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Rundown for July 31, 2013
12:06 PM EST 3 Comments

Obama Administration Releases Surveillance Documents

The Obama administration has released once-secret documents about government surveillance programs, and Senate lawmakers questioned top administration officials.

12:15 PM EST 18 Comments

The Battle Over Border Security

The mayor of an Arizona border town and the head of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition weigh in on plans to beef up security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

12:35 PM EST Comment

Why Kansas City Has Become A Soccer Hotbed

Major League Soccer’s best players take on Italy’s A.S. Roma at the All-Star Game in in Kansas City tonight. It’s tough to get a ticket for the match, but the same can be said for Kansas City’s regular games.

12:40 PM EST Comment

Peace Talks To Resume Amid Skepticism

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says negotiators from both sides have agreed that all the difficult issues will be on the table when the talks resume in two weeks.

12:45 PM EST 2 Comments

How Subtle Factors Influence Our Eating

A growing body of evidence suggests that subtle factors — things we’re not even aware of, such as how our mothers ate when we we were in the womb — influence our food choices.

12:50 PM EST Comment

Listener Letters: Data-Driven Parenting

We read through some of the many comments we received on the story “Data-Driven Parenting: A Mom Who Tracks Everything,” and make a correction.

12:55 PM EST 15 Comments

Jay-Z And Harry Belafonte's Intergenerational Feud

Civil rights icon and singer Harry Belefonte says stars like Jay-Z have turned their back on social responsibility. What does their feud say about the generational divide between African-Americans?

1:06 PM EST Comment

Civilian Casualties Up 23 Percent In Afghanistan

The United Nations released its civilian casualties report for Afghanistan today, and the numbers aren’t good. The country saw a 23 percent increase in the first half of the year.

1:15 PM EST 5 Comments

Crisis In Philadelphia Schools Comes To A Head

The new school year kicks off in September, but many Philadelphia students and teachers still don’t know where they’ll go, after the district closed 23 schools earlier this summer.

1:25 PM EST 3 Comments

St. Louis School Transfers Stir Up Controversy

In Missouri, under a law recently upheld by the state’s Supreme Court, students attending schools in districts that don’t meet baseline education standards can transfer to another district, at no cost to their parents.

1:35 PM EST Comment

U.S. Economy Grew At Sluggish 1.7 Percent Pace In Q2

The U.S. economy grew from April through June at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. NPR’s Yuki Noguchi looks at how a low growth rate affects the entire economy, from the job market to home buying.

1:40 PM EST 3 Comments

Rep. Amash On Reining In NSA Surveillance

Republican Congressman Justin Amash is often called “the most defiant Republican in the House.” He tells us about his effort to curb the power of the National Security Agency.

1:50 PM EST 3 Comments

Gogol Bordello Goes Beyond Boundaries

Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has long been known for its high-energy live performances. On the band’s new album, frontman Eugene Hütz declares that “borders are scars on the face of the planet.”

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

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