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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
Health Care

Ryan Pick Forces Medicare Discussion

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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When Mitt Romney put Paul Ryan on the ticket, it had the potential to reset the presidential race - that is, offer a choice between two radically different visions of government, in a campaign seemingly stuck in tit-for-tat attacks over the economy. So far, though, the campaigns have a somewhat different fight on their hands. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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2:29am

Thu August 16, 2012
Music

Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Juanes' latest album is all acoustic, and was recorded in front of a live audience as part of MTV's Unplugged series.
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2:28am

Thu August 16, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Persuading Banks To Give Homeowners A Break

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

Sara Millan (left) thanks Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America CEO Bruce Marks after NACA was able to reduce her family's mortgage during an event in Los Angeles in September 2010.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Over the past four years, Bruce Marks has been on a traveling road show to help people avoid foreclosure. His nonprofit, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, has held more than 80 events in cities around the country. So far, Marks says, NACA has helped 202,000 people get their payments lowered so they can afford to keep their homes.

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2:27am

Thu August 16, 2012
Africa

In South Sudan, Cows Are Cash And Source Of Friction

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

A man from the Mundari nomad tribe stands among cattle on Jan. 18, in Juba, South Sudan. Cattle raids, a common occurrence in the region, have grown increasingly violent in recent years.
Kyodo/Landov

For the rural people of South Sudan, cattle are at the center of their culture. They use them as currency, treat them as objects of beauty, and fight tribal battles over them.

In recent years, traditional cattle raids have turned deadly. Tribesmen aren't just stealing cattle; they are slaughtering rivals, burning villages and abducting women and children.

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2:27am

Thu August 16, 2012
Middle East

Asked To Spy On Rebels, Syrian Soldier Becomes One

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

A Syrian soldier casts a shadow as he stands in the northwest city of Idlib in May. Growing numbers of Syrian soldiers are defecting and joining the rebels.
Khaled al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been stung by a string of prominent defections, from the prime minister to a leading general to a military aviator who was Syria's first man in space.

Ra'ed, a soldier from Syria's most prestigious military unit, the Republican Guard, is among the defectors.

The guard's chief duty is to protect the Syrian leadership. But Ra'ed says he never felt proud to serve after he was drafted in June 2010 at age 19.

Ra'ed, who is now living in Lebanon, asked that NPR use only his first name out of concern for his safety.

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