Middle East
3:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Assessing The Fallout From A Hezbollah Commander's Death

Originally published on Sun December 15, 2013 8:58 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Not far from the border with Syria, early this Wednesday, a street in Beirut, Lebanon, became the stage for a political murder.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS REPORTS)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Hezbollah is searching for whoever is responsible for the death of its military leader...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: ...a senior Hezbollah commander has been killed outside his home in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: ...leader Hassan Houlo al-Laqis was reportedly gunned down just after midnight outside his home.

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Europe
3:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Ukrainians Take Anger Over Trade Into The Streets

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 4:12 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Those are protestors who converged on the capital city of Ukraine today. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a massive anti-government protest. It's part of a struggle over whether the country will align itself with Europe or with its former Soviet partner Russia.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Kiev.

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Africa
3:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

South Africa Holds Mandela In Mind As It Gathers In Prayer

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 4:12 pm

It has been National Day of Prayer and reflection in South Africa as the nation pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the day, and how white South Africans are reacting to the death of Mandela.

Business
3:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

How NAFTA Drove The Auto Industry South

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 4:12 pm

President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law 20 years ago on Dec. 8, 1993. One of the clear beneficiaries over the past two decades has been the Mexican automobile industry.

Television
3:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

The Intended Madness Of Comic Eric Andre's 'Anti-Talk Show'

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 4:12 pm

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Lawmaker Says Snowden May Testify Before EU Parliament

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:54 am

A European lawmaker says former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is set to testify before a civil liberties committee of the European Parliament later this month.

Snowden, of course, is expected to talk about the surveillance activities of United States' National Security Agency. Reporter Teri Schultz filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Report Details ATF's Use Of Mentally Disabled In Gun Stings

The seal of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives photographed in 2007.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just published a blockbuster story that's today's must read: Based on court records, police reports and dozens of interviews, the paper details how the ATF used "rogue" tactics — including providing underage youths with alcohol and allowing them to smoke pot — to run storefront gun and drug stings across the country.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Is Mining On The Moon's Horizon?

Alexander Klein AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 4:27 pm

A U.S. company is taking what it hopes to be a small step toward eventually mining the moon.

Moon Express, based in Mountain View, Calif., just unveiled the design for a small robot spacecraft about the size of a coffee table that it says could move about the moon's surface powered only by solar panels and hydrogen peroxide.

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Books
12:29 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Phantom Halo

  Daniel and guest co-host Marcia Hatfield Daudistel talk with screenwriter Anne Heffron, an old college buddy of Daniel's.  Anne co-wrote the screenplay for "Phantom Halo" with Antonia Bogdanovich (daughter of director Peter Bogdanovich), and it's based on a short film written & directed by Antonia, "My Left Hand Man."  Anne talks about casting actors for the film, her collaborative experience with Antonia, and why her next project may be writing a book about her experience growing up as an adoptee.   "Phantom Halo" is currently in production.  View the short film, "My Left Hand Man," here: 

For today's Poem of the Week, Marcia keeps it Hollywood by reading "Brad Pitt" by Aaron Smith.

And for today's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz reads part 2 of his reflections on Words, Language, and Memory.  Ben reflects on why we need words as tools of remembrance, and why the process of naming things is so important to poets.

Aired Dec. 8, 2013.

It's All Politics
12:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive

Protesters in Boston march in the parking lot of a Burger King as part of a nation-wide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry.
Stephan Savoia AP

The national debate about income equality and low-wage labor ramped up this week as fast-food workers across the country rallied for better pay and President Obama assailed the nation's growing income gap as the "defining challenge of our time."

Meanwhile, an $11.50 minimum wage bill was approved in the nation's capital, and giant discount retailer Wal-Mart opened its first Washington stores — accompanied by a flurry of ads defending the company's often-criticized pay and benefits practices.

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