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4:43 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Which Citizens Are Under More Surveillance, U.S. Or European?

Protesters demonstrate against alleged NSA surveillance in Germany during a rally in Hannover, Germany, on Saturday.
Peter Steffen AP

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 11:31 am

The disclosure of of previously secret NSA surveillance programs has been met by outrage in Europe. The European Parliament even threatened to delay trade talks with the United States.

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News
4:40 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Religious Orders Use Pope's Visit To Recruit Young Postulants

People dance in laser lights in a tent during World Youth Day events in Quinta de Boa Vista park, where religious orders are holding a job fair of sorts to recruit new postulants.
Silvia Izquierdo AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:07 pm

The Quinta de Boa Vista park is far away from the celebrations in Copacabana Beach, where three million people gathered Saturday to hear Pope Francis speak. But the park is attracting a crowd of young people.

Kiosks for religious orders like the Carmelites, the Franciscans and the Legion of Mary line the park. It looks like a job fair, and in a way, it is.

Nuns from the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady of Lourdes dance around in front of their stand, to the banging of drums and the strumming of guitars.

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News
4:40 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Reinvigorating A Detroit Neighborhood, Block By Block

Woodward Avenue runs through Midtown, a Detroit neighborhood that is reviving in the midst of the larger city's decline. In the background is downtown Detroit.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 11:31 am

The debt-laden city of Detroit has been an incubator for new strategies in urban revitalization, including a downtown People Mover, casinos, urban farms, artist colonies and large scale down-sizing.

In the wake of the city's bankruptcy, many in the community are thinking small.

Just outside of downtown Detroit is a neighborhood called Midtown. Like many hip, urban neighborhoods, it's got hipsters on fixed geared bikes, yoga studios, boutiques for dogs.

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NPR Story
9:05 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Sugar Subsidy Spurs Battle Between Growers And Candy Makers

A harvester cuts and fills a tractor with sugar cane in Clewiston, Fla., Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:55 pm

The average American consumes nearly 40 pounds of refined sugar a year.

Behind all those sweets, a heated battle is taking place over whether the government should continue a program to help out sugar growers.

Candy manufacturers say the program keeps the price of sugar artificially high, and want to see it ended.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Bill Wheelhouse of Harvest Public Media reports.

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NPR Story
9:05 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

As Americans Drive Less, What Does That Mean For Cities?

(vonderauvisuals/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:15 am

A new report from the advocacy group U.S. Pirg has found that for the first time in six decades, Americans are actually driving less.

A number of factors have contributed to this, according to Micheline Maynard, editor of the journalism project, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around.”

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NPR Story
8:54 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Moammar Gadhafi's Son Faces Trial Next Month

This image made from video distributed by the Zintan Media Center shows Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, center, inside a defendant's cage in a courtroom in Zintan, Libya, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Zintan Media Center via AP)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:55 pm

It has been nearly two years since Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was ousted from power and killed by rebels.

His son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, who was the public face of his father’s regime during the revolution of 2011, was captured in the Libyan desert late that year.

Since then, he has been held in the town of Zintan, which was a hotbed for the opposition to his father. High up in the Nefusa mountains of western Libya, few places suffered more than Zintan during the Libyan revolution.

Rebels from the town helped liberate Tripoli in the summer of 2011.

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NPR Story
8:53 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Oakland Father Reflects On 'Fruitvale Station'

This film publicity image shows a scene from "Fruitvale Station." (Ron Koeberer/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 1:08 pm

Jack Bryson’s two sons were on the train platform on New Year’s Day in 2009 when Oscar Grant III was shot by a transit police officer in Oakland, Calif.

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Food
8:52 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

When Asian And Latin Food Collide: Spicy, Tasty Or Confused?

Green beans with peanuts and chile de arbol
Courtesy Pati Jinich

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:20 pm

Asian-Americans and Latinos trace their roots half a world away from each other — literally. But their cultures, and especially the foods they love, have more in common than you might think. These days, they're colliding in new and interesting ways – from Korean barbecue taco trucks to finer dining.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:50 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Look What You've Done, North America!

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:25 pm

This is the story of two continents doing battle, North America versus South America. It is also a biological mystery.

For a very long time, North America and South America were separate land masses. The Pacific Ocean slipped between them, flowing into the Caribbean. The Isthmus of Panama was there, but it was underwater. The two continents didn't touch.

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The Protojournalist
8:47 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

A Little Old American Bonsai

A Hinoki cypress at Brussel Martin's bonsai nursery in Mississippi. He has nurtured it for 40 years, which is half its life. "I turned down $40,000 for it a year ago," Martin says. "It is worth twice that. I call it Big Bertha."
Courtesy of Brussel's Bonsai

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 10:13 am

A News Story In Tanka

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For cypress tree in

Olive Branch, Mississippi,

80 years of age

Someone has a yen to pay

Forty thou — grower says Noh.

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