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Kushner Travels To Israel To Push Peace Talks

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Sen. George Mitchell, who served as President Obama's special envoy for Middle East peace, speaks with Ailsa Chang about Jared Kushner's trip to Israel.

Foo Fighters Try A Live 'Rickroll'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

The Foo Fighters were playing a concert in Japan and brought Rick Astley on stage. They started playing something similar to Nirvana, but then it became clear it was "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Los Angeles Tests Whether Lighter Color Streets Will Lower The Temperature

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Los Angeles is piloting a project called "Cool Pavement." The city is putting a light grey coating on top of some neighborhood streets in an effort to lower the air temperature.

What's Behind The Navy Ship Collisions

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

David Greene speaks with retired Vice Adm. William Douglas Crowder, former commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, about recent ship collisions.

The Battle Over Oil And Gas Development In Colorado

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

A deadly home explosion in Colorado is renewing fights over how close oil and gas development should be to expanding suburbs. One town is trying to figure out for itself how close is too close.

Trump Defends Charlottesville Comments At Phoenix Rally

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix Tuesday night. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside.

Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

After big tech companies took action to take down white supremacist content, there have been calls for the government to step in to protect free speech from the right and left.

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'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Carter High School is really an afterthought in Friday Night Lights — the thug-like football team that stole the state title. A new film follows Carter's rise to the top, and its fall from grace.

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Harvesting Salt By Hand Is Making A Comeback In France

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Salt has been harvested by hand in salt marshes on the coast of France for 1300 years. Refrigeration almost killed the industry, but the local food movement is reviving it.

Civil Rights Activist Argues To Keep Confederate Monuments

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Ailsa Chang talks with Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and lifelong African-American civil rights activist, who says he does not support the calls to remove Confederate monuments.

'To E, Or Not To E'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

The University of Southern California unveiled a statue that features a quote from "Shakespear." It says the name has been spelled many ways, and says, "To E, or not to E, that is the question."

U.S. Mulls More Sanctions On Venezuela

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

U.S. officials say they're considering additional sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro regime, including measures targeting the country's oil industry. But the U.S. imports Venezuelan oil.

News Brief: Trump In Phoenix, Haitians In Canada, Kushner In Middle East

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix and defended his comments about Charlottesville. Also, Haitians are leaving the U.S. for Canada, and Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East.

Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

High-level military brass may be able to bring discipline and order to an administration that sometimes has appeared to lack them.

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Harvesting Salt By Hand Is Making A Comeback In France

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Since the seventh century, salt has been raked in and collected from shallow pools in marshes on the French coast. Refrigeration almost killed the industry, but the local food movement is reviving it.

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Trump Administration Unveils Sanctions To Curb North Korea's Weapons Program

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 6:24pm

Ten Chinese and Russian companies and six individuals are targeted. Many were tied to the rogue country's coal and resource trade and its efforts to send workers abroad.

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President Trump Expected To Order 4,000 Additional Troops To Afghanistan

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 7:17am

For reaction to Trump's Afghan strategy plan, Ailsa Chang talks to Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican from Indiana, who also served in Afghanistan. Banks sits on the House Armed Services Committee.

Trump's Afghanistan Plan Is Criticized For Being Short On Details

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 7:11am

David Greene talks to Michèle Flournoy, who served as undersecretary of defense for policy under President Obama, for reaction to President Trump's strategy for the war in Afghanistan.




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