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Sun July 10, 2011
NPR Story

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.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
NPR Story

Hot Vacation Reads From Santa Fe

We're visiting bookstores around the country this month to find out what people are picking for their summer reads. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Francoise Paheau, owner of Garcia Street Books, about what her customers are reading this summer.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
NPR Story

Author Reveals Untold Tales Of Music

Rick Beyer's The Greatest Stories Never Told, published a few years ago, included 100 stories about little-known historical events. What it lacked, though, was music. So Beyer is back with a new book, The Greatest Music Stories Never Told, which chronicles the sometimes odd histories and origins of musicians and traditional songs. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks to Beyer about his book.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
Africa

Somalia Parched By Drought And Politics

A drought has led to widespread hunger in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and especially Somalia. The UN has said 10 million people face severe food shortages in the region. But politics have kept food aid from reaching the hungry. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks about the challenge with Mercy Corps Co-Director of Policy and Advocacy Jeremy Konyndyk.

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.

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