NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Egypt Helped Broker Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 11:48 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host: Next week, Israel and Hamas are expected to swap more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners for one captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. It will likely happen on Egyptian soil. Egypt helped broker the deal and had been working on it for the past couple of years. There were occasional reports of progress that didn't pan out.

So, how was it that success came through the new Egyptian military regime, which replaced Israel's old ally, Hosni Mubarak? And at a time when Israeli-Egyptian relations are worse than they've been in decades.

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NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Epstein Leaves Red Sox For Cubs

Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein is leaving his hometown team to take the reins of the Chicago Cubs. He departs after a disastrous season, but he will be remembered for making history. The youngest ever general manager in major league baseball designed the teams that won two World Series, Boston's first since 1918. Now he'll try to make Wrigley's loveable losers into champions.

Middle East
3:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Saudi Arabia's Delicate Dance On The Fate Of Yemen

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Yemen demonstrate against President Ali Abdullah Saleh last month. Saudi Arabia wants Saleh to step down, but also worries that his departure could lead to chaos.

Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 10:25 pm

Saudi Arabia, which places a premium on stability, appears to be sending mixed messages these days on what it wants from its volatile southern neighbor, Yemen.

On one hand, the kingdom is demanding that Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh step aside after months of protests against his more than 30 years of rule.

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Man Celebrates 26-Year Reunion — With His Old Racing Bike

Michael Gill was 21 when he sold his Peugeot racing bike in 1985.

Michael Gill

Michael Gill is the proud owner of a bicycle. It's not new, and it's not flashy — in fact, right now, it's just a frame. But it's tied to Gill's past, when he rode the Peugeot bike for thousands of miles in the 1980s. That's when he had to part with the elite machine — until last month, when he found it again.

Back in the early 1980s, Gill trained on the Peugeot PX-10 and rode it in races. He calls it "my first serious racing bike." On it, he covered an average of 200-300 miles each week.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

ArtReview Names China's Ai Weiwei Most Powerful Person In The Art World

Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei arrives to speak to reporters outside his studio in Beijing in June of 2011.

Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The magazine ArtReview has named the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei "the contemporary art world's most powerful player" in 2011.

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Economy
2:16 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

A Labor Mismatch Means Trucking Jobs Go Unfilled

A truck stop near Hesperia, Calif. To address a shortage of truck drivers resulting from a mismatch of skills in the labor market, some trucking companies have started free driving schools with the promise of a job upon completion.

David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 10:25 pm

The job market is barely treading water. The Labor Department reported Thursday that 404,000 more people filed for unemployment benefits last week, a number that's essentially unchanged from the week before.

Overall, there are 14 million people looking for work in the U.S., but at the same time there are still job openings around the country.

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

AP: Drone Virus Could Have Come From Games Like 'Mafia Wars'

Some of the computers controlling America's fleet of drone aircraft are reportedly infected by a persistent virus. In this file photo, a senior airman remotely operates an MQ-9 Reaper during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:06 pm

In a story today, the Associated Press talks to an anonymous Air Force official, who said the virus that attacked the Pentagon's drone program last month was common malware and wasn't designed to specifically infect the aircraft.

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U.S.
2:04 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Hedge Fund Manager Rajaratnam Sentenced To 11 Years

Raj Rajaratnam was once one of the wealthiest hedge fund managers in the world. Now, the former billionaire and Galleon Group co-founder faces 11 years in prison for his role in an insider trading case. A judge in Manhattan handed out the sentence Thursday morning.

The Salt
1:31 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

A Legal Loophole For Raw Milk Lovers: Call It 'Pet Food'

"Not for human consumption?" Sources tell us this raw milk yogurt was delicious.

Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 5:49 pm

Food fresh from the farm is undeniably appealing. Raw milk enthusiasts take it one step further: They like their milk fresh from the cow — skipping pasteurization.

But it's illegal to sell raw milk in stores in most U.S. states, and fans have been known to go to great lengths to buy dairy in its purest form. Last year, we told you about one Maryland mom who regularly drives almost two hours to a farm in Pennsylvania to buy unpasteurized milk for her family — paying $5 to $7 per gallon.

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Human Rights Groups Ask Canada To Arrest President George W. Bush

Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush poses for a photo in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing airstrikes on on Afghanistan.

Hillery Smith Garrison AP

Ahead of an appearance at an economic summit in British Columbia, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on Canada to "arrest and prosecute" former President George W. Bush.

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