Africa
12:00 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Amid Sudan's Unrest, Ambassador Sees Chance For New Nation

Ethnic killings and mass displacement of people are threatening to break the fragile peace agreement between the North and South in Sudan. Just three weeks before the South formally secedes from the North, violence in two border regions have raised fears about the outbreak of another bloody conflict in Sudan. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, about the recent outbreak of violence in the regions of Abyei and Kordofan and America's role in resolving the conflicts.

World
12:00 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

International Community Struggles To Prevent Another Darfur

The U.S., the African Union and the United Nations are struggling to stop the violence in two border regions between North and South Sudan as mass killings and unrest are raising fears of another humanitarian crisis. Just three weeks before southern Sudan officially secedes from the North, some residents have been fleeing their homes by the thousands. To learn more about the unrest in Sudan, host Michel Martin speaks with

The Two-Way
11:49 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Astronaut Mark Kelly, Rep. Giffords' Husband, Retires From Navy And NASA

"Today, I am humbled to announce that after 25 years of service to our country, I am retiring from the United States Navy and leaving NASA, effective Oct. 1," Navy Capt. Mark Kelly just wrote on his Facebook page.

Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), adds that:

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World
11:45 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Greek Leader Makes 'Take It Or Leave It Proposal'

In any democracy, governments can lose power following a popular vote. But under the parliamentary system, governments can vote to strip themselves of power.

That's the dynamic behind Tuesday's confidence vote in Greece. In order to keep bailout money coming in from other European countries and avoid default, the Greek parliament has to approve an austerity package that includes tax increases, wage cuts and the sale of some $70 billion worth of government assets.

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Justin Vanderberg is a musician, poet, volunteer, and student of life. Professionally trained in the radio arts, he's been with WYSO since 2006. He lives with his wife and cats in Kettering Ohio.

The Two-Way
10:50 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Sales Of Existing Homes Fall; Pace Is Weakest Of Year So Far

There was a 3.8 percent drop in sales of previously owned homes in May from April, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Also, the "seasonally adjusted annual rate" of 4.81 million was down 15.3 percent from May 2010, "when sales were surging to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit," NAR says.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:41 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Be Warned: FDA Unveils Graphic Cigarette Labels

Joe Bey enjoys a cigarette in Conner's Pub in Indianapolis.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:43 am

Everybody knew the graphic new cigarette labels the Food and Drug Administration would be disturbing. But the nine selected by the agency may still startle you.

The whole idea is that the labels will grab people by the lapels and be the visual equivalent of someone yelling: "Stop smoking!"

And, for the most part, the labels unveiled by the agency today live up to the advanced billing. Check out the ravaged teeth and damaged lip in the label on the left for starters.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Decisions On Afghan Strategy Won't End With Obama's Announcement

Marines pause during an operation earlier this month in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

All the usual cliches are being used in the run-up to Wednesday's expected announcement from President Obama about how fast and how soon the 30,000-or-so additional troops who went into Afghanistan during the "surge" will be coming home.

Milestone. Turning point. Critical.

Pick your word.

But this is worth bearing in mind:

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Europe
10:38 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Thousands Gather At Stonehenge For Summer Solstice

Thousands of people swarmed over at the ancient rock formation of Stonehenge on Tuesday to celebrate the dawn of the summer solstice — the longest day of the year.

More than 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors shouted and banged drums and tambourines at the Stonehenge circle, a group of giant bounders in the middle of an English field, even though clouds blocked out the sunrise at 4:52 a.m. local time.

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It's All Politics
9:56 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Huntsman Signals He Plans To Take High Road To White House

Based on an advance text of Jon Huntsman's kick off speech for his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he plans to take the high road to the White House.

In the first speech of his official presidential campaign, Huntsman declared he would disagree with President Obama, the Democrat in the White House, as well his fellow Republicans competing to oust the president, without demonizing them.

The former Utah governor also offers a dual vision of America — one of a dire future, the other more upbeat.

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