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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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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

Fifty/Fifty

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

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right everybody, this is what we've all been waiting for. It's the Ask Me One More final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: The final elimination round will determine this week's ASK ME ANOTHER champion, so let's bring back the winners from all of our previous rounds. From Who's That Girl? David Scher.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Dr. Who, Malia Jackson.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: E-Horror-mony, Gregg Silverman. And JLo, Sally Dankas.

(APPLAUSE)

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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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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

E-HORROR-mony

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

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(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, standing in front of me right now are our two new contestants. Let's welcome Debbie Chen and Gregg Silverman.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Oh, I like that. Very sportsmanlike. You shook beforehand, that is good, very nice, yes. Hi Debbie, welcome.

DEBBIE CHEN: Hi.

EISENBERG: I am told that recently you were teaching in Hong Kong.

CHEN: I was. Kindergarten, English.

EISENBERG: I know, adorable.

CHEN: They were really cute.

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

J. Lo

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

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(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

OK. We're going to roll right along. Shall we welcome our next two contestants?

JONATHAN COULTON: Let's do it.

EISENBERG: All right, let's welcome Brian Herrick and Sally Dankas.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Brian, you are a musician.

BRIAN HERRICK: Yes.

EISENBERG: What do you play?

HERRICK: I play the trombone.

EISENBERG: Fantastic. It's hard one, that's a hard instrument I'm told.

HERRICK: Yeah, sure.

EISENBERG: It's like one of the top two hard ones.

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Classics in Concert
1:33 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang Plays Bach, Schubert And Chopin

Pianist Lang Lang in recital at Carnegie Hall on May 29, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:24 pm

PROGRAM:

  • BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

  • SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

  • CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

  • LISZT Romance, S. 169

  • LiSZT Grande Etude de Paganini, S. 141 "La Campanella"

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

No. 2 U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Would Like 68,000 Troops Into Next Year

Marines with Echo Company of the Second Battalion, Ninth Marines out of Camp Lejeune, guide their M-ATV, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in to the district government compound in Marjah, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

(NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman has been embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan this month. On Morning Edition, he reported from the eastern province of Ghazni about what's being called "the last major combat offensive of the Afghan War." Now, he tells us about his interview with the No. 2 U.S. officer in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.)

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