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Monkey See
8:01 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Cutting Off Long Oscar Speeches: In Defense Of The Conductor

Actress Julia Roberts holds her Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Erin Brokovich at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards on March 25, 2001.
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That song they play when a winner goes on too long at the Oscars? It has a name.

It's called "Too Long." Okay, not a creative name, but a name. Every conductor has a name for the get-off-the-stage music, and "Too Long" belongs to Bill Ross, who conducted the orchestra at last year's ceremony. And Bill wants you to know, it's not his call to interrupt speakers in what is possibly the best moment of their lives.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

NGOs On Trial In Egypt

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 11:20 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to shift our focus to Egypt now, where the trial of 43 NGO workers has been adjourned until April. The Egyptian government has accused them of operating in the country illegally and spurring unrest. Many of those charged are American, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Vote In Senegal Threatens Democratic Reputation

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 11:20 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In West Africa, the people of Senegal are voting for their new president today after days of violent street protests. The sitting president, 85-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, has been in power for 12 years, and he is seeking a third term in office. His opposition rivals say that's illegal, and they insist the president must go now.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Court To Seek Who's Responsible For Gulf Oil Spill

The first phase of a wide-ranging trial for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to begin Monday. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Debbie Elliott and Jeff Brady, who will cover the trial.

Author Interviews
5:29 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Meet The Mathematical 'Genius In My Basement'

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In the mid-1980s, Simon Norton was considered one of the great mathematical prodigies of the 20th century. He worked on a hyper-dimensional math problem so complex it was called "The Monster." But then things fell apart for Norton, and he ended up in a dingy basement packed with bulging plastic bags and piles of bus timetables.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun February 26, 2012

And The Best Picture Oscar Goes To ...

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Identify the films from their anagrams.

Last Week's Challenge: What is the longest common English word you can spell by taking the beginning letters of consecutive states in order as you travel through them? Puzzlemaster Will Shortz's answer has eight letters, but maybe you can top that.

Puzzlemaster's Answer: "Millions," which consists of the beginning letters of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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Music Interviews
7:56 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Jenny Scheinman: The Right Amount Of 'Mayhem'

Jenny Scheinman, far right, with her Mischief & Mayhem quartet. Left to right: drummer Jim Black, bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitarist Nels Cline.
Michael Gross

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 11:20 am

You may not know violinist Jenny Scheinman by name, but she's all over the place.

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What's in a Song?
7:42 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Open Wide And Say Yee-Haw! Dentist Goes West In Song

D.W. Goethe performs at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev.
Jessica Brandi Lifland

"I'm living the dream." Just hearing the phrase is probably enough to make you roll your eyes and groan. Yet Montana songwriter D.W. Groethe knows someone who, years ago, managed to do just that.

"He was my dentist," Goethe says.

No joke. In fact, Goethe wrote a song in honor of the man who at one time cleaned his teeth.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

What's Behind The Rise Of College Tuition?

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to NPR education reporter Claudio Sanchez about the huge rise in public college tuition as states face a budget squeeze.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Providence Seeks Aid From Ivy League Resident

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 10:55 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Brown University, a private school in Providence, Rhode Island, is being asked to do more for its hometown. The city is almost in the red and the mayor is calling on the tax exempt colleges and hospitals to help out. As Ian Donnis of Rhode Island Public Radio reporters, all of this has triggered some tension between Providence and its Ivy League school.

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