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Planet Money
3:04 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

How Economic Reforms Are Contributing To The Conflict In Syria

Syrian rebels take position during clashes with government forces in Idlib, north Syria.
Rodrigo Abd ASSOCIATED PRESS

This week in The New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson writes about the surprising diversity of Syria's economy. Economic reforms opened up the economy to foreign investors and a growing class of entrepreneurs. But according to Ayham Kamel, an analyst at the Eurasia Group, the reforms undercut Syria's rural poor. We asked him to elaborate in the following post.

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It's All Politics
3:01 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Romney Seeks Majority, Trump's Birthers Included, While Confounding Pundits

Mitt Romney keeps Donald Trump close at hand even though it's unclear from the outside what he hopes to gain.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:46 pm

Mitt Romney may not have meant to echo another governor from a well-known political family who also once sought the presidency (Adlai Stevenson).

But the Republican presidential candidate this week sure sounded an awful lot like the Democratic Illinois governor who famously twice failed to win the presidency in the 1950s against Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Manhattanhenge: The Sun, The City And A Special Rendezvous

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 3:08 pm

At sunset tonight Manhattan's grid will match up perfectly with the sun, producing a dazzling, golden display on each one of the city's streets.

It happens twice a year and it's been termed "Manhattanhenge," coined by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History.

NPR's Margo Adler sent this report for our Newscast unit:

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:54 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Paul McCartney's 'Ram'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 3:31 pm

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NPR Story
2:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

'How Soldiers Die': A History Of Combat Deaths

A U.S. Army honor guard stands at attention during a ceremony to mark Memorial Day, this week at Arlington National Cemetery.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 1:29 pm

In The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die In Battle, Michael Stephenson describes how soldiers fight and die, how those who have lived deal with the experience of combat, and what it reveals about warfare and human nature.

He acknowledges it's a sensitive subject, but he argues it's an important one. Understanding how soldiers die, Stephenson tells NPR's Neal Conan, "is central to an understanding of what combat is. And I think we have to engage with it."

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Few Good Options Remain To End Syrian Attacks

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Countries around the world expelled Syrian diplomats today, explaining that the representatives of a country that slaughters its own people are not welcome. United Nations observers confirmed the massacre of over 100 men, women and children, many of them children, in the village of Houla last Friday. U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today to demand that his government abide by a cease-fire agreement that now lies in bloody taters.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Egyptian Election Marred By Violence

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In another dramatic turn in Egypt, the first free democratic presidential election in the nation's history set up a run-off vote next month between two divisive candidates: Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafik the last prime minister under former President Hosni Mubarak. Between them, the two top candidates received just under 50 percent of the votes.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Journalist Interviews, Films 'Al Qaeda In Yemen'

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Letters: Organ Donations And Changing Hospitals

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Tuesday and time to read from your comments. Cathy May(ph) in Bigelow, Arkansas heard our conversation about possible compensation for organ donors and wrote: I'm donating a kidney to a friend this coming August. While I don't care to be paid for donating, I would love to be reimbursed from my loss of salary while recovering from the process. It's a great honor to help another person, but it comes at a cost for me.

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Pentagon Denies Special Forces Deployment In North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders during a ceremony in honor of his father, Kim Jong Il and grandfather, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang.
David Guttenfelder AP

Yesterday, a short piece in a Japan-based foreign affairs magazine caused a lot of surprise: U.S. Special Forces have parachuted into North Korea "to spy on Pyongyang's extensive network of underground military facilities," The Diplomat reported.

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