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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell Play Not My Job

Chris Pizzello AP

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Aug. 2, 2012.

Real-life Hollywood couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are a.) famous b.) adorable c.) funny d.) the stars of Hit and Run, a new movie they made together, and e.) amazingly, all of the above.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Bonnie Raitt Plays Not My Job

Marina Chavez

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Sept. 6, 2012.

Back in the early 1970s, a young woman at Radcliffe College faced a choice: Stay in school and get her degree, or drop out and become a legendary blues singer and guitarist. It's pretty clear Bonnie Raitt made the right choice.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Martha Stewart Plays Not My Job

Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Nov. 9, 2012.

For 30 years, Martha Stewart has been teaching people how to be classy, useful, attractive and elegant, with her books, TV shows, magazines and websites. Though we'd like her to declare Wait Wait one of her trademark "good things," we can't promise that's going to happen.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Jake Tapper Of ABC News Plays Not My Job

Ely Brown Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Nov. 30, 2012.

Jake Tapper is the longtime chief White House correspondent for ABC News and has just written a new book called The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.

We've invited him to play a game called "It's Mr. Bojangles to you." Three questions for a guy named Tapper about an actual tapper: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who some say was one of the greatest tap dancers of all time.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Novelist John Irving Plays Not My Job

Cesar Rangel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on June 14, 2012.

John Irving is the author of The World According To Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules and many other works of fiction. His latest novel is called In One Person.

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This Is NPR
3:37 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The Curious Listener: A Host Of Updates Behind The Mic

Katie Burk NPR

Sometimes our listeners are surprised not to hear an NPR host or reporter in their regular on-air spot. Have no fear, your favorites are probably still here – just in a different role.

For example, you may have noticed a new sound to some NPR weekend shows - Rachel Martin moving into a permanent spot hosting Weekend Edition Sunday, and the longtime voice of All Things Considered on Saturdays and Sundays, Guy Raz, is picking up as with the TED Radio Hour starting this spring.

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong finishes the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race on Aspen Mountain on August 25, 2012.
Riccardo S. Savi Getty Images

The Justice Department has joined a civil lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong, his Tailwind Sports team and its longtime manager, alleging their pervasive doping campaign defrauded the U.S. Postal Service out of more than $31 million in sponsorship fees.

The decision ratchets up the legal pressure on Armstrong, who's lost his seven Tour de France titles, enormous advertising and sponsorship deals, and a large part of his reputation.

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Live in Concert
3:18 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Robert 'Bilbo' Walker: Live In Concert

Mississippi native Robert "Bilbo" Walker fits right in at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.
Joe del Tufo for WXPN

Juke-joint bluesmen Robert "Bilbo" Walker and Anthony "Big A" Sherrod know how to rock a party. Sherrod, 29, wrote the title song to the blues documentary We Juke Up In Here, while Walker (his father-in-law) is one of the most charismatic 76-year-olds you'll ever meet.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

In Document Left Behind By Al-Qaida, 22 Tips To Avoid Drones Strikes

In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 photo, a young vendor waits for clients alongside woven reed mats of the type purchased by fleeing Islamists, apparently to camouflage their vehicles, in Timbuktu, Mali.
Rukmini Callimachi AP

As al-Qaida extremists streamed out of Timbuktu, they left behind a curious document and the Associated Press got its hands on it.

It's written by Abdallah bin Muhammad, a senior commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni arm of the group, and it includes 22 bulleted tips on how to evade drone strikes.

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 21, 2013

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a story collection by Swamplandia! author Karen Russell, debuts at No. 3.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 21, 2013

Appearing at No. 14, John Irving's In One Person is a novel of love, loss and sexuality.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 21, 2013

Dr. Phil's Life Code gives advice on dealing with exploitative people. It debuts at No. 6

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
3:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 21, 2013

Buoyed by an Oprah appearance, the 2010 marriage guidebook The 5 Love Languages appears at No. 3.

From Scratch
2:35 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Gary Kremen, Founder Of Match.com

Jessica Harris speaks with serial entrepreneur Gary Kremen, the founder of match.com - an online dating site. He is also responsible for the creation of companies like Clean Power Finance and Sociogramics. Harris also talks to Fadi Jaber, founder of Sugar Daddy's Bakery.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:34 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz

Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland welcomes vocalist and JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater for a first-rate set of tunes by Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Antonion Carlos Jobim, the

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From Scratch
2:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Gary Kremen, Founder Of Match.com

Jessica Harris speaks with serial entrepreneur Gary Kremen, the founder of match.com - an online dating site. He is also responsible for the creation of companies like Clean Power Finance and Sociogramics. Harris also talks to Fadi Jaber, founder of Sugar Daddy's Bakery.

The Salt
1:42 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Despite Lingering Drought, USDA Predicts A Flood Of Grain

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 2:51 pm

Economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gazing into their crystal ball, see American farmers planting and harvesting huge amounts of corn, soybeans, and wheat this year. They're predicting a record harvest of corn: 14 billion bushels, up nearly 40 percent over last year's drought-crippled level.

With supply up, prices will fall. The USDA thinks that the price of the average bushel of corn could fall by a third. And soybean production and price are expected to follow a similar track.

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Venezuela Says Chávez Still Suffering From Respiratory Problems

A handout picture made available Friday by the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Information shows Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his daughters Rosa Virginia (right) and Maria Gabriela reading an edition of Cuban daily Granma, as he recovers from cancer surgery. It was reportedly taken on Thursday.
EPA /LANDOV

The Venezuelan government released an update on ailing President Hugo Chávez late Thursday.

"The respiratory deficiency that arose in the course of the postoperative period persists, and its tendency has not been favorable, for which reason he continues to be treated," the information minister, Ernesto Villegas, said according to The New York Times.

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All Songs Considered
1:38 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Prepare Thy 'Sky Burial': The Lumbering Heft Of Inter Arma

Inter Arma.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:39 pm

At some point, a long string of colorful adjectives doesn't accomplish much for any band. "Hypnogogic math-pop," "blackened uber-popadelica," "avant seapunk-rap" — it all gets a little silly. Metal, or at least the folks who describe it, often falls into this trap, present company included. Exhibit A: the second album from Richmond's Inter Arma. Sky Burial ingests several forms of metal, but the goal is demonstrable heft. Maybe you should just listen to its opening track first; it's called "The Survival Fires."

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Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards
12:54 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Despite Dark Themes, A Big Oscar Bounce

Despite its dark themes (slavery and the Civil War are hardly feel-good topics), Lincoln, like other Oscar nominees, has done very well at the box office. Disney has spent about $10 million campaigning for the best-picture prize, hoping for a payoff down the line.
DreamWorks

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:47 pm

How much is a best-picture Oscar worth? Not the statuette — winners are required to sell that back to the Academy for a buck if they want to get rid of it. No, what's the Oscar worth at the box office?

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