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Spending The Holidays At A Toxic Waste Site

To avoid the crowds at Niagara Falls, why not sail the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or ogle oil refineries in Port Arthur, Texas? In Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures In The World's Most Polluted Places, Andrew Blackwell describes traveling to the world's most contaminated destinations.
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Living The 'Cat Life' In Brazil

Brazil's economy is fast developing and it will garner more attention as it gears up to host the next summer Olympics in 2016. As part of Tell Me More's series looking at fiction from countries on the rise in the global arena, host Michel Martin speaks with Brazilian author Clarah Averbuck. She's the author of "Cat Life."
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Olympics Energize Britain's Patriots, Even (Perhaps) In Scotland

Never before have British sports fans sung the national anthem or flourished their Union flags with such gusto. Never before have British commentators yelled so loudly at the slightest sign their countryfolk may secure a medal.
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Fierce Fighting Continues In Syria As U.N. General Assembly Prepares To Vote

The General Assembly is expected to pass a measure that reprimands the Assad regime. But it's being viewed as a largely symbolic gesture. Meanwhile, fighting continues. And neither side may be strong enough to win any time soon.
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Weightlifter Keeps Calm, Sleeps In And Carries On

Twenty-one year old Jack Oliver went to bed ready to represent Great Britain at the Olympics. That was, until the weightlifter overslept by an hour on his big day.
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Iran's Supreme Leader Has Photos To Share

Experts disagree where Iran is heading with nuclear technology, but there's no doubt that Iran is keeping up with social media. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has joined Instagram, the photo-sharing service.
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London Olympics' Record-Setting First Week

The London Olympics have produced lots of fascinating moments in its early days. Records have been shattered, rules have been broken. And it's only the first week. NPR's Mike Pesca has been covering the games and joins Steve Inskeep.

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