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Rundown for May 18, 2011
12:00 PM EDT Comment

Turkey Takes Center Stage In Global Economy, Middle East

Turkey’s economy is growing about as quickly as China’s. But analysts are watching nervously, because of Turkey’s history of booms and busts, and also because or Turkey’s newfound role as a player in the Middle East.

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Irish Town Gussies Up For President Obama’s Visit

Residents of the town of Moneygall are busy spiffing up and rehearsing for President Obama’s visit next week. See a slideshow from the first US presidential visit to Ireland by JFK, and hear about his itinerary.

12:00 PM EDT 19 Comments

‘Child’s Song': An Anthem For Moving On From Singer Tom Rush

We speak with singer-songwriter Tom Rush about his 1970 version of “Child’s Song”, written by Canadian folk singer, Murray McLauchlan. In the past 40 years, it’s become an anthem for graduation and other rites of passage.

12:00 PM EDT 16 Comments

Church Sex Abuse Report Blames ’60s Culture

Researchers commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic Bishops are blaming widespread clergy sex abuse on the cultural and sexual upheavals of the 1960s.

12:00 PM EDT 4 Comments

Blackwater Founder Sets Up Private Army For UAE

A company formed by Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, is working for the United Arab Emirates, setting up a private army that would defend the country against terrorists and quash internal revolts.

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May 21 6 Comments

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

Maangchi's career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

May 21 17 Comments

UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus

Janet Napolitano talks about a plan to freeze in-state tuition, and campus protests against Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

May 20 Comment

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

May 20 3 Comments

Pandas’ Bamboo Diet May Endanger Them

New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they would be better suited to eat meat than plants.