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3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Isaac Aftermath: Did New Orleans Pass The Test?

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Sports
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Fans Not Pleased With NFL's Replacement Refs

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WYNONNA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game, being played each day...

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Middle East
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Refugees Continue To Flee From Violence In Syria

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The conflict in Syria continues, anti-government rebels claim they have captured an air defense base in eastern Syria. The rebels are now concentrating on President Bashar al-Assad's air power, but that's according to videos posted online and reports from activists groups.

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Politics
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Before DNC, Contrasting Views Of Host City

The Democratic National Convention begins this week in Charlotte, N.C. WFAE's Julie Rose looks at what this city's boosters want visitors and TV viewers to know about Charlotte and what they're trying to paper over.

Presidential Race
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Obama Embarks On Tour To Democratic Convention

President Barack Obama campaigned in Iowa on Saturday. In a speech, the president said that at the just-finished Republican National Convention there was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but no one actually told you what they were.

Presidential Race
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Romney Takes Message To Key Battleground States

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney takes his campaign to the swing states of Ohio and Florida. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

Politics
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Previewing The Democratic National Convention

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the latest political news, as we await the start of the Democratic National Convention.

Arts & Life
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Wanted: Sitter For Rural Bookshop. Must Like Cats

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Wendy Welch and Jack Beck, owners of Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Va. They are looking for someone to watch their shop while embarking on a two-month book tour. Wendy has written a memoir about owning a brick and mortar bookshop in a small, rural community.

Politics
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

At DNC, Obama Must Show 'Roadmap To Future'

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell about the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Rendell is a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Asia
3:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Pakistan's Lone Brewery Sets Sights On India

Isphanyar Bhandara, the head of Pakistan's only brewery, Murree Brewery, sits at his grandfather's desk at the headquarters in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. Bhandara's grandfather was a director at the brewery when Pakistan gained independence in 1947, and he bought a controlling stake in the company. The brewery has been run by the Bhandara family ever since.
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Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 8:46 pm

Islamic Pakistan has just one brewery, but it has a rich history.

Bottles of beer have been rolling off Murree Brewery's assembly line since 1860, when the company was founded outside the capital Islamabad — making it Pakistan's oldest private company.

"The brewery was here before Pakistan was here," says CEO Isphanyar Bhandara.

Sitting at his grandfather's desk, he tastes new samples and describes how he ended up running a brewery in a Muslim country, where alcohol is virtually banned.

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