Participation Nation
7:03 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Seize The Clay In Philadelphia, Pa.

Checking out a wall display of art from the Claymobile.
Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 11:42 am

When I moved to Philadelphia seven years ago, I was looking to take a ceramics class. Instead I found a wonderful community-minded program in which I've made lifelong friends, unleashed children's creativity and touched their hearts. They in turn have touched mine.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed August 22, 2012

A Bartender's 'Tale' In Nostalgic Soft-Focus

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:46 am

At the moment Rusty, the young protagonist of The Bartender's Tale, is rescued from his Aunt Marge's house in Phoenix, author Ivan Doig cranks into motion a dense valentine of a novel about a father and a small town at the start of the 1960s. Rusty's liberator is also his father, Tom Harry, the august bartender and proprietor of the Medicine Lodge bar in Gros Ventre, Mont. Tom is the archetypical flinty Western bartender, slinging beers and shots of wisdom cultivated from a less than perfect life.

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First Reads
7:03 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Exclusive First Read: Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue'

Michael Chabon lives in Berkeley with his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Ulf Andersen

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:46 pm

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Michael Chabon sets his sprawling new novel, Telegraph Avenue, in his adopted home of Berkeley, Calif., and its grittier southern neighbor, Oakland. With its multiracial, multigenerational cast of jazz musicians, former blaxploitation stars, midwives, gay teens and Black Panthers-turned-politicians, the book both celebrates and gently sends up the countercultural norms and complex racial politics of East Bay life.

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Environment
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Ruling Is A Set-Back To Obama's Clean Air Plan

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:48 am

A federal court has rejected a rule that would have regulated air pollution that blows from one state to the next. The ruling puts a damper on the Obama administration's efforts to reduce asthma, heart disease and other ailments related to air pollution. States and utilities asserted that the rules overstepped the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act.

Sports
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Braziil's Politics Impede Work On World Cup, Olympics

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:57 am

With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics on the horizon, all eyes are on Brazil now. But there are problems with construction delays and a lack of infrastructure. David Greene talks to Fernando Rodrigues, Brasilia-based columnist for Brazil's Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, about the challenges Brazil faces.

Africa
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Ethiopian Prime Minister Zenawi Dies At 57

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:35 am

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died in a Belgian hospital this week at the age of 57 after a long illness. He came to power in 1991 after leading a rebel army from Ethiopia's north and toppling the Marxist leader. He was viewed as a firm U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, but also was accused of human rights abuses in Ethiopia.

Latin America
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Haiti's Quake Damaged National Palace To Be Razed

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:27 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Haiti plans to clear away a symbol of the country's devastation. The earthquake in 2010 ruined the National Palace, one of the most spectacular buildings in Port-au-Prince.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We've been looking at some recent photographs. They show the white building still standing, if barely. The earthquake did not knock down its elegant rows of columns. But the white dome on top was left sloping at a dangerous angle, the supporting walls half-crushed beneath its weight.

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Business
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:15 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. And our last word in business today is Wi-Fi donkeys. Just follow along here.

A theme park in Israel called Kfar Kedem, or Village of Yore, depicts life in Israel in the first and second centuries. The Times of Israel describes it as a Galilean version of Colonial Williamsburg.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Business
5:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Video Game Retail Sales Fall, While Downloads Increase

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:03 am

Video games are getting better in terms of quality, so why are sales falling month after month? David Greene talks to Chris Kohler, who writes about video games for Wired Magazine. The two examine the trends and new technologies reshaping this big, and growing industry.

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