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6:10 am
Sat February 25, 2012

Saving Kansas City Schools Means Rescuing A City

Kansas City public schools have lost accreditation. The city is struggling with how to move forward, especially since education impacts many aspects of the area's development.
Tom Bullock NPR

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:18 pm

The entire public school system in Kansas City, Mo., has flunked.

The state board of education revoked its accreditation on Jan. 1. Public schools met just three of the 14 standards set by the board for basic proficiency. They received failing grades for attendance, graduation rates, plus math and reading and writing scores.

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Arts & Life
6:10 am
Sat February 25, 2012

Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence

Chilean artist Magaly Ponce looks out from the mezzanine at the Oscar Wilde party at the Providence Athenaeum.
NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:02 am

With a bit of reverence, librarians carefully wind an antique library clock near the circulation desk in a temple of learning called the Providence Athenaeum.

This is one of the oldest libraries in the United States, a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party. In fact, the Rhode Island institution has been called a national model for civic engagement.

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Presidential Race
6:09 am
Sat February 25, 2012

On Romney's Michigan Tour, A Change Of Pace

Mitt Romney greets patrons at a restaurant called The Mitt in Mount Clemens, Mich., on Friday. The candidate hasn't done as much handshaking lately, given the size of the recent primary states.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:18 pm

Mitt Romney is on a bus tour across Michigan, hoping to win the votes of the state where he grew up. With primary day on Tuesday, Romney seems to have closed the gap in polls with Rick Santorum.

This trip has the feel of those early days campaigning back in New Hampshire, before any votes were actually cast: the long bus rides, the snowy landscape, even the impromptu restaurant drop-ins.

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Music Interviews
7:46 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Robert Glasper: A Unified Field Theory For Black Music

Robert Glasper leads his band through experiments in jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock on his new album, Black Radio.
Mike Schreiber

Originally published on Sat February 25, 2012 6:31 pm

When some of the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop are clamoring to be on a jazz record, you know you're dealing with a special kind of jazz musician.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:39 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actor John Leguizamo Plays Not My Job

Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox

To start off spring training, we've invited actor John Leguizamo to play a game called "This Game Comes With a Shard of Brittle Gum." Three questions about baseball cards — invented in their modern form 60 years ago by Topps.

This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 19, 2011.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:37 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actress Lucy Lawless Plays Not My Job

Lucy Lawless is kind of like King Midas, but for nerds: pretty much every sci-fi or fantasy thing she touches turns to gold. Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica are true classics — the kinds of programs nerds will tell their children about ... if they ever manage to reproduce.

Lawless is starring in the new Starz program Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which guarantees that pasty people will be dressing up as its characters at conventions for decades to come.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:35 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actress Lisa Kudrow Plays Not My Job

Carlo Allegri Getty Images

Kudrow is best known for her role as Phoebe on Friends — the show that inspired thousands to move to New York City, where enormous apartments are ubiquitous! And cheap!

We've invited Kudrow to play a game called "I so won't be there for you!" Three questions about enemies.

This segment was originally broadcast on March 5, 2011.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:35 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Pee-wee Herman Plays Not My Job

Herman World

Thirty years ago, an actor in Los Angeles was doing sketch comedy and came up with a bizarre character sporting a tight gray suit, a little red tie and slicked back hair ... and America met Pee-wee Herman. Reubens recently brought the character from his Saturday morning TV show to Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Ruebens may be the most famous Pee-wee, but he isn't the only one. We've invited him to answer three questions about the other peewees of the world.

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The Two-Way
6:46 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Gadhafi's Compound, Slowly Being Erased From History

Libyans attend the Friday market the gardens inside the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on Oct. 28, 2011.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

"I don't know why the traffic is like this," he said. "It's Friday just before prayers; where are all these people going?"

My friend Emad and I had been driving around the perimeter of Bab al-Azizia, Gadhafi's notorious compound just outside downtown Tripoli. It was here that NATO concentrated many of its bombing runs, as did President Reagan in the 1980s. Now the outer walls are a crumbling mess, covered with anti-Gadhafi graffiti.

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Around the Nation
6:01 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

N.J.: NYPD Crossed The Line In Monitoring Muslims

Mohamed El filali, of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, gathers with Muslim students and community leaders in Newark on Friday to address the monitoring of New Jersey Muslims by the NYPD.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 8:37 pm

Ever since Sept. 11, the New York Police Department has been aggressively gathering intelligence to help prevent another terrorist attack.

Now, those tactics are provoking new controversy in New Jersey after The Associated Press published a confidential, 60-page NYPD report from 2007 containing detailed information on dozens of mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in nearby Newark.

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