Morning Edition for Monday, May 5, 2014

Even where there is peace, there is distrust, as the country divides along ethnic lines. In the government-controlled capital, members of the Nuer ethnic group are seeking protection in a U.N. camp.
The website Unlock Iran documents what life is like for political prisoners in Iran. Activists say that little has changed despite promises by the new Iranian president to overhaul the country.
Going into midterm elections, this key demographic poses a big challenge for Democrats: getting their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.
The award is for politicians who made unpopular decisions but they believed to be right. In 1990, Bush broke his own no new taxes pledge and accepted higher taxes to cut the federal deficit.
Tensions remain high in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine. Violence has led to the worst death toll since February, including more than 30 pro-Russian separatists who died in a building fire.
Maybe it's true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. People are judging your personality from the first word you speak, scientists say. Try it yourself with our quiz.
Brain training has become a multimillion dollar industry. But if you want to improve your memory, don't waste your time and money on brain games. You'd be better off learning to quilt.

Portugal To Exit EU Bailout Program

After this month, officials in Portugal say they will no longer need further assistance form the European Union bailout plan.
Warren Buffett is under fire for not opposing Coca-Cola's executive compensation plan more aggressively. Buffett spoke about his decision at a shareholder meeting for his company Berkshire Hathaway.
David Weil is responsible for enforcing federal protections such as the minimum wage and overtime. Weil, an economist at Boston University, has spent his whole career studying workplace issues.

Naked Cowboy Switches From Briefs To Boxers

New York City's Robert Burck is a Times Square street performer known as the Naked Cowboy. He performs wearing a guitar, 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and white briefs. On Tuesday, he changes to boxers.
As a result of a newly released White House email, House Speaker John Boehner has decided to set up a special committee to investigate the attack in Libya but Democrats are balking at serving on it.
The Obama administration is trying to gain more support for a bi-partisan bill to dramatically re-shape the housing finance industry. Others say the bill would weaken affordable housing regulations.
Steve Inskeep talks to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. An Israeli diplomat told Morning Edition last week that a unity government between Fatah and Hamas is unacceptable.
MIT scientist Sebastien Seung at MIT invented the game to help him make a map of the cells in the mammalian retina. A year later, he says the game is producing valuable science.

Divers Explore North Atlantic Shipwreck

Mort Raphelson, 92, was on that ship 70 years ago when it was sunk by a German U-boat. Divers presented him with two bowls recovered from the wreck.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine held its 16th annual ceremony to bless the city's bikes and cyclists on Saturday. Some come for God's help, others are just hoping for "a little extra mojo."
The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.

Seeking A Fortune Through Search Funds

Normally investors look for promising companies to invest in. With search funds, they invest in promising people. Investors back "searchers" by covering their pay while they hunt for companies.
Nellie Bly of the New York World was one of the most famous "girl stunt reporters" of her time. Now, the first ever edited collection of her work is being released, in honor of her 150th birthday.
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