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3:47 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk, Reinvented

The debut album from Boston group Debo Band honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."
Shawn Brackbill

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

Boston's Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. Debo Band's debut album both honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."

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The Torch
3:33 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Winners And Losers From London's Summer Olympics, 'The Crying Games'

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain cries as he celebrates winning the men's keirin track cycling final. In shedding Olympic tears, Hoy was far from alone in Britain.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

The London 2012 Olympics were billed as the Social Games, with Twitter, Facebook and other services making it an immersive experience. But it might be remembered as "The Crying Games," for the swelling of emotions many Britons experienced. We run down some of the Olympics' winners and losers:

The Losers

The Stiff Upper Lip

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Participation Nation
3:22 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Gardening For Good In Pompano, Fla.

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Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:38 pm

When chef Trina Spillman — trained at Le Cordon Bleu — discovered that more than one-third of the children in Broward County didn't know where their next meal was coming from, she was shocked. So she took action.

Through her Need to Feed Gardening Initiative, Trina has planted community gardens, opened a community cafe and donated fresh produce to local food pantries. She holds Summer Hat Luncheons.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Hog Prices Rise On Word That Feds Will Buy Pork In Bid To Help Farmers

Hogs at a farm in Elma, Iowa (2009 file photo).
Scott Olson Getty Images

President Obama not coincidentally chose Iowa today as the backdrop for his announcement that the federal government is buying $170 million worth of pork, chicken, lamb and catfish to help producers who've been hit hard by drought-related increases in feed costs and by soft prices because of overproduction.

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Being Treated For Bipolar Depression, Says Hospital

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

The Mayo Clinic says Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., an Illinois Democrat, is being treated for bipolar depression at its clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," Mayo Clinic said in a statement.

Jackson Jr.'s condition has forced him to take a leave from Washington since June 10. His whereabouts have led to widespread speculation and calls for him to release more details of his condition.

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Middle East
2:55 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

On Call-In Radio, Egypt's Leader Offers Reassurance

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (right) speaks to the media on Aug. 6 in El Arish, Egypt. He has already been engaging with the public more regularly than his predecessor.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 7:18 pm

When it comes to connecting with the Egyptian public, the country's new president, Mohammed Morsi, seems to have looked at what his predecessor did, and then plotted a course that is diametrically opposed.

During three decades of rule, the former president, Hosni Mubarak, would sometimes go months without making a public statement. When he did appear, it was almost always a formal presentation that seemed to emphasize the gulf between the leader and the ruled.

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Monkey See
2:03 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Comics Legend Joe Kubert, 1926-2012: An Appreciation

Cover of 1969's DC Special #5, featuring Joe Kubert
DC Comics

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 9:33 am

Yesterday morning the comics medium lost one of its greatest creators, and one of its most influential teachers, with the passing of Joe Kubert.

Comics historian Mark Evanier posted a remembrance that highlights how warmly the man was regarded in the comics community — and how astonishgly quickly he worked.

Comic Book Resources has posted 25 of his classic comic covers; go look.

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NPR Story
2:03 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

College Freshmen Learn From 'Enrique's Journey'

Many colleges and universities require incoming freshmen to read Sonia Nazario's book Enrique's Journey.
Random House

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:24 pm

Before incoming freshmen actually step onto campus, many get their first assignment: a "common read." Colleges and universities assign the same book for freshmen to read over the summer to facilitate discussions once they get to school.

Sonia Nazario's book Enrique's Journey is on dozens of required reading lists this year. It tells the story of a Honduran boy who embarks on a perilous search to find his mother in the United States. Enrique's mother left to find work in the United States when he was 5, and he sets out to track her down as a teenager.

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Law
1:51 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

The Line Between Confidentiality And Public Safety

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:57 pm

Mental health professionals are faced with difficult decisions about when to warn about potential threats to public safety. State laws vary: Some require mental health workers to report a perceived threat, others ease confidentiality requirements, and some states have no established duty to warn.

The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Fans Of 'The Office,' This Video's For You: Cat Drops From Ceiling

Just dropping in. A frame grab from video of what happened when a cat fell from the ceiling in a Costa Rican classroom. It appeared to be just fine afterward.
UPEACE01

Seeing this video on Gawker today of a cat causing quite a stir when it fell out of the ceiling of a classroom in Costa Rica reminded us of a scene from season five of The Office.

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Election 2012
1:51 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Will Ryan Help Or Hurt The GOP Ticket?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Transcript

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

And now, the Opinion Page. And Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing about Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate. His selection reshapes the race for president. That may be all they agree on. We'll read from our range of opinions in a few minutes, and we want to hear from Republicans today. Does Paul Ryan help or hurt the GOP ticket? Give us a call: 800-989-8255. The email address is talk@npr.org. And we start with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. He's here with us in Studio 3A.

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

'Dreamland' Uncovers Science Of Odd Sleeping Habits

In Dreamland, David Randall discusses the pros and cons of sharing a bed with a partner, and why naps sometimes leave us feeling more exhausted.
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Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 2:38 pm

We spend roughly a third of our lives asleep, but know very little about what happens once we shut our eyes and drift off.

David Randall has had trouble sleeping for most of his life. One particularly bad night inspired him to learn everything he could about the process.

"I woke up in the middle of the night with the scary and strange realization that I was on my back in the middle of the hallway with a searing pain in my knee," he tells NPR's Lynn Neary. "I ... quickly put together that I had been sleepwalking, and I ran myself into the wall."

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Amid Intense Fighting, Syria's U.N. Human Rights Envoy Defects

As more heavy fighting continues in Aleppo, Syria's chief Human Rights ambassador has defected and pledged allegiance to the opposition.

The AFP reported the story this morning and Swiss state media confirmed it. The AFP reports:

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The Torch
1:33 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Olympics Closing Ceremony: Both Well-Received And Anger-Inducing

Fireworks explode at London's Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The gala has gotten good reviews — with the exception of those troubled by NBC's presentation.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:09 pm

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It's All Politics
1:28 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Moderators Announced For Three Presidential Debates, One VP Debate

CNN's Candy Crowley at a Mitt Romney campaign event during the Iowa caucuses in January.
David Holloway CNN

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:07 pm

For the first time in 20 years, a woman — CNN's Candy Crowley — will moderate a presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The moderators for all three presidential debates and the sole vice-presidential debate were announced:

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