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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Pakistani Court Did Not Connect Doctor's Conviction To Bin Laden Hunt

The Pakistani doctor who American officials say was recruited by the CIA to help in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and has since been sentenced to 33 years in prison, was convicted of having ties to a banned militant group, not for alleged treason.

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American Dreams: Then And Now
2:46 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

With The American Dream Comes The Nightmare

Unemployed circus clown Tim Torkildson, aka Dusty the Clown, sits on a bench on the north side of the U.S. Capitol in May.
Bill Clark CQ Roll Call

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 11:34 am

One American's dream can be another American's nightmare.

Consider: Some people long to live in big cities; others think cities have ruined the landscape. Some Americans love to drive big old honking SUVs; others see huge cars as pollution-producing monsters. For some people, the American dream is a steady office job. For others, the office is a sinkhole and the real dream is freedom from the office.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

New Mexico Wildfire Now Biggest In State History

A wildfire that has burned 265 square miles of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico is now burning across 170,000 acres. That makes it the biggest wildfire in state history.

As the AP reports, this fire eclipses a blaze last year that burned 159,593 acres in Las Conchas and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Remembrances
2:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Remembering Doc Watson With 'Tennessee Stud'

Legendary folk singer and guitarist Doc Watson died on Tuesday, at the age of 89. Long considered one of America's greatest musicians, Watson was blind from the age of one, and taught himself to play music. NPR's Neal Conan remembers the life and career of Doc Watson with a song: "Tennessee Stud."

Politics
2:18 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Former 'Car Czar' Takes On Auto Bailout And Bain

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 2:24 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

Steven Rattner now finds himself in the middle of two debates that will be key parts of this presidential campaign. President Obama's former car czar dismissed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claims about the auto bailout as complete fantasy. But Rattner is also among the Democrats who criticized the president's attacks against Romney and private equity as unfair.

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Your Health
2:16 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

With Prostate Cancer, Is It Better Not To Know?

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 2:24 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. For years, many doctors questioned the value of the PSA screening test for prostate cancer. Yes, it can catch dangerous cancers and save lives, but last week a federal task force recommended against routine PSA tests.

The panel concluded that too often the blood test leads to unnecessary procedures that can leave patients impotent, incontinent or both. Essentially, the panel concludes, that men are better off not knowing. Some experts cheered, others were outraged.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Texas Vote Boosts Romney Amid 'Birther' Revival

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 2:24 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Romney rings up the magic number, Barrett and Walker wind up in Wisconsin, and on CNN, the Donald brings up the birther business again. It's Wednesday and time for a...

DONALD TRUMP: Ridiculous...

CONAN: ...edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Around the Nation
1:58 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

'My RV': On The Road In A Rolling Home

RVing off Highway 31, Oregon's Outback National Scenic Byway.
Andy Isaacson

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:36 pm

Freelance writer and photographer Andy Isaacson rented a 19-foot motor home in the summer of 2011. He enlisted two friends, and together they spent eight days traveling from California to Oregon and back.

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Ask Me Another
1:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Doctor Who

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:11 am

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(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's show for people who have multiple dictionaries, you know, just in case there's a word emergency. I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg, and with me is our resident puzzle expert, John Chaneski.

(APPLAUSE)

JOHN CHANESKI: Hello. Hello, Ophira. Hi. I have six dictionaries.

EISENBERG: You've six?

CHANESKI: Yes I do.

EISENBERG: Oh, so just four more till the complete collection.

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Ask Me Another
1:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Who's That Girl?

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:11 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg, chosen for the job because my own name is a word game. Let me introduce you to our ASK ME ANOTHER puzzle guys. John Chaneski.

JOHN CHANESKI: Hi Ophira. Hey.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hi.

CHANESKI: Thank you.

EISENBERG: And Will Hines.

WILL HINES: Hello Ophira.

(APPLAUSE)

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