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1:21 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

First Lady Fights Obesity With Moves And Good Food

First Lady Michelle Obama gardens in Soweto township, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The first lady has planted a garden on the South Lawn of the White House — it's the first vegetable garden to be planted there since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden.
Charles Dharapak AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 1:43 pm

Many first ladies choose a mission, and when Michelle Obama moved into the White House, she decided to take up the cause of combating childhood obesity. It's an epidemic that affects up to one-third of all children in the U.S. It's also a personal issue for the first lady. A number of years ago, her pediatrician asked her to rethink her daughters' diets.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Whitey Bulger.

The girlfriend of the notorious mob boss James J. 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive.

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Planet Money
12:47 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

How Much Money Should You Save For A Rainy Day?

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 10:09 am

The most important reason Americans save money: To have something salted away for a rainy day.

When researchers asked people the most important reason they save money, building an emergency fund finished slightly ahead of retirement and way ahead of everything else.

This raises a second question: How much do you need in a rainy day fund?

Lucky for us, the researchers asked this question as well. Not surprisingly, people with higher incomes said they needed a bigger emergency fund.

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National Security
12:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Ahead Of Moscow Talks, U.S. Options On Iran

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 8:07 am



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From Our Listeners
12:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Letters: Jobs For Teens And Buddy Guy

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 1:34 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener feedback on previous Talk of the Nation programs, including shows on summer jobs for teens, the complications of claiming Native American ancestry and blues guitarist Buddy Guy.