Monkey See
9:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The New Black' And Secret Names

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With host Linda Holmes taking the week off to focus on suffering and nose-blowing, we needed only to ask our beloved producer Jess Gitner into the room with us to complete a full Pop Culture Happy Hour lineup. (In historic Studio 44, Jess is usually sealed in an adjacent room, where she watches us through glass the way one might observe a cage of unruly chimps at the zoo.)

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

China Scraps Some Controls On Lending Interest Rates

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 10:00 am

China's central bank announced that it was removing some controls on the interest rates charged by banks for the loans it issues clients.

Reuters explains that the People's Bank of China said in a statement that it was removing the floor "on lending rates for commercial banks, meaning that banks will now be able to cut rates as much as they see fit to attract borrowers."

Reuters adds:

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The Salt
8:35 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Ramadan Challenge: Shop And Cook While Hungry And Thirsty

Jehad Outteineh shops at a market near the Damascus gate in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Around the world, hundreds of millions of Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. Outteineh is shopping for the family's iftar, the meal that breaks the fast.
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Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:31 am

Around the world, hundreds of millions of Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last week and continues until Aug. 7. That's 30 days of avoiding food and drink all day. But in many families, someone still has to prepare a hearty, and sometimes festive, dinner every night.

"Ramadan is a big change in routine," says Jehad Outteneh, a Palestinian in Jerusalem who shops and cooks for her family of eight.

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Breaking
8:29 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Long-time CLT Director Orr Is Out At Airport

Did long-time Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr quit, or was he fired? Depends on who you ask.
Credit Julie Rose

Only hours after state lawmakers voted to strip the City of Charlotte of the airport on Thursday afternoon, long-time aviation director, Jerry Orr, lost his control, too.

In the last 25 years, Orr’s name has become synonymous with the success of Charlotte airport. But, last night, City Manager Ron Carlee released a statement saying  he’d accepted Orr’s resignation.

Orr's attorney says he was fired. 

WFAE's Julie Rose and Ben Bradford discuss Orr's resignation/firing live on Morning Edition.

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Local News
8:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Charlotte Loses Its Airport - Nearly

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr would no longer have to ask the city council for permission to act at the airport if the court upholds legislation transferring CLT to a regional authority.
Credit Julie Rose

The city of Charlotte has lost control of its airport – or nearly so. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure Thursday officially transferring Charlotte Douglas International into the hands of a regional authority – immediately. 

But just as quickly, the city sued to stop it and was granted a temporary restraining order.

After six months of rancor and a flurry of last minute attempts at compromise, the final legislative vote was kind of anticlimactic: it happened in less than a minute with no discussion or debate.

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Local News
8:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Surviving Cancer As A Child And Battling The Effects Decades Later

Charles Landis shows the X-ray of his upper right arm from when he was 6 years old.
Michael Tomsic

Almost all children who survive cancer have at least one chronic health condition when they’re adults, and those conditions are often serious and undiagnosed.

Those are among the findings of a study that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital released this summer. Some of the survivors who took part in it live in the Charlotte area.

Charles Landis still has the X-rays from when he was six years old. At his house in Cornelius, he pulls one out of a folder.

“This is an old X-ray from 1977,” Landis said.     

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Trying To Restart Peace Talks, Kerry Will Fly To West Bank

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the phone at Mafraq Air Base before boarding a helicopter to Amman on Thursday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 8:45 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a last-minute trip to the West Bank this morning that's intended to jump-start stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

The trip comes just hours after the Palestinians said they would not return to the negotiating table unless Israel agreed to begin talks using the borders that existed before 1967, when Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Book News: J.K. Rowling 'Very Angry' That Law Firm Leaked Her Name

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:26 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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World
7:39 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Pitch-Drop Worse Than Watching Paint Dry

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Even if you have been bored watching paint dry or grass grow or water boil, you have nothing on these scientists. An experiment that began in 1944 at Trinity College in Ireland just now has a definitive result - to test whether a thick substance called pitch flowed and dripped. A funnel with the stuff was placed over a jar. Seventy years later students saw a drip forming, set up a camera, and witnessed the drip drop. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Canadian Woman Picks Marriage Proposal Over Jail Time

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Marcia Belyea was on a drive with her boyfriend when she heard a police siren. The Canadian woman was pulled over and told she owed $2,000 in parking tickets and faced 30 days in jail. As she wept in the police car, Belyea was offered a deal. Charges would be dropped if she took her boyfriend's hand in marriage.

Yes, this traumatic event was an elaborate wedding proposal. Believe it or not, she said yes. But Marcia, you have the right to revenge.

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