World
6:00 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Central Asia Warms To Clinton As Afghan Drawdown Looms

Originally published on Sun October 23, 2011 2:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winds up a week long overseas tour today, one that's focused on the war in Afghanistan and tensions with Pakistan. Her last couple of stops were in Central Asia, which is playing an increasingly important role as the U.S. begins its drawdown in Afghanistan. NPR's Jackie Northam has been traveling with the secretary. She has this report from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the last stop on Clinton's tour.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

Secretary HILLARY CLINTON: Thank you.

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Europe
6:00 am
Sun October 23, 2011

European Debt-Crisis Agreement Not Quite Ready

Originally published on Sun October 23, 2011 2:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Audie Cornish. In Brussels, European leaders are meeting to forge consensus on a broad plan to stop the eurozone's worsening debt crisis from spreading. But it doesn't look like there will be a breakthrough - at least not until another summit on Wednesday. NPR's Eric Westervelt is in Brussels and we have him on the line. Eric, some people were saying that this was the weekend to save the euro, but what's happening?

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun October 23, 2011

'BioBlitz' Sweeps 142 Square Miles For Every Living Thing

Originally published on Sun October 23, 2011 2:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: Look out your window. How long do you think it would take to identify all the living species you see in your backyard? From a giant oak tree or the family dog right down to the microscopic level, thousands of volunteers and scientists tried to do just that on 142 square miles in one day. NPR's Ted Robbins reports on the BioBlitz outside Tucson.

TED ROBBINS: Bert Frost, the chief scientist for the National Park Service looked at the people roaming Saguaro National Park and thought, we're having a treasure hunt.

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The Two-Way
5:50 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Pujols Has 'Greatest Night' Ever, Cards Lead World Series 2-1

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his third home run of the game — tying a World Series single-game record — Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. His team beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:02 pm

Three home runs. Five hits. Six runs batted in.

Sounds like what a Major League Baseball team might do on a typical night.

But that's what one guy — the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols — did Saturday evening against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the World Series. His heroics led the Cards to a 16-7 win and a two-games-to-one advantage in the best-of-7 fall classic.

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Election 2012
5:37 am
Sun October 23, 2011

No 'Perfect Candidate' Yet For Iowa Conservatives

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Six GOP presidential candidates attended the banquet, seeking an edge in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus.

Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 23, 2011 2:30 pm

Four years ago in the Iowa caucuses, evangelical voters rallied behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won an upset victory and shook up the Republican field in the process.

With the 2012 Iowa caucuses just over 10 weeks away, conservative Christian Republican voters in Iowa are still searching for a presidential candidate. Saturday night they sized up six GOP hopefuls at a banquet in Des Moines, sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

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Sports
4:26 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Pro Pitchers' Dirty Secret Rubbed On Every Ball

Lena Blackburne Baseball is the only baseball rubbing mud company that serves the pro leagues. Where does the mud come from? That's a secret.

Todd Vachon WHYY/NewsWorks

Behind every pitch in professional ball is a guy like Dan O'Rourke, rubbing up baseballs in the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse. He plucks a ball from a stack of boxes between his knees and prepares his hands with mud.

"I'm applying mud to the baseball to take the sheen, the shininess off the ball, so the pitchers have something to hold onto," he says. He gives the ball a few quick turns against his palm.

"I do roughly three to four balls at a time," he says.

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Africa
3:17 pm
Sat October 22, 2011

Journey From N.Y. To Be Somalia's Prime Minister

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, right, takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as interim prime minister of Somalia last November.

Farah Abdi Warsameh AP

Originally published on Sun October 23, 2011 4:29 am

Somali-American Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed came to the U.S. in 1985 to work at the Somali Embassy in Washington, D.C.

When civil war broke out in Somalia, Mohamed decided to stay in the U.S., moving to Buffalo, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in political science at SUNY.

Mohamed held various local government jobs before becoming a regional compliance specialist at the New York State Department of Transportation, but just a few months ago, he was the interim prime minister of Somalia.

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U.S.
2:43 pm
Sat October 22, 2011

Finding Common Ground Between Two Movements

An activist holds a sign during a tax day Tea Party rally in San Francisco.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Members of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party may disagree on many issues, but there's one thing that unites both groups: distrust in concentrated power.

"One can't help but feel that there's a huge system out there between politicians, between corporate interests, that really prevents the average Joe from being able to air out his concerns," says Charles Zhu, an Occupy Wall Street supporter who was in Washington, D.C., this week to join protests in McPherson Square.

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Middle East
1:00 pm
Sat October 22, 2011

After Gadhafi, What's Next For The Arab World?

Originally published on Sat October 22, 2011 5:45 pm

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GUY RAZ, host: There's a cartoon making the rounds on Facebook throughout the Arab world. It shows five familiar faces, three of them have large red Xs painted over them: Ben Ali of Tunisia, Mubarak of Egypt and, of course, Gadhafi of Libya. And in the cartoon, a man with a can of red paint, a brush, approaches two other photos: Bashar Assad of Syria and Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen. The message is clear: These two are next.

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Africa
1:00 pm
Sat October 22, 2011

Celebrating Life In Post-Gadhafi Libya

Originally published on Sat October 22, 2011 5:45 pm

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GUY RAZ, host: In Libya, eight months after they began their uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, the country's new leaders are ready to say they are officially liberated. The interim government, the Transitional National Council, says it will make the announcement tomorrow in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of their revolution. NPR's Grant Clark reports from eastern Libya.

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