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World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

August 29, 2014
The Irish National team competes in the 1990 World Tug-of-War Championships. (Bob Martin/Allsport/Getty Images)

This weekend’s competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

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.

After Two Disasters, Malaysia Airlines To Cut 6,000 Jobs

August 29, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

The airline has been losing ground for years, but the economic picture worsened in 2014 after two of its planes crashed in five months.

Americans Fighting A War Away From Home

August 29, 2014
This image obtained by NPR shows Ahmed al-Moflihi, a Yemeni-American who is believed to have fought in the Syrian civil war. (NPR)

NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston discusses her reporting on Americans who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.

ISIS Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Kurdish Fighter

August 29, 2014
Men said to be captured Kurdish soldiers were paraded before the cameras. (Screenshot via BBC)

The video also shows several men said to be captured Kurdish fighters. The Kurds are trying to stave off the advance of ISIS.

Old Threats Persist For Loons On Lake Winnipesaukee

August 29, 2014
Biologist Melisa Leszik steers the boat while LPC Director Harry Vogel looks for loons. (Sean Hurley/NHPR)

Sean Hurley of New Hampshire Public Radio went along on an annual bird count to find out how the loons are doing.

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.

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

August 29, 2014
A demonstration of the Kite Patch is shown in this image from ieCrowd. (Courtesy of ieCrowd)

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug’s carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

It’s A Dog’s Life In ‘Finding Neverland’

August 29, 2014
Thayne Jasperson plays Porthos, the family dog, in the A.R.T. production of "Finding Neverland." (Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater)

Thayne Jasperson channels his canine side to play Porthos, the family dog, in the play at the American Repertory Theater.

Heavy Surf Pummels California’s Catalina Island

August 29, 2014
This image provided by Mean Advantage Productions shows damage left after Wednesday's storm on Catalina Island Thursday Aug. 28, 2014. Pummeled by high surf, the island was subjected to a third day of huge waves and dangerous rip currents as the area felt the ripple effects of Tropical Storm Marie churning off the Mexican coast. (Mean Advantage Productions via AP)

While many were excited for the surge of waves from Tropical Storm Marie, they had some devastating effects.

Obama’s Comment On Strategy Against ISIS Kicks Up Political Storm

August 29, 2014
President Barack Obama holds a press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 28, 2014. He signaled there would not be immediate U.S. military strikes in Syria, saying Washington was still developing a strategy on tackling the conflict there. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Asked whether he’ll consult with Congress about military plans, the president said it was too early because “we don’t have a strategy yet.”

Russia Continues To Claim It Hasn’t Invaded Ukraine

August 29, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers park their hardware on the roadside as they wait for the start of the march into the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday after three days of heavy shelling, the town's mayor said, capturing new territory far from most of their battles with government troops. (Sergei Grits/AP)

NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson joins us from the Ukrainian town said to be the next target for pro-Russian forces.

Music From The Show

August 28, 2014

From Mr. Scruff to The Unicorns.

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

August 28, 2014
Tim DeLaughter and the Polyphonic Spree perform at the Marsh Chapel at Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

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