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Ask Me Another
4:57 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Bankable Stars

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:58 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's go to our next game. Standing in front of me, are our next two contestants, Leslie Billig. And Leslie is a crossword puzzle editor.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know. The audience is like, oh my goodness. And we also have Nisse Greenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Nisse's a math whizz. He teaches on a volunteer basis to kids, so you really have to like math to do that.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And he's originally from Bangor, Maine, but a vegetarian. You've never tried the lobster? Not even once?

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Ask Me Another
4:57 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Members Only

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:58 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants. Welcome ladies.

ANJANA SAMANT: Hello.

LISA JONES: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We have Lisa Jones. Lisa, I'm told by my producers you are a goddess in training.

JONES: It's true.

(LAUGHTER)

JONES: But really do you have to ask?

EISENBERG: No, I don't. I mean I was going to say fully formed, but it's good to know you feel like you still have more (unintelligible).

JONES: I fully expect to be deified some day.

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Ask Me Another
4:57 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Jeremy Schaap: The Cheese Rolls Alone

Sports journalist Jeremy Schaap in the hot seat on the Ask Me Another stage.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:20 pm

As legend has it, Jeremy Schaap caused his father, legendary sports journalist Dick Schaap, to miss two of the three home runs hit by Reggie Jackson during Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Why? Apparently, Jeremy had sent his dad on successive trips to get him a hot dog and a soda. Luckily, his dad refused to get him a beer.

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The Salt
4:47 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Survey Says Apple Pie Rules, But There's Lots Of Room For Variety

Pies, before and after the NPR pie contest on Tuesday.
Benjamin Morris NPR

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:52 am

We are a nation that puts apple pie above all other pies, and yesterday's survey confirms our audience falls right in line when it comes to the forbidden fruit. But that's not the whole scoop on popular pies.

As we reported yesterday, top American pies bought in the store are apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, and Dutch apple.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:47 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

When 'Madagascar' Meets Children's Claritin

One of the Madagascar 3-themed activities for kids touted on Merck's Claritin Facebook page.
Facebook

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:23 pm

Merck is catching flak for marketing Children's Claritin with cute cartoon characters from the latest installment in the Madagascar movie series.

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The Two-Way
4:37 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

Attorney General Eric Holder during congressional testimony in 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

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Monkey See
4:15 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Binky, We Hardly Knew Ye: Groening Ends His LIFE IN HELL Comic Strip

Detail from the final Life In Hell (click to see the full strip).
Matt Groening Acme Features Syndicate

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:21 pm

"Love," wrote Matt Groening, "is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, trapping you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come."

Say that last bit out loud: At night, the ice weasels come.

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Around the Nation
4:14 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Saving Calif. State Parks: The End Of Public Funding?

Brad Beadell (right) takes his 11-year-old son, William, on his first backpacking trip through Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill, Calif.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:23 pm

On July 1, 15 California state parks are slated to be closed permanently to the public — the first such closures in the state's history. They're the victim of budget cuts in a state with a $16 billion shortfall.

Over the past year, park enthusiasts have scrambled to save dozens of parks from closure, including Henry W. Coe State Park, California's second-biggest state park, located about 30 miles south of San Jose.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Death Toll In Nigeria Reaches 98 After Church Attacks, Reprisals

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:11 pm

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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It's All Politics
3:35 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Executive Privilege: A Long (And Sometimes Sordid) History

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:09 pm

First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

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