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Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they're classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they're well compensated for unskilled labor.

Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen

Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.

All Things Considered

PTSD Goes Largely Untreated In Iraq's Kurdish Region

The U.S. military's attention to PTSD is well-documented but Kurdish fighters living with the same disorder haven't received nearly as much care. Arun Rath talks to journalist Jenna Krajeski.

All Things Considered

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Small Plane That Crashed In Ocean

The apparently unconscious pilot of the single-engine aircraft drifted into restricted airspace over Washington, prompting F-16s to be scrambled.

Corvette-Eating Sinkhole Will Be Filled In, Museum Says

When a gaping hole opened up under a clutch of classic cars at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, the disaster became a favorite exhibit. But the museum's board has decided to fix it, anyway.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Gaza's Shattered Airport, Once A Symbol Of Sovereignty

The sad spectacle of Gaza's bombed-out airport doesn't deter Palestinians from hoping to someday have another airport of their own.

Rebels Reportedly Seize Part Of U.S. Embassy Compound In Tripoli

A YouTube video shows a large group of men occupying a building that the U.S. ambassador to Libya says appears to be the embassy's residential annex.

Boston Honors Fallen Soldier Daniel Londono With Memorial Sign

August 31, 2014

As part of Boston’s ‘Hero Squares’ initiative, the city has rededicated a square in honor of a local soldier killed in the Iraq War during a ceremony Saturday morning in Dorchester. Army Sergeant Daniel Londono died in 2004.

New Book Details Effort To Rescue Abused, Neglected Dogs In Puerto Rico

August 29, 2014
Abandoned dogs are seen at the "Dead Dog Beach", an area that has become a dumping ground for unwanted pets, in the southeastern town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. (Herminio Rodriguez/AP)

In Puerto Rico, Stephen McGarva came to be known as the “crazy gringo” who spent thousands of dollars, and every moment of his waking time, helping and healing hundreds of abused stray dogs.

On Stage: ‘Southern Decadence’ Celebrates LGBT Culture In New Orleans

August 29, 2014
The Southern Decadence festival, often called the "gay Mardi Gras" includes concerts, DJ parties, dancing, contests, and parades, like this one in 2013. (Infrogmation of New Orleans/Flickr)

The “gay Mardi Gras” kicks off its 43rd year tomorrow. We speak with a bar owner who’s been involved in it for about a decade.

Mobile App Helps Transgender People Change Their Voices

August 29, 2014
Lorelei Erisis, a transgender woman, tries out the Eva app in her Ayer home. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports on a new smartphone app that’s helping people who are transitioning to change the pitch of their voice.

Twitter Experiments With New Features

August 29, 2014
A sign is posted outside of the Twitter headquarters on July 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Twitter will report second quarter earnings today after the closing bell. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Some of the tested features aren’t being well received. One new feature displays publicly which tweets a user has “favorited.”

The Hotel Workers Who Saved Lives During The 2008 Mumbai Attacks

August 29, 2014
Residents of Mumbai light candles outside Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP)

Rohit Deshpande explains how employees at the Taj Mahal hotel risked their lives to save guests during the terrorist attack.

The Beyoncé Brand Of Feminism

August 29, 2014
Beyoncé performs at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Getty)

Sex, power and Beyoncé’s feminism. The message to young women.

Angst Begets Art: On Finding Beauty In A Life Of Anxiety

August 29, 2014
Deborah Vlock: "In spite of all the psychiatric dysfunction passed down along generations of my birth family and my built family, we are also the lucky heirs to a special gift: the ability to transform emotional chaos into things of beauty." (porsche-linn/Flickr)

In spite of all the psychiatric dysfunction passed down along generations of my birth family and my built family, we are also the lucky heirs to a special gift: the ability to transform emotional chaos into things of beauty.

Write Stuff Down, Avoid Multitasking, Use Patterns: 10 Ways To Get Your Brain Organized

August 28, 2014
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin argues our brains aren't capable of processing everything in the age of information overload. (Ryan Ritchie/Flickr)

In the age of smart phones, Wikipedia, grocery stores and deadlines, it makes sense that we’re struggling to keep our heads above the overwhelmingly informative water.

Uzi Death Prompts Debate About Kids And Guns

August 28, 2014
A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (John Locher/AP)

After a 9-year-old in Arizona accidentally killed her instructor, some are asking how young is too young to fire an automatic weapon.

Bloomberg: Bank Hackers Have Ties To Russia

August 28, 2014
JP Morgan Chase, in response to allegations that Russian hackers stole personal data from it and four other banks, says “companies of our size unfortunately experience cyber attacks nearly every day. We have multiple, layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels." (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Russian hackers stole troves of personal data from JP Morgan Chase and at least four other banks, according to Bloomberg News.

Legacy And Lessons From Ferguson

August 28, 2014
Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  (AP)

The message that will last out of Ferguson with New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.

Remembering Master Yoga Teacher B.K.S. Iyengar

August 28, 2014
Anita Diamant: "His approach -- making yoga accessible to everybody -- is not sweaty or sexy. Which isn’t to say that it’s easy." Thousands of yoga enthusiasts convene in New York's Times Square to mark the summer solstice, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

His approach — making yoga accessible to everybody — is not sweaty or sexy. Which isn’t to say that it’s easy.

Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open

August 27, 2014
Matt Victoriano stands in front of his cafe/bar Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Former Marine Matt Victoriano is being recognized as a “Champion of Change” at the White House.

Comedian Eddie Izzard: A ‘Force Of Nature’

August 26, 2014
Comedian Eddie Izzard in WBUR’s studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We talk to British comedian Eddie Izzard about his latest stand-up show, “Force Majeure,” and why he believes we all need to be “forces of nature.”

Fight Over ‘Knee Defender’ Causes Airline To Divert Route

August 26, 2014
The Knee Defender was invented by Ira Goldman, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall. (Product image from GadgetDuck.com)

Should tall passengers be able to prevent the person in front from reclining? Ira Goldman, who invented the “Knee Defender,” says yes.

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