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NPR's business news starts with efforts to streamline the federal government.


GREENE: President Obama is asking Congress, today, to give him the power to consolidate certain U.S. agencies. Doing that, he says, will reduce the number of federal jobs and make government more efficient.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The government we have is not the government that we need. We live in a 21st Century economy, but we've still got a government organized for the 20th Century.




Good morning. I'm David Greene.

We've all heard the rule: Turn off your cell phone. Well, someone broke it this week at a performance of the New York Philharmonic.


GREENE: The iPhone Marimba ring tone had not been written into Mahler's Ninth Symphony. But there it was, chirping from the front row of the audience. The conductor was so incensed, he cut off the performance and waited for the iPhone to stop. The audience member was apparently not offered an audition.

111-Year-Old Woman To Become U.S. Citizen

Jan 13, 2012



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with a milestone for immigration. Warina Zaya Bahou becomes a U.S. citizen today in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She's an immigrant from Iran. What makes the ceremony remarkable is the birth date of the new citizen. She was born in 1900. Back then, Iran still had kings and William McKinley was president of the United States. Now at age 111 she becomes the second oldest person to be naturalized as an American. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Atlanta, GA –
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable plays in Georgia football history is from 1980, the year Georgia beat Florida in the final minute of the game.
WABE's Rose Scott has this profile on one of the past bulldogs forever linked to the greatest play in bulldawg history.


Atlanta, GA – After more than two decades as host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, Liane Hansen retired from the network this summer.

In a few weeks, NPR reporter Audie Cornish takes the reigns.

Recently, WABE weekend host Jim Burress spoke with Cornish about what's ahead for the program.

(And don't worry, Cornish says the weekly Puzzlemaster quiz will continue to be a Sunday morning staple.)


Atlanta, GA – At age 15, Atlanta resident Connor Gillis came out as a lesbian.

A few years later, in college, Connor had another "coming out" of sorts this time, as a transgender person.

This week, Connor shares his story as part of a series on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Georgia, and the unique situations they face.

Chandra Thomas wrote the stories for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Atlanta, GA –
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was in town recently. Ray is among several authors making their way town as part of events with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Sugar Ray Leonard just released an autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life in and out of the Ring and he talks being sexually abused by his Olympic trainer.
When he sat down with WABE's Rose Scott, he talked about that and his other toughest fights, all outside the ring.

Atlanta, GA –
On Saturday, April 30th, the 17th Annual Youth Achievement Luncheon will take place.
It's sponsored by the 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta.
The event includes scholarship awards and honoring teen boys for excelling in the organization's "Men of Tomorrow" mentoring program.
WABE's Rose Scott has the story of a high school senior who's been involved with the program since he was 10 years old.


Atlanta, GA – "I smoke a blunt to take the pain out and if I wasn't high, I'd probably try to blow my brains out." The lyric from a Tupac Shakur song may seem racy for young ears, but one local therapist encourages some teens to listen closely. She says rappers like Jay-z, Notorious B.I.G. and even Atlanta's own T.I. and Ludacris are teachers whose life stories can help young people learn from their own mistakes and heal.

Savannah – Governor Nathan Deal is pushing alternative sentencing programs as a way of reducing the prison population. Orlando Montoya of Georgia Public Broadcasting in Savannah reports, it's all about the cash-strapped state budget.

Atlanta, GA – It's her first interview since leaving office as Mayor, Shirley Franklin is talking about her new role as guest lecturer at Spelman College. In part 2 of a conversation with WABE's Rose Scott, Franklin talks about her future plans, why she's sticking around Atlanta and why talking about her legacy is not important:

Atlanta, GA – In her first interview since leaving office as Mayor, Shirley Franklin is talking about her new role as guest lecturer at Spelman College. In part 1 of a conversation with WABE's Rose Scott, Franklin talks about the transition from Mayor:

Atlanta, GA – Some 1.7 million Georgians don't have health insurance. That's about 18 percent of the states' population. When they get sick, they depend on a health safety net. That safety net is stretched thin and it's expensive to keep up. From Georgia Public Broadcasting, Susanna Capelouto reports.

Atlanta, GA – According to the National Council for Patient Information and Education, about 50% of the 2 billion prescriptions filled each year are not taken correctly.
That could be caused by a number of factors especially if someone has to take multiple medications.
An Alpharetta couple has invented a computerized device that helps as a daily reminder.
As WABE's Rose Scott reports their invention was developed from a personal experience:

Atlanta, Ga – With most of the votes in, former State Senator Kasim Reed has declared victory over city councilwoman Mary Norwood in the runoff for Mayor of Atlanta.

Despite Reed's declaration, Norwood has not conceded defeat.

WABE's Charles Edwards filed this report from Reed's election headquarters
After election officials counted ballots cast Tuesday, Kasim Reed walked to the podium in a ballroom of the downtown Atlanta Hyatt.

REED: "Yall ready to hear the envelope please?

Atlanta, GA – With less than 24 hours until the mayoral election, negative campaigning has intensified.

The latest polls put Mary Norwood far ahead of her challengers Kasim Reed and Lisa Borders.

In fact, polls put Norwood close to the 50 percent mark she needs to avoid a runoff election.

Recently her opponents have stepped up attacks to try and stop her from reaching that goal.

One common theme is that Norwood is a closet republican.

Atlanta, GA – There's been a lot of discussion lately about healthcare reform. One item in the debate has focused on end of life decisions. As the "Baby Boom" generation advances in age, more attention has been given to the various scenarios Boomers could face. Recently, WABE's Steve Goss spoke with Ted Sarenski, a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Personal Financial Planners, and chair of its Elder Care Task Force.

Atlanta, GA – The wildlife refuge is getting more than 3.5 million dollars in federal stimulus money to create a mile-wide buffer zone around its border.

Landowners will manage the area by controlling vegetation and planting fire tolerant trees. Much of the refuge's nearly 200 mile border could be affected.

Bo Chesser is a senior forester at the Georgia Forestry Commission. He says the new zone will increase forest health and protect local communities.

Atlanta, GA – Georgia has a 3 step approach to make sure metro Atlanta will have the water it needs for the future.

That's what Governor Sonny Perdue said today after briefing more than 100 of the state's top politicians, business leaders and urban planners.

Last week, a federal judge ruled the state has been illegally taking water from Lake Lanier and has three years to work out a deal with Alabama and Florida.

Atlanta, GA – She's had numerous opportunities to leave the poor rural community for which her services were desperately needed even after two hurricanes and a fire destroyed her Alabama clinic Dr. Benjamin stayed and rebuilt.

It's because of her commitment that the nation's 16th Surgeon General
Dr. David Satcher believes her nomination is an excellent choice:

Atlanta, GA – Thursday evening the Anti-Defamation League will present the premiere of the documentary film, "The People vs Leo Frank" which recounts the 1913 case of a Jewish pencil factory manager in Atlanta who was convicted of murdering Mary Phagan, one of his employees. When Frank's death sentence was commuted by the governor in 1915, a mob kidnapped him from his prison cell and lynched him in Cobb County. WABE's Steve Goss speaks with the film's writer and director Ben Loeterman.

Atlanta, GA – The south-Indian Udipi Caf in Decatur is a popular spot for numerous N-R-I-'s - Non Resident Indians- living in and around Atlanta.

Initial reaction among patrons here, and elsewhere, to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai has been shock, and concern .. about the growing problem of fanaticism, and how to stop it.


Varon Grover is a professor at Clemson University, originally from New Delhi.


Atlanta, GA – If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 144 years, to November 15, 1864, we'd find our city sacked and smoldering. Union forces General William T. Sherman was about to embark on the next phase of his grand design to divide and conquer the South by marching to the Atlantic. Steve Goss talks with Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn, who picks up the story.

Atlanta, GA – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is generally classified as an anxiety disorder.
But for war veterans, it can also be a disorder of the heart.

"War injures the soul, distorts the heart, confuses the mind, ruins the identity."

Psychotherapist and author Edward Tick, has been working with war veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for nearly three decades.

Atlanta, GA – Look-- Up in the sky! It's an asteroid; it's a black hole; it's a Gamma Ray Burst! How the world could come to an end is explained in a new book by astronomer Philip Plait, called "Death from the Skies." When he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss, he asked Plait why the average person would want to know about such horrific scenarios.

Atlanta, GA – More than 230,000 people are members of Toastmasters, International in 92 countries. Jana Barnhill is the International President of Toastmasters, International. When she spoke with Steve Goss, she pointed out the organization offers much more than a way for people to overcome a fear of public speaking. To find out more information about the organization, Email:


Atlanta, GA – Thomas Oliver is the A-J-C's new' business columnist. But he's anything other than new to Atlanta. With the paper since 1981, he recently returned to the section where he started.

This week, he stopped in to give a local perspective on the market meltdown and Atlanta's economy.

When Oliver and Morning Edition host Steve Goss spoke, Goss asked him to connect the dots for Atlanta's big business players. What does the market meltdown mean?

Macon, GA – Soul singer Otis Redding's stardom was short; he died less than five years after his first hit. September 9th would have been his 67th birthday, and at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Reddings life is being celebrated in a special exhibit. Philip Graitcer reports. (To hear this story, click on "Listen: MP3" above.)