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Sat May 28, 2011
Music Interviews

My Morning Jacket: On The Circuit

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (center) says the band's new album, Circuital, presented a special challenge: recording in his hometown of Louisville for the first time.
Danny Clinch

My Morning Jacket has been called a lot of things over the years: "the American Radiohead," "the jam band for people who don't like jam bands," even "Led Zeppelin meets Pink Floyd."

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Sat May 28, 2011
Around the Nation

The Fa-Word: An Insulting Slur In the Spotlight

Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant (above) was recently fined $100,000 by the NBA for calling a referee the Fa-word. Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was fined $50,000 by the league for saying it to a fan.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Is the Fa-word the new N-word?

What is the Fa-word, you ask? It's a six-letter, two-syllable term that starts with the letters fa and rhymes with maggot. It's not to be confused with the F-word.

In April, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was fined $100,000 by the NBA for calling a referee the Fa-word. In May, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was fined $50,000 by the league for hurling the anti-gay slur at a fan.

These are just recent incidents in a tumultuous timeline that includes:

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Sat May 28, 2011

Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered From Space

Sarah Parcak examines satellite imagery of an Egyptian landscape.
Courtesy of BBC

When you think archeology, you think shovels, brushes, brooms and other time-honored tools used to uncover archeological treasures. Now a new way to peer beneath the Earth's surface may have made an exciting find: more pyramids, buried deep under an ancient Egyptian city.

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Sat May 28, 2011
NPR Story

Conspiracy Theories Permeate Pakistan

The views on the Pakistani streets are very different from those being expressed through diplomatic channels. That from Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, who talks with guest host Rachel Martin from a market area in Lahore, Pakistan.


Sat May 28, 2011

General: We Can't Kill Our Way Out Of Afghanistan

Since American troops killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a month ago, the U.S. has had to reassess its relationship with Pakistan. And just over the border in eastern Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. John Campbell has been the top U.S. commander for the last year. Campbell tells guest host Rachel Martin the toughest foe in that part of the country isn't the Taliban or even al-Qaida; it's a tribal insurgent group called the Haqqani network.