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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From The Bell House, Part 2

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:23am

An explosion of wonderful special guests, kicked off by Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton of NPR's Ask Me Another, highlights the second half of the PCHH live show from Brooklyn.

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U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:09am

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war surpassed 3 million, the United Nations said. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes.

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Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:18am

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; healthcare and the modern writer.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Government Will Seek NATO Membership

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:58am

Arseny Yatsenyuk said Kiev was sending a bill to parliament to get the process rolling. Meanwhile, NATO held an emergency meeting to discuss further Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory.

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Russia Moves More Troops Across Ukraine Border, NATO Says.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:26am

David Greene talks to Alexander Vershbow, deputy secretary general of NATO, about Russian military advances into Ukraine. The NATO-Ukraine Commission held an emergency meeting in Brussels on Friday.

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'99 Bottles Of Beer' Inspires Bigger Container To Hold Beer

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:29am

The Texas brewery Austin Beerworks launched a 99-pack of beer this week. The case is seven-feet long and weighs 82 pounds. It costs $99.99.

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Wrong Campus Photo Used For Student Material

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:22am

Students at Washington State University received planners. But it turned out the photo used was of the University of Washington. On the bright side, at least there was no photo of Washington, D.C.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep and David Greene have the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

David Greene has business news.

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'Life Of Crime' Has Authentic Elmore Leonard Snap

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" film critic Ken Turan reviews "Life of Crime" — a comic caper about a kidnapping that goes awry starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawke. It's based on a novel by Elmore Leonard.

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Chicago's Gang Violence Limits Kids Mobility

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Gates of Youth Advocate Programs, a lifelong resident of one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, about the changing nature and daily experience of violence in Chicago.

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Michel Martin Recaps #BeyondFerguson

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep talks to Michel Martin about the community conversation covering race and law enforcement that was held Thursday night in Ferguson, Missouri. There was also a Twitter chat at #BeyondFerguson.

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Washington Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

The Russian government continues to deny that Russian artillery units and soldiers are in Ukraine. That's despite satellite images released on Thursday that NATO says clearly show the Russian presence. For a sense of how this latest news is playing in Moscow, David Greene talks to Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of the magazine, "Russia In Global Affairs."

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Retailers Entice Shoppers To Get Ready For New School Year

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.

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Case Could Jeopardize Washington State Recreational Pot Law

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.

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Drought Conditions Wreak Havoc On Latin America

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Parts of Latin America are severely parched. The drought is fueling clashes, forcing rationing, decimating crops and affecting travel through the Panama Canal.

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Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine, works as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. Her passion outside of work is dog sledding. It's the latest installment in our hobby series "Alter Egos."

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Political Crisis Exposes France's Economic Problems

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.

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