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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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  • As Water Recedes, Cleanup Of A Soupy Mess Begins
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says damage from Hurricane Irene flooding could total $1 billion. As the floodwaters recede, residents have begun the hard work of cleaning up in places like Schoharie County. Cindy and Jim Barber lost their house and vegetable crop when a nearby creek turned into a river.
  • To Dodge Blame, Officials Prepare Public For Worst
    Because people are more likely to blame public officials if there is a repeat of a previous disaster, officials tend to disproportionately focus their safety efforts on preventing similar disasters in the future, researchers say. So, for example, officials might over-react to a hurricane in light of Katrina, even if the real threat to public safety may lie elsewhere.
  • Researchers Recover Last Piece Of Ship At 9/11 Site
    Last summer, the remains of what seemed to be an 18th century ship were found at the construction site of the World Trade Center. Earlier this month, archaeologists excavated the last piece of that ship. Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Pappalardo, who's been working at the site as an archeologist with the firm AKRF.
  • After Leading Two Wars, Petraeus Retires From Army
    Gen. David Petraeus retired from the U.S. Army on Wednesday after 37 years in uniform. The former top U.S. commander in both Iraq and Afghanistan will take over as head of the CIA.
  • In Tripoli, Celebrating More Than Ramadan's End
    Muslims are marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. For Libyans, the holiday has a special resonance this year because of the rebel takeover of Tripoli, the capital.
  • When Will Closing Walter Reed Pay Off? Maybe 2018
    When Walter Reed was slated for closure back in 1995, the goals were to improve care for the wounded, and to save money. The final patients left this past week. So was shutting the base a good deal for taxpayers? The cost of closing it has tripled.
  • After In-Patient Care, Troops Face Bureaucracy
    As part of NPR's series on the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, we look at what happens to wounded troops once they're done with in-patient care. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about the complicated bureaucracy that must be navigated — and the steps the Army has taken to make things work more smoothly.
  • Some U.S. Farms Trade Tobacco For A Taste Of Africa
    In states like Maryland, where agriculture was once dominated by tobacco, farmers are experimenting with new crops like African hot peppers. Local African immigrants come to pick the vegetables and spread the word.
  • Letters: Hurricane Irene
    Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read emails from listeners.
  • Why Gibson Guitar Was Raided By The Justice Department
    Last week the government raided the Gibson Guitar Corporation for the second time in two years over allegations the company knowingly acquired wood protected under U.S. environmental law to make its instruments.

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