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The latest headlines.

BILL WOLFF: From NPR News in New York, this is the Bryant Park Project.

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Overlooking historic Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, live from the NPR Studios, this is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. News, information, layoffs. I'm Alison Stewart. It is Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008.

This is our fourth-to-last show, and we got a package yesterday. You know, people are starting to pack up their desks and put things away. And we got a box, and we wondered, well, hey, what's in this box? We pulled it out, and there were copies of books sent to us to help us out on the show. "Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production" arrived yesterday. Awkward! Trisha is on the mike with me.

PATRICIA MCKINNEY: I was reading it last night. It's a really, really useful book, actually. I'm like, oh, this is what I was supposed to be doing.

STEWART: Well, we have four days to use what's in it.

MCKINNEY: I know, I'm totally going to use that information to do my job.

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STEWART: Matt Martinez is quoted in this.

MCKINNEY: You don't think I went to the index and looked up Matt Martinez and went to every page he's on there?

STEWART: Page 219, our producer Matt Martinez says...

(Reading) Matt Martinez says he bases his cut on what the interview was supposed to accomplish. Let's say we wanted five things, and we got those five things. So, they're definitely in. Then, we might have room for one or two more ideas, but everything else? Be realistic. You can't have an extra 20 minutes.

That Matt Martinez, that sounds just like him.

MCKINNEY: That Matt Martinez, that sounds just like him. Can I say one more thing?

STEWART: Of course.

MCKINNEY: I also looked in the index for another name.


MCKINNEY: The Bryant Park Project? I didn't see it.

STEWART: Should have known better.

MCKINNEY: Yeah, maybe it was a clue.

STEWART: On this show today, layoffs are hitting the American workforce as the economy continues to decline. We're going to talk with someone who writes about what to do if you're unexpectedly put in the position of having no job. Marci Alboher writes the Shifting Careers blog for the New York Times. She's in the studio with us in just a minute. Hi, Marci. She's going to come on in during the newscast.

And it is the week of finals today. Our final New Music Tuesday segment, with new releases from Dr. Dog and, yes, Miley Cyrus. We'll discuss it. Esquire Magazine music critic, Andy Langer, will be on the line with us from Austin, Texas.

And have you ever been dumped? Just dumped or blown off by a date? It hurts. That's why this book was a bestseller. It was called "He's Just Not That Into You." Liz Tuccillo is one of the authors. She's going to join us on the show, giving us tips on, well, frankly, being dumped by NPR. And our next stage of grief is anger. We'll get to all that in just a minute, but first, let's get some of today's headlines with the BPP's Mark Garrison.


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MARK GARRISON: Thank you, Alison. One of the world's most wanted men is under arrest. Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, evaded capture for 13 years. NPR's Tom Gjelton has more.

TOM GJELTON: Radovan Karadzic was the president of the Republic of Srpska, created as a Serb mini-state inside Bosnia. Serbs, he said, could not live in Bosnia with Muslims and Croats as neighbors. So, he led a drive to cleanse the Serb portion of Bosnia of all the non-Serbs. When the people of Sarajevo resisted his demand that it be divided, Karadzic ordered his forces to bombard and isolate the city. That led to a war-crime indictment. He was also charged with genocide as a result of the slaughter of Muslims in Srebrenica. A special action team of the security forces in Serbia found and arrested Karadzic yesterday inside Serbia itself. Serbian President Boris Tadic says Karadzic will soon be sent to the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.

GARRISON: NPR's Tom Gjelton reporting. Bitter enemies will sit together today. The party of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is set to negotiate with the opposition party led by Morgan Tsvangirai. The talks are in South Africa. That country is mediating. The opposition party felt South Africa's president tilted toward Mugabe, but they agreed to join talks once African Union and U.N. reps were brought in.

A new clue in the mysterious double bus explosions in China. Police are looking into a cryptic text message sent to local phones. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has the story from Beijing.

ANTHONY KUHN: The general mobilization of ants spread the message. I hope citizens receiving this message will not take bus-lines 54, 64, and 84 tomorrow morning. Police confirmed the message's contents to local media in southwest Kunming City, and they offered a 1,500-dollar reward to anyone with tips. Police say the blasts were caused by ammonium-nitrate-based explosives stashed under bus seats. Fourteen people were injured, many with shattered eardrums. Authorities have launched an intensive manhunt in Kunming, including check points at airports, bus, and train stations. China says terrorism is the biggest threat to the Olympic Games, now just more than two weeks away, but they also face a challenge from domestic unrest.

GARRISON: NPR's Anthony Kuhn reporting from Beijing. And that is your news for now. There's more online at

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