August 31, 2013 Many congressional leaders had pushed for the White House to seek authorization before going ahead with a strike against the Damascus regime.
August 31, 2013 As we pause this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the Great American Worker, we can't help but wonder: Where have all the do-nothings gone? Like pay phones and video parlors, slackers seem to have disappeared.
August 31, 2013 The Two-Mile High Veterans Weekend event in Leadville, Colo., will pay special tribute to Leadville native Lance Cpl. Nick Palmer, who was killed in Fallujah in 2004. Host Scott Simon speaks with former State Department adviser and event co-organizer Kael Weston, as well as Nick Palmer's father, Brad Palmer.
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August 31, 2013 The small town of Waldoboro, Maine, boasts two attractions: Moody's Diner, reputed to be one of the oldest in the country, and the Toy Museum. But it's not really for kids. Founded in 1996 by John Fawcett, an artist and former University of Connecticut art teacher, it is a monument to Betty Boop, Donald, Mickey, the Lone Ranger and all of the artifacts of a kiddie culture only adults remember.
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President Obama pauses after answering questions from the news media during his meeting with Baltic leaders at the White House on Friday.
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August 30, 2013 As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.
Blair Cook and his sons, Dalton and Keegan, set out to hike Piestewa Peak in Central Phoenix.
August 30, 2013 On a summer night in Phoenix, city dwellers can watch a line of head lamps inch up Piestewa Peak. The mountain rises sharply more than 1,200 feet above the neighborhoods of Central Phoenix. It's the most popular outdoor trek in the city. But in July and August the sun turns deadly there and hikers wait until it's safely below the horizon to begin their ascent. At the top, the view unfolds like magic every time — a desert city of four million people that glows red, white and orange.
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August 30, 2013 On Aug. 1, 2007, the interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. Now, survivors of the accident are able to claim pieces of the bridge. Melissa Block talks with Kim Dahl who retrieved one of the pieces of the bridge.
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August 30, 2013 With just over a week before the New York City mayoral primary, polls show New York public advocate Bill de Blasio with a widening lead over his Democratic opponents. And they show the early frontrunner, city council speaker Christine Quinn, fading to a distant second.
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August 30, 2013 The Southern Poverty Law Center says Paul Craig Cobb and his supporters planned to grab control in 16-resident Leith and declare a "White Nationalist international community."
August 30, 2013 All people have brain abnormalities, but people with migraines are more likely to have ones similar to tiny strokes, a study finds. That's particularly true for people who have migraines with aura. The changes may explain why people with migraines have a higher risk of stroke.
August 30, 2013 Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox for backtalk. This week, listeners tweet about online activism, and education.
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August 30, 2013 Russell Moore is considered the public face of Evangelical Christians, as the new leader of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Moore speaks with host Michel Martin about what it will take to bridge the racial gap in the Church and deal with some hot-button topics like immigration and abortion.
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August 30, 2013 As Americans debate military intervention, the UN's refugee agency has warned that Syria could be on the 'verge of the abyss.' Host Michel Martin discusses the millions of Syrians who have been displaced by the conflict with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, and Rima Kamal, the Red Cross' spokesperson in Damascus.
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"Bear," who has been trained to sniff out Giant African Land Snails.
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August 30, 2013 While Florida hasn't yet declared victory, more than 128,000 of the destructive creatures have been found and eradicated in the past two years. Labrador retrievers are being used to sniff out the snails.
Labor Day weekend travel may rise by 4.2 percent to the highest level since before the recession, according to AAA Travel.
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August 30, 2013 As the U.S. economy improves, people are eager for one last summer adventure, according to trade groups that track travel. Labor Day weekend travel is expected to jump by 4.2 percent over last year.
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