8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Africa

Newly Born, South Sudan's First Steps Are Next

Africa is celebrating the birth of the Republic of Southern Sudan. South Sudan waged a brutal and lengthy war of independence from the North and as the celebratory parades end, the country faces significant development challenges. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

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Sun July 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Prince William Proves 'Fierce' On Polo Field

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are visiting Southern California this weekend, combining red carpet glamour and charity work. Prince William played polo in Santa Barbara, with his bride awarding the winning trophy. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports from the scene on the match, the hoopla and the hats.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Afghanistan

New Defense Secretary Panetta Sizes Up Afghanistan

Leon Panetta is making his first trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary this weekend. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets an update from NPR's Rachel Martin, who is traveling with the secretary.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Around the Nation

'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend No Average Gangster Moll

Alleged fugitive Catherine Grieg is scheduled to appear in a Boston court Monday for her detention hearing. She lived on the lam for 16 years with Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Christine Pelisek, staff reporter at The Daily Beast, about the notorious gangster's companion.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Economy

Ex-Clinton Adviser: Start-Ups Key To Job Growth

With the nation's unemployment rate edging up to 9.2 percent, finding the most effective and efficient ways to create more jobs is a matter of much debate. In a recently published essay, political theorist William Galston points out that new businesses have been the biggest new source of job creation in the last generation. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Galston, a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, about his proposals for spurring job growth in the private sector.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Media

Today Is The End Of 'The World'

Britain's most widely read Sunday publication, News of the World, publishes its last edition Sunday. The 168-year-old newspaper is closing in the wake of a devastating phone hacking scandal that's led to the arrest of several editors and executives. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets reaction from NPR's David Folkenflik in London.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Politics

GOP Relents Over Debt Talks

After weeks of fruitless talks, House Speaker John Boehner has thrown in the towel in the contentious fight over the federal deficit and the nation's debt limit. In a statement issued last night, Boehner said he would back down from Republican demands for $4 trillion dollars in cuts to reduce the nation's deficit in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the weekend effort to reach an agreement and the problems it will cause in both parties.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Africa

Violence Leaves Libyan Villages Deserted

Fierce fighting in the western mountains of Libya has turned at least half a dozen villages into ghost towns. Some have been emptied by Moammar Gadhafi's forces, others have faced rebel retribution for being perceived as loyalists. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Middle East

Syria Begins National Talks On Political Crisis

The Syrian government is hoping to launch a national dialogue Sunday to chart a path of reforms and bring an end to some four months of anti-government protests. But the meeting's credibility is on the line. Opposition to the meeting comes from street protesters and from Syria's traditional opposition figures. They are boycotting the meeting. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets an update on the talks from NPR's Deborah Amos.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Education

Kids Draw Comics, But It's Not Child's Play

Drawing comics is sometimes considered a simple, easy thing to do. But a group of Michigan cartoonists think the art form is sophisticated. They think comics can be an educational and valuable tool for kids, especially those who are struggling. Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris reports.

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