Middle East
1:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

In Syrian Conflict, Hezbollah Rears Its Head

Syrian children flash victory signs Oct. 2 as they stand in front of their tents at a refugee camp in Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border. The town has become a safe haven for war-weary Syrian rebels.
Bilal Hussein AP

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:03 pm

We are standing on a roof, leaning back against the wall because of the snipers. We're right at the Syrian-Lebanese border, looking into the Syrian town of Jusiyah, standing with a rebel fighter who has his walkie-talkie going.

The rebel is part of a group fighting against the Syrian regime's army. The rebels have controlled a route into and out of Jusiyah for nearly a year.

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Planet Money
1:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Candidate Is Fake; The Consultants Are Real

One consultant's vision for our political ad: "I see a horse."
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:31 am

When our series began yesterday, we brought together five economists from across the political spectrum and had them create a platform for their dream presidential candidate. It's a platform — Get rid of a tax deduction for homeowners!

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U.S.
1:51 am
Fri October 19, 2012

With A Phone Call, Truckers Can Fight Sex Trafficking

Errol Giwa, en route to Washington, D.C., fuels up and wipes down his windshield at the truck stop in Jessup, Md. He says in his 34 years as a truck driver, he has heard of many instances of human trafficking at truck stops but hasn't seen it with his own eyes. "If you are looking for that sort of thing, it's not hard to find on the road," Giwa says.
Brakkton Booker NPR

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:03 pm

Eight years ago, a truck driver parked at a travel center near Detroit made a phone call that changed a life.

"I pulled into a truck stop about midnight," Willis Wolfswinkel remembered. "Getting my log book done. Had two girls knock on my door. And I waved them on 'cause I knew what they were looking for."

Something about those girls bothered Wolfswinkel. They looked young, so he called 911.

When the girls went inside another truck in the same lot, he called again. Wolfswinkel kept watching as the police arrived.

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PM Newscasts
6:08 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Newscast for October 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. insurance department fields 26K complaints
  • Service organizations cash in during Homecoming festivities
  • Environmental Quality Commission to review plans for potential bike loop
  • Senate candidates face off in last scheduled debate
Under the Microscope
5:48 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

On the nature of violence

As part of his research, Robert Walker looked at ethnographic studies of Amazonian tribes and recorded instances of violence.
monkeysnaps Flickr

This week, we'll hear about an MU researcher's investigation of violence, and learn about population growth in a certain species of armadillo.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Environmental Quality Commission to review plans for potential bike loop

File Photo KBIA

The Jefferson City Public Works and Planning Committee submitted plans for a potential bike loop Thursday.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Senate candidates face off in last scheduled debate

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the president and vice president do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday.
David Shane Flickr

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger Todd Akin face off tonight in their last scheduled Senatorial debate.  

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

A conversation with investigative journalist Umar Cheema

The Taliban’s attack on a 14 year old human rights campaigner in Pakistan has drawn condemnation from within the country and throughout the world.

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World Cafe
5:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Latin Roots: Ranchera

Chavela Vargas was especially known for her rendition of Mexican ranchera.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 5:08 pm

As part of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Felix Contreras from NPR's Alt.Latino explores the ranchera. We'll hear old and new examples of this Mexican narrative form.

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Education
5:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Service organizations cash in during Homecoming festivities

File Photo KBIA

At MU, the annual Homecoming festivities include several service events as a part of the tradition. This year, the service organization Tigers Taming Hunger reports donations are exceeding expectations.

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