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11:14 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson

James King.
Julie Lilliard King Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:13 pm

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The Government Shutdown
11:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Boehner Proposes 6-Week Increase In Debt Limit

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

Seven days from now - according to the U.S. Treasury Department - the U.S. approaches the point where it can no longer pay its bills. The federal budget deficit has been dropping dramatically. But in the wake of the Great Recession, it is still very high.

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Solving With Es

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Here's To You, Mr. Robinson, Ana Chawla. From International Doppelgangers, Kim Roth. From the Idiot Jukebox, Ben Kopish. From That's Not Fair, Monique Sulle, and from Three Characters In Search of an Author, Amanda Strogoff.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to crown our winner.

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Tom Ruprecht: Make It 'Til You Fake It

Tom Ruprecht.
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 12:45 pm

  • Bonus: Tom talks about a joke for Late Show that ticked off the White House

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Three Characters in Search of An Author

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 7:05 pm

The premise of this game is quite simple: host Ophira Eisenberg names three literary characters, all creations of the same author, and you must name their creator. But things may get tricky. Who is responsible for writing Pudd'nhead Wilson? Iris Chase? Klamm?

Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

That's Not Fair!

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Georgia Andrews and Monique Sulle. Hi.

MONIQUE SULLE: Hi.

GEORGIA ANDREWS: Hi.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. Georgia, Monique, we're going to break it down. Let's get real for a second. I just want to know what about life is not fair. Georgia.

ANDREWS: Ooh. I don't know. I - there's expression: Fair only happens in Iowa in the summer.

JONATHAN COULTON: Ah. Nice.

EISENBERG: Oh. Wow.

ANDREWS: That's really my comment on fairness.

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Idiot Jukebox

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WYNC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. Coming up, we'll meet some characters in search of their author. Plus, we'll put the writer Tom Ruprecht in the puzzle hot seat. But let's welcome our next two contestants, Ben Kopish and Dominic Clarke.

(APPLAUSE)

BEN KOPISH: Hi there.

EISENBERG: Hi. What I do know about both of you is that you're both television junkies.

KOPISH: That's correct. Yep.

EISENBERG: OK. So, Ben, what's the last series you binge watched?

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

International Doppelgangers

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On stage right now we have Kim Roth and Ryan Hyde.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Kim, do you ever have people telling you that you look like a certain celebrity?

KIM ROTH: I've had Kate Winslet twice but I see it not at all. Not at all.

EISENBERG: Kate Winslet twice. I can kind of see that.

ROTH: No.

EISENBERG: Yes. Yes. Ryan, how about you? Been told anyone that you look like?

RYAN HYDE: Laurence Fishburne.

EISENBERG: Laurence Fishburne?

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Here's To You, Mr. Robinson

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And I believe it's time to welcome our first two contestants, Eric Brown and Ana Chawla.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome to you both. Eric, you are into coffee science; is that correct?

ERIC BROWN: That is correct.

EISENBERG: Now, what is coffee science?

BROWN: I'm a barrista and I like the science that goes behind it - the temperatures of brewing, the ratios, everything like that. I love it.

EISENBERG: Burr grinder?

BROWN: Absolutely.

EISENBERG: Yeah? OK.

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Parallels
10:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Will A Pakistani Teenager Win The Nobel Peace Prize?

Malala Yousafzai, 16, speaks in New York last month. Yousafzai was shot a year ago by the Taliban for her outspoken advocacy in favor of girls' education in Pakistan. She is considered one of the favorites for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced Friday.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 11:03 am

It hasn't been a great year for peace. War is raging in Syria, grinding conflicts drag on in Afghanistan and Iraq, and assorted insurgencies plague nations from Asia to Africa.

Yet the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Friday, and one of the favorites would be a striking choice: Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year for her outspoken advocacy of girls' education in her native Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Malala Yousafzai Awarded Sakharov Prize

Malala Yousafzai addresses students and faculty after receiving the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., last month.
Jessica Rinaldi AP

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:33 pm

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot last year by Taliban militants for her advocacy of girls' education, has been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by European lawmakers.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Weekly Unemployment Claims Spike; Shutdown Gets Some Blame

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:36 pm

First-time claims for unemployment insurance were up sharply to 374,000 from 308,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday.

The increase for the week ending Oct. 5 is a departure from a trend in recent weeks that was lower than at any time since the spring of 2007, before the onset of the recession.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Cricket's Sachin Tendulkar Announces Retirement

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates scoring his 100th century during the Asia Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 16, 2012. He said Thursday that he will retire from test cricket after his 200th test in November.
Aijaz Rahi AP

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 8:44 am

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It's All Politics
8:32 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a sign of the times.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:02 am

Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 10 of the federal government's partial shutdown. And while it's a dreary, rainy day in Washington, there did appear to be more glimmers of hope this morning than in recent days.

Today's theme is movement, as in, there seem to be some tentative steps towards resolving the current fiscal impasse as President Obama and House Republicans are scheduled to meet at the White House later Thursday.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Top Stories: Obama, GOP Meet; Alice Munro Wins Nobel In Lit

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 12:18 pm

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Song Premiere: Christopher Denny, My Morning Jacket's 'Bermuda Highway'

Timothy S. Griffin Courtesy of the artist

Five years ago, a listener looking for a lonesome song anywhere near Arkansas might have heard a voice she still can't forget. Christopher Denny was 23 when he released Age Old Hunger, introducing the world to a high Southern warble that doesn't defy gravity so much as play with the tension that force creates – an androgynous, time-jumping instrument. Denny was learning to control his singing then, a process he says is more about instinct than craft. "I have to say...

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Books News & Features
7:39 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Canadian Alice Munro Wins Nobel's Literature Prize

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Swedish Academy, which gives Nobel Prizes out this time of year, calls for master of the contemporary short story. Canadian writer Alice Munro is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. The announcement was made earlier this morning in Stockholm. And joining us to talk about the selection is NPR's Lynn Neary. Lynn, good morning

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Good morning. Good to be here.

GREENE: So we have an editor at MORNING EDITION from Canada, and he literally jumped out of his seat when he heard this news.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of Possible Thaw

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Ryan has outlined the framework of a possible deal on the federal shutdown and the debt ceiling.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:04 am

It's Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.

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Around the Nation
7:39 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Colorado Ethics Watch To Get To The Bottom of Free Pot

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Around the Nation
7:39 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Hawaiian Company Adds Spam Flavored Macadamia Nuts

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Spam brings two things to mind: unwanted email or that gelatinous pre-cooked meat product you find at the store. Well, some people would rather see both in the trash. But many people like eating Spam and now there's a new way to do it. The Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company has a new flavor: Spam. The flavoring is meat free. Good news for any Spam-loving vegetarians who might be out there. The president of the Hawaii company, Richard Schnitzler, said Spam has a cult following in his state.

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