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1:11 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Mugabe Declared Winner In Zimbabwe's Presidential Poll

Zimbabwe's longtime President Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner in elections that give him another five-year term. He's shown here at a July 30 news conference.
Tsvanigirayi Mukwazhi AP

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 2:06 pm

Zimbabwe's longtime President Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner in elections that give him another five-year term. But the opposition says the vote was rigged.

Mugabe won by 61 percent, with his main challenger, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, trailing far behind in the official results from the July 31 vote. Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union, also managed a comfortable win in parliamentary elections.

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Code Switch
12:39 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Jobless Rate Falls For Blacks, But It's Not Good News Yet

Employment Specialist Louis Holliday, right, helps an applicant file for unemployment at a Georgia Department of Labor career center last month in Atlanta. The jobless rate for African-Americans fell from 13.7 to 12.6 percent in July, but that's still twice the rate for whites.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 12:46 pm

The labor market continues its recovery; the economy added 162,000 jobs in July and pushed the unemployment rate to a 4.5-year low. After a string of bad news, things seem to be to turning around for African-American workers, too.

"The operative word is growth," says Bill Rodgers, an economist at Rutgers University.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Interpol Issues Alert Following Al-Qaida-Linked Prison Breaks

Libyans gather near a burned-out vehicle after an attack outside the courthouse in Benghazi on July 28, the day after more than 1,000 inmates escaped during a prison riot.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 2:32 pm

A series of high-profile prison breaks linked to al-Qaida in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan has prompted Interpol to issue a global security alert asking member countries to "swiftly process any information linked to these events."

The Lyon, France-based international police agency noted that because al-Qaida was suspected to be involved in the jailbreaks, it was urgent to determine whether the organization was directly linked and to capture the escapees.

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Kitchen Window
11:58 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Buttermilk Makes Everything Taste A Little Better

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 11:55 am

It started happening about 15 years ago. I'd be paging through a new cookbook or browsing through recipes online, and I'd suddenly stop. "Mmm, buttermilk biscuits. Doesn't that sound good?" I'd bookmark the site or dog-ear the page. The next week I'd see a recipe for waffles — buttermilk waffles, as it happened. What a splendid idea. Out came the yellow stickies.

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It's All Politics
11:58 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives

The Internal Revenue Service is accused of singling out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 10:56 am

House Republicans investigating IRS targeting of groups for extra scrutiny say they have proof conservatives had it worse.

A House Ways and Means Committee staff analysis of the applications of 111 conservative and progressive groups applying for tax exempt status found conservative applicants faced "more questions, more denials, more delays," says committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich.

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This Is NPR
11:58 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Mitch Hurwitz Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:29 pm

If you're anything like me, you probably spent some quality time with your Netflix account earlier this year when, after a seven-year hiatus, Arrested Development released an entire new season all at once. The whole Bluth family is back, along with much of the clever wordplay, subtle jokes that get better on repeat viewings and narration by Ron Howard fans have come to expect. This time, though, each family member gets their own episode. Mitch Hurwitz, who created the show, came in to talk to Fresh Air Host Terry Gross about the favorite dysfunctional family.

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Movie Reviews
11:57 am
Sat August 3, 2013

For Old-School Kvetch Comics, A Catskills Cradle

Jackie Mason is one of a host of comedians interviewed in When Comedy Went to School, a documentary about a generation of Jewish comics and the Catskills resorts that nurtured them.
International Film Circuit

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:03 pm

For the charming but skin-deep documentary When Comedy Went to School, filmmakers Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank gained enviable access to pioneer stars of Borscht Belt standup.

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Planet Money
11:55 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Episode 476: The Return Of The Indicator*

A pawn shop in Los Angeles, CA.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:57 pm

*Not really. But sort of.

On today's show, we bring you three Planet Money radio stories, each of which looks at something indicator-ish:

1. The price of gold: What A Falling Gold Price Means For Pawn Shops

2. The Beige Book: The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Sat August 3, 2013

On Twitter, Scott Simon's Long Goodbye To His Mother

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon documented his mother's final days to his more than 1.2 million Twitter followers.
Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:22 pm

Fans of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday no doubt noticed the absence of longtime host Scott Simon in recent weeks. What started as a well-earned vacation took a somber turn, as Scott told his Twitter followers on July 16 that his mother was in need of an emergency operation. "I can't talk. I'm surrounded by handsome men," he quoted her as saying while she was prepped for surgery.

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All Songs Considered
11:54 am
Sat August 3, 2013

The Old Tiny Desk Gets Demolished

The old NPR building at 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., was torn down in stages. This photo shows what the building looked like in late June.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:38 pm

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