On Syrian-Sponsored Trip, Everyone Stays On Script

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As the international community ratchets up criticism of Syria for its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, the country is becoming more and more isolated. A recent Syrian government-sponsored tour was called Syria is fine. Minders monitored reporters every move.

3 Questions With The Guy Who Hates Renoir

Max Geller led a small crowd in protest of the fact that paintings by renowned French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir hang in Boston's Museum of Fine Art.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

Inside The Message Machine That Could Make Politicians More Persuasive

A political scientist identified optimally persuasive terms that make people more inclined to support the health care act. He says the tool could someday make it easier to sharpen political messages.

FAA Proposes Record Fine Against Drone Operator

The FAA is proposing a nearly $2 million fine against a drone operator it says was operating outside the rules and endangering safety. NPR talks to the head of the FAA about what's behind the hefty penalty.

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