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Ask Me Another
5:16 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Love Triangles

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 9:19 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

We have our next two fearless contestants onstage. Everybody welcome Mary and Phil Elmer-DeWitt.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: They are married. This is going to be excellent. You guys are pitting against each other in the trivia game. This is amazing that you go against each other. Do you have anything personally at stake depending on who wins?

MARY ELMER-DEWITT: No.

EISENBERG: Good, good, that's a happy marriage.

ELMER-DEWITT: No, it's win win.

EISENBERG: Win win, adorable.

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Ask Me Another
5:16 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Talk The Talk

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 9:19 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's play our next game. Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants, Mike Taylor and Lisa Schreibman.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. Mike, I am told by our producers you are an attorney, but more interesting than that, if there could be possibly something more interesting, you won a Chevy Impala in a contest where you had to stay rocking in a rocking chair for 90 hours?

MIKE TAYLOR: That's correct, I did, yes.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: What - where was that?

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Ask Me Another
5:16 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 9:19 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host Ophira Eisenberg, the biggest know-it-all you'll ever meet, because I already have the answers. First off I'd like to introduce you to our musical maven Shonali Bhowmik.

(APPLAUSE)

SHONALI BHOWMIK: Hi Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hi.

BHOWMIK: Hi.

EISENBERG: And our two puzzle gurus, John Chaneski and Will Hines.

(APPLAUSE)

JOHN CHANESKI: Hi Ophira. Hello everyone.

WILL HINES: Hello, hello.

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Middle East
5:08 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Israel Presents Itself As Haven For Gay Community

Israel is now marketing itself internationally as welcoming to the gay community. Participants in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem are shown here on July 29, 2010.
Ronen Zvulun Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 8:56 am

The sun is setting, gay pride flags wave next to the water, same-sex couples kiss and cuddle on the beach. This is Tel Aviv — which the government of Israel is now pushing as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world — and gay tourism is booming.

"It's a place you have to go, good parties, nice people, beautiful people and just different from all the other tourist destinations you can go to," says Jorg Grosskopf, a German tourist who, together with his partner, Peter, is on his seventh vacation in Israel.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:53 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Mental Illness Is Up Close In One Actor's Family

Calen Pick, a nephew of actor Glenn Close, lives with schizo-affective disorder.
Courtesy of Jessie Close

Oscar-nominated actor Glenn Close is known for her roles in movies like Fatal Attraction and Air Force One and now the hit TV show Damages. But she's also playing a more prominent role raising awareness about mental illness.

She was inspired by her sister Jessie Close, who lives with bipolar disorder, as well as her nephew Calen Pick, who has schizo-affective disorder.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Wisconsinites 'Reach Out' To Heal Partisan Divide

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:44 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Tomorrow brings an end, at least officially, to a long and bitter fight in Wisconsin. The sharply divided state will vote on whether to let Republican Governor Scott Walker keep his job or send him home early. The recall has so polarized voters that some friends, co-workers, even family members have simply stopped talking politics with one another.

Well, NPR's David Schaper introduces us now to a handful of Wisconsinites who decided to do the exact opposite.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Outcome Of Wis. Recall May Affect Obama, Romney

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:44 pm

On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will decide whether to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker and replace him with a Democrat.

U.S.
4:42 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Pew Study: Americans More Polarized Than Ever

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 5:45 pm

Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Kohut — President of the Pew Research Center — about Pew's latest American Values Survey. Since 1987, the center has tracked American political, economic and social values in a yearly poll. This year's survey shows Americans are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years.

The Two-Way
4:38 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Syrian Rebels Say They No Longer Respect U.N.-Backed Truce

Syrian rebels said they are no longer holding their fire. Reuters reports that the rebels are walking away from the United-Nations-backed truce with the regime of Bashar Assad.

"We have decided to end our commitment to this (ceasefire)," Free Syrian Army spokesman Major Sami al-Kurdi told Reuters. "We have resumed our attacks but we are doing defensive attacks which means we are only attacking checkpoints in the cities."

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:28 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

The Venus Transit: Who Cares?

Venus on the eastern limb of the Sun captured by TRACE satellite.
NASA

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 10:32 am

A few hundred years ago Venus passing in transit across the face of the sun was a big scientific deal. In 1769, for example, astronomers around the planet coordinated their observations of a transit and used it to accurately measure the distance from Earth to the sun. Back in the day, that was the equivalent of a mission to Mars . But now we can nail Earth-sun distance with a precision of meters.

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