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Fri August 30, 2013

Rep. Lofgren: Congress Should Decide U.S. Action In Syria

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California is among nearly 200 members of Congress who've signed letters to President Obama demanding he seek authorization from Congress before ordering the use of military force in Syria. To do otherwise, they say, is unconstitutional.

Congresswoman Lofgren joins me now from San Jose. Welcome to the program.

REPRESENTATIVE ZOE LOFGREN: Thank you.

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Middle East
4:55 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Kerry: Syria's Chemical Weapons Use A Test Of American Resolve

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:01 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry says there is clear evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its citizens. He laid out that evidence at a briefing at the State Department, and pledged a "tailored and limited" US response to hold the Assad regime accountable.

U.S.
4:55 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

White House Tries To Rally Support Around A Syria Strike

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:01 pm

President Obama says the world cannot accept the use of chemical weapons on a mass scale in Syria, but much of the world seems unwilling to act in response. The president says the U.S. has not made a final decision either.

Sports
4:55 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

NCAA Has Long List Of Headaches As Football Season Starts

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The college football season kicked off with several games last night, and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will be back in action tomorrow, but not until the second half of Texas A&M's game against Rice. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now to discuss the week in higher education. Hi, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Robert.

SIEGEL: Johnny Manziel was suspended by the NCAA this week for half a game. What did he do, and why half a game of all things?

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World
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Examining Jamaica's Homophobia

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Jamaica is known for beaches and warm weather, but for many gay and lesbian people living on the island, it's a place of hatred. A documentary, The Abominable Crime shines a light on homophobia and anti-gay violence in Jamaica. Host Michel Martin finds out more from filmmaker Micah Fink and human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson. This segment initially aired July 22, 2013 on Tell Me More.

Books
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebrities. But her rise to fame wasn't always glamorous. Host Michel Martin speaks with Williams about her career, her battle with addiction, and her latest book Ask Wendy. This segment initially aired May 6, 2013 on Tell Me More.

Art & Design
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

British Designer Ozwald Boateng's Dream To Dress Africa

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Designer Ozwald Boateng became the first black designer on London's prestigious Savile Row. Since then, he's made quite the name for himself; his tailored suits cost as much as 40 grand. Host Michel Martin speaks with the so-called 'Statesman of Cool' about his career, style and Ghanaian heritage. This segment initially aired June 12, 2013 on Tell Me More.

Race
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

'Separate And Unequal': Racial Divides In Higher Ed

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

A recent report suggests that more white students are heading to top tier colleges, while their black and Hispanic counterparts are turning to low tuition, open-access institutions. Host Michel Martin speaks with Georgetown's Anthony Carnevale, about what the numbers mean. This segment initially aired July 31, 2013 on Tell Me More.

The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

N.D. Town Mulls Over Threat Of White Supremacist Takeover

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:05 pm

A tiny town in North Dakota is considering handing its governance over to the county to prevent a small group of outsiders from declaring a "white supremacist haven."

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Poll: Americans Want Obama To Seek Congressional OK On Syria

Demonstrators march in protest during a rally against a possible U.S. attack on Syria.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:39 pm

Nearly eight out of every 10 Americans want President Obama to seek congressional approval before launching an attack on Syria, according to an NBC News survey released on Friday.

The survey paints a complex picture of the American electorate. While a majority would prefer to "provide only humanitarian assistance" in Syria and 50 percent say the U.S. should not take military action, survey respondents gave conflicting responses on other questions.

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All Tech Considered
4:03 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Facebook's Latest Privacy Changes: Tag, You're You

A bigger facial recognition database could allow Facebook to collect more data about whom we are interacting with in the real world.
Dado Ruvic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:11 pm

Writing a post about Facebook changing its privacy policies can feel like a fool's errand.

Nearly everyone who has a pulse — and lives part of his life online — most likely knows how Facebook makes its money and understands why this service, which connects 1.1 billion people, is free.

But here we go again.

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Planet Money
3:54 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

We Inadvertently Wore A Pair Of Gap Jeans To The Indonesian Factory They Came From

Robert Smith NPR

Robert Smith and Jess Jiang were in Indonesia this week, following the path of the Planet Money T-shirt. As part of their reporting, they visited the Apac Inti denim plant.

Workers at the plant pointed at Jess' Jeans. They could tell the jeans were purchased at the Gap and, after inspecting the dye, declared the denim came from this very factory.

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A Blog Supreme
3:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Jazz With A Jamaican Accent

Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.
Peter Dean Rickards Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Heaney's Poems — Great, Dangerous, Healing — Live On

Poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, is seen here in a file photo from 1991, when he was a professor at Harvard. Heaney has died at age 74.
Joe Wrinn AP

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:57 pm

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This Is NPR
3:28 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The NPR Podcast Guide: NPR Food

Claire Mueller NPR

Got food on the brain this Labor Day weekend? We do too. Thankfully, we found a healthy dose of gastro-friendly news from NPR that's sure to leave any faithful foodie feeling, well, full. NPR offers a weekly podcast just for grub-related topics, from the farm to your table and beyond.

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Shots - Health News
3:20 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Brain Changes May Explain Stroke Risk In Migraine Sufferers

Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 8:57 am

It was hard to ignore those headlines saying that people with migraine have brain damage, even if you're not among the 12 percent or so who do suffer from these painful, recurring headaches.

Don't panic, says the neurologist whose work sparked those alarming headlines. "It's still not something to stay up nights worrying about," says Dr. Richard Lipton, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York.

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria

President Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the White House in Washington on Friday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 3:17 pm

Speaking during a photo op with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today, President Obama said he has not made a final decision on launching a military strike on Syria.

But Obama echoed the case made earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry that chemical weapons in Syria threaten U.S. national security interests and that the use of chemical weapons is the "kind of offense that is a challenge to the world."

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

What's Next In Syria? A Sampling Of Opinion

A Tomahawk cruise missile lifts off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) in 2011. If a U.S. strike against Syria goes ahead, what comes next?
U.S. Navy Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:36 pm

As a U.S. military strike on Syria looks increasingly likely in the next few hours or days, various publications are weighing in on what such an attack would accomplish and what would happen next.

Here's a sampling of opinion:

The BBC's Tara McKelvey says:

"The US military would most likely use Tomahawk cruise missiles for an attack on the Syrian government forces. These missiles are now stored on destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

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From Scratch
2:22 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Tony Fadell, Founder Of Nest Labs

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Tony Fadel, the founder of Nest Labs, a company focused on helping create the next-generation home by making energy-saving smart digital assistants.

Harris also speaks with Peter Thiel, the Co-Founder and former CEO of PayPal.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Song Travels
1:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Eric Hutchinson On 'Song Travels'

Eric Hutchinson.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson's self-released debut album, Sounds Like This, made it to No. 5 on iTunes' albums chart. His music has also been featured on the TV series Grey's Anatomy, and he's toured in support of Kelly Clarkson.

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