2:58pm

Sat July 30, 2011
Author Interviews

'Starman' Tracks David Bowie's Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The man we know as David Bowie has gone by many names: David Jones, the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust, to name a few. But whether he's dressed in a metallic leather jumpsuit or a button-up and tie, David Bowie has dominated pop music.

Paul Trynka, former editor of the music magazine MOJO has chronicled the story of the man who influenced pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna in his new book, David Bowie: Starman.

Meet David Jones

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1:42pm

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

Obama Faces Grumbling On The Left

Van Jones (right) of the American Dream Movement, points skyward during a sing-along in front of the Capitol to urge lawmakers to come to a fair deal on the budget on Thursday. At the microphone is Joel Silberman, also with the American Dream Movement.
Bill O'Leary The Washington Post/Getty Images

President Obama may have lost a direct hand in the debt-limit negotiations, but some of his liberal base is still seething at the concessions he was willing to make to Republicans — especially Social Security and Medicare cuts that may yet be in the offing.

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1:32pm

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

White House, GOP Leaders Try For Compromise

House Speaker John Boehner (right) consults with staff members before entering the House chamber on Saturday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

After weeks of intense partisanship, the White House and congressional leaders made a desperate, last-minute stab at compromise Saturday to avoid the government default threatened for early next week. "There is very little time," declared President Obama.

Obama met with top Democrats at the White House and spoke by phone with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

"We're now fully engaged, the speaker and I, with the one person in America out of 307 million who can sign a bill into law," McConnell said.

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9:46am

Sat July 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: From Peacock Finances To Relieved Livers

You are the same person wherever you are, right? Well, Dr. Vlad Griskevicius might beg to differ. The professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota looked at how people's personal spending behavior varies from city to city.

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8:14am

Sat July 30, 2011
Africa

Conflict Zone Slows Aid For Somalia's Famine Victims

U.S. officials are sounding increasingly frustrated that they and other big donors can't mount the kind of humanitarian operation that is needed in Somalia. Violence in Mogadishu this week is just the latest of their troubles.

Aid work is never easy, but the troubles add up quickly in a conflict zone like Somalia, says Assistant Secretary of State Eric Schwartz.

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8:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
NPR Story

Late MLB Trades May Put Big Names In New Colors

The Major League Baseball trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. Saturday. With little more than a third of the season remaining, some teams are looking for a last-minute roster boost. Others are looking just for a garage sale. Host Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

8:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
NPR Story

High Drama Dominates Debt Ceiling Talks

After several days of arm-twisting, the House on Friday approved a two-stage plan to raise the federal debt ceiling and make sharp cuts in federal spending. But the proposal was almost immediately rejected by the Senate, where Democrats introduced their own debt ceiling plan. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

8:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
Africa

UN Rushes Relief To Somalia's Starving Refugees

After an initial delay, the UN has begun airlifting emergency food relief supplies into Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Families fleeing hunger and conflict in other parts of the failed state continue to arrive there, seeking refuge and food. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

8:00am

Sat July 30, 2011
Politics

Obama Presses Both Chambers For Debt Compromise

For lawmakers in Washington, D.C., it's another working weekend as they try to come to a deal to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a government default next week. NPR's Scott Horsley brings us up to date on negotiations.

7:38am

Sat July 30, 2011
U.S.

Preparing For Debt Fallout Across The Nation

If Democrats and Republicans are unable to meet the Tuesday deadline for raising the debt ceiling, and the Treasury starts running short of money, the government will have to start making choices about which bills to pay. On the West Coast, as elsewhere in the country, taxpayers and state officials are considering what would happen if Social Security and medical benefits really stop.

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