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Sat July 9, 2011
Middle East

Poppy Crops Set To Bloom If Afghanistan Aid Withers

Originally published on Wed July 13, 2011 12:01 am

An Afghan holds a bouquet of poppies near the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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In case you missed it, June 26 was the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Afghanistan, the world's largest provider of opium poppy, did mark the occasion — with a bonfire.

Standing near an 11-ton mountain of seized opium, hashish and alcohol on the outskirts of Kabul, Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi welcomed officials to the drug-burning ceremony.

Ahmadi, the country's deputy minister for counternarcotics, appealed for a strong international effort against narcotrafficking. He also asked for more cooperation from his own government on the issue.

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Thu July 7, 2011
Garden Report

Herb Garden Adds Spice to Summer Foods

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Nothing spices up summer foods like fresh herbs from the garden. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton has more on how to get the best out of your herb garden both now and later.

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Sat July 2, 2011

Reads For The Road: Picks From A London Cabbie


The lazy days of summer are here — and if you find yourself needing a little excitement as you relax, there are plenty of books about adventures in far-off lands. London cabbie, bibliophile and Weekend Edition friend Will Grozier shares his recommendations for exciting summer reads. Click on each title to find more NPR coverage of the book.

The Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian

Captain Cook: Master of the Seas by Frank McLynn

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Sat July 2, 2011

Comedy Veterans Remember TV Pioneer Ernie Kovacs

Actress Jolene Brand Schlatter worked alongside Ernie Kovacs in a number of television programs.
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When Ernie Kovacs was a star in the early days of live television, he was called a clown, an oddball and an innovator. But in the years since 1962 — when he died in a car crash at 42 — he has been hailed as a genius.

Much of the humor for which Kovacs became noted was visual: a trio of musicians wearing gorilla suits and playing as if they were part of a children's toy; or a lady in a bubble bath who gets visitors popping up in her suds.

Kovacs rarely told jokes, and he didn't believe in punch lines. He was funny in an unhurried and usually unscripted kind of way.

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Sat July 2, 2011

After 50 Years, Remembering Hemingway's Farewell

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was 61 years old when he shot and killed himself, 50 years ago, on July 2, 1961. He is pictured above in 1944.
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Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1961, the writer who seemed to personify courage and strength put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. Ernest Hemingway was 61 years old. He was a boxer, a boozer, a philanderer and big-game hunter who wrote some of the most sublime prose of the English language: short, sharp, piercing sentences that told stories about soldiers, lovers, hunters, bravery, fear and death.

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