8:38am

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Economy Grew At 1 Percent Rate In Second Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at an even slightly slower pace than we thought in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported.

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8:25am

Fri August 26, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What Einstein Missed: Where Relativity And Road Trips Meet

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Yes, it was Albert Einstein who unified space and time together into a single, coherent whole. As a physicist I can say that was a pretty impressive feat, but as parent — slogging across interstate whatever on the last weekend of the summer — I have to ask: What's the big deal?

Anyone stuck in vacation traffic with kids in tow can tell you that Space and Time have always been unified but not in the wiggly, abstract sense my buddy Al Einstein was talking about.

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8:25am

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Irene, Libya, Bernanke, Attacks In Nigeria And Mexico

Good morning. There's a lot going on today, so we'll be quick with the top headlines, including some of the news we've already posted about:

-- "Irene On Track To Soak N.C., Barrel North Toward New York."

-- "Explosion At U.N. Building In Nigeria; Bomb Suspected."

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8:24am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

FEMA's Challenge: To Get People Ready For Irene

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DAVID GREENE, host:

That is part of the reason the government is urging people to begin now taking this storm very seriously.

Craig Fugate heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he joins us on the line from Washington, D.C.

Good morning.

Mr. CRAIG FUGATE (Administrator, FEMA): Good morning.

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8:05am

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Bernanke To Speak: Interest Is High, But No Surprises Are Expected

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 8:19 am

Though "nervous investors" are waiting anxiously to hear what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has to say later this morning when he speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's annual economic policy conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in reality he "isn't likely to break much new monetary-policy ground," The Wall Street Journal's

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7:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Opposition Pushes On; Gadhafi Still On The Run

In Tripoli on Thursday (Aug. 25, 2011), this anti-Gadhafi fighter celebrated.
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As Libya's Transitional National Council prepares to move its leadership from the eastern city of Behghazi to Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi remains "on the run with his regime in tatters," NPR.org writes this morning.

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7:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Circuses "Get No Respect"

The oldest form of performance art can be seen this weekend in Lexington.  The Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Rupp Arena. Its Ring Master, who is a trained opera singer, says the circuses of Europe are having a deep impact on that American institution.  Still, he says circuses don't get the respect they deserve. Also, a UK and NBA Basketball standout sings this weekend at the Lexington Opera HouseRich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews both events.

7:35am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Real Clowns Steal Fake Jewelry

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 11:41 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Two clowns walked into a Colorado jewelry store this week, guns blazing. The men wore white face paint, black lipstick and wigs. They pointed guns at employees and forced the owner to unlock his jewelry cases. The clown duo made off with the loot. But the joke was on them, Sonny's Rocks Jewelry Store in Denver does not display real jewelry. The display cases are full of fake gold and platinum, which is exactly what ended up in the clown's garbage bags.

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7:29am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Squirrel Blamed For Flag Thefts At Police Memorial

Though the suspect remains at large, police in Toledo, Ohio, got his picture: A squirrel, fleeing with a tiny American flag and a plastic flower purloined from the Police Memorial Garden. One officer told the Toledo Blade, he "knew what he was doing." The bandit was later spotted up a tree, with two tiny flags.

7:20am

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Explosion At U.N. Building In Nigeria; Bomb Suspected

Breaking news from The Associated Press:

"A large explosion struck the United Nations' main office in Nigeria's capital Friday, flattening one wing of the building in Abuja. A U.N. official in Geneva called it a bomb attack.

" 'I saw scattered bodies,' said Michael Ofilaje, a UNICEF worker at the building. 'Many people are dead.' He said it felt like 'the blast came from the basement and shook the building.' "

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