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6:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Prisoner Swap One Of Several Tough Moments For Obama In Recent Weeks

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 7:45 pm



It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. One week ago today, President Obama announced that he had secured the release of America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Almost immediately, the news of the trade with the Taliban that secured the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl set off a barrage of criticism Republicans and Democrats.

Yesterday the president, speaking with NBC's Brian Williams, defended his decision.


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All Tech Considered
6:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

The addiction of games — from casinos to smartphones — is not just about the thrill of winning.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 11:04 am

If you have a smartphone — or if you've ever used the Internet — you've probably heard of Candy Crush Saga. It's a mobile game in which you line up pieces of colorful candy in rows to score points. The game is simple, but addictive.

Very addictive.

According to the game's maker, King Digital Entertainment, Candy Crush has more than 93 million users who play more than 1 billion times a day in total.

Candy Crush has people hooked.

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6:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, which has helped fuel a growing demand for butlers around the world.

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 5:05 pm

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Birdcage. Or, like Batman's Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

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6:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

Mormon missionaries pray before the start of their Mandarin Chinese class at the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:01 pm

On a sunny Wednesday in Provo, Utah, a long line of cars spits out about 300 new arrivals to the Missionary Training Center. The facility, known as MTC, is the largest language training school for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Every year, about 36,000 students come to the center before they leave on missions around the world to spread the Mormon faith.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

U.S., Iran Will Meet For Another Round Of Nuclear Talks

U.S. diplomats will meet with their Iranian counterparts on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva to try to seal a deal over Iran's nuclear program.

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