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Monday, July 30, 2012

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  • Is Assad Carving Out A Haven For Syria's Alawites?
    Questions are growing about the fate of President Bashar Assad's regime. One possibility is the creation of a breakaway region in the northwest coastal mountains dominated by the president's Alawite minority. Analysts say it would be a disaster politically and economically for Assad and the region.
  • Jihadists Play Growing Role In Syrian Conflict
    Audie Cornish speaks with Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation about the increasing role that jihadists and foreign fighters are playing in the Syrian conflict.
  • NBC's Edit Of Olympics Opening Ceremony Draws Ire
    NBC has been criticized for its decision to edit out a portion of Friday's Olympics opening ceremony. Instead of showing a dance performance that some say was a tribute to the victims of London's terror attacks, NBC aired an interview with Michael Phelps. Audie Cornish talks with David Folkenflik about the decision.
  • Legal Battle Erupts Over Whose Plastic Consumers Should Trust
    As BPA is phased out of some plastics, there are questions about the safety of other chemicals. A suit has been filed against Eastman, a company that makes a new BPA-free plastic called Tritan. Do other chemicals carry the same risks alleged for BPA?
  • Letters: A Girl, Her Dad And 'Werewolves Of London'
    Listeners write in about Robert Siegel's interview with a young woman who shared a special bond with her father over the Warren Zevon song, Werewolves of London. Audie Cornish reads some of the comments.
  • Texas GOP Senate Runoff Gives Tea Party An Opportunity To Flex Its Muscles
    The Republican race to succeed retiring GOP Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wasn't supposed to be a heated primary battle, but it's become one of the hardest fought and most expensive intraparty races of the year. The runoff should be decided Tuesday.
  • Humor A Key Part Of Presidential Campaign Toolbox
    Appearances on late night TV have become a go-to campaign tool for presidential candidates looking to soften their image. But the candidate who arguably first turned late-night comedy into an effective platform was Richard Nixon in 1968. Audie Cornish talks with the producer from the comedy classic Laugh In about how the Nixon appearance came to be.
  • India's Huge Blackout Leaves Millions Without Power
    A massive power cut in India left more than 300 million people — about a quarter of the population — without electricity on Monday. The cause of the collapse of the northern Indian power grid is still being investigated, but resulted in blackouts across at least eight Indian states. With no lights or hot water at home, millions of Indians then had to face a long struggle to get to work because trains were stopped and roads were jammed by lack of power for stop lights.
  • Senate Report: For-Profit Colleges Exploit Students
    A report released Monday by Senate Democrats says for-profit colleges exploit students with aggressive recruiting tactics, high tuition and low graduation rates. The report says some schools set tuition based on the level of government grants or raised the price for some courses if the school was not making enough profit on them. The report is the culmination of a two-year investigation.
  • Fishin' In The Dark Draws Rods and Reels To Park
    When the summer sun sets in Charlotte, N.C., urban fishers make for the manmade pond in Freedom Park. They often bring their kids and grandkids for a taste of the country life they knew when Charlotte was a sleepier town.

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