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Rundown for August 8, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Southern Calif. Wildfire The Latest In A Devastating Season

A thousand firefighters are battling a wildfire burning out of control across more than 15 square miles of Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains, 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

12:15 PM EDT 4 Comments

U.S. Ramps Up Drone Strikes In Yemen

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least six alleged militants in Yemen today. It seems to be part of the response to a recent terrorist threat against the West.

12:20 PM EDT Comment

A Closer Look At Yemen, Post-Arab Spring

Observers say Yemen is managing its post-Arab Spring transition better than its neighbors. That’s impressive, considering that it’s the poorest country in the Arab world.

12:35 PM EDT Comment

High Numbers Of Dead Dolphins On East Coast

Scientists along the East Coast are alarmed and puzzled by the number of dead bottlenose dolphins that have been washing up on beaches from Virginia to New York.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

Amber Alert For Southern California Children Expands

The amber alert that was issued in California for two children, Hannah and Ethan Anderson, ages 16 and 8, has been extended to Washington and Oregon. The suspect is a family friend.

12:45 PM EDT 2 Comments

Using Public Art To Boost A Depressed Town

Saginaw, Michigan, struggles with poverty, violence and crime. Even locals call it “sag-nasty.” One artist is tired of all the negativity and is using art to change the way the town sees itself.

12:50 PM EDT 7 Comments

Austin Music Goes Beyond City Limits

Music journalist David Brown of KUT and KUTX brings us new music out of Austin, Texas, from five bands and artists including Danny Malone, Sam Baker, Wiretree, The Boxing Lesson and Not in the Face.

1:05 PM EDT 3 Comments

Egypt Peace Talks End In ‘Dangerous Stalemate’

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi continue sit-ins in Cairo and beyond, following failed negotiations between the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim government.

1:15 PM EDT 18 Comments

Medical Crowdfunding Attracts Top Silicon Valley Investors

Watsi — one of the fastest growing non-profits in web history — puts up pictures and profiles of people around the world who need money for medical care. It’s like Kickstarter for medical care.

1:35 PM EDT Comment

Why America Is Drinking Less Beer

According to Gallup’s new alcoholic preferences survey, the steepest decline in beer drinkers has occurred among young people and non-white drinkers — the fastest growing segments of the country.

1:40 PM EDT Comment

A Family’s Painful Wait For Verdict In Bulger Trial

The jury is in its third day of deliberations in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger. For the families of his 19 alleged murder victims, the wait for the verdict has been part of a long, painful journey.

1:45 PM EDT Comment

Debate Over End Of Ramadan Complicates Doing Business

Today marks the end of Ramadan — or does it? A theological debate surrounding the end of the holiday is making diplomacy and business in the Muslim world a bit more complicated.

1:49 PM EDT 8 Comments

Veteran Documents His Unit In Tintype Photographs

Staff Sgt. Ed Drew brought his photography equipment from art school to Afghanistan, including equipment to make tintypes — a photographic technique from the Civil War.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 30 24 Comments

Oxford Conservationist Talks About 7 Years Of Tracking Cecil

The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.

July 30 23 Comments

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile ‘Journey For Justice’ March

The march, which will travel from Selma, Ala. to Washington, seeks to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights.

July 29 2 Comments

Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

We visit our resident chef's garden in Maine, make gazpacho and get a recipe for a plum tart with hazelnut crust.

July 29 605 Comments

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

We moderate a debate over a bill that would bar states from forcing food manufacturers to label genetically modified foods.