their bottom lines.
Sep 29, 2011 — The global financial community has been looking to Europe to act decisively with its debt crisis. German political leaders praised the 523-85 parliamentary vote as a victory for Europe and an important step toward solving the sovereign debt crisis. But most economists say the bailout fund needs to be even larger and stronger.
Sep 29, 2011 — The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.
Sep 28, 2011 — The outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he was compelled to talk publicly about the link between Pakistan and the Haqqani Network because he's losing American soldiers as a result of it. "I think it's got to be addressed," he said.