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12:06pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Latin America

Drug Cartels Prey On Migrants Crossing Mexico

Mexican soldiers have taken control of the police department in downtown Matamoros, in the border state of Tamaulipas.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Second in a three-part series.

If there's one place that has come to illustrate the perils confronting the hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States, it's San Fernando in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

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12:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Education

Arne Duncan: How Dream Act Can Reduce Deficit

During Obama's Twitter Town Hall meeting Wednesday, several questions focused on U.S. schools' needs and budgets. Host Michel Martin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss No Child Left Behind, the plan aimed to improve failing public schools; as well as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented youth.

12:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Space

DeGrasse Tyson: Links Between NASA, Fashion, Food

The final launch of NASA's shuttle Atlantis is this Friday. When that mission ends, so will the shuttle program that produced scientific advances and stunning cosmic photos. To learn about the program's legacy and the future of space exploration, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of "NOVA scienceNOW."

11:59am

Thu July 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Americans Get An F On Fat

Obesity rates continue to climb in the U.S.
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Did you really think people in this country were getting slimmer? Of course not.

But the latest look at obesity in the U.S. paints an even grimmer picture of our national weight problem than you might have imagined.

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11:57am

Thu July 7, 2011
Books We Like

G.R.R. Martin's Complex Epic For An Ambivalent Age

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In 2005 I wrote a review of George R. R. Martin's novel, A Feast for Crows, in which I called him "the American Tolkien." That phrase has stuck to him, which is what I meant it to do. I think Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is the great epic of our era. It's an epic for a more profane, more sardonic, more ambivalent age than the one Tolkien lived in. Tolkien was a veteran of the Somme, and wrote during Word War II, when it really seemed like the fate of civilization was hanging in the balance. Now we can't even agree on what civilization is.

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