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9:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Episode 534: The History of Light

Caitlin Kenney NPR

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:53 pm

On today's show: How we got from dim little candles made out of cow fat, to as much light as we want at the flick of a switch.

The history of light explains why the world today is what it is. It explains why we aren't all subsistence farmers, and why we can afford to have artists and massage therapists and plumbers. (And, yes, people who do radio stories about the history of light.)

The history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

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The Two-Way
8:58 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Detroit Retiree Panel Reaches Deal With The City On Pension

A panel convened by a federal court to represent the interests of retirees in Detroit's bankruptcy says it has reached a deal with the city.

Reuters reports the deal would cap retirees' pension losses and call for more contributions to their health benefits.

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6:37 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

You Light Up My Life

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:57 pm

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT from PRX and NPR, the "Fool's Gold" episode. My name is Glynn Washington and today we're chasing things that we are not meant to have. Our next story comes to us from SNAP favorite, Scott Sanders. He's been on the show a few times, but this time he comes to us with a story that starts out as a young man traveling in Greece.

SCOTT SANDERS: We walk into the cafe and immediately on my left I see this woman.

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6:37 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Los Pelayos Beat The Wheel

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:57 pm

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT the "Fool's Gold" episode. Today, we're looking for traps. Today, we're wondering what could possibly go wrong. Today we've got a plan for getting over. And it would be stupid, shortsighted and absurd, really, not to bet it all, right? Right? SNAP JUDGMENT's Nancy Lopez has a story.

GONZALO PELAYO: (Translated by Martin Aguilera) The game has a lot to do with life. It's practically a metaphor for life.

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6:37 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Monkey Madness

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:57 pm

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GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:

Well, today on SNAP JUDGMENT from PRX and NPR, we proudly present "Fool's Gold," amazing stories where real people discover that all that glitters is not gold. My name is Glynn Washington. Please make sure all your valuables are properly accounted for because this is a SNAP JUDGMENT.

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Panel Round One

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Roy, fourth-graders in Texas were recently asked a reading comprehension question where the kids are told a story and asked what it means. In this case, the story was about a family facing a problem. What was the problem?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: The problem was that they couldn't find - they found most of their guns, but one of them was...

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well, don't think so much about Texas. Although...

BLOUNT: Oh.

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks, everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next vice to modernize? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Cocaine will be rebranded Adderall Extreme.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Oh, this is actually a good thing - robot cockfighting.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roy Blount Jr.?

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they can answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. Has three points. Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. are tied for second. Each has two.

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Kyrie O'Connor, Roy Blount Jr. and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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6:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:25 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Brian Babylon, Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play our game on the air.

Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

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The Two-Way
6:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Jewish Man Who Became Radical Islamist Sentenced To Prison

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 6:37 pm

Yousef al-Khattab, a Jewish kid from New Jersey who turned into a radical Islamist, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Friday.

As NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reported earlier today, al-Khattab is the founder of a radical Islamist group called Revolution Muslim, "which became a gateway for young jihadists in the U.S. looking to join violent Islamist groups overseas."

Dina continued:

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6:11 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lulu in Detention

Lulú Martínez talks about her activism and the meaning of citizenship. She's one of Dream Nine, undocumented activists who opted for detention after leaving and returning to the U.S. without papers.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Space Camp!

Some people want to be astronauts and space engineers. Others who just love space find a way to make it a part of their lives. Peter Gianoukis volunteers as a NASA Space Camp Ambassador.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Latinos in Space

Astronauts Ellen Ochoa and Jose Hernandez captured the imaginations of many Latinos who dreamed of going to space. Latinos also contributed to space exploration...like engineer Candy Torres.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Cosmic Race

Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos believed a new race would be born: La Raza Cósmica. He envisioned a future where race and nationality would be transcended in the name of common destiny.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

In Barrio Logan

In San Diego, a poor Latino neighborhood gets a modest buffer zone that separates it from the city's maritime industry. But the industry is trying to overturn the zoning. Sandhya Dirks reports.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

A Jungle in Massachusetts

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, a school social worker brings the Puerto Rican rainforest into the classroom. It's become a haven of peace for students and staff alike. Karen Brown reports.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Fishing On Thin Ice

Jesse Ogas' family has been ice fishing for generations. But climate change has forced Ogas to travel farther and higher to find ice that's thick enough to fish on. Lesley McClurg reports.

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