Fri April 26, 2013

A Conversation With Country Superstar George Jones

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 10:07 am



This is FRESH AIR. The great country singer George Jones died today. He was 81. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of the interview I recorded with him.

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Fri April 26, 2013
World Cafe

Dawes On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 1:47 pm

Noah Abrams Courtesy of the artist

Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith writes heartfelt first-person songs, somewhat in the style of Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun, Goldsmith describes the inspiration for the songs on the band's new album, Stories Don't End.

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Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Chemical Weapons Change U.S. Policy Toward Syria?

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:46 pm

The White House said this week that it believes Syria has been using chemical weapons, but President Obama has not said how the U.S. might respond. Here, rebel fighters in Syria prepare to launch of a rocket in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 21. The rebels have also accused the Syrian government of employing chemical weapons.
Miguel Medina AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. has remained at arm's length during two years of bloodletting in Syria that has claimed some 70,000 lives. But when the White House said Thursday it believed Syria has used chemical weapons, even in small quantities, it immediately set off a renewed debate on whether the U.S. might pursue a more aggressive policy.

Here are some of the key issues now under discussion:

-- Is the U.S. sure that Syria used chemical weapons?

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Fri April 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment'

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:14 am

The green dots are HIV virus particles on a human white blood cell.

The largest current study of an AIDS vaccine, involving 2,500 people, is being stopped.

After an oversight committee took a preliminary peek at the results this past Monday, they concluded there was no way the study would show that the vaccine prevents HIV infection.

Nor would the vaccine suppress the wily virus among people who get infected despite being vaccinated.

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Fri April 26, 2013
Around the Nation

ACLU Says Detroit Is Dumping Its Homeless



Now we turn to Detroit, where police have been reportedly using a pretty controversial method to deal with vagrancy. Allegedly, police are taking homeless people off city streets - particularly in high tourist areas - then driving them outside of the city limits and leaving them there. The American Civil Liberties Union recently sent a letter to city officials and the Detroit Police Department demanding an end to this practice, and the group also filed a complaint with the Department of Justice, requesting an investigation.

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