NPR's Eric Westervelt is in Cannes, France, where the leaders of the G-20 industrialized nations are due to meet on Thursday. He's watching developments in the eurozone after Monday's surprise announcement of a referendum on the bailout deal in Greece. Robert Siegel talks to Eric for more.
Wednesday in Cairo, the Arab League announced an agreement with the Syrian government on a plan to end the violence there and launch a dialogue between the government and opposition leaders. But many of the protest organizers in Syria say they will not enter into negotiations with the government as long as security forces remain in cities and towns around the country.
A few years ago hip-hop mogul Jay Z heard a few tracks by a rapper named J Cole and decided to sign him to his label. The next year, J Cole hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 with his album debut, "Cole World: Sideline Story." Guy Raz talks with J Cole about his journey from Fayetteville, N.C., to the big leagues in New York City.
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The Eurozone has been thrown into chaos once again. European leaders thought they had finally unified behind a plan to deal with their debt crisis. But then late yesterday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called for a national referendum on the agreement. In a moment, we'll hear how other European leaders are reacting.