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5:31 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

House Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

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

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. He's accused of refusing to turn over certain documents related to the controversial gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious.

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U.S.
5:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

In Indiana, A U.S. Superhighway May Hit The Skids

Construction of I-69 is under way across much of southwestern Indiana, but funding to finish the project, which ultimately will stretch between Canada and Mexico, is dwindling.
Wes Akers

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 1:18 pm

The story of the so-called NAFTA Superhighway is long and winding — and without a new influx of funds, the end of the road may still be a long way off.

When complete, Interstate 69 would pass through eight states and provide a direct route through the Midwest between Canada and Mexico.

Most of the states along the route are upgrading existing roads to interstate standards. Indiana, in contrast, must build almost 100 miles of entirely new road for its portion of the project.

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Energy
5:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Senate Votes To Keep Mercury Limits On Power Plants

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

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

The Senate has narrowly rejected an effort to scrap tough limits on mercury emitted from power plants. The Obama administration has trumpeted the rules affecting coal-burning power plants as an environmental triumph. But to industry groups, and many Republicans, these rules are the latest salvo in a war against coal. NPR's Tamara Keith reports.

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

Better Than Bieber

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

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "BABY")

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Ah yes.

Jonathan, are you hearing this?

JONATHAN COULTON: Oh yeah, can you hear it too?

EISENBERG: Yeah, I know.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: 'Cause I just have it playing in my head all the time, it's Justin Bieber.

EISENBERG: Oh, you do. Yeah, yeah, it is Justin Bieber.

COULTON: Oh no, no, wait a second. If Justin Bieber's our mystery guest, you know, my daughter is never going to forgive me for not letting her come to the show.

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

Reverse Spelling Bee

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

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

OK everybody; this is what we've all been waiting for. It's time to bring our winners back to play in our quick fire, ultimate death, grand finale, showcase showdown final Ask Me One More Time.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From I-Tunes, we have April Salazar. From Members Only, Lisa Jones. From Bankable Stars, Leslie Billig. And from Person, Place or Thing, Matt Chrisman. Here they are.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right, John, what is the final challenge?

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

Person, Place, Or Thing

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

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

OK, now for a little number we like to call Person, Place Or Thing. In front of me now is Matt Chrisman. Hello, Matt.

MATT CHRISMAN: Hello.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now Matt received this word from our producers. You're really into quizzes, this is your thing, quizzes and trivia and what have you. You're a puzzle expert?

CHRISMAN: Yeah, yeah.

EISENBERG: And also a freelance writer doing film reviews?

CHRISMAN: Well yeah, a polite way of saying unemployed, but...

(LAUGHTER)

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

I-Tunes

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:58 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. Ha, ha. First off joining me is Jonathan Coulton.

(APPLAUSE)

JONATHAN COULTON: Yo!

EISENBERG: Thank you for providing our music tonight. And our puzzle gurus, Art Chung and John Chaneski.

(APPLAUSE)

ART CHUNG: Hi, Ophira.

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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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