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4:44am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business

Is There A Band Width Shortage?

Movie and video streaming are Internet gas guzzlers. They account for a huge growing amount of traffic on the Internet, and service providers are struggling to keep up with demand. CNET Senior Writer Maggie Reardon talks to Steve Inskeep about whether consumers are facing a bandwidth shortage.

4:35am

Thu August 11, 2011
Europe

Massive Police Presence Helps Quell British Riots

The streets of London and other British cities were mostly quiet Wednesday night amid a massive police presence that has helped stop the wave of violence and looting that's wracked Britain since the weekend. Courts there worked through the night to process some of those arrested. Parliament is meeting for an emergency session after Prime Minister David Cameron recalled members from their summer break.

4:31am

Thu August 11, 2011
Politics

Congress Fills Seats On Bipartisan Debt Committee

Congressional leaders have announced their appointments to the so-called "supercommittee." The panel's job is to find deeper deficit reductions and a long-term plan for the federal government's spending.

2:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
NPR Story

France Is The Latest Caught In The Debt Crisis

Investors have been witnessing big swings on Wall Street as well as Asian and European exchanges. And now France is the latest country caught up in the debt crisis plaguing Europe and the United States. Jonathan Loynes, the chief European economist at Capital Economics in London, talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest financial market movers.

2:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
NPR Story

NCAA Devises Rescue Plan For Tarnished Sports Programs

Ohio State, Auburn, USC — the NCAA has been faced with violations at a number of big-time college sports programs. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on efforts to remake the enforcement system.

2:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

2:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business

European Market Pressures Move To France

The European debt crisis is being blamed for a run on the shares of French banks. The stocks tumbled on the Paris stock exchange yesterday, amid fears the country's "Triple A" credit rating was under threat. Government officials and the banks said the fears were based on speculators spreading rumors.

2:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business

'Hidden Billionaires' Profiles Under-The-Radar Rich

Bloomberg Markets Matthew Miller spent months scouring the globe for billionaires who control big parts of the economy, yet have managed to fly under the radar. He talks to Renee Montagne about his article "Hidden Billionaires."

10:01pm

Wed August 10, 2011
The Record

Country's New Guard Gets Back To Basics

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:10 pm

Eric Church, whose Chief topped the Billboard 200 album chart last week and is joined in the top 10 this week by three other country albums.
John Peets Courtesy of Capitol Records

10:01pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Author Interviews

Discworld's Terry Pratchett On Death And Deciding

Terry Pratchett began writing the novels of his Discworld fantasy series in 1983. Snuff is the 39th book in the collection.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

If you've read the Discworld novels by popular fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, you've surely encountered Death. He's an actual character — a skeleton in a black hood who's portrayed as not such a bad guy after all.

So maybe it's not so surprising that at 63, Pratchett — who has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's — speaks openly about causing his own death.

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10:01pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Movies

On Location: Cruising With 'American Graffiti'

Cruising on Main Street: A scene from George Lucas's 1973 film American Graffiti.
MCA/Universal Pictures PhotoFest

Watch the opening scenes of George Lucas's 1973 classic American Graffiti, and you will catch glimpses of my hometown, San Rafael, California, as it flits past the windshields of the classic cars that serve as the real set of this movie. As the film opens, Steve, played by Ron Howard, and Curt, played by Richard Dreyfuss, are whiling away their last night home before leaving for college back east. Curt is plagued by doubts, and Steve has to speak a little courage to him. "We're finally getting out of this turkey town and now you want to crawl back into your cell, right?

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5:43am

Wed August 10, 2011
Strange News

Bats Drive Scottish Woman From Her Home

A woman in Scotland fled her new home when more than 1,000 bats moved in with her. The final straw was when she found one bat in her towel after a shower. Bats are a protected species in Britain, so it won't be easy to evict the unwanted guests.

5:38am

Wed August 10, 2011
Strange News

The Mona Lisa Takes Her Coffee With Cream

Australians created a work of art that can keep you awake. At a festival in Sydney, they re-created the Mona Lisa using coffee. They placed 3,000 cups of coffee on the ground in a giant rectangle. And they created different shades in the black-and-white image by adding different amounts of milk to each cup.

4:42am

Wed August 10, 2011
Africa

Libya's Defacto Government Is Being Reorganized

In Libya's rebel east, the defacto government has been disbanded in reaction to the killing of the rebel army chief of staff. It's the latest sign of political disarray and divisions in the rebel camp. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

4:38am

Wed August 10, 2011
World

Yemen Tribesmen Protect Anti-Government Protesters

The Yemeni city of Taiz was the first to see mass sit-ins by protesters opposed to the country's president. Since security forces shot and killed dozens of protesters in May, tribesmen have been protecting demonstrators, and have regularly clashed with soldiers. It's a formula that's being repeated around Yemen, and one that many believe could push the country into civil war.

4:34am

Wed August 10, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. To Get New Poet Laureate

Pulitizer Prize winner Philip Levine will be named the country's new poet laureate by the Library of Congress Wednesday. He will succeed W.S. Merwin this fall.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
NPR Story

British MP Remembers Riots Nearly 30 Years Ago

London's riots grew after a peaceful vigil outside Tottenham police station spiraled out of control. Twenty-six years ago, a similar riot in the area sparked a lasting debate about policing and social integration in Britain. Steve Inskeep talks to David Lammy, a life-long resident of Tottenham and its Member of Parliament, about the social and economic problems within his community.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
NPR Story

Verizon's Wireless, Landline Workers Caught Up In Strike

Verizon landline workers are on strike. They say their service is the bedrock of the company's booming wireless business. They don't want to give up benefits just because they work on a less profitable side of the business now. Management says to stay competitive, the 45,000 landline workers can't be paid as if the company is a monopoly.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
NPR Story

Scientists Explore Why Single Cells Band Together

NPR's Joe Palca has the findings of a scientific study that explored how multi-cellular organisms evolved.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Politics

GOP Maintains Control Of Wis. State Senate

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 5:17 am

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