3:04am

Sun November 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Awash With Love: Storm Resurfaces 1940s Letters

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Kathleen Chaney and her son Patrick found the storm-soaked stack of letters as they were walking along the New Jersey shore.
Lindsay Lazarski Newsworks.org

The weekend after Superstorm Sandy, Kathleen Chaney and her son Patrick stumbled upon a bundle of letters while they were walking along the New Jersey shore near her home.

The letters were tied with a pink ribbon and thoroughly soaked. Some of the beautiful handwriting had blurred. Chaney took the bundle home, dried out the letters and began to read them.

They were written to a man named Lynn Farnham, signed by "your loving Dot." Chaney says the letters speak of true love and devotion.

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3:02am

Sun November 25, 2012
Africa

Aid Workers Struggle To Provide Services In Congo

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 2:47 pm

Congolese flee the eastern town of Sake, just west of Goma, on Friday. Fighting between rebel and government forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced at least 100,000 people.
Jerome Delay AP

The rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo has set off another humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of displaced villagers who fled the fighting are on the march with their belongings, and someone has to take care of them.

Into this sea of need wades Tariq Riebl, a tall 34-year-old German with a shaved head. He is the humanitarian program coordinator for the international charity Oxfam in the rebel-held city of Goma.

"Basically, what we're going to do, we have two teams," Riebl says.

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3:02am

Sun November 25, 2012
Europe

Fiscal Woes Fade For Catalan's Independence Fervor

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 11:09 am

Supporters of center-right Catalan Nationalist Coalition leader Artur Mas wave pro-independence flags during the last day of campaigning in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Voters in Spain's northern region of Catalonia go to the polls Sunday in a parliamentary election that is shaping up as an unofficial referendum on secession. The current Catalan president has pledged to pursue a move toward independence if re-elected.

The region, which holds 8 million people, is the country's industrial engine. Catalans are resentful that their taxes are being siphoned off for poorer regions. The prospect of secession is opposed both by the Madrid government and the European Union.

'We Are Not Spaniards'

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8:25pm

Sat November 24, 2012
Selected Shorts ~ 11/25 at 5pm

Remembering Isaiah Sheffer

A celebration including readings by Selected Shorts founder Isaiah Sheffer, with special guest host Colum McCann.  Selections will include “Heart of a Champion” by T.C. Boyle, “It Had Wings” by Allan Gurganus, and “Dating Your Mom” by Ian Frazier.  Sunday at 5pm.

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3:28pm

Sat November 24, 2012
U.S.

Legal Pot Is Here, But Stash The Wallet For Now

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 2:34 pm

Legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington state may open the door to a new kind of tourism.
Ed Andrieski AP

2:48pm

Sat November 24, 2012
Middle East

Burst Of Protest In Egypt But No Revolution, Yet

Pro-democracy demonstrators occupy Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday night. The writing on the tent reads, "Egypt is not a farm, Constitution party, Egypt for Egyptians."
AP

Cairo's Tahrir Square was nearly empty as the sun rose Saturday. A few demonstrators camped out overnight after mass protests on Friday condemned controversial decrees by Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi.

Earlier this week, Morsi gave himself unchecked powers until a constitution is written and passed by a popular referendum — in about two months. He also decreed that neither the body writing the constitution nor the upper house of Parliament could be dissolved by the courts.

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7:30am

Sat November 24, 2012
Music Interviews

Piney Gir: From 'The Muppets' To 'Geronimo'

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 11:44 am

Piney Gir grew to love performing after getting solos in the choir at church.
Courtesy of the artist

What do you do if you're an aspiring drummer and someone steals your drum set? Well, if you're Piney Gir, you become a singer — because, as she figured it, they can't steal your voice.

Gir grew up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal household in Kansas, attending church four or five times a week. She got the solos in the choir and grew to love performing. The singer, whose real name is Angela Penhaligon, eventually found her way to London and the world of indie art-rock.

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7:23am

Sat November 24, 2012
NPR Story

Songwriter Paloma Faith's 'Fall To Grace'

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 11:48 am

Paloma Faith's newest album is called Fall to Grace.
Courtesy of the artist

Paloma Faith has been described as smart, vivacious, red-streaked and a singular talent. Before breaking into the music business, Faith worked as a magician's assistant and a dancer. She debuted as a solo artist in the UK in 2009 with the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Her latest album is no less provocatively titled — it's called Fall to Grace.

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6:03am

Sat November 24, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Colbert, America's Test Kitchen

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 8:54 am

Stephen Colbert (right) performs with Ben Folds on the set of his TV show, The Colbert Report.
Kris Long

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Stephen Colbert's Most Meaningful Musical Moments: Colbert loves music and loves to sing, so Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why.

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3:34am

Sat November 24, 2012
Business

Retail Arms Race Escalates To New Level

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 7:30 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

In American retail history, this may be the year that Black Friday shaded into Thursday night. Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart, several other retailers opened on Thursday night, Thanksgiving night, and on Friday, many other online retailers offered flash sales - special deals lasting just a couple of hours. Patty Edwards is the chief investment officer for Trutina Financial, a financial services firm in Washington state. She joins us from member station KUOW in Seattle. Thanks so much for being with us.

PATTY EDWARDS: Absolutely my pleasure.

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