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5:32 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Netanyahu Urges US To Keep Iran Sanctions In Place

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:28 pm

Update 1:22 p.m. via Associated Press: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged President Barack Obama to keep tough economic sanctions on Iran in place, even as the U.S. weighs a potential warming of relations and a restart of nuclear negotiations with Tehran’s new government.

“If diplomacy is to work, those pressures must be kept in place,” Netanyahu said during an Oval Office meeting with Obama.

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NPR Story
5:31 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Civil War Challenges Health Care System In Syria

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:28 pm

Access to healthcare and basic services is difficult for many inside Syria.

The few clinics that remain open in cities where fighting is taking place face chronic shortages of medical supplies and of specialized doctors — most of whom have fled.

In the U.K., some Syrian-British doctors have started to use online tools like Skype to offer their much-needed surgical expertise.

The BBC’s Ahmed Maher reports from London.

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NPR Story
5:31 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

World Record? Our Marathon Man Says Not So Fast

Wilson Kipsang from Kenya celebrates winning the 40th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (Michael Sohn/AP)

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 6:52 am

I know what I saw and I still believe the world record in the men’s marathon is the time Geoffrey Mutai posted in Boston on April 18, 2011. Mutai crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds. Another Kenyan runner, Moses Mosop, finished just four seconds behind Mutai that day.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Are Women Less Corrupt Than Men?

A Mexican attempt to curb bribery among traffic cops turns on the belief that women are less likely to take illicit payments from drivers. A new study suggests that this approach can work, under the right circumstances.
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Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 12:04 pm

In an effort to reduce corruption among traffic cops in Mexico City, officials are replacing the predominantly male force with women.

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Monkey See
5:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

'Breaking Bad' Lands Its Finale A Little Too Cleanly

Bryan Cranston wrapped up his run Sunday night as Walter White in Breaking Bad.
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Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:27 pm

[Hopefully, we don't have to point out that a piece about the Breaking Bad finale contains information about the Breaking Bad finale. But here we are.]

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan signaled in interviews leading up to Sunday night's series finale that those who craved some redemption for Walter White were the ones most likely to leave happy.

"We feel it's a satisfying ending," Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. "Walt ends things more or less on his own terms."

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All Songs Considered
5:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Question Of The Week: Do Your Music Tastes Change With The Seasons?

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:58 am

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Books
5:25 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What Terrifies Teens In Today's Young Adult Novels? The Economy

Shailene Woodley plays Beatrice Prior in the upcoming movie Divergent (March 2014), based on the dystopian young adult novel by Veronica Roth. The hugely popular book contains themes of economic struggle and class warfare.
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Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:24 pm

If you think kids are too young to worry about unemployment numbers, consider this: Some of our most popular young adult novels fairly shiver with economic anxiety. Take Veronica Roth's Divergent, this week's top New York Times Young Adult best-seller and a perennial on the list since its publication in 2011.

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The Picture Show
5:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals)

Marville made more than 425 photographs of the narrow streets and crumbling buildings of premodern Paris, including this view from the top of Rue Champlain in 1877-1878.
Charles Marville Musee Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 10:11 am

A city under construction — and destruction — is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris" is a collection of 19th-century photographs of one of the world's most beloved cities as it transitioned from medieval architectural hodgepodge to what became the City of Light.

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang Sets New Marathon World Record

Wilson Kipsang from Kenya celebrates winning the 40th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany on Sunday. Kipsang set a new world record of 2:03:23.
Michael Sohn AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:39 pm

On Sunday, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya set a new world record marathon time of 2 hours 3 minutes 23 seconds at the Berlin Marathon.

The 31-year-old Kipsang bested the previous record, set by fellow Kenyan Patrick Makau in 2011, by 15 seconds. That record was also set in Berlin on a course known for its flatness and cool and dry weather.

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All Tech Considered
5:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What Gets Lost In Our Carefully Crafted Online Conversations

Researchers are studying the effects of the "masks" we wear online.
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Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 5:09 pm

Like so many of us, Walter Woodman used to pick through his pictures on Facebook, choosing only to show the ones that made him look good. It went the same way with highlighting his interests and personality traits.

Eventually, he says, the person in his profile was wasn't really him anymore — just a version of the person he wanted to be.

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