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Monday, April 14, 2008

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  • Iraq's Sadr City Units Struggle Despite U.S. Support
    U.S. commanders have tried to put Iraqi forces in the forefront of the fight in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood. It's an experiment they hope gives the Iraqi army vital combat experience and a boost of confidence. But Iraqi units continue to struggle as American units coach, support and in some cases direct the fighting.
  • Haitians Tense after Food Prices Spark Riot
    A 40 percent rise in food prices globally is being deeply felt in impoverished Haiti, where most people live on less than $2 a day. Aid organizers say a World Bank pledge of $10 million along with government subsidies for rice may be too little to ease Haitians' anger.
  • Man Survives Fall into Mount St. Helens Crater
    Will Rinta, an emergency medical technician in Yacolt, Wash., talks with Michele Norris about the helicopter rescue of a 52-year-old man who fell hundreds of feet into the gaping crater of Mount St. Helens on Saturday. It's believed to be the first time a person has fallen into the crater.
  • Japanese Pay Less for More Health Care
    Japan spends half as much on health care as the U.S., yet its people have the longest healthy life expectancy. Diet and lifestyle are key, but affordable health care plays a major role.
  • Letters: Sadr City Bond; Foster Care in First Person
    Listener sheds tears over the powerful bond of friendship between two Iraqi men in Sadr City; a WNYC "Radio Rookie" about to "age out" of foster care gets positive feedback.
  • Beijing Looks to 'Green' Buildings to Cut Emissions
    Last year, China overtook the U.S. to become the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide. The government is trying to tackle the problem by making all new buildings 50 percent more efficient by 2010. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that nearly half of China's total energy use comes from buildings.
  • Expatriate in Shanghai Inspired by Asian Optimism
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, is living in Shanghai this year. She finds a palpable contrast between Asian optimism and American pessimism and says that embracing American values once again is the key for national confidence to come surging back.
  • Video Game Makers Favor Diversion over Depth
    Some say video game makers are squandering their cultural clout by not making games that contribute to the national conversation about important issues such as the war in Iraq or teen pregnancy.
  • Nine Inch Nails: 'Ghosts' of Songs
    Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor spent most of the 1990s belting out misanthropic anthems for young people decked out in dark eyeliner and combat boots. On Ghosts I-IV, Reznor drops the singing and puts his thick soundscapes in the center ring. It's a whole new world.
  • Eager Catholics Flock to Their Shepherd
    As Pope Benedict's U.S. visit nears, Catholics express enthusiasm and skepticism about a leader few say they really know.

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