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The Winter Olympics start this week in South Korea. NPR's Melissa Block brings us the story of one athlete who is astonished just to be there. Here's her story.

MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: She's an accidental Olympian.

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We're joined now by NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, who was listening in to that conversation.

Carrie, what did you hear in there?

This Sunday it's estimated that Americans will consume more than 200 million avocados. After all, what's a Super Bowl party without guacamole?

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Actress Connie Sawyer Dies At 105

Feb 2, 2018

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Let's take a chance now to remember Hollywood's oldest working film actress.

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CONNIE SAWYER: (As Oldest Woman in the World) Wait. I forgot Bernie. Hold the elevator. Bernie, Bernie - where are you, you idiot?

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'I Want The Eagles To Win So Bad'

Feb 2, 2018

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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Haley Parks got her wisdom teeth out the other day, and her parents recorded her as she was coming out of her anesthesia fog. She was talking with cotton in her mouth.

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HALEY PARKS: Did I miss the Super Bowl?

Not Everyone Knows Football, OK?

Feb 2, 2018

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. So "Jeopardy!" last night...

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RYAN: Football - 200.

ALEX TREBEK: Do or don't name this play in which the quarterback runs the ball and can choose to pitch it to another back.

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So a young woman in an office after hours is talking with her male boss.

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DAVID SCHWIMMER: (As Boss) It's a big responsibility.

ZAZIE BEETZ: (As Employee) Oh, it's - I know. It's huge.

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RNC Chair On State Of The Union

Jan 31, 2018

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Let's follow up on President Trump's State of the Union speech. Raj Shah is on the line. He is the deputy White House press secretary. Mr. Shah, welcome to the program.

RAJ SHAH: Thanks a lot for having me on this morning.

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Those in the room for the president's speech included Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who's on the line from his office.

Senator, good morning.

CORY BOOKER: Good morning. Good morning.

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President Trump has signed an executive order to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open. It was a key campaign promise, and the president made this announcement during his State of the Union speech last night.

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New Word In The Dictionary: 'Snowflake'

Jan 31, 2018

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The Oxford English Dictionary added new words, including snowflake.

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That's not a new word.

INSKEEP: It's right here on the list.

MARTIN: Not a new word - billions fall in snowstorms.

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The many people watching the president's discussion of immigration last night included voters in the battleground state of Nevada. Immigrant rights activists and organizers there watched with NPR's Leila Fadel.

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