1:06pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Afghanistan

In Afghan Bazaar, U.S. Supplies At Bargain Prices

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 6:13 pm

Many of the items in Kabul's Bush Bazaar are food and cleaning supplies that have presumably been stolen from NATO deliveries to Afghanistan.
Sean Carberry NPR

"Welcome to the Bush Bazaar," says Zach Warren, an American who has spent years working in Afghanistan. He's giving me a tour of Kabul's shopping districts as we buzz around the city on his rickety motorcycle, slicing through the city's traffic.

It's one of the worst-kept secrets in Kabul that most everything in the Bush Bazaar was pilfered from NATO trucks and bases — except for the counterfeits.

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1:06pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Vets' Job Hunt May Be Thwarted By Disability Bias

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:12 pm

Claus served in the Army from 2005 until he was honorably discharged in 2010. A parachute accident in 2007 left him with chronic back and knee pain. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Courtesy of Justin Claus

When Army veteran Justin Claus, 26, of Racine, Wis., goes to job interviews, he brings along his DD214, a document that serves as proof of military service. Claus is proud of his service and hopes being a veteran will give him an edge.

But the document, which basically sums up a military career, includes the reason it ended. In Claus' case, it reads "disability, permanent." And that little line Claus says, "comes back to get ya."

He says when employers ask why he was discharged, he recounts a parachute accident in 2007 that left him with chronic back and knee pain.

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1:06pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Saltwater Invades Mississippi River

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 5:25 pm

Water gets churned up at the end of a dredging pipeline connected to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., on Monday. The river has seen water levels from Illinois to Louisiana plummet because of drought conditions in the past three months. When there's less flow coming downstream, saltwater from the Gulf wedges its way in.
Adrian Sainz AP

All the dry weather means there's less water flowing through the once mighty river into the Gulf of Mexico, and low outflow means saltwater from the Gulf is creeping in.

Some Louisiana cities have already begun purchasing drinking water. Now New Orleans is at risk.

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1:05pm

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Jet Lagged: NASA Engineer And His Family Are Living On Mars Time

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 4:36 pm

David Oh, wife Bryn and his children Braden, 13, Ashlyn, 10, and Devyn, 8, picnic in Santa Monica beach at about 1 a.m.
David Oh

Even the tiniest change — from daylight saving time to standard time — can throw your body off.

Imagine jumping into the time zone of an entirely different planet. That's what the family of David Oh, a NASA engineer, has been doing for weeks.

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1:03pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Participation Nation

Skaters Give Back In Los Angeles, Calif.

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 8:54 am

Rebecca Ninburg, aka Demolicious, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Courtesy of LADD

For one day the whir of wheels on a wooden track is suspended as the Los Angeles Derby Dolls open their warehouse venue for the summertime Free Community Health & Job Fair, serving the surrounding Historical Filipinotown community.

The event provides free mammograms, glucose testing, self-defense classes and more courtesy of St. Vincent's Hospital — as well as job recruitment from police and fire departments.

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12:07pm

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Indian Parliament Adjourned After Row Over 'Coal-Gate'

India's parliament was adjourned briefly today as the opposition called for the resignation of the prime minister, saying he was complicit in what has become known as "coal-gate."

The uproar stems from an official audit issued last week accusing the government of selling coal mining rights for too low a price.

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11:17am

Tue August 21, 2012
City Visions: August 27, 2012

Title IX - Creating Champions and Controversy

Many girls today benefit from the rights afforded by Title IX

In 1972, Congress passed Title IX, the landmark legislation that guaranteed no person could, on the basis of sex, be denied participation in any education program that receives Federal assistance. In the 40 years since, women have made great strides in reaching equality with men, especially in athletics. However, there is still controversy surrounding Title IX. We discuss the law's impact and future.

Guests:

Elizabeth Kristen, Fair Play for Girls in Sports

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11:10am

Tue August 21, 2012
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:35 am

Phyllis Diller plays peekaboo with the cameraman before the start of her television show Bonkers in 1979.
Central Press/Getty Images

Phyllis Diller, one of the first and one of the few female comic headliners of her generation, died Monday at the age of 95.

Diller performed in the persona of a crazed housewife. She usually dressed in outlandish, bad-fitting clothes with her hair teased into a disheveled mop. Then she'd fire off long strings of self-deprecating gags. She was so unattractive, she used to tell her audiences, that Peeping Toms asked her to pull her window shades down. Onstage, she called her husband Fang. Diller told Fang jokes like her male counterparts told wife jokes.

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11:10am

Tue August 21, 2012
Author Interviews

Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks'

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 10:21 am

Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement.
AP

In 1964, students at the University of California, Berkeley, formed a protest movement to repeal a campus rule banning students from engaging in political activities.

Then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover suspected the free speech movement to be evidence of a Communist plot to disrupt U.S. campuses. He "had long been concerned about alleged subversion within the education field," journalist Seth Rosenfeld tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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10:58am

Tue August 21, 2012
Asia

China's Increased Investment Upsets Some Pakistanis

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 2:08 pm

China is planning to increase investments in Pakistan, and some Pakistanis feel China is trying to become a new colonial power. Amid these tensions, a bomb went off near the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 23. The blast injured two people.
Rizwan Tabassum AFP/Getty Images

With all its current troubles, Pakistan has not been attracting much foreign investment recently. In fact, China seems to be the only country that's prepared to pour money into Pakistan in a big way.

But a boost in Chinese investment has sparked resentment in southern Pakistan, where activists accuse China of trying to be a new colonial power. A bomb blast recently hit near the Chinese Consulate in Karachi — an ominous sign of the rising tensions.

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