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The U.S., Africa And The Global Economy

After the Cold War, most Washington policy-makers viewed sub-Saharan nations as charity cases. International oil and mineral companies extracted valuable raw materials, but most private corporations saw the continent as a shaky investment. But after a decade of record growth on the continent, the United States and other countries are beginning to look at Africa as a destination for investment and as a trading partner important for their own economic futures. We speak with the president of the African Development Bank and a top U.S. Treasury Department official about Africa's evolving role in the global economy.

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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
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Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
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Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings

Comedian Jon Stewart was called to the White House on at least two occasions for private meetings with President Obama, according to Politico. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter Darren Samuelsohn.
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An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row

A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

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