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7:35am

Sat May 21, 2011
Middle East

Egypt, Uncensored: New TV Station Tackles Injustice

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The newly founded Egyptian news channel 25TV broadcasts on their website, 25online.tv. In this image from a show called Hashtag, the host discusses the Twitter hashtag #FreeTarekShalaby, which began after Shalaby, an Egyptian activist, was arrested during protests outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. He was later released.
25TV

The revolution in Egypt can be seen now on the country's satellite television network in the form of a 24-hour news and entertainment channel. 25TV's programming is not always polished, but it is honest and uncensored — at least most of the time.

Its approach to coverage is unique in a country where the government has strictly controlled the news for decades. In fact, staffers joke that their goal is to do all the stories that Egyptian state television won't touch.

And while Egyptian television hosts are usually quite suave, 25TV's Seif Khirfan is not.

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7:27am

Sat May 21, 2011
Space

Aboard The Space Station, It's A Beautiful World

A recent view of Earth from the International Space Station.
NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour launched its final mission this week, a 16-day mission at the International Space Station. It's the second-to-last mission scheduled for the space shuttle program before it comes to an end later this year.

This trip has added significance for shuttle commander Mark Kelly. His wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is continuing her recovery from a gunshot wound received in an attack in January. She traveled to Florida to watch the launch before returning to Houston for more surgery.

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7:26am

Sat May 21, 2011
Author Interviews

'The Influencing Machine' Traces Myths Of The Media

Brooke Gladstone has served as senior editor for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and All Things Considered. She is currently host and managing editor of NPR and WNYC's On The Media.
W.W. Norton & Co.

Once a week, journalist Brooke Gladstone can be heard reporting on the state of journalism on her radio show, On The Media. Now, the former Weekend Edition editor has a book out that asks difficult questions about the future of journalism, and then literally draws the answers out for you.

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7:25am

Sat May 21, 2011
Sports

Horse Racing Gets Squeezed By Gambling's Spread

The finish line and grandstand at Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness. The track has had trouble competing with rival tracks that offer other gambling options, such as slot machines.
Allison Keyes NPR

Races between thoroughbred horses have been held in the United States since the 1600s. With the second jewel in the Triple Crown series – The Preakness – set to run Saturday, its host racetrack is struggling to balance its books.

A 2005 study says that racing directly impacts the U.S. economy to the tune of $10.6 billion a year. And yet, there's been hand-wringing in Maryland, which hosts the Preakness, over whether an industry that's been losing millions of dollars a year can survive.

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7:25am

Sat May 21, 2011
Afghanistan

Forget Unlucky 13. In Afghanistan, Beware 39

Waseh, an Afghan driver working for an international NGO, is trying to cover the license plate containing the number 39 with a blue plastic sheet. He is also 39 years old.
Courtesy of Ahmad Shafi

Afghans have plenty of serious issues to contend with, but a surprising number of them are concerned with ... a number: 39.

Many cultures consider certain numbers to signify luck or disaster. In Afghanistan, 39 is taboo.

It's hard to find a credible story to explain what exactly it means, but everyone knows it's bad. Many Afghans say that the number 39 translates into morda-gow, which literally means "dead cow" but is also a well-known slang term for a procurer of prostitutes — a pimp.

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