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7:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Episode 433: Holding A Rainforest Hostage? (Update)

A brown woolly monkey and its baby in the Yasuni National Park.
Pablo Cozzaglio AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 11:13 am

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, a pristine corner of the Amazon rainforest, is home to jaguars, giant otters, and the golden-mantled tamarin. The park also sits on top of hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, worth billions of dollars.

The government of Ecuador faces a choice: Should it protect the park, or go for the money?

Until very recently, the country was trying to do both. The government said it would leave the rainforest untouched — if rich countries gave billions of dollars.

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Alt.Latino
7:42 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Guest DJ: Frikstailers

The Argentine DJ duo Frikstailers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:39 pm

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NPR Story
7:42 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Jersey Shore Faces Slow Recovery From Sandy

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:23 pm

Superstorm Sandy harmed or destroyed 346,000 homes in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie projects it will cost $36.9 billion to repair and prevent future damage.

But how is that reconstruction going?

Brian Donohue is a reporter with the New Jersey Star-Ledger, and has been covering the recovery.

“When the summer started, I expected things to be a little bit more normal than they were. The reality is that when you walk up and down these streets now, many of the houses are empty.”

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Business
7:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

U.S., Swiss Strike Deal On American Tax Evaders

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:17 pm

The U.S. government and Switzerland have reached an agreement that could expose Americans who have used Swiss banks to avoid paying taxes.

The agreement will allow Swiss banks to settle any potential U.S. charges if they disclose extensive information about their American clients, the value of their accounts and any help they received from tax professionals.

Those settlements would include penalties for Swiss banks that helped their U.S. customers avoid taxes, according to a senior Justice Department official.

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NPR Story
7:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Labor Day Travel Update

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:23 pm

After years of sticking close to home, are Americans in the mood to shake off the recession’s remnants and have a final summer adventure over the Labor Day weekend?

Here & Now speaks with NPR’s senior business editor Marilyn Geewax about the state of the travel industry — including cars, hotels and air travel — ahead of the last big holiday of the summer.

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NPR Story
7:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

In Britain, Hours Of Debate On Syria

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:23 pm

The British parliament was called back from summer recess yesterday to hear Prime Minister David Cameron make his case for military strikes in Syria.

You may have heard snippets of the debate, but with Congress still on recess in the U.S., Here & Now thought it would be worthwhile to hear more of the questions raised in Britain.

For over eight hours, Cameron delivered a speech and took questions, called interventions.

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NPR Story
7:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Final 'Defund Obamacare' Town Hall Draws Standing-Room Only Crowd

Former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint supports a Congressional effort to thwart the Affordable Care Act. (Taunya English/WHYY)

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:23 pm

The last of nine “Defund Obamacare” town halls took place in Wilmington, Delaware, last night.

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NPR Story
7:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Are Profits Winning Over Passion In College Football?

Illinois running back Josh Ferguson (6) tries to evade Michigan safety Thomas Gordon (30), in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won 45-0. (Tony Ding/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 8:04 am

I love college football but there’s too darn much of it on television these days. It used to be that college games were played only on Saturday afternoon, but the 2013 season started Thursday night. There are games Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday night. TV drives the bus these days for all sports, but especially college football.

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NPR Story
7:38 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Obama: U.S. Has Obligation As World Leader To Act

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:23 pm

Update 2:50 PM: President Barack Obama says he recognizes the world and the U.S. are war-weary in the face of potential military action against Syria.

But he says the United States has an obligation “as a leader in the world” to hold countries accountable if they violate international norms.

Obama says he has strong preference for multilateral action. But he says, quote, “we don’t want the world to be paralyzed.”

Regarding the U.N., Obama says, quote, “there is an incapacity for the Security Council to move forward.”

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Ask Me Another
7:38 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Really Hard Edition: Part 3

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:06 am

According to puzzle editor Art Chung, some games on Ask Me Another are hard because they're created with only one person in mind who can play them: our V.I.P., or Very Important Puzzler.

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