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Sports
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

'Moneyball' Is More Than Just Baseball Stats

The movie Moneyball opens Friday. Based on the Michael Lewis book, it focuses on the rise of advanced statistical analysis in Major League Baseball.

Middle East
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Obama Tries To Nudge Palestinians, Israel Back To Peace Talks

President Obama held separate meetings yesterday with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Obama said there is no shortcut to Palestinian statehood. The administration is trying to revive peace negotiations.

Around the Nation
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Islamic Cultural Center Opens Near Ground Zero

The first phase of the Islamic Cultural Center near the World Trade Center has opened. Detractors have called it the ground zero mosque. As part of the opening for the Park51 center, invited guests got to see a photo exhibit of children from more than 160 countries who live in New York City.

Books News & Features
11:01 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

WWII Survivor Stirs Literary World With 'Outrage'

After World War II, Stephane Hessel went on to aid in the drafting of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Indigene editions La Voix de l'Enfant

One of the literary world's unexpected successes over the past year has been a book written by former World War II French resistance fighter Stephane Hessel. In Time for Outrage, Hessel calls for young people to resist the injustices of today's world — and it would seem he's struck a nerve.

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Music Interviews
8:10 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

'Nevermind' At 20: Producer Butch Vig On Nirvana

Nirvana (from left): Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.
Kirk Weddle

Twenty years ago, it was hard to imagine a grunge album unseating Michael Jackson for the No. 1 position at the top of the Billboard charts, but that's what happened when Nirvana's Nevermind came out in September 1991. Since then, it's sold more than 30 million copies — which is certainly not what the album's co-producer, Butch Vig, was expecting.

But Vig says he remembers, when he first met Nirvana, that it was a band eager to work.

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Around the Nation
5:36 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Giant Stuffed Bear 'Escapes' Pennsylvania Bar

The professionally-mounted bear was 8 ft. long, and adorned the second floor of a bar in Uniontown, Pa. Police say five people at the bar shoved the bear over a railing onto the ground, and then fled. The bear was too heavy to put back so it was moved off to the side. The next morning it was gone.

Sports
5:27 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Turkey Bans Men From Some Soccer Games

If a team's fans have been sanctioned for unruly behavior, the new no-man policy applies. Women and children get free admission. The rule may be working. Some 40,000 women and children packed a stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday. One player said, "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere."

Europe
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

What Would A Greek Default Mean To Europe?

Financial analysts speculate that Greece will default on some, or all, of its national debt. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the likely international impact of such a default, particularly if Greece is forced to leave the group of countries using the euro currency.

Middle East
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

U.N. Membership Could Give Palestinians A Diplomatic Tool

Palestinians say they are undeterred and plan to seek full U.N. membership as a state on territories Israel occupied in the 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to present his application when he speaks to the U.N. on Friday. The issue is dominating high level meetings as countries scramble to try to revive a peace process that has failed for decades.

Middle East
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Middle East Abuzz With Talk Of Statehood Bid

The uncertainty surrounding the Palestinian's bid for statehood has kicked up mixed feelings in the West Bank and Israel. Far away from the posturing and news stories, ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have their own thoughts on the idea.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Business News

David Greene has business news.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Senate Panel Delves Into Whether Google Stifles Competition

Google CEO Eric Schmidt testifies before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. The panel is examining whether the Internet giant is stifling competition. The European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have opened inquiries into Google's business practices.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Fed May Move To Lower Interest Rates Further

The Federal Reserve is still searching for ways to help boost the economy and lower unemployment. Most economists expect the Fed to announce some sort of action today. David Greene talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about what action the Fed might take.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Europe
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Speculation Grows That Greece Will Default On Its Debts

Greek leaders yesterday held a second telephone conference with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central bank. Greece is hoping for approval of the next scheduled payment of bailout money. There is growing speculation that Greece will default on its debts. The only questions are how and when, and if Greece can still stay within the eurozone.

Movie Interviews
11:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Syd Mead, Still Designing The Future After 50 Years

The classic future: Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, released in 1982, envisioned a cityscape with buildings wrapped in video displays — well before New York's Times Square went digital.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Look around. There's a good chance you'll spot a tablet computer, if you don't have one yourself. Touch-screen phones are even more common. Biometric scanners scan your fingerprints at your bank, or your irises at the airport. They're devices that used to be the stuff of science fiction — the sort of thing you'd see in Star Trek or Blade Runner or Minority Report. Now they're here in the real world. And they're everywhere.

How did so many films and TV shows get so much right about what was coming down the technological pipeline?

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Sweetness And Light
9:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

No Respect For The Women On The Sidelines

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for Fox Sports, interviews head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers as he leads his team against the Denver Broncos.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 3:16 pm

Football season has hardly started and fans are already grousing about sideline reporters. To be sure, sideliners now exist in most all sports, and a handful of them –– notably Craig Sager of Turner, who was apparently in town the day the clown died, and thus got all his clothes –– are downright famous. While Sager is best known for basketball, it is football sideline reporters who are most identified with the sport.

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Afghanistan
11:49 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Afghanistan's Former President Rabbani Assassinated

Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the Afghan Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan, was killed in a bombing in the nation's capital.

Around the Nation
6:26 am
Tue September 20, 2011

U.S. Customs Tries To Confiscate Vegemite

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was stopped with a jar of Vegemite at an airport this week on his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. To U.S. custom officials, the brown spread looked like a "potentially dangerous liquid." Those who don't enjoy the taste, may agree.

Around the Nation
6:16 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Ohio Mansion Along Lake Erie Up For Sale

For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.

World
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Washington Called On To Smooth Souring Mediterranean Divisions

Turkey's souring relations with Israel have been marked by aggressive rhetoric regarding shipping in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey's suggestion that it may use its navy to protect vessels drew angry comments from Israeli cabinet members. Analysts say it's important for the Obama administration's to keep the area from further heating up. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

Business
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Donahoe Determined To Keep Postal Service Relevant

The U.S. Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year. On Monday, President Obama endorsed a plan to reduce mail delivery to five days a week to cut its massive losses. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe talks to Steve Inskeep about the future of the mail service.

Economy
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

In Need Of Cash, Spain Auctions Airports, Lottery

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 11:50 am

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As Spain struggles to cope with its national debt, the socialist government there is turning to some extreme measures. It's auctioning off state industries, like airports and the national lottery. The government is hoping to generate enough cash to avoid asking the E.U. and International Monetary Fund for a bailout. But as Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, selling off state assets is not the most straightforward solution.

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Business
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Standard & Poor's Downgrades Italy's Debt

S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."

Business
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover Unit To Build Plant In U.K.

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is investing more than $500 million in a new British plant to build fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engines. And the company's Indian owner Tata Motors says it plans to pour more than $2 billion a year into Jaguar Land Rover over the next five years.

Business
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Will Sony's Tablet S Delight Customers?

The Japanese company Sony has had a tough year. It's endured a string of attacks from hackers, earthquake damage and lower earnings and profits. Now the company has released a new product: Tablet S. David Greene talks to Bloomberg tech columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about what the success of the computer tablet would mean for the one-time king of consumer electronics.

Business
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Politics
3:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

GOP Not Interest In Raising Taxes On Anyone

President Obama's deficit reduction plan is just a proposal unless Congress acts. Most Republicans don't like what they heard from the president about taxing the wealthy to shrink long-term deficits.

Books
11:01 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On In 'Every Thing'

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 4:13 pm

When Shel Silverstein wrote the poem "Years From Now," he seemed to know that one day he'd be gone but that his playful words and images would still be making children happy. "I cannot see your face," he writes to his young readers, but in "some far-off place," he assures them, "I hear you laughing — and I smile."

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Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Daniel Yergin Examines America's 'Quest' For Energy

Daniel Yergin is the author behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power.
Jon Chomitz

A television ad running in upstate New York has been warning residents that the state's water supply is headed for ruin.

"New York tap water has always been the best in the world," it says. "In places where gas companies are already using a dangerous process called fracking, like Pennsylvania, the water is cloudy and full of toxic chemicals."

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