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3:32pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Business

Why Borders Failed While Barnes And Noble Survived

Borders Group Inc., the nation's second largest bookstore chain, announced that it will liquidate the company.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It appears to be all over for the Borders bookselling chain. The company will be liquidated – meaning sold off in pieces – and almost 11,000 employees will lose their jobs. The chain's 400 remaining stores will close their doors by the end of September.

The retailer's first bookstore opened in Ann Arbor, Michigan 40 years ago. Along with competitor Barnes and Noble, Borders pioneered the book megastore business. But Borders made some critical missteps over the years that cost it the business.

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3:30pm

Tue July 19, 2011
World Cafe

The Low Anthem On World Cafe

The Low Anthem.
Courtesy of the artist

The Low Anthem's markedly pleasant tunes contain some of the sweetest sounds in modern Americana. The band's music features husky vocals, poetic lyrics, rich harmonies, even some heavy blues guitar. In concert, the group has been known to forgo PA systems and amplification in order to blend with its surroundings.

Hear three songs from the Rhode Island foursome recorded live at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, as well as an interview with founding members Ben Knox Miller and Jeffrey Prystowsky.

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2:57pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Latest Figures On Obesity Paint An Uglier Picture

The darker the color, the larger the proportion of the population that is obese. In the darkest brown counties, more than 30 percent of people are obese, according to 2008 data.
CDC

Too many Americans weigh more than is good for them. What else is new, right?

We learned less than two weeks ago that rates of obesity worsened in 16 states last year, and not one state showed improvement.

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2:49pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Woman Pays $10,000 For 'Non-Visible' Work Of Art

The actor James Franco is standing next to his art work. You can't see it, of course, because it exists only in his head.
MONA

We've all seen strange reactions to the abstract pieces of art. Think about how many times you've heard, "I could do that in an afternoon," to a Jackson Pollack or a "really someone paid for that?" to a Marc Rothko.

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2:45pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Virginia Man Accused Of Secretly Lobbying For Pakistan

The Justice Department has charged an American citizen with acting as an agent for Pakistan, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai of Fairfax, Va., is specifically accused of lobbying members of Congress in a bid to influence U.S. policy in the dispute with India over Kashmir, without properly registering his activities.

Fai, 62, allegedly accepted more than $4 million over the past two decades from straw donors working on behalf of Pakistani intelligence services. He was arrested this morning, the Justice Department says.

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