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Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

How meaningful and trustworthy are seals of approval from the likes of Energy Star and Good Housekeeping? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with advertising expert Lucy Atkinson about their validity.

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What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

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White House, Press Corps Duke It Out Over Event Access

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

The relationship between the Obama Administration and the press corps is rocky. NPR's Arun Rath talks to correspondent David Folkenflik about why the corps lodged a formal complaint — over astronauts.

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U.S. Closes Embassy In Libya Amid Violent Clashes In Capital

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

Security in Libya has deteriorated badly enough that the U.S. shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday. NPR's Arun Rath talks to former U.S. ambassador Christopher Hill about the situation.

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Russia's Military Intelligence Service Fights Shadow War For Ukraine

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

On top of Moscow's secretive foreign intelligence service, there's an even deeper layer of information gathering. NPR's Arun Rath talks to writer Mark Galeotti about the agency known as the GRU.

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Effort To Secure MH17 Crash Site On Hold Amid Fresh Fighting

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.

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Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

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Celebrity News Anchor Swept Up In China's Anti-Corruption Effort

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

The government's anti-corruption drive has already targeted 25,000 officials in the first half of the year. The most recent high-profile victim is Rui Chenggang, an anchor on CCTV's finance channel.

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Israel Resumes Offensive, Says Hamas Rocket Fire Ended Truce

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 3:08am

A proposed 24-hour extension to Saturday's humanitarian cease-fire didn't last past Sunday morning.

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For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 6:59pm

Linguists and native speakers around the world are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other sites to help pass indigenous, minority and endangered languages on to new generations.

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Volunteer Recap: A Summer With Her Mind On The Toilet

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:13pm

Dionna Fry spent last summer in Ethiopia, finding out how the locals liked a new kind of latrine that reduces the risk of disease — and can turn waste into fertilizer for a fruit tree.

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Exploring The Economics Of Paying What You Want

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks to OZY reporter Pooja Bhatia on the economics of choosing to pay any price you want.

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Fighting Quickly Resumes As Cease-Fire Ends In Gaza

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

A 12-hour cease-fire held all day in Gaza and diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urged an extension. But before midnight, militants had resumed firing into Israel. The truce allowed Palestinians to venture from their homes to count the dead, as Israel warned Hamas not to use the period as an opportunity to re-arm.

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Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Lifetime's general manager says the channel is trying to reflect "the true breadth" of America. It recently launched a reality show called BAPs — which stands for "Black American Prince or Princess."

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Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles — playing a haggard German intelligence agent in the film adaptation of the John le Carré spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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How Is The Airline Industry Disrupted By Conflict Zones?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks to aviation journalist William McGee about how worldwide conflict zones are affecting the airline industry.

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War In Syria Continues Among Other Regional Conflicts

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

While the world's attention remains focused on the conflict in Israel and Gaza, the war in Syria continues. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with Los Angeles Times correspondent Raja Abdulrahim, who recently reported from inside Syria.

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An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

3M employee Art Fry had a problem: When he sang with his church choir, his paper bookmarks fell out of his hymnal. Thankfully for Fry, his coworker Spencer Silver had a new adhesive in the works.

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Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

One year after J.J. Cale's death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don't know the half of the late songwriter's talent. Read Clapton's extended interview with NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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