6:31am

Thu August 11, 2011
Politics

Congress Fills Seats On Bipartisan Debt Committee

Congressional leaders have announced their appointments to the so-called "supercommittee." The panel's job is to find deeper deficit reductions and a long-term plan for the federal government's spending.

4:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
Sports

NCAA Devises Rescue Plan For Tarnished Sports Programs

Ohio State, Auburn, USC — the NCAA has been faced with violations at a number of big-time college sports programs. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on efforts to remake the enforcement system.

4:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
Economy

France Snared In Debt Crisis Crossfire

Investors have been witnessing big swings on Wall Street as well as Asian and European exchanges. And now France is the latest country caught up in the debt crisis plaguing Europe and the United States. Jonathan Loynes, the chief European economist at Capital Economics in London, talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest financial market movers.

4:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
NPR Story

'Hidden Billionaires' Profiles Under-The-Radar Rich

Bloomberg Markets Matthew Miller spent months scouring the globe for billionaires who control big parts of the economy, yet have managed to fly under the radar. He talks to Renee Montagne about his article "Hidden Billionaires."

4:00am

Thu August 11, 2011
NPR Story

European Market Pressures Move To France

The European debt crisis is being blamed for a run on the shares of French banks. The stocks tumbled on the Paris stock exchange yesterday, amid fears the country's "Triple A" credit rating was under threat. Government officials and the banks said the fears were based on speculators spreading rumors.

12:05am

Thu August 11, 2011
Energy

Energy Panel Wants Answers On Gas Fracking

Originally published on Thu August 11, 2011 12:01 am

A Department of Energy panel hopes new recommendations — if implemented — will restore the public's trust in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for natural gas.

In the last few years, fracking has brought new life to old gas fields around the country. Most of the increasing production comes from dense layers of shale deep underground. By pumping huge deep underground amounts of water, along with smaller amounts of chemicals and sand, drillers can force gas out of shale.

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12:01am

Thu August 11, 2011
The Record

Country's New Guard Gets Back To Basics

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 5:10 pm

Eric Church, whose Chief topped the Billboard 200 album chart last week and is joined in the top 10 this week by three other country albums.
John Peets Courtesy of Capitol Records

12:01am

Thu August 11, 2011
Author Interviews

Discworld's Terry Pratchett On Death And Deciding

Terry Pratchett began writing the novels of his Discworld fantasy series in 1983. Snuff is the 39th book in the collection.
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If you've read the Discworld novels by popular fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, you've surely encountered Death. He's an actual character — a skeleton in a black hood who's portrayed as not such a bad guy after all.

So maybe it's not so surprising that at 63, Pratchett — who has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's — speaks openly about causing his own death.

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