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8:35 am
Sat August 1, 2015

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Refugees line up to apply for asylum at a reception center in Berlin, Germany. Figures released last week showed that about 180,000 asylum applications were filed in the first six months of 2015, more than twice as many as in the same period last year.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:04 pm

For pharmacists in ever-diverse Berlin, communicating with customers requires a variety of languages.

Just ask German pharmacist Julia al-Erian, who tries in English to engage a young Arab man who is trying to buy acne cream. He gives her a blank stare, so she tries explaining in German how the medicated lotion works.

He looks perplexed, says "hold on" in German, then turns to a friend and speaks Arabic.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis, a healthy part of your complete breakfast. And here is your host at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill.

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KURTIS: Peter Sagal.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

The Good Listener: How Do I Play DJ Without Embarrassing Myself?

Look, she did such a great job picking music that they don't even need to keep their eyes on the road!
Monkey Business Images iStockphoto.com

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the brick-sized bale of bills that arrived during our recent vacation is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on how to play DJ from the passenger seat of a friend's car.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to go on to our final game, Lightening Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Brian Babylon, Mo Rocca and Faith Salie. And here again is your host at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Peter Sagal.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Not My Job: Chance The Rapper Gets Quizzed On Saran The Wrapper

Christopher Polk Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

Chicago hip-hop superstar Chance the Rapper got his name because nobody believed a guy named Chancelor Bennett could rap.

We've invited him to our free show in Millennium Park in Chicago to play a game called "Chance the Rapper, meet Saran the Wrapper." Three questions about using Saran wrap on everything other than leftovers.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We are playing this week with Mo Rocca, Faith Salie and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., you can hear it, Peter Sagal.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 12:08 pm

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Europe
7:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:31 am

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Africa
7:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

To Ease An Economic Meltdown, Zimbabwe Considers Returning Farmland

A farm owner inspects his tobacco crop in the sun. While Zimbabwe's tobacco production has made something of a turnaround lately, journalist Peta Thornycroft says much of the country's troubles since 2000 have been tied to failures in its capital-intensive tobacco farms.
Philimon Bulawayo Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:26 pm

It's been 15 years since Zimbabwe launched a campaign to seize large tracts of land from white farmers. At the time, more than 4,000 white-owned farms were taken; that land was to be given to disaffected war veterans, many of whom had little prior experience in agriculture.

The move proved to be a disaster. Many of those farms failed after they changed hands, and Zimbabwe fell into an economic tailspin. Even the country's longtime president, Robert Mugabe, admitted to failures in the program earlier this year.

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Asia
7:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of The 2022 Winter Olympics

Boosters of Kazakhstan's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics rally in Almaty as they wait for word of whether their city won. It didn't, forcing Kazakhstan back to the drawing board for ways to achieve international recognition.
Corey Flintoff NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 1:57 am

There was a moment of drama in global sports on Friday, when the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Games.

The loser was Almaty, Kazakhstan, a major city in an oil-rich central Asian nation that's trying to raise its profile on the international scene.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

How Sierra Leone's Most Famous Journalist Helped NPR Get The Ebola Story

Umaru Fofana
Ben de la Cruz NPR

It's an open secret among journalists: When reporting a major news story in an unfamiliar country, it's great to have a "fixer."

That's the catch-all term we use for our local guides to language and logistics — the people who can translate documents, interpret during interviews and generally help you figure out the most efficient and the safest way to get from one location to the next.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

"A dense forest of might'ves." That's how the Willesden Kid, the main character in China Miéville's short story "The Dowager of Bees," describes the weird world he's found himself in: A world much like ours, only ominously askew. The Willesden Kid is a newcomer to an underground circuit of gambling. His sense of reality is already a little off the grid.

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Shots - Health News
7:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn't A Natural Cause Of Death

Keith Negley for NPR

Beware the mention of natural causes, as in my mother's obituary:

"Norita Wyse Berman, a writer, stockbroker and artist ... died at home Friday of natural causes. She was 60."

Sixty-year-olds don't die of natural causes anymore. The truth was too hard to admit.

Fifteen years on, I'm ashamed of my family's shame. Those attending her funeral and paying shiva calls knew the truth anyway. People talk.

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Music Interviews
5:30 am
Sat August 1, 2015

With 'Faded Gloryville,' Lindi Ortega Explores The Rougher Edges Of Fame

Country artist Lindi Ortega's new album, Faded Gloryville, takes inspiration from artists who may be past their peak.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:31 am

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Architecture
5:27 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

This gargantuan beauty was built during the 1999 Delaware State News Sandcastle Contest. The castle was lost all too soon in a tragic high-tide accident.
Grant L. Gursky Associated Press

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:04 pm

Architect Renzo Piano has designed the 87-floor Shard skyscraper in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the new home for the Whitney Museum in New York.

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The Two-Way
4:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Israeli Officials Promise To Find Arsonists Who Killed Palestinian Child

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah inspects a home that was badly damaged from a suspected attack by Jewish extremists in the West Bank village of Douma. An 18-month-old child was killed and other family members seriously injured.
Prime Minister's Office APA/Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:38 pm

Israeli leaders vowed to find the suspected Israeli extremists behind an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler early Friday.

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The Two-Way
9:58 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, clad in his trademark kilt, speaks in 2009 at the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press conference at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Piper fought in the main bout at the first WrestleMania in 1985, losing a tag-team match to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:51 pm

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a premier wrestler in the now-WWE during the 1980s and 1990s who fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event at the first WrestleMania in 1985, has died, the company reports. He was 61.

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