Morning Edition for April 30, 2012
Apr 30, 2012 — Beijing is cracking down on social media following a dissident's escape, apparently to U.S. protection. Its response is markedly different from its handling of the scandalous downfall of once-powerful politician Bo Xilai, when rumors were allowed to fly.
Apr 30, 2012 — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets with President Obama on Monday to discuss a wide range of economic and security matters. The visit comes as the U.S. makes a strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region.
Apr 30, 2012 — The two Washington political veterans who wrote the new book claim today's Congress is probably the most dysfunctional since the Civil War — and they aren't afraid to point fingers at who they think is to blame: the Republican Party.
Apr 30, 2012 — Centenarian Manohar Aich, also known as India's Pocket Hercules, runs an old-fashioned gym in Kolkata, India. Commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe, who has little patience with the craze for fancy gym equipment that has swept middle-class India.
Apr 30, 2012 — A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
Apr 30, 2012 — The International Labor Organization issued a report Monday warning that austerity measures imposed in many countries are hurting the job market, as well as failing to effectively reduce deficits. The major European economies received the brunt of the report's criticism. The report predicts a 3 percent rise in the global unemployment rate for 2012.
Apr 30, 2012 — Steve Inskeep talks to John Peet, Europe Editor of The Economist about eurozone economies, and the backlash against austerity measures.
Apr 30, 2012 — The structure will open in Tokyo next month. The building is nothing but a tower of steel and concrete — no offices, no apartments.
Apr 30, 2012 — Tuesday marks one year from the day President Obama announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden had been killed. To underline the significance of the anniversary, the administration sent its counter-terrorism expert out on the airwaves Sunday. It also launched a controversial campaign ad about the raid against the al-Qaida leader.
Apr 30, 2012 — Since 2000, every presidential nominee has revealed the names of influential supporters known as "bundlers" who persuade others to give money to a candidate. But this year, Mitt Romney's campaign is not identifying its bundlers.