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The Salt
6:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Micro-Garden Madness: You Showed Us Your Stuff

Tomatoes and herbs grow in barrels in this urban micro-garden.
Nico Sanchez via Flickr/Creative Commons

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 10:30 am

Earlier this week, we told you about some of the people who are trying to make micro-gardening go big — by sharing their DIY tips and selling products designed to make gardening in a small space a piece of cake. Many readers of The Salt let us know they were all for it.

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The Two-Way
6:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

San Francisco Hospital Reports Third Death In Asiana Crash

A third death has been reported in the crash-landing of Asiana Airline flight 214, as San Francisco General Hospital said Friday that one of its patients who was injured in the accident has died. Hospital officials described the victim as a girl; they offered no further details about her.

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Pakistani Schoolgirl Wounded In Taliban Attack Addresses U.N.

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls' education who was shot in the head by the Taliban, speaks at the United Nations Youth Assembly on Friday.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:59 pm

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, received several standing ovations as she addressed the United Nations on Friday, calling on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling to every child.

In October, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban militants who attacked a schoolbus she was on. She was targeted for her campaign promoting girls' rights.

"They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed," she said.

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It's All Politics
6:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

'Illusioning Victory From Defeat': A Washington Story

New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer speaks at a news conference on gun legislation earlier this year.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:39 pm

At the end of another demoralizing and unproductive Washington week, it struck us that the messaging of failure is a very delicate business — for members of both flailing parties.

New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer's straight-faced characterization of the House GOP's rejection of his immigration bill as "encouraging" best illustrated the problem.

For nothing was hopeful and nobody was a winner in the nation's capital this week.

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Planet Money
5:31 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Episode 472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming

Camille Seaman Barcroft Media/Landov

Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn't have to be.

On today's show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: Tax carbon emissions.

A carbon tax could be paired with cuts in the income tax. And it would drive down emissions without picking winners or losers, and without creating complicated regulations.

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Justice Tightens Guidelines For Obtaining Records From Media

Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at the Justice Department last month.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:59 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder announced a tightening of Justice Department guidelines for dealing with the sensitive issue of subpoenas of journalists' communications, weeks after embarrassing disclosures that his office had secretly obtained phone records and emails from reporters as part of a probe of unauthorized leaks.

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Europe
5:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Train Derailment Kills At Least Six People Near Paris

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

A train wreck outside of Paris tonight at the height of rush hour has shocked the nation that relies heavily on passenger rail. An intercity commuter train derailed, at least six people were killed and scores wounded.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley has more from Paris.

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Political Crisis In Egypt
5:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Beyond Leadership Issues, Egypt Has Deep Economic Troubles

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

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As Egypt inches closer to forming an interim government, at the top of the agenda is economic reform. The Egyptian economy today is dismal. Foreign currency reserves have shriveled. Tourism is way down, unemployment way up.

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Political Crisis In Egypt
5:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Egypt's Polarization Descends Into Personal Relationships

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

Ahmed Assem has become the poster child of what Muslim Brotherhood leader's are calling a massacre — last Monday's assault by security forces on angry Islamist protesters. Assem was a photographer who filmed his own death. An army sniper shot him down. The killing has torn Assem's family apart. His brother is a police officer who blames the Brotherhood for the violence, but the family, like Egypt itself, is now deeply divided and unsure what is to come.

Europe
5:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Royal Baby Craze Reaches New Heights In U.K.

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. A few months ago, amid raging civil war in Syria and political turmoil in Turkey, there was another overseas story also making headlines. Bob Garfield, co-host of the program ON THE MEDIA from NPR and WNYC, was intrigued by what he saw. The story came to his attention during a full hour broadcast from ABC News.

(SOUNDBITE OF ABC NEWS STORY)

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Iraq
5:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

In Iraq, One Scammer Took Advantage Of The IED Epidemic

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Our next story illustrates a variation on an old theme. There's a military procurement officer born every minute. In the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Adam Higginbotham has an article with the stunning title, "The $38 Million Bomb-Detection Golf Ball Finders." It's about a man named James McCormick, a Briton who managed to make a very good living selling devices that he claimed detected bombs. He sold them in many countries, most notably Iraq, where concealed bombs, so-called improvised explosive devices were epidemic.

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Middle East
5:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Taliban Attack Survivor Speaks At U.N. On Her 16th Birthday

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. A young Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban attack last year was at the United Nations today, appealing for education for all children. It was the first public speech by Malala Yousafzai since the Taliban tried to kill her near her school in Pakistan's Swat Valley last year. Today also happens to be her 16th birthday, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Planet Money
4:37 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

What Actually Happens At The End Of 'Trading Places'?

Feeling good.
Paramount The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:41 am

It's been 30 years since Trading Places came out. And, to be honest, I never really understood what happened at the end of that movie. Sure, Louis Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) get rich, and the Duke brothers lose all their money. But what actually happens? How does it work?

I recently talked to Tom Peronis, a guy who has spent years trading OJ options. He walked me through every step of Winthorpe and Valentine's plan.

1. Give The Duke Brothers Bad Information

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The Two-Way
4:31 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

U.S., Germany Call For Release Of Ousted Egyptian Leader

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Friday.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:11 pm

The United States has joined Germany in calling for the release of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who has been detained since a July 3 military coup in Cairo.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Washington and Berlin were in agreement that Morsi should be freed.

The Islamist leader was deposed after massive, nationwide protests against his rule, and he's been held at an undisclosed location since then.

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Code Switch
4:21 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome

George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for his trial in Sanford, Fla., on Friday. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Joe Burbank AP

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:40 pm

With the verdict looming in the trial of George Zimmerman, who's charged in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, suddenly speculation has turned to this: the possibility of angry protesters turning to violence if the outcome isn't the one they envisioned.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Man Hailed As A Hero After Epic Swim Saves Stranded Family

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:10 pm

"It wasn't an option. It just had to be done."

That's the simple explanation offered by John Franklin Riggs, discussing his extraordinary effort to get help for his family after their boat capsized in the Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday night. Riggs swam for five hours in darkness before finding help near Deal Island, Md.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 11, 2013

Knopf

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:18 pm

At No. 12, Oliver Sacks investigates the types, sources and cultural resonance of Hallucinations.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 11, 2013

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:30 pm

Ian McEwan's Cold War spy thriller Sweet Tooth appears at No. 15.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 11, 2013

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:31 pm

At No. 11, Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails in The Drunken Botanist.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
4:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 11, 2013

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:21 pm

At No. 5, two sisters abandoned by their mom travel cross-country in Jeannette Walls' Silver Star.

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