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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Sat June 1, 2013

American Woman Killed In Syria Fighting, Family Says

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 6:37 am

We're getting word late Thursday that an American woman has been killed in Syria while fighting alongside rebel forces against the Assad regime.

Family members told the Detroit Free Press that Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, had converted to Islam after meeting an Arab immigrant. The newspaper reports:

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Report Says Al-Qaida Diminished, But Affiliates Still A Threat

Chadian soldiers during a procession through Mali's capital earlier this month. Instability in the country has helped fuel al-Qaida affiliates in Africa, the State Department says.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:04 pm

The State Department says Iran has stepped up its efforts on behalf of global terrorism to a level not seen for 20 years, but that the core elements of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan are heading for defeat even as the network's affiliates remain a threat.

"Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism and [Hezbollah's] terrorist activity have reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa," says the Country Reports on Terrorism 2012.

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Sat June 1, 2013

UN: Iraq Records 1,045 Deaths In May; Highest In Years

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has this grim piece of news today:

"According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence in May.

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Code Switch
9:41 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Haters Gonna Hate, As Shown On A Map

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 1:36 pm

Note: This post contains strong language, including racial and ethnic slurs.

Geography professor Monica Stephens has spent a lot of time putting haters on the map. Over at Humboldt State University in California where she is a professor, Stephens and a team of undergraduate students spent a year sorting through racial slurs on Twitter by location. And then she mapped them.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sat June 1, 2013

The Case For Vegetarianism, Delivered By A Toddler

Luiz Antonio.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 2:29 pm

This blogger will admit that he has struggled off and on with his decision to eat meat. He'll also admit that explaining the food chain to his 3-year-old daughter has produced more soul-searching.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sat June 1, 2013

On Second Day, Anti-Government Protests Swell In Turkey

Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on Saturday, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 12:04 pm

What started as a small protest against the redevelopment of a park in Istanbul, Turkey, has spread to other cities and turned into one of the largest government protests in recent memory. While numbers are hard to come by, Al Jazeera reports that about 10,000 people gathered in Ankara chanting "government resign" and "unite against fascism."

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Fresh Air Weekend
8:03 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen King, Daft Punk And Cannes

A native of Maine, Stephen King has used the state as the backdrop for many of his novels and short stories. In Joyland, however, he sets his scene in North Carolina.
Shane Leonard Hard Case Crime

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 10:18 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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WRKF
7:32 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Lily Of The Nile Holds Up Her Clusters Of Flowers

Agapanthas are blooming all around the Baton Rouge area.


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Movie Interviews
7:30 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Charting The Career Of The 'Evocateur' Of Talk

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Morton Downey Jr. was the loudest mouth on television. He treated guests like guys on the other side of the wrestling ring - bullying, hectoring and blowing smoke in their faces.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. SHOW")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Why?

MORTON DOWNEY JR.: Why? What the hell do you mean why? Are you nuts? Get him out of here. Get this guy out...

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Sat June 1, 2013

New Round Of Tornadoes Kill 5 People In Oklahoma

A tornado forms over I-40 as seen looking west from Indian Meridian Road in Midwest City, Okla. on Friday.
Alonzo Adams AP

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 11:29 am

Still recovering from a monster EF-5 tornado that leveled parts of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, the area was hit hard again Friday night. At least nine people — including a mother and child — were reported dead by Canadian County Under Sheriff Chris West in the wake of multiple violent tornadoes.

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