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  • 11:59am Aug 31, 2013
    World News World News National

    If 'Humanitarian,' Why Not Intervene In Syria Sooner?

    Will a limited military strike prevent Syrian President Bashar Assad from launching future chemical attacks? Host Scott Simon speaks with former leader of Canada's Liberal Party Michael Ignatieff about so-called "humanitarian intervention" in Syria.
  • Mark Malkoff makes a Skype call to Belgium.
    11:59am Aug 31, 2013
    World News World News Arts

    Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World

    Mark Malkoff has lived inside of an IKEA store, consumed beverages at 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours and proved that his kid's Big Wheel bike could beat a New York City bus. Now, the comedian has video chatted with people in 162 different countries — including North Korea.
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    2:59pm Aug 27, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    'Bummers, Blisters And Boondoggles': A Jokester Joins The Army

    Humorist and late-night radio voice Jean Shepherd spent time in the U.S. Army during World War II. He never made it overseas, but the stories he mined from that experience have now been collected in a new volume, Shep's Army.
  • 1:32pm Aug 26, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More

    With the sequester, the Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lost a quarter of its staff. But everyone is entitled to legal representation, so judges are appointing expensive private attorneys in the public defenders' place.
  • 11:39am Aug 24, 2013
    Sports Sports

    ESPN Backs Out Of Concussion Documentary

    Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman about ESPN pulling out of a documentary about concussions in professional football, the Little League World Series and Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.
  • 11:39am Aug 24, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Trading Domain Names For A Day With The Candidates

    Michael Deutsch loves politics so much so that he systematically purchases Internet domain names that political campaigns might want. But it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. When the campaigns come knocking, asking to take over the domains, he bargains for face time with the candidates.
  • 11:39am Aug 24, 2013
    National National Politics & Government Education

    Obama Campaigns For College Affordability Plan

    The president returned from vacation to take to the road, touring college towns in New York and Pennsylvania to talk about higher education. He's proposing a system that would rank colleges' affordability, which could then be tied to federal aid — but in Washington, a budget battle is waiting.
  • 7:35am Aug 18, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Immigration Reform Activists March To Calif. Farm Country

    Bakersfield is conservative, with a large immigrant and farm labor population. Protesters are pushing the city's Republican congressman to adopt the Senate-passed immigration reform bill — and they've got the support of local Republican leaders.
  • Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.
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    7:35am Aug 18, 2013
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

    The ancient spiritual practice of Sufism incorporates all kinds of activities, including music, to achieve a state in which the practitioner loses the ego. Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.