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4:10pm

Sat September 7, 2013
Music Interviews

'Electric Lady' Janelle Monae On Creating The Unheard

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 4:15 pm

Janelle Monáe's new album, The Electric Lady, features collaborations with Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding.
Courtesy of the artist

2:18pm

Sat September 7, 2013
The U.S. Response To Syria

Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 12:11 am

President Obama holds a press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday on the sideline of the G-20 summit.
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President Obama has come home from the Group of 20 summit with essentially no more international support for a strike on Syria than when he left the U.S.

He spent the last three days in Sweden and Russia, lobbying U.S. allies on the sidelines and on the public stage, with little movement.

The conflict has presented perhaps the biggest challenge yet to Obama's multilateralist inclinations.

'A Hard Sell'

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1:04pm

Sat September 7, 2013
Around the Nation

Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 5:34 pm

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak took to a Chicago rooftop on Thursday to attract the city's gay and lesbian community to spend their wedding dollars in Minnesota.
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With the skyline of Chicago behind him, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak stands on a rooftop plaza in Boystown, the heart of a predominantly gay community.

He's here on a recruiting mission. Minnesota legalized gay marriage just over a month ago, but Illinois' same-sex measure is stalled in its legislature. So now the mayor of Minneapolis is drumming up business for his city — setting his sight on millions of wedding dollars that could come from Illinois.

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4:20pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Environment

Immense Underwater Volcano Is The Biggest On Earth

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:20 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In the northwestern Pacific Ocean, scientists have found what they believe to be the biggest volcano on Earth. In fact, to find a volcano of a similar size, you'd have to go to Mars. As NPR's Christopher Joyce reports, the volcano is, fortunately, dormant, but in its prime, it changed the face of the Earth.

CHRISTOPHER JOYCE, BYLINE: William Sager says he brings conversations to a halt when he tells people he's a geophysicist. But now, he says he's got a story that gets people's attention.

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4:20pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Commentary

Is There Any Meaning In Poet Seamus Heaney's Last Text?

Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the text message written by poet Seamus Heaney just before he died. In Latin he wrote to his wife "do not be afraid." The 74-year-old Heaney died in a Dublin hospital last week. Codrescu says no great meaning should be implied — it was just a personal message to his wife.

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