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5:26 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Donor Resurrects Endangered Bookmobile

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 5:39 am

When a bookmobile broke down last winter in rural Vermont, patrons, especially preschoolers, really missed it. Then a donor, who heard an NPR story about the rolling library's demise, came up with over $100,000 for a replacement. The town can't believe its good fortune. Vermont Public Radio's Charlotte Albright reports.

3:13 am
Sun May 20, 2012

From Borat To Aladeen, Laughter Is Cohen's Goal

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the fictional North African leader Haffaz Aladeen in his new movie, The Dictator.
Melinda Sue Gordon Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 7:27 am

There isn't much actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen won't do for a laugh.

Baron Cohen splashed his face with toilet water as Borat, the clueless TV reporter from Kazakhstan. He stripped in front of Congressman Ron Paul as Bruno, the gay Austrian fashion journalist.

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Music Interviews
3:12 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Behind The Shades: Slash Tries To 'Figure This Thing Out'

Slash, the former lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, has a new album out.
Travis Shinn

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 5:33 am

Behind the opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" was a musician with a sound and look all his own. Slash was the lead guitarist of the legendary band Guns N' Roses. His new album is called Apocalyptic Love.

Slash's given name was Saul Hudson. When he was a teenager, his friend's dad dubbed him "Slash" and it stuck. With a name like that, he was destined for rock stardom.

For years, it's been hard to find a picture of him without shades and a hat on.

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3:10 am
Sun May 20, 2012

South Sudanese Children Find Hope In Education

Students like those of Good Hope Basic Primary School in South Sudan are still catching up nearly a year after independence from Sudan.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 4:46 pm

The teachers' staff-room is a charming thatched building adjacent to the classrooms overlooking the dusty recreation and assembly ground at Good Hope Basic Primary School in Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity State in South Sudan.

Bentiu is near the disputed border with Sudan and within striking distance of Sudanese fighter jets and warplanes.

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3:10 am
Sun May 20, 2012

After A Free Fall, Zimbabwe Finds A Bit Of Stability

Many stores in Zimbabwe were largely empty when the country was suffering hyperinflation a few years ago. Conditions are much better now.
Philmon Bulawayo Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 5:39 am

When hyperinflation spiraled out of control in Zimbabwe in 2008, huge numbers of citizens flocked across the border to find jobs, and escape food and water shortages.

That economic nightmare came on top of years of decline. While the country still hasn't fully recovered, Zimbabwe is much more stable and economic life is picking up, at least for some.

On Robert Mugabe Road in the capital Harare, taxi drivers shout out their destinations. Street vendors sell leather belts and cellphone accessories to passersby.

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3:09 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Euros Not Austerity: Can Greece Have It Both Ways?

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 6:38 am

At the G-8 summit Saturday, French President Francois Hollande said he wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone and expected the country to meet its commitments. In saying so, Hollande identified the difficult debate which has gripped Greece for months now.

Most Greeks want to keep the euro as their currency. Most also want to cancel the eurozone-imposed austerity measures that come with the billions in international bailout loans keeping the country solvent.

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12:39 am
Sun May 20, 2012

After Chinese Activist's Arrival, Rest And Relief

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing arrive at the New York University Village apartment complex in New York Saturday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 5:39 am

U.S. diplomats are breathing a sigh of relief Sunday after a human rights activist sheltered briefly by the U.S. embassy in Beijing was allowed to leave China and come to the United States. Chen Guangcheng arrived Saturday night with his wife and two children. He has a fellowship to study at New York University.

Chen appeared briefly before the cameras Saturday night in New York's Greenwich Village, where he will be living with his family and studying law.

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Sunday Puzzle
9:03 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

Initially Famous 2: Electric Boogaloo

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 6:21 pm

On-Air Challenge: This week's challenge is a twist on "Characteristic Initials." We will gives clues for some famous people, past and present. The initial letters of the clues are also the initials of the answers. For example "Wrote Sonnets" would be "William Shakespeare."

Last Week's Challenge: Name a state capital. Change one of the vowels to another vowel and say the result phonetically. You will name a revered profession. What is it?

Answer: Madison and medicine

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3:15 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

Could Glass-Steagall Have Stopped JPMorgan Loss?

JPMorgan, the largest bank in the United States, is seeking to minimize the damage caused by a $2 billion trading loss, disclosed earlier this month.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 10:15 am

Following JP Morgan's disclosure of a $2 billion loss, a small but increasingly vocal group of lawmakers and economists are arguing that a 60-year-old piece if financial legislation should never have been repealed in 1999.

They say the law, known as the Glass-Steagall Act, was so consequential that there's a direct link between its repeal and both the 2008 financial meltdown and JPMorgan's huge loss.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

Chinese Activist Takes A Sudden Journey To The West

Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng, center, arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University on Saturday in New York. Chen escaped from his village in April and was given sanctuary inside the U.S.
Henny Ray Abrams AP

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 3:52 am

Update At 7:47 P.M. ET. Chen Guangcheng Addresses A Crowd Outside New York University:

Addressing a crowd outside New York University, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he was grateful to the U.S. Embassy staff in Beijing for providing him a "safe haven." Through an interpreter, he said he was gratified that the Chinese government was handling his situation with "restraint and calm" and thankful for the opportunity to leave China to study at NYU.

Chen said he hoped Beijing would keep its promise to protect the family he had left behind.

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