Afghanistan
6:31 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Can't Change Your Money In Iran? Try Afghanistan

A money-changer in the Afghan city of Herat counts a stack of Iranian bills. More and more Iranian currency is being brought in by smugglers to exchange for dollars, which then go back to Iran.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:24 pm

The western Afghan city of Herat has become a thriving hub for the money exchange business, a consequence of geography and politics. Money-changers throng the currency market carrying thick stacks of Iranian currency, much of it brought in by the hundreds of thousands of Afghan workers who earn their living in Iran.

While the stacks of crisp 100,000 rial notes that money-changers bring to the market might look like a small fortune, the 10 million rials in each of these stacks is worth less than $400, because the Iranian currency recently lost more than half of its value.

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Politics
6:12 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

In Presidential Ads, A Shared Strategy For Connection

President Obama and Mitt Romney campaign in August: Obama in Leesburg, Va.; Romney in Waukesha, Wis.
AP

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 6:29 pm

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World
5:12 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The Tricky Business Of Reintegrating The Taliban

Former Taliban fighters display their weapons as they join Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province on Sept. 18.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 5:59 pm

In an attempt to put down the insurgency in Afghanistan, the international community has spent millions to try to reintegrate former Taliban fighters and other militants back into society.

So how well has it worked?

Critics like Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network say many militants use these programs to gain access to arms and money, without necessarily changing their ways.

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Peak of the Week
5:00 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Thursday, October 4th, beginning at 8pm: THE AVETT BROTHERS - The Carpenter

In their 2nd album produced by Rick Rubin, the boys from Concord, NC pick up where they left off with "I And Love And You", though less piano-based, and more of a focus on Scott's banjo.  They also focus on the concept of death here, with both foreboding and benediction.  As music critic James Christopher Monger writes, "The Avett Brothers aren't rewriting the book, they're just translating it for a new generation." 

Spindale Cycle
5:00 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Monday, October 1st at 8pm: VAN MORRISON - Saint Dominic's Preview

With the 10/2 release of Van Morrison's latest album, we thought we'd take a moment to look back at one of his classics, "Saint Dominic's Preview".  From the R&B opening of "Jackie Wilson Said" to the closing 10-minute anthem "Almost Independence Day", it's one of a string of brilliant albums he churned out during this most fertile creative period of his.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of its release. 

The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Fox News' Smith Apologizes After Man Commits Suicide On Air

Shepard Smith apologized to viewers Friday afternoon, after his show aired live footage of a man who fled police and then shot himself.
Fox News

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 11:30 am

After inadvertently airing live coverage of a car chase that ended with a man's suicide, Shepard Smith of Fox News has issued an apology to viewers of his show. The incident occurred as the cable network carried a live feed of a man fleeing police on the interstate west of Phoenix.

In the footage, the man abandoned his vehicle and began running across a field, before pulling out a gun and shooting himself in the head. Despite being filmed from a helicopter hovering above the scene, the footage was graphic enough to prompt immediate yelling in the Fox News studio.

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It's All Politics
4:24 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

In Blue-Leaning Connecticut, Tight Senate Race Has Democrat On Offense

Linda McMahon (center) visits a senior center in Naugatuck, Conn., this month.
Jessica Hill AP

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:24 pm

It might seem counterintuitive, but the man running against Republican Linda McMahon in her second attempt at becoming Connecticut's first female senator wants this race to be all about women.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy released an ad this week, hammering McMahon's stance on women's health and reminding voters of McMahon's former role as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

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World Cafe
4:17 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford and Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 2:03 pm

It took a while, but the London folk-rock band Mumford & Sons broke big with its 2009 debut album, Sigh No More. The album combines the raspy vocals of singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and rootsy instrumentation on tracks that range from soothing to rocking.

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World
4:07 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Pakistani Minister Stands By Bounty For Filmmaker

Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Pakistan's railways minister, has offered $100,000 for the death of a filmmaker who produced an anti-Islam movie. He says it's the "only way" to stop insults to the Prophet Muhammad.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:24 pm

Despite international condemnation, Pakistan's railways minister says he isn't backing down from his $100,000 bounty offer to anyone who kills the maker of the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.

Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, the slight, silver-haired minister, says he was angry when he saw the video and that he's a man of great faith, passionately devoted to the Prophet Muhammad.

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New Tunes at Two
3:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Monday, October 1st: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - Transcendental Youth

Monday, October 1st: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - Transcendental Youth

Tuesday, October 2nd: MARY JANE LAMOND & WENDY MACISAAC - Seinn

Wednesday, October 3rd: BENJAMIN GIBBARD - Former Lives

Thursday, October 4th: TREY ANASTASIO - Traveler

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