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Africa
3:10 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

After Tallying First Votes, Egypt Plans Runoff Election

Official results from the first round of Egypt's presidential election were released Monday. And, as expected, there will be a run-off between the two top vote-getters — Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, and former Air Force Commander Ahmed Shafik, who was Hosni Mubarak's prime minister during last year's revolution.

Sports
3:09 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Competition Heats Up At French Open

Melissa Block talks with Doug Robson, tennis reporter for USA Today, about the French Open competition this year.

Art & Design
3:08 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

'Not At Ease:' Art Inspired By Women Veterans

The military experiences of thousands of women veterans often go untold or are misunderstood. Sometimes it's hard for them to relay their experiences even in the most intimate settings. A new art exhibit in Wisconsin shows some of the most private memories of twenty female veterans. Each one shared their experiences with an artist who tried to capture their stories on canvas.

Africa
3:07 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Over Half Of Youth Unemployed In South Africa

South Africa's youth unemployment rate is staggeringly high. The country's overall unemployment rate is 24 percent, and an incredible 73 percent of those people are under the age of 35. Many fear the situation is a ticking time bomb, with the threat of violence looming. Now political parties are strongly lobbying for the support of the youthful unemployed, who have played a huge role in determining the country's leaders.

Around the Nation
3:06 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Obama, Romney Honor Veterans On Memorial Day

Americans marked Memorial Day across the country on Monday. Melissa Block details services held at Arlington Cemetery and the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that were attended by President Barack Obama. There was also a tribute in San Diego featuring GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Food
3:01 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Clogged Ketchup No More With MIT's 'LiquiGlide'

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 3:14 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This being Memorial Day, many of you have been flipping burgers, spearing hot dogs and then whacking a ketchup bottle to try to coax that stubborn glob of red stuff out onto the bun.

Well, a team of scientists at MIT has decided that this ketchup-to-bottle adhesion is a problem that must be fixed and they've come up with a solution. Adam Paxson, what's the solution called?

ADAM PAXSON: We are calling it LiquiGlide.

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Afghanistan
3:01 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Afghan Female Boxers Strike A Blow For Girl Power

An Afghan girl takes part in a boxing training session around in a training room at the Kabul stadium, in Kabul in January 2011.
Shah Marai Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 7:52 pm

When Saber Sharifi goes out recruiting girls and young women for his female boxing team in Afghanistan, he encounters a lot of skeptical parents.

"I reassure them that their daughters will not have broken noses on their wedding day," he says with a smile.

Sharifi launched his recruiting campaign in girls' high schools back in 2007. After three months of relentless speeches and presentations, he could only get two girls to sign up.

But he didn't give up. After two more years, he had eight more members on the team.

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Asia
3:01 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

For Future Energy, Volcanic Indonesia Bets On Heat

A local resident entertains visitors to the Kawah Kamojang geothermal field in West Java. He puts a length of bamboo to the steam coming from the ground to make a whistle, then throws soda cans into the vent, which shoots them high into the air. The Dutch colonial government drilled Indonesia's first geothermal wells at Kamojang in 1926, when the country was still known as the Dutch East Indies.
Yosef Riadi for NPR

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 10:30 pm

Indonesia, the country with the world's largest number of active volcanoes, is betting that all the hot rocks will provide a clean and reliable energy source for the future.

The country is believed have 40 percent of the world's geothermal energy resources. But making geothermal energy economically feasible will require adjusting the country's heavily subsidized energy prices. And that issue is a political hot potato.

Unused Potential

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Technology
3:01 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Tech Look Ahead: A Look At Apple After Steve Jobs

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 3:14 pm

Melissa Block looks ahead to this week's tech news with Steve Henn.

Food
3:01 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

'Flash Drought' Threatens To Destroy Mo. Crops

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 8:08 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Climatologists call it a flash drought - a sudden, unexpected burst of high temperatures and low humidity. It can wither crops in a matter of days and it's happening in many parts of the Midwest. With temperatures hovering above 90 degrees, farmers worry the weather could have disastrous consequences on corn and other crops.

From St. Louis Public Radio, Adam Allington has that story.

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