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Updated August 30, 2021 at 5:04 PM ET

RUDNINKAI, Lithuania — The group of people walks tentatively forward, escorted by Belorussian guards dressed in riot gear. Then the guards yell "Go!" physically pushing those who seem reluctant to take further steps.

On-air Challenge: I'm going to give you some categories in two words. You name something in each category starting with each initial in the category. Any answer that works is fine.

Ex. Zoo Animals --> Zebra, Anteater

1. Asian Countries
2. Dog Breeds
3. Cabinet Departments
4. Carnival Rides
5. Religious Holidays
6. Nonreligious Holidays
7. Florida Cities
8. [triple:] Foreign Auto Makes

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An Arizona Farmer Grapples With Drought

Aug 29, 2021

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Henri is headed for the Northeast. The tropical storm spent much of yesterday as a hurricane, having gained strength as it headed for the coast. And today its winds and rain are already buffeting lower New England.

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONLY IN MY DREAMS")

DEBBIE GIBSON: (Singing) No, only in my dreams...

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Kids Have A New Obsession: 'CoComelon'

Aug 22, 2021

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If you know this sound...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: CoComelon.

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In Iceland, Elf School Is In Session

Aug 22, 2021

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There's a bunch of different ways you can spend a flight layover - get some sleep, get some food, check out the airport bookstore. But journalist Jelisa Castrodale had something a little different in mind when she was in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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On-air Challenge: Every answer today is a word starting with SH-. I'm going to give you two words. The first one can precede the answer and the second one can follow it, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Ex. Jump Glass --> SHOT [jump shot, shot glass]

1. Tortoise Game
2. Milk Hands
3. Soft Polish
4. Coffee Talk
5. Talk Business
6. Window Tree
7. Space Cock
8. Meteor Stall
9. Look Shooter
10. Cold Blade

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Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO Admiral James Stavridis offers his perspective on the fall of Kabul.

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The History Of The Taliban In Afghanistan

Aug 15, 2021

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The Biden administration is facing a fast-changing situation in Afghanistan where Taliban forces are said to have enricled the capital, Kabul.

NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to PBS reporter Jane Ferguson, about the latest on the ground in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word, name, or phrase ending on the accented syllable "lay" — in any spelling.

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