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