4:43am

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

Anne Frank is seen at Amsterdam Town Hall in July 1941.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:29am

Mon May 13, 2013
Middle East

Cameron: We Have To 'Step Up Our Help' To Syrian Opposition

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with President Obama at this hour here in Washington. They're at the White House. A big topic on their agenda is what to do about the civil war in Syria. We spoke with Prime Minister Cameron earlier this morning.

Prime minister, welcome to the program.

PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON: Good morning. Great to be on. Thank you for having me.

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4:24am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

4-Year-Old Boy Chosen As Mayor Of Dorset, Minn.

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. What the mayor of Dorset, Minnesota lacks in experience he makes up for with youthful enthusiasm. Mayor Bobby Tufts is four years old. He won his seat by having his name picked out of a hat. That's an annual tradition for the small town of 22. Mayor Tufts is celebrated in town as a singer, a dancer, and a fisherman.

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4:17am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Well, That's One Way To Stop Smoking

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Etta Mae Lopez needed help. She wanted to quit smoking. She decided she needed to go someplace where she could not go buy cigarettes. And the place that came to mind was jail. Ms. Lopez says this is the reason she went to a jail, walked up to a Sacramento sheriff's deputy and slapped him in the face. The deputy took her inside the jail, where she slapped him again. After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor, she faces 63 smoke-free days.

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3:52am

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

In Pakistan, Sharif Turns To Unstable Nation's Dire Problems

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:19 am

Nawaz Sharif, who will lead Pakistan's next government, at a campaign rally last week.
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With a commanding lead for his party in the vote count following Saturday's parliamentary elections, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is returning to power with a clear mandate to focus on the grave problems facing his nation, as NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from Lahore for Morning Edition.

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2:22am

Mon May 13, 2013
The Record

Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Is Starting To Pay

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 11:32 am

Tyler Ward says he was able to buy a car and a house with money he made posting videos of himself covering pop hits on YouTube.
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2:22am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:41 am

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If you said the "s" word in the ninth century, you probably wouldn't have shocked or offended anyone. Back then, the "s" word was just the everyday word that was used to refer to excrement. That's one of many surprising, foul-mouthed facts Melissa Mohr reveals in her new book, Holy S- - -: A Brief History of Swearing.

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1:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Asia

Nawaz Sharif Expected To Win Pakistan's Elections

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Monday, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

The last time Nawaz Sharif was prime minister of Pakistan, it did not work out so well for him. Sharif won a big election, moved to consolidate his power, and named a new army chief - only to see that same general overthrow him in a coupe in 1999.

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1:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
NPR Story

'Impossible Odds' Details Aid Workers Dramatic Rescue From Somali Pirates

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a story of "Impossible Odds," that's the title of a new book by Jessica Buchanan. She's an American aid worker who was kidnapped in Somalia back in 2011. Her new book recounts the terrifying experience. It's co-written with her husband and fellow aid worker, Erik Landemalm. The couple was based in northern Somalia, considered the safer part of a country that to this day they feel an affection for.

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1:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Analysis

Republicans Focus On Democrats' Political Misdeeds

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Again and again, President Obama's administration tries to pivot attention toward East Asia. Administration officials believe China and its neighbors are where the economic future lies.

GREENE: And yet it's the Middle East that keeps demanding the president's attention. It brings to mind that line from F. Scott Fitzgerald: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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