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12:06pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Planet Money

Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor?

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 4:37 pm

Haiti's brown landscape contrasts sharply with the rich forests of its neighbor Haiti-Dominican Republic Border, South Of Dajabon, Dominican Republic.
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Why are some nations rich and others poor? In a new book called Why Nations Fail, a pair of economists argue that a lot comes down to politics.

To research the book, the authors scoured the world for populations and geographic areas that are identical in all respects save one: they're on different sides of a border.

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11:35am

Fri March 16, 2012
Opinion

The Wisdom Of Faith: What Religion Can Teach Us

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 10:03 pm

These stained glass church windows decorate the walls of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
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Alain de Botton is the author of Religion for Atheists.

A survey published in the U.K. in January predicted that within 20 years, the majority of the British population will define themselves as having no religion. In the British isles, religion has become something of a sideshow, even a joke. Remember that this is the land that gave us The Life of Brian. Even the BBC has caught on with a satirical series called Rev., about a hapless comedic clergyman who has no faith but has a strong inclination to be good.

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2:00pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Middle East

Commentators Consider Solutions In Syria

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Time is of the essence. Those words about Syria today from a United Nations spokesman as tanks and armored vehicles launched new attacks on the city of Daraa. Syrian forces are also bombarding the city of Idlib. The U.N. says nearly 8,000 people have been killed so far during the uprising against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

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4:54pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Economy

Federal Reserve Releases Bank 'Stress Test'

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Federal Reserve has released the results of its much-anticipated stress test of the nation's biggest banks. The Fed says most of the nation's 19 biggest financial institutions passed the tests, although four did not. To find out what this means, we turn to NPR's Jim Zarroli. Jim, first, why is the Fed running stress tests? What are they supposed to show about the banks?

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4:19pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Music Interviews

New Film Takes An Intimate Look At School Bullying

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 12:44 pm

Road Rage: As documented in Bully, the school bus is a prime venue for students who target other students for verbal and physical abuse.
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The documentary Bully follows several middle- and high-school students who are different, awkward or for some other reason the targets of bullying. One of the kids at the center of the film is Alex, from Sioux City, Iowa.

In the film, Alex, a small boy, says people think he's not normal, and most kids don't want to be around him. And some kids at his school, or on the school bus especially, make his life miserable.

Director Lee Hirsch says Alex immediately struck him as someone who was having a hard time — and no one seemed to notice or really care.

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