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Monday, February 21, 2011

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  • Protests Escalate In Libya
    Libyan protesters claimed control of the country's second largest city, Benghazi, and anti-government unrest and violence spread to the capital, Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi's regime appeared to be preparing a new major assault in the capital in an attempt to crush unrest.
  • A Libya Primer
    The unrest in Libya has thrust the major oil supplier into the global spotlight. Dirk Vendewalle, a professor at Dartmouth College and author of A History of Modern Libya, discusses the developments.
  • Fat State Stretched Thin: Tenn. Covers Gastric Bypass
    Like many state Medicaid programs, Tennessee covers bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese but doesn't pay for diet counseling. Critics argue that investing in prevention could save money for the strapped program, but the state's chief medical officer says there's no proof that's true.
  • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted
    Andy Carvin (@acarvin), senior strategist for NPR's social media desk, discusses his recent work on Twitter. He's been tweeting about protests in Egypt and Tunisia, now Libya and Bahrain. Carvin has sought multiple sources on the ground and reported on the minute-by-minute revelations.
  • Mobile Payments Challenge Credit Cards
    Over the past decade, Americans have been writing fewer checks and using more and more plastic. But now, some are predicting the demise of the credit card, paying by smartphone could elbow out giants such as Visa and MasterCard.
  • U.K. Papers' Paywalls A Test Of Relevance
    Conventional wisdom says readers are only willing to pay for online news that fuels their passion or helps them make money. Across the Atlantic, however, a pair of leading daily newspapers — The Times and The Sunday Times -- have ignored that conventional wisdom, putting up an ironclad digital paywall and testing whether they can remain relevant while telling readers they can no longer enjoy a free ride.
  • Money For Mentors: Portland Program Sees Success
    Fifteen million troubled kids who need a mentor don't have one, according to The Mentoring Group. In Portland, Ore., Friends of the Children tries to bridge that gap through paid mentors. Anthony Blackmon credits the program for giving him confidence to pursue his dream in music.
  • In T.C. Boyle's New Novel, A Series Of Battles
    In the tradition of some California-based novelists of the 20th century, T.C. Boyle has taken up large social questions and presented them with intensity and, sometimes, intense irony. In his new novel, When the Killing's Done, the intensity grows out of a series of battles.
  • Film Chronicles Persecution Of Monks In Algeria
    Of Gods and Men, a French film set in an Algerian monastery in the 1990s, is loosely based on the story of seven monks who were kidnapped and decapitated in 1996. Actor Lambert Wilson discusses his role in the film.
  • Saudis Uneasy Amid Arab Unrest
    There are jitters in Saudi Arabia as the protests across the Arab world get close to home. The Saudis are nervous now that there are revolutions on their borders with both Bahrain and Yemen.

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