2:06pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Middle East

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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2:06pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Middle East

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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2:06pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Middle East

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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2:05pm

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

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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1:54pm

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

No Way She'll Run For Senate In 2016, Michelle Obama Says

First lady Michelle Obama.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

The New York Times' Frank Bruni floated the idea, saying he'd heard "a vague murmuring" about Michelle Obama running for the Senate from Illinois in 2016.

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1:11pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Music Reviews

Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Left to right: Masabumi Kikuchi, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian.
John Rogers

The death of a great musician ripples through the jazz community. It's a special loss to those improvisers we might call immediate survivors: working partners who'll miss that special interaction with a singular musician.

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12:38pm

Tue May 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Hmmm. The 2012 Election Reminds Me Of Something

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:50 pm

President George W. Bush passes behind Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., after a debate in Tempe, Ariz., in October 2004.
Ron Edmonds AP

It's the sort of question you toss out to a table full of politics buffs — sharing a pitcher of cold beer. (We'll provide the aficionados; you imagine the table and the cold pitcher.)

Which presidential election in American history most resembles the coming election between President Obama and Mitt Romney — and why?

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12:31pm

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

IMF's Christine Lagarde, Who Chastised Greek Tax Evaders, Pays No Taxes

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The International Monetary Fund's boss, Christine Lagarde, made a lot of Greeks very angry with an interview she gave The Guardian on Friday.

Essentially, Lagarde said she has very little sympathy for the Greeks and that if they want to solve their financial problems they should just pay their taxes.

Here's what she told the paper exactly:

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12:31pm

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Wrigley The Goat Aims At Cubs' Curse; Xiao Sa The Dog Races Across China

Wrigley, the goat that is.
Facebook.com/CrackTheCurse

If a goat walks about 2,000 miles from Arizona to Chicago can that "reverse the curse" that has plagued the Cubs for nearly 67 years?

Odd as that question sounds, it's about to be put to the test.

Five Cubs fans and a goat have just finished a three-month walk from Mesa, Ariz., to the Windy City and are due at Wrigley Field this afternoon when the Cubs host the San Diego Padres.

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12:28pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Planet Money

Who Decides Whether This 26-Year-Old Woman Gets A Lung Transplant?

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:24 pm

A message from Ashley Dias.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

This is the first of two stories we're doing this week on organ transplants. See the second story, What Air Traffic Can Teach Us About Kidney Transplants

Ashley Dias, 26, is waiting for lungs. She has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant to survive. She's got a tracheostomy tube in her neck so she can only mouth out words.

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