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6:59 am
Sun August 2, 2015

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century.
Gerard Fouet AFP/Getty Images

It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun August 2, 2015

More Debris Washes Up On Réunion Island

Debris that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been determined to belong to a Boeing 777. It is still unclear whether it belongs to Flight MH370.
Raymond Wae Tion Maxppp /Landov

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 7:44 am

More debris has washed on shore of the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that French authorities believe the debris could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jake filed this report:

"Taking a Sunday morning stroll on the beach in La Réunion, walkers stumbled upon mangled metallic debris with what appears to be a type of door handle.

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Politics
6:28 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:56 am

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The Obama administration is preparing to release a new climate rule that calls for deeper cuts in carbon pollution from the nation's power plants. President Obama previewed the plan in a Facebook video posted overnight.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO)

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Religion
6:15 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Mormons Face A Painful Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties

Boy Scouts work on canoes at camp Maple Dell outside Payson, Utah. The Mormon church is considering pulling out of its 102-year-old relationship with the Boy Scouts after the Boy Scouts changed its policy on allowing gay leaders in the organization.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 12:46 pm

The vote by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders last week was a blow to some religious conservative organizations that have long been connected to scouting, especially the Mormon church, which has deep roots in the Boy Scouts.

The church, also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has used the Boy Scouts as its official program for young men for more than 100 years, according to Quin Monson, a political science professor at Brigham Young University.

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Health
5:31 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Less-Addictive Opioids Could Boost Drug Firms' Image

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Performing Arts
5:31 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Caught In The Act: Joke-Stealing In The Age Of Twitter

Conan O'Brien's been sued by a comedy writer who alleges he's been stealing jokes. But journalist Larry Getlen warns not to assume the worst: In the world of topical comedy, similar jokes are bound to arise.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 5:03 pm

Conan O'Brien got some bad news this past week: The late-night host is getting sued for allegedly stealing jokes. A freelance comedy writer claims that O'Brien lifted four jokes from the writer's personal blog and Twitter.

The dust-up arose after an odd story surfaced about a flight that had just two passengers on board. Naturally, the two men found some humor in it.

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Politics
5:30 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Could Biden Catch Clinton In A White House Bid?

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Middle East
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Nusra Front Attacks U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Sports
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

NFL's First Female Coach Raises The Perennial 'Distraction' Question

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Time now for sports.

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Religion
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

In Utah, 'Book Of Mormon' Strikes A Chord

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Movie Interviews
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

'Best Of Enemies': When Televised Verbal Fireworks Were A Novelty

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Music Interviews
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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The music of Colombia is in the spotlight this week as we check in with our friends at Alt Latino. Felix Contreras usually joins us with a number of artists to share. Today he has just one artist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAMBOLERO")

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Rivers Run Through This Exhibit Of Colombian Art

Fibers from the fique plant, dyed with natural pigments by artist Susana Mejia, are part of the Waterweavers exhibit. In the photo above, the fibers hang to dry in the Amazon jungle.
Jorge Montoya

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 5:18 am

You walk into an air-conditioned building in Washington, D.C., and suddenly you're surrounded by rivers.

You can hear them, from the bubbling chuckle of a current to an unforgiving roar.

You can see them, foamy currents rushing past on video screens.

And when you take a break and sit down on a chair — carved out of reclaimed rainforest wood — you look up to see cascades of linen and plastic that seem to pour from the ceiling like flowing water.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Sun August 2, 2015

This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 6:11 am

Crime is bred from secrets.

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Author Interviews
3:42 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Courtesy of Amistad

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

If anything was going to make the case for putting warning labels on music, it was 2 Live Crew at the turn of the 1990s. The hip-hop group's output was so sexually explicit that it eventually became the subject of an obscenity case that made its way through some of the highest courts in this country. The man at the center of it all was Luther Campbell, a.k.a Luke Skywalker, the alter-ego that helped make 2 Live Crew one of the most legendary and notorious rap acts ever.

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The Salt
3:23 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.
Ed Anderson Courtesy of Ten Speed Press

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn to make a "counterfeit" version of duck confit, a classic French dish that traditionally can take days to prepare.

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The Two-Way
7:47 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Texas Attorney General Indicted On Felony Charges, 'New York Times' Reports

A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on three counts of securities fraud, according to multiple media reports.

Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a technology company — by encouraging investments without revealing he was making a commission on them — and, on a lesser charge, of failing to register as a solicitor while he was referring clients to an investment firm, the New York Times reports.

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Author Interviews
5:21 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:15 pm

Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West. The British-born Kenyan woman was also a racehorse trainer, a writer and a fearless adventurer.

Once famous as an aviation pioneer, she's largely dropped out of the public consciousness. But novelist Paula McLain has put her back in the spotlight — as the protagonist of her new novel, Circling the Sun.

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NPR Story
4:39 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

An Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 2:04 pm

Oakland cop Robert can't seem to forget Suzy: She left him two years ago and ended up marrying a man named Sonny, a gambler and a smuggler; a man who escaped from Vietnam, like Suzy.

Robert's always wondered what happened to his ex-wife — and now she's disappeared, and Sonny's forcing him to look for her. Sonny shadows Robert on a journey that takes them through the gambling underworld of Las Vegas, and through the haunted enclaves of Suzy's past.

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It's All Politics
4:38 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

SuperPAC Fundraising Already Dwarfs 2012 Levels

The super PAC supporting Jeb Bush has posted some truly astonishing fundraising numbers...and the election is still more than a year away.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 3:26 pm

Independent-expenditure-only committees, also known as superPACs, released their latest funding numbers on Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.

The numbers already are far higher than those of the three election cycles since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which paved the way for the outside spending surge.

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Law
4:18 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later'

Demonstrators hold up a placard of a man with his hands up during the "Justice For All" march in Washington, DC last December. Numerous protests have brought attention to police violence against people of color. One lawyer, while emphasizing that police are responsible for behaving professionally, also wants to give black men advice on how to survive encounters with police.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

It's been nearly a year since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, more deadly police encounters across the country have prompted anger, activism and reform.

Many of those incidents began with traffic stops — routine events that quickly turned deadly. And attorney Eric Broyles says that the risks for citizens are not distributed evenly.

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My Big Break
3:15 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

Reggie Watts calls his form of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his audience, sometimes talking non-sense and switching seamlessly between accents — all improvised on the spot.
Kyle Christy

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Jericho the lion, right, seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.
KEN WATKINS SN /Landov

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 6:53 am

Two nonprofit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that's seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage.

"We are absolutely heart broken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil's brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m. (local time) Saturday afternoon.

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Middle East
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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Politics
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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Movie Interviews
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

More Than A Toy: Lego Enthusiasts Have Built A Community

A LEGO Brickumentary explores the enduring global appeal of the little plastic toys.
Courtesy of RADiUS

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

It's almost impossible to think of a toy that's more ubiquitous than Lego bricks. The popular interlocking building blocks are everywhere — from the big screen to kids' rooms around the country.

So it may be hard to believe that in 2003, the Lego Group almost went bankrupt.

The company's near fall and meteoric rise is chronicled in the new film A LEGO Brickumentary.

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Book News & Features
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day

F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Temperature" — which was found as an unpublished manuscript — appears in the new issue of The Strand Magazine.
AP

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

Andrew Gulli has an unusual passion: finding unpublished short stories by famous American authors. He searches through libraries and archives, finds works, researches to confirm they've never been published — then publishes them in the literary magazine he edits, The Strand.

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Books
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in California; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:02 pm

With 20 major wildfires burning in California, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency. Nine of those fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one of them, in Northern California.

From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service is investigating how David Ruhl died. He was killed while fighting a wildfire in Modoc National Forest.

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Interviews
10:36 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the Tour'; Training Dogs For Film

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
Magnolia Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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