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5:40 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:59 pm

Writing a biography of John Updike is a tricky thing: The acclaimed American writer of elegant essays and elegiac novels and short stories may have been a genius, but he was also disconcertingly normal. He liked to drink, but wasn't a drunk; he had two marriages, but wasn't a womanizer; he could be wistful, but rarely depressed. He was a straight, white, Christian man who liked golf.

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Krulwich Wonders...
5:39 am
Sat April 5, 2014

The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:46 pm

This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this ...

And just as obviously, one would expect the food chain to be pyramid-shaped: a few big creatures at the top eating more middle-sized creatures in the middle, that eat many, many, many little creatures at the bottom, like so:

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The Record
5:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:15 am

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. It's hardly news. You've probably already seen plenty of tributes to his career and what might have been, along with, perhaps, a criticism of the impulse to memorialize his death simply because it's been a round number of years since the event.

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The Two-Way
2:33 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

Long lines were seen at almost every polling station around Kabul Saturday, despite heavy rain and security threats.
David P Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:31 pm

  • Afghan Election: NPR's Sean Carberry Reports From Kabul

Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.

Saturday's historic vote begins what would be the first democratic transfer of power for Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a third under the country's constitution.

The Taliban launched a number of attacks that killed dozens in the weeks before the election, but no major violence was reported after polls opened Saturday.

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Music
2:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Calle 13, On Being Loved And Hated In Latin America

Rene Perez Joglar from the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13.
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:27 am

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Planet Money
10:36 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Episode 529: The Last Mile

James H. Collins AP

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 1:14 am

People love to complain about their internet service, but the thing that seems to make people the craziest is they can't switch. No matter how slow. No matter how bad the customer service. There isn't much choice. But, this isn't true for people in lots of other countries. In Europe, in parts of Asia, there is a real choice of who brings your internet to you.

Today on the show: Why do Americans have so few options when buying internet service? Where's my internet jetpack?

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Deceptive Cadence
8:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures
Corey Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 3:49 pm

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik was born in 1985 in the city of Minsk, in what is now Belarus. When he was 4 years old, his parents decided it was time to leave the country and come to America.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 1:02 pm

Our panelists predict what will be the next major product recall.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 1:02 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game - Lightning fill in the blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter, she has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, P.J. O'Rourke has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 1:02 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, its Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on-air, call or leave a message at one 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That is 1-888-924-8924 or click the Contact Us link on our website, WaitWait.NPR.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Essence of Everest, Selfie-Indulgent, One for the Road.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 1:02 pm

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 Roxanne Roberts, Paula Poundstone, and P.J. O'Rourke. 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 games on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Panel Round One

Ruffled Feathers.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Who's Carl This Time

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Seven Million Served, The 2014 Chevy Weasel, The Sky Is Falling!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

Peter Yang Comedy Central

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:19 pm

We've invited comedian Amy Schumer to play a game called "Play ball!" It's the first week of baseball season, so we'll ask three questions about the House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
6:49 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Drone Strikes That Killed Americans

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 9:12 pm

A federal judge dismissed (pdf) a case that challenged the Obama administration's targeted killing of three Americans in Yemen.

Nasser Al-Awlaki sued administration officials personally for the killing of his son and al-Qaida cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, his grandson and another American. His lawyers argued the administration violated the targets' constitutional right to due process and protection from unlawful search and seizures.

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

McDonald's Shuts Its Restaurants In Crimea

The McDonald's fast food restaurant in Sevastopol, Crimea, in a photograph taken on Friday.
Anton Pedko EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:21 pm

McDonald's, citing the "evolving situation" in Crimea, said Friday it was closing its three restaurants on the Black Sea peninsula, but the move has prompted one prominent Moscow politician to call for the fast-food giant to be booted from all of Russia.

"Due to operational reasons beyond our control, McDonald's has taken the decision to temporarily close our three restaurants in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta," a spokeswoman said.

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NPR Story
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Breaking! Queergyztan Declares Independence

NPR spoofcast: Newscaster Satireus Temple-Arcton announces that in reaction to anti-gay laws, LGBTQ people declare the independence of the new Queergyztan. Camilo Vargas gets reactions from New York.

NPR Story
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Children of Latinia

Our first ever fiction edition kicks off with the story of Tonatiu Robles-Biru, founder of the Motherland of Latinia. Poet and playwright Quique Aviles narrates.

NPR Story
5:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Poem: "Backwash"

We end with an audio poem from Chicago-based radio producer Anthony Martinez. "Backwash" is a tough lesson about the claustrophobic effects of the male gaze. Cristina Correa provides the voice.

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