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2:20 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Homelessness Becomes A Crime In Hungary

Two homeless men lie on mattresses in central Budapest in 2010. Hundreds of people live on the streets in the Hungarian capital; many refuse to stay in night shelters for fear of having their goods stolen.
Karoly Arvai Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 9:25 pm

Hungary's new anti-vagrancy laws — the toughest in Europe — now mean that homeless people sleeping on the street can face police fines or even the possibility of jail time.

Advocacy and human-rights groups are alarmed by the new efforts to crack down on and effectively criminalize homelessness, where the ranks of the needy have increased during the country's dire financial crisis.

Debt, joblessness and poverty are on the rise. The country's bonds have been downgraded to "junk" status, and the nation's currency, the forint, has dropped sharply against the euro.

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Food
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Early Spring Has Farmers Battling Frost At Night

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:23 pm

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Philippe Coquard could use some sleep. He's the co-owner of the Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. And he's been up two nights in a row. He blames it on the weather.

PHILLIPPE COQUARD: The month of March was like summer, which we never see that in Wisconsin. And everybody is so happy and it feels like summer. Well, it's not good to us.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Tiger Woods Returns To Masters Tournament

Audie Cornish talks with Tom Goldman about this year's Masters golf tournament, and the return of Tiger Woods to the top of the leader board.

Africa
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Rebel Groups Vie For Power In Mali

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

In the West African nation of Mali today, northern rebels declared their independence. But that announcement was quickly followed by worldwide condemnation. The United States, France, and some of Mali's neighbors rejected the bid of secession.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has the story from the capital of Mali, Bamako.

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Pop Culture
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Toy Companies Debut Bald Dolls For Cancer

A lineup of the bald Bratz and Moxie Girlz dolls that are scheduled to hit store shelves this summer.
MGA Entertainment

Barbie is best known for her curvy figure and long blond hair — but Mattel plans to produce a doll that's a dramatic departure from that classic image.

This Barbie will be bald.

Mattel decided to make the doll after a campaign by Jane Bingham, a survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Philadelphia. She started a Facebook group with her friend called "Beautiful and Bald Barbie." She tells Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered, that they wanted the toymaker to create a doll for kids who have cancer or have lost their hair for medical reasons.

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Remembrances
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Doctor Blazed Trails For Women In Medicine

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Dr. Leila Denmark led an exceptional life. She fought hard to become a doctor when women were largely shut out of the profession and helped research and test the whooping cough vaccine. She then opened her own practice and spent the next 71 years caring for child patients and their parents. Dr. Denmark died this week at the age of 114. That's right, 114.

Charles Edwards of member station WABE in Atlanta has this remembrance.

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Economy
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Jobs Report A Litmus Test For Economy's Direction

The U.S. economy added only 120,000 jobs in March, far below expectations. The job gains were the smallest in five months. The report isn't a conclusive verdict on the economy. It could be an off month of weak growth or the sign of something more troubling — a serious hiring slowdown.

Business
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Hiring Climate Affects Small Businesses

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:23 pm

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We head to Ohio now for Bruce Lackey's view of the economy. He's CEO of Happy Chicken Farms, a wholesale egg and dairy distributor in Urbancrest, Ohio. The company has been in business since 1953, now has 32 employees. Mr. Lackey joins me from his office. Welcome to the program.

BRUCE LACKEY: Well, thank you very much for the invitation.

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Economy
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Jobs Numbers Fall Short Of Predictions

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs last month according to the Labor Department. A few years ago, that would have had economists cheering. Today, they're using words like disappointing. Here's the problem, 120,000 is half as many jobs as the economy added in February and far fewer than most observers were expecting.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Collegiate 'Boat Race' A British Institution

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Three hundred thousand people are expected to line the River Thames in London tomorrow with millions more watching on TV. The reason? The 158th Annual Oxford Cambridge Boat Race.

Vicki Barker reports on what has become a British institution.

VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: Unloading kegs and kegs of beer, Richmond Hughes manages The Ship Pub in Hammersmith, a prime viewing position for the race. Hughes expects 5,000 people to jam his riverside garden tomorrow to watch the men from Oxford and Cambridge Universities compete.

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