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Business
3:13 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Summer Box Office Receipts Are The Worst In 8 Years

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Business
3:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What's In A Name? Former Arthur Anderson Employees Spell It Out

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Arthur Andersen is back. Or at least the old accounting firm's name will be, for the first time since its association with accounting scandals at Enron more than a decade ago.

The firm was criminally convicted — a decision that was later overturned, although that came too late to save the company.

As of Monday, a company called WTAS, is adopting the Andersen name and in doing so, hopes clients will have forgotten the bad associations.

'That Was The End'

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

In Photos, North Korea's Former Leaders Are Ominipresent

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Journalist Charles Bowden Dies At 69

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Around the Nation
1:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

The murals by Diego Rivera and other works at the Detroit Institute of Arts would be safe from creditors under the plan before a bankruptcy judge Tuesday.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:07 am

Detroit's historic bankruptcy case is entering the home stretch. The crucial, final trial phase begins Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom.

The trial will decide the fate of a plan to wipe out billions of dollars in debt, and help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy a new, revitalized city.

This trial is a big deal, but don't expect anything with lots of courtroom drama. For one thing, it's federal bankruptcy court — and there's no jury.

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Parallels
1:28 am
Tue September 2, 2014

As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

An Afghan policeman searches a man at a checkpoint where a NATO soldier was stabbed to death in Kabul on Aug. 20. As U.S. and NATO troops are drawing down in Afghanistan, the Taliban have been stepping up attacks this summer.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:07 am

As U.S. and NATO troops draw down in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters are growing bolder. They have been massing in larger and larger numbers and taking on Afghan forces across the country.

NPR producer Sultan Faizy and I spent a recent day making calls to ordinary Afghan citizens in some of the country's hot spots.

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It's All Politics
12:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

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Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week begins working at the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company.

Cantor will serve as vice chairman and managing director, and will also be elected to the firm's board of directors.

Cantor, 51, and firm founder Ken Moelis announced the decision in a joint interview on Monday.

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The Two-Way
8:49 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday.
Yves Logghe AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:02 am

NATO leaders are expected to set up a rapid-response force to deploy quickly to eastern Europe to defend against potential Russian aggression at their meeting in Wales later this week.

The force of about 4,000 troops will be ready to move on 48 hours notice from a station in a member country close to Russia, The New York Times reported.

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NPR Story
8:18 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Erratic Schedules A Challenge For Part-Time Workers

Starbucks has announced it's revising its policies to end irregular schedules for its 130,000 baristas. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 12:02 pm

There are 27 million part-time workers in America today. To get more bang for their buck, some businesses are using sophisticated “just in time” scheduling software that allows them to call in workers when they’re most needed. But where does this last-minute and irregular scheduling leave part-timers?

On this Labor Day, NPR’s Marilyn Geewax talks to Here & Now’s Robin Young about the scheduling problems part-time workers face across the country and how lawmakers and some companies are looking to help.

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NPR Story
8:18 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Detroit Defends Bankruptcy Plan

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 12:02 pm

After a long and painful year of negotiations, officials for the city of Detroit head to court tomorrow to defend the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy.

Detroit has struggled to find a way to pay off the $18 billion it owes to various entities and individuals, including city retirees, who once feared they’d lose up to a third of their pensions.

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NPR Story
8:18 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

Dr. Dan Guilfoil, director of labor and delivery at Hahnemann, says the hospital has taken a number of steps to encourage breastfeeding, including a ban on goodie bags from formula companies. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 12:02 pm

All of Philadelphia’s major birthing hospitals have now stopped giving out discharge bags filled with formula to new moms. The city joins about a quarter of hospitals nationwide in going “bag free” as part of a broader push to encourage breastfeeding.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Elana Gordon at WHYY’s “The Pulse” reports.

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Politics
8:17 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads

Image from Montana congressional hopeful Matt Rosendale's campaign ad, in which he shoots what he calls a government drone out of the sky.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 6:33 pm

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First Listen
8:17 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'

Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, comes out Sept. 9.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:01 pm

The Irish poet William Butler Yeats once famously evoked the drift of time through the image of old men gazing at their own watery reflections. "Everything alters, and one by one we drop away," Yeats' elders say as they themselves sit solidly at the shore.

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Europe
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO

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Africa
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa

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Radio Diaries
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat

Studs Terkel circa 1970.
Courtesy of Studs Terkel Radio Archive/WFMT

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:25 pm

In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country with a tape recorder, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 conversations with a variety of people, including a waitress, a car parker, a jockey, a baseball player, a farm worker, a press agent and a sports team owner.

The result was Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. When it was published in 1974 it became a best-seller — something unprecedented for an oral history collection.

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Around the Nation
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids

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CORNISH: All summer, dozens of lower-income kids in Providence, Rhode Island learned golf. They spent their days on a nine-hole course, an oasis in a gritty neighborhood.

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Music Reviews
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release

Kenneth Bae, an American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence in North Korea, speaks to The Associated Press on Monday. Bae and two other detained Americans urged the U.S. to send a high-level emissary to secure their release.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:11 pm

Three Americans who have been detained in North Korea appealed today to the U.S. to send a senior representative to secure their release.

In interviews with CNN and The Associated Press, Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller detailed the conditions of their imprisonment and urged a quick resolution of their situations.

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The Salt
12:25 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

A woman holds the saffron crocus, during the saffron harvest in Herat, Afghanistan (left). Saffron flowers are collected in Saint Hippolyte, eastern France (right). Since the stigmas need to be picked from the flowers by hand, saffron is the world's most expensive spice.
Majid Saeedi/Getty Images; Maxppp /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 7:03 pm

Mechanization has made the farming of many crops — lettuce and tomatoes, among them — a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work.

How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor.

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct

Martha (right), an extinct passenger pigeon, at the Smithsonian's Natural history Museum in Washington. The passenger pigeon was once the world's most plentiful bird. Sept. 1 is the centenary of the bird's extinction.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 12:56 pm

The Cincinnati Zoo held a commemorative event; the London Zoo stopped the clock outside its bird house at noon. The object of their memorials: Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Code Switch
11:55 am
Mon September 1, 2014

To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds

Lindolfo Carballo, an immigrant from El Salvador, meets his son, Raynel, outside school. In El Salvador, he says, families often "teach their boys one thing and their girls differently." He's trying to set a different example for his children.
Sarah Tilotta for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:53 pm

Lindolfo Carballo knows there's a stereotype about men like him. He grew up in San Miguel, El Salvador, he says, in a male-dominant culture.

"I'm coming from a so-called 'machista' country, right? I mean, in this country, we all think that Latin America, in general, is where machismo is promoted," Carballo says.

In many families in Latin America, he adds, "parents — fathers and even mothers — teach their kids that men are to be served by their sisters."

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The Salt
11:51 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

There's new evidence reaffirming that eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and salmon to dairy fat — doesn't make us fat.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:18 pm

We've reported a lot this year about how there's a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S.

Turns out, eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and nuts to dairy fat — doesn't make us fat.

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Music Reviews
11:41 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival

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Music Interviews
11:41 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

Originally broadcast July 30.

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DOM FLEMONS: (Scat singing). Oh, yeah.

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Mon September 1, 2014

U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters

British Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons on Monday that he wants to give police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.
PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give U.K. police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.

"We will introduce specific and targeted legislation ... providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned," Cameron told British Parliament today.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Mon September 1, 2014

More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows

Police use tear gas to disperse protesters in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday.
Anjum Naveed AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:28 pm

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Anti-government protesters in Pakistan briefly forced state TV off the air amid continuing clashes with police and renewed calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.

Today's violence marks an escalation of demonstrations that had been mostly peaceful until Saturday night when protesters tried to storm Sharif's residence in Islamabad. At least three people reportedly died and 500 were injured amid clashes with police. Sharif has refused to step down.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Monday for a cease-fire in Ukraine, but demanded that Ukrainian troops leave positions from which they can "harm the civilian population." His comments come ahead of talks in Minsk, Belarus, involving Ukraine, Russia, Russia-backed separatists and international monitors.
Jia Yuchen Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:45 pm

Update at 3:21 p.m. ET

Pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine are no longer demanding full independence, telling negotiators in Belarus that they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.

The Associated Press adds:

"It's a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks — possibly avoiding tougher Western sanctions. The talks follow last week's meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Similar talks earlier this summer produced no visible results."

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The Two-Way
6:51 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:21 pm

Louisiana's new abortion law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. But a lawsuit challenged the law on the basis that the requirement was medically unnecessary and would result in the closure of the state's abortion clinics. A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the measure.

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Shots - Health News
5:03 am
Mon September 1, 2014

More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

A recent study found a brief delay in peak growth spurt among boys who took ADHD stimulants for at least three years, but no significant effect on their ultimate height.
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More and more kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and many are medicated — often with stimulant drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.

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