3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Middle East

For A Night, Experiencing A Syrian Activist's Fear

In an image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters in the Syrian village of Maaret Harma in Edlib province march against the regime of President Bashar Assad, Aug. 26. The government has banned most foreign journalists in the country and is continuing a brutal crackdown on anti-government activists.
Shaam News AP

During a recent trip to Syria, I managed to sneak away from my minders one night and spend an evening with a man in the capital, Damascus, who's an IT engineer by day and an activist by night.

I was able to see up close that protesting in Syria is not just a matter of raising your fist. It's a matter of life and death.

Let's start this story with how I was able to meet the activist.

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3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Hurricane Irene: A Storm's Character Profile

Robert Siegel gets a profile on Hurricane Irene from Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center.

3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

Why The Hacker Group Anonymous Does What It Does

The hacker group Anonymous launched high-profile attacks against the websites of Sony, the government of Egypt and the Bay Area's transit system. The group's attacks aren't motivated by financial gain.

3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: Town Halls; Leslie Lanier and Beaver Tillett; Attorneys General

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel clarify a report and update a story from Thursday's show, and Robert presents a defense to his use of the grammatically incorrect term "Attorneys General."

3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

Hurricane Irene Approaches N.C.

Hurricane Irene has spent the day churning toward the United States. While the eye of the storm is far offshore, rain bands from the tropical system are already lashing the Carolinas. NPR's Greg Allen speaks with Melissa Block with the latest from Virginia.

3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

NYC To Shut Down Public Transit

Cities along the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene. New York City's public transportation will shut down around noon on Saturday, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

2:43pm

Fri August 26, 2011
World

A Dictator's Choice: Cushy Exile Or Go Underground

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:30 am

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is the latest in a line of dictators who — facing the end of their days in power — must choose an exit strategy.
Pier Paolo Cito AP

Why didn't Moammar Gadhafi choose a comfortable retirement in exile when he had the chance?

It's an age-old question for faltering dictators. When some are losing their grip on power, they are pragmatic and look for a cushy home abroad rather than face the wrath of their angry compatriots.

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2:40pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Jogging Fights Beer Belly Fat Better Than Weights

If you're overweight, the best way to spend your limited time exercising is aerobic activity, a researcher says.
Rhodes ludovic iStockphoto.com

Weight training is touted as the cure for many ills. But if the goal is to lose belly fat, aerobic exercise is the only way to go, exercise scientists say.

We're not talking about muffin tops, the annoying bit of pudge that rolls over a woman's waistline and is featured in those strange Internet ads. Rather, this is gut fat lodged around internal organs, which could look like a beer belly from the outisde. It's considered a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

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2:25pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Navy SEAL's Loyal Dog Now With Master's Friend

Hawkeye, by his master one last time.
Lisa Pembleton Home Post

Few stories in the past week or so have touched more hearts that that of Hawkeye, the loyal Labrador retriever who lay down next to the flag-draped casket of his master, U.S. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson.

One of the 30 U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter was hit by enemy fire on Aug. 6, Tumilson was remembered at a funeral service in Rockford, Iowa, on Aug. 19.

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2:05pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

New York City Orders Evacuations In Low-Lying Areas

All residents of New York City who live in low-lying areas must evacuate their neighborhoods by 5 p.m. ET Saturday because Hurricane Irene is headed their way, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced.

Reuters says an estimated 250,000 people are affected. The city is opening shelters. Bloomberg said this has never been done before.

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