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4:44 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Week In News: Job And The Campaign Trail

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 6:31 pm

With the unemployment rate climbing to 8.2 percent, the Mitt Romney presidential campaign can focus on the economy as issue No. 1 this November. Host Guy Raz speaks with news analyst James Fallows of The Atlantic about the economic malaise and how it may affect the election.

NPR Story
4:44 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Should The West Intervene In Syria?

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 5:05 pm

With violence escalating and journalists barred from the country, it's becoming harder to know how far and fast Syria is slipping into chaos. Host Guy Raz speaks with Paul Wood, world affairs correspondent for the BBC and one of few western journalists to have visited in the country in recent weeks. Then Raz speaks with Marwa Daoudy, visiting professor at Princeton from Oxford University, and Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, about the stakes of Western intervention to halt the violence.

It's All Politics
3:32 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Battles Over Voter ID Laws Intensify

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Faith Leaders Summit and National Black Churches Annual Consultation on Wednesday in Washington.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

As both parties turn to the general election, and the potentially pivotal role of minority voters, battles over voter identification and other new state election laws are intensifying.

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NPR Story
12:27 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

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Favorite Sessions
11:48 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Emeli Sande: A Pop Belter For Everyone

Emeli Sandé in studio at The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 11:18 am

Emeli Sandé's jazzy vocal delivery finds middle ground between classic soul and modern-day R&B, with appeal to fans of indie pop and Top 40 alike. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, comes out next week, and it finds the best-selling BRIT Award winner testing the waters in the U.S., where she'll shoot for the kind of across-the-board success currently enjoyed by Adele.

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The Record
11:46 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A Nerdier Guide To 2012 Summer Music Festivals Than You Require

The dance party that erupted as Chromeo played the main stage at Sasquatch in May of 2011.
Alex Crick for KEXP

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:29 pm

In summer music festivals, as with TMZ news scoops and the vintage car market, exclusivity is the name of the game. The thinking goes like this: Festival attendees are looking for a good time and a good deal.

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Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!
11:03 am
Sat June 2, 2012

The Real Gary Oldman, Revealed!

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This weekend we bring you some of our favoirte 'Not My Job' interviews from the past year or so. Here actor Gary Oldman reveals something about himself we're not likely to forget any time soon:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Gary Oldman Plays Not My Job

Giuseppe Cacace AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 12:03 pm

It was a huge surprise in Hollywood last week when actor Gary Oldman got an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — people weren't surprised that he was nominated, but they were shocked that this was the first time.

We've invited Oldman to answer three questions about Up With People — a horde of wholesome, smiley young people who performed four Super Bowl halftime shows back in the day.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Cal Ripken, Jr. Plays Not My Job

Cal Ripken Jr., pictured above in 1997, spent his entire career playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He retired in 2001.
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Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 12:03 pm

Cal Ripken Jr. knows streaks. The Baseball Hall of Famer played 21 years with the Baltimore Orioles and holds the record for most consecutive games played.

We've invited Ripken to play a game called "You want to see a real streak? Here, hold my pants." Ripken is known for playing 2,632 consecutive games, but we don't think it counts as a streak because he was wearing clothes. We'll ask him three questions about sports' real streakers.

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