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2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Europe

Britain's Gang Violence Is Not A 'Quick Fix Issue'

David Greene interviews former LAPD and NYPD Chief William Bratton, who recently was tapped to be an adviser to the British government — as officials there try to reduce youth gang violence.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Analysis

Politics: Irene Is Not Just A Weather Story

Major storms like Hurricane Irene often bring with them political consequences. Over the last few days, politicians from the president on down to local mayors, have been showing up on the airwaves.

10:01pm

Sun August 28, 2011
Pop Culture

'Comedy Person' Wyatt Cenac Does News For Laughs

Wyatt Cenac joined the cast of The Daily Show in 2008.
Martin Crook

Are dogs racist? Why is TV the best roommate you'll ever have? Those are some of the questions comedian Wyatt Cenac addresses in his new DVD and CD of stand-up comedy, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person.

Cenac is best known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he goes out into the field to interview real people — and then makes them look ridiculous. In one recent story, he reported on the growing threat of importing oil from dangerous regimes — like Canada.

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9:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
Economy

No Big Rescue Plans From Fed Chief Bernanke

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, host:

And I'm David Greene.

Nervous investors - and these days that's most investors - were all ears this morning as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech in Wyoming. The investors were listening for any clues about additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the sagging economy. Bernanke did not outline any big rescue plans, but he did say the Fed has tools it can use if necessary.

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6:24am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

FEMA's Challenge: To Get People Ready For Irene

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DAVID GREENE, host:

That is part of the reason the government is urging people to begin now taking this storm very seriously.

Craig Fugate heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he joins us on the line from Washington, D.C.

Good morning.

Mr. CRAIG FUGATE (Administrator, FEMA): Good morning.

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5:35am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Real Clowns Steal Fake Jewelry

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 9:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Two clowns walked into a Colorado jewelry store this week, guns blazing. The men wore white face paint, black lipstick and wigs. They pointed guns at employees and forced the owner to unlock his jewelry cases. The clown duo made off with the loot. But the joke was on them, Sonny's Rocks Jewelry Store in Denver does not display real jewelry. The display cases are full of fake gold and platinum, which is exactly what ended up in the clown's garbage bags.

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5:29am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Squirrel Blamed For Flag Thefts At Police Memorial

Though the suspect remains at large, police in Toledo, Ohio, got his picture: A squirrel, fleeing with a tiny American flag and a plastic flower purloined from the Police Memorial Garden. One officer told the Toledo Blade, he "knew what he was doing." The bandit was later spotted up a tree, with two tiny flags.

2:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene has business news.

2:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Africa

Somali Children Most Affected By Africa's Drought

More than 12 million people face starvation unless they are able to reach emergency food supplies in the horn of Africa. Somalia is particularly hard hit with a famine already declared in vast swaths of the food-growing south, which is also destabilized by a decades long civil war.

10:01pm

Thu August 25, 2011
StoryCorps

A Family That Teaches Together Talks Shop

Robin Weems' son Jason (left) teaches kindergarten across the hall from his parents' first-grade class in Baltimore, Md.
StoryCorps

When classes begin at Leith Walk elementary school in Baltimore, Md., Monday, teacher Robin Weems will meet her new first-grade students. And she won't be alone: Her husband, a retired Marine, is her classroom assistant.

And just across the hall from the Weems' first-grade class is their son Jason's classroom, where he teaches kindergarten.

Recently, the husband-and-wife teaching team sat down to speak with Jason about their unique work arrangement.

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10:26am

Thu August 25, 2011
Business

Buffett Gives Bank Of America $5 Billion Boost

Warren Buffett has given the country's biggest bank a $5 billion vote of confidence. Bank of America's share price had been sliding. But Buffett announced Thursday that his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway is investing $5 billion and will receive 50,000 shares of preferred stock, and now the bank's shares are up about 12 percent. Three years ago, Buffet helped another bank in crisis when he put $5 billion into the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs.

5:14am

Thu August 25, 2011
Around the Nation

Flagstaff Residents Warned Of Rogue Panda

A lit up construction sign in Flagstaff, Ariz., was supposed to inform drivers not to turn left at an intersection. Instead, commuters were warned: "Rogue Panda On Rampage." The altered sign appears to be the work of pranksters.

5:10am

Thu August 25, 2011
Games & Humor

Boasting Rights: Nick Helm's Joke Is The Funniest

A joke by comedian Nick Helm was named the funniest at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here the winner: I needed a password eight characters long. So, I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

2:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
NPR Story

Libyan Rebels Ask Oil Workers To Return To Brega

Now that the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is crumbling, residents of some cities outside the capital are returning to their homes. Brega, site of an important oil installation, is one such city. It changed hands several times during the conflict but it is firmly in rebel hands, and its residents are trying to re-establish their lives.

2:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
NPR Story

How Well Can Cook Fill Jobs' Shoes At Apple?

There's a new CEO at Apple. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has taken over for Steve jobs who resigned yesterday. "Wired" senior writer Steven Levy, who's written two books on Apple, talks to Renee Montagne about the future of the company without Steve Jobs at the helm.

2:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
NPR Story

Military Branches Try To Deflect Budget Cuts

A Congressional panel has roughly three months to come up with a plan to cut the deficit. The Pentagon is likely to get hit with hundreds of billions of dollars in additional budget cuts. Each branch of the military knows the cuts are coming — so they are trying publicly and privately to minimize the damage to their bottom lines.

2:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
Economy

CBO Projects Deficit Outlook

What if Congress did nothing about the deficit for the next two years? Believe it or not, the long-term debt of the U.S. would become much more manageable.

2:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

2:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
Business

Consumer Bureau Protects Soldiers From Scams

Holly Petreaus — the wife of four star Gen. David Petraeus, who will become CIA director next month — has been touring U.S. military bases. She leads an office in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that watches out for soldiers. They can often be prey to loan sharks and financial scams.

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