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Africa
3:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Incumbent Unopposed In Liberia's Presidential Runoff

In Liberia, the second round of the presidential election is set for Tuesday. The incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, came out ahead in the first round. She was to face former Justice Minister Winston Tubman, but he has withdrawn. The development raises questions about the election's legitimacy.

Business
3:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

Arts & Life
11:01 pm
Sun November 6, 2011

At Arena Stage, A Million-Dollar Toast To Playwrights

The Book Club Play, revamped by author Karen Zacarías as part of her residency in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, is a comedy about life, love and literature.The cast, from left, included Eric Messner, Kate Eastwood Norris, Tom Story, Ashlie Atkinson and Rachael Holmes.
Stan Barouh Arena Stage

A reporter once asked the late playwright Robert Anderson, author of I Never Sang for My Father, if he could make a living writing for the theater. His reply: "You can make a killing, but not a living."

True enough: For the playwright who hasn't had a hit on Broadway, making a living can be tough. But Arena Stage, a major theater in Washington, D.C., wants to change all that.

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NPR Story
8:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon Makes Market Debut

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 8:15 am

Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.

Strange News
4:53 am
Fri November 4, 2011

England's Oldest Family-Run Business Still Selling

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with congratulations to R.J. Balson and Son. The butcher shop on the south coast of England has been named Britain's oldest family-run business, and is it ever. Balson's began selling sausages and bacon in 1535 when Henry VIII was king and still married to Ann Boleyn. Twenty-five generations later, owner Richard Balson tells the Daily Mail his son will join the business next year, and that son has a son, too. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
4:46 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Employee Cleans Up German Artwork

A cleaning woman working at the Ostwall Museum in Berlin noticed a wet stain on the floor by a modern-art sculpture. She scrubbed away the stain, not realizing it was part of the piece called, "When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling." Back in 1986, another cleaner in Germany wiped away a grease stain valued at 400,000 euros.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Pakistan, India Trade Deal Sprouts New Possibility

Pakistan has opened the door to billions of dollars worth of new trade with India. The decision might help reduce political and military tensions between the two rival nations.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Afghan Security Under Fire As Troops Leave

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

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Last weekend brought the deadliest attack yet on NATO forces in Kabul, one of a series of attacks bold enough to make headlines, beginning with the 20-hour siege of the American embassy. Those attacks over several weeks raised new concerns about security in Afghanistan's capital. One militant group in particular, the Haqqani Network, is thought to have orchestrated the most spectacular attacks. Seth Jones is the author of "In the Graveyard of Empires." Good morning.

SETH JONES: Good morning, Renee.

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StoryCorps
9:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Memory Loss Sparks A Plan For Running, And Living

Gweneviere Mann with her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, visited StoryCorps in New York City, where the pair will be running their second marathon Sunday.
StoryCorps

Remembering even the smallest details of her life can be hard for Gweneviere Mann. She has suffered from short-term memory loss since 2008, caused by complications from an operation. But that's not enough to stop Mann and her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, from running a marathon — with a unique strategy.

Recently, Mann, 41, sat down with Salem, 34, to talk about her daily life.

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Strange News
5:19 am
Thu November 3, 2011

When ATM Machines Bite Back

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 6:54 am

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Strange News
5:15 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Woman Passes Driver's Test While In Labor

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 6:54 am

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Around the Nation
4:26 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Designer Brings Muslim Fashion To The Runway

A model wears one of Nailah Lymus's fascinators.

Courtesy of Nailah Lymus

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 6:54 am

Nailah Lymus is a 27-year-old aspiring designer who had her first runway show during New York's Fashion Week in September, and she has just had another one.

Lymus began designing jewelry when she was 7, and now has a line of clothing called Amirah Creations. She is a devout Muslim, but her dresses will surprise you.

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Education
11:30 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

College Students' Borrowing Hits An All-Time High

College students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year, according to new data. In this photo from last December, a student fills out an application for a chance to win a scholarship worth $30,000, at a Cash for College event organized by the California Student Aid Commission.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Students are borrowing more money to pay for college than ever before. New data shows that students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year. And education debt is expect to grow in the coming years, as students struggle to pay higher tuition costs.

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Strange News
6:15 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Police Say Railroad Robbers Got Away With Pork

Police are on the hunt for the bandits who robbed a Union Pacific Railroad car after it made an emergency stop in Victorville, Calif. They made off with 20 boxes. Police told the Victorville Daily Press that the robbers couldn't have known what was in the car; they made off with $200 worth of pigs feet.

Strange News
6:07 am
Wed November 2, 2011

NBA's Kevin Durant Plays Flag Football At Okla. State

The pro basketball season still hasn't started, but Kevin Durant got a workout. The Oklahoma City star drove across the state to a flag football game. On Twitter the other night, he wrote, "This lockout is really boring. Anybody playing flag football?" An Oklahoma State student invited Durant to join a game his team had planned.

Strange News
6:08 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Liquor-Shop Shenanigans: A Nonagenarian And A Ghost

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 9:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with tales of British alcohol. The one stop shop in Essex refused to sell whiskey to Diane Taylor. She didn't have proper I.D., and the shop said rules are rules, even though she is 92. Ms. Taylor at least caused less trouble than the ghost supposedly inhabiting a pub in Birmingham, England. At Halloween, the ghost has smashed bottles of wine it didn't like. It's not clear why the staff thinks it's a ghost and not a customer. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
5:59 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Russia Encounters Glitch In Daylight Savings Switch

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Monkey See
4:30 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Mindy Kaling On Diets, High School And Other American Pastimes

Mindy Kaling is an Emmy Award-nominated writer and an actress on NBC's The Office.

Autumn deWilde

Much of Mindy Kaling's humor is rooted in something that might seem unfeasible: using logic to explore American culture. But it works — and works well — because Kaling uses a type of circular logic that's all her own. Just consider this recent Tweet: "Can everyone buy my book please? I wanna quit the business and homeschool my kids real weird."

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NPR Story
11:33 am
Mon October 31, 2011

MF Global Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:44 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with bad bets and a big bankruptcy.

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Planet Money
7:41 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:51 am

Italy needs the backing of Europe's bailout fund. But Italy's a huge economy — much, much bigger than Greece, Portugal, and Ireland combined. And the Europeans don't want to put enough money into their bailout fund to back Italy.

So they're getting creative.

The rest of Europe is likely offer investors insurance that will pay back the first 20 percent of any losses on new Italian bonds.

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Planet Money
6:33 am
Mon October 31, 2011

The New EU Rescue Fund: Where Will Money Come From?

A $1.4 trillion rescue fund is a central part of the deal reached by European leaders to stave off financial catastrophe on the continent. But there are many big question marks about the fund.

Strange News
6:22 am
Mon October 31, 2011

London Cash Machine Has Cockney Language Option

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Strange News
6:18 am
Mon October 31, 2011

World Series Fan Gives Back Game Six Homer Ball

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:44 pm

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

A baseball fan named David Huyette used a word you don't hear so much. The word was honorable. Mr. Huyette ended up holding the homerun ball that won Game 6 of the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. It could've been worth thousands, but Mr. Huyette returned the historic ball. He said it was the honorable thing to do. And he was rewarded with another baseball, an autographed bat and tickets to Game 7 of the World Series. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Television
4:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

'Rock Center': Serving Hard News, But Will It Sell?

Brian Williams will set the course for the new NBC newsmagazine Rock Center. The network is positioning it as a serious news program — and expecting a ratings struggle, at least at first.

Justin Stephens NBC Universal

At 10 p.m. on Monday, NBC anchor Brian Williams will do something that hasn't been done in nearly 20 years: launch a new network TV newsmagazine.

Hosted live from NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters — thus the name, Rock Center — it's an ambitious attempt to showcase both Williams' serious news skills and his signature dry wit. And if it's going to succeed, he and NBC may have to reinvent the newsmagazine for a new age.

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Strange News
7:32 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Giant Lego Man Washes Up On Florida Beach

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 7:48 am

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