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My Guilty Pleasure
4:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure

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Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:23 pm

Nick Dybek is the author of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man.

The sinister face sneering from the cover is reason enough to keep John Fowles' The Magus tucked discreetly away. Then there's the 600 or so pages inside, which are filled with pretentious riffs on psychoanalysis, metaphysics, fascism and the occult.

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Around the Nation
3:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

On Katrina's 7th Anniversary, A New Storm Hurtles In

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:23 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We just heard in Debbie's story from Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans. He insists that his city is, in his words, much, much better prepared than it was seven years ago. So we thought we'd take a few minutes to understand what lessons New Orleans learned from Katrina and in what ways its better prepared for Isaac.

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Around the Nation
3:56 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Takes Aim At Gulf Coast

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:23 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

The Florida peninsula has been spared the worst of tropical storm Isaac. The large system is now in the Gulf of Mexico, taking aim at a wide swath of the northern Gulf coast. Forecasters predict Isaac will pick up strength as it travels over the warm Gulf waters and will become a hurricane. They expect the storm to make landfall by Wednesday morning.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Military Announces Punishment For Troops In Quran Burning, Urinating On Corpses

In Kabul in February, demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans, protesting the burning of Qurans.
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Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 2:05 pm

The U.S. military announced that nine servicemen who were involved in two incidents of misconduct were given administrative punishments for their actions.

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Religion
3:46 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Closing Maine Churches Auction Their Remnants

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:23 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Around the country, Catholic churches are closing due to declining membership. What's left inside can be distributed in many ways. Last weekend in Maine, the remnants of three closed churches were sold at a yard sale. It was a chance for parishioners to say good-bye, savor memories, and walk away with a keepsake.

Maine Public Radio's Patty Wight has the story.

JEAN HAMEL: OK, there's nine, and 11 is 20. Thank you.

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