Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:27 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 11:12 am

Our panelists tell three stories based on a photo of Tom Selleck.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:27 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 11:12 am

Our panelists predict what the cicadas will be surprised to see after 17 years.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:27 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 11:12 am

More questions for the panel: Wishful Shrinking, Jog D.M.C, That New Car B.O.

Latin America
7:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Former Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty Of Genocide

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, that's the verdict today against Efrain Rios Montt, a former dictator of Guatemala. The general ruled the Central American nation in the early 1980s, one of the bloodiest periods of its 36-year-long civil war. Rios Montt, now 86 years old, was found responsible for atrocities committed against the Maya Ixil indigenous group. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Presiding Judge Yasmin Barrios read the verdict to a packed audience in the expansive Supreme Court auditorium.

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Book Reviews
5:45 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Book Review: 'A Nearly Perfect Copy'

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 7:23 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Allison Amend is out with her third book. It's a novel called "A Nearly Perfect Copy." It features richly detailed characters, including an art dealer gone bad, and it's set in both Paris and New York. Our review Alan Cheuse found it all quite delectable.

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Music Interviews
5:22 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

'It Led Us On A Journey': The Musical World Of 'The Great Gatsby'

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby — but the new film's music is so bold it may as well be a character, too.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 9:47 am

When movie director Baz Lurhmann got his hands on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, a 21st century-Jazz Age mashup was inevitable. Vivid, anachronistic style is standard in Luhrmann's films: His take on Romeo + Juliet was a Technicolor fever dream for the MTV generation, and Moulin Rouge put Verdi's La Traviata through a genre blender.

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National Security
5:21 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Benghazi Investigator Reacts To Criticism Of His Report

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 7:25 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. At congressional hearings this week, three witnesses introduced as State Department whistleblowers criticized the administration's handling of last September's assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. That attack claimed the life of United States Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Movie Reviews
5:21 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Polley's 'Stories': A Family Saga Strikingly Spun

A young Sarah Polley and her actor father, Michael Polley, on a long-ago day; the photo is one of many family memories that surface in Stories We Tell, a superb meditation on dramatizing memory from the director of Away from Her.
Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 5:58 am

Sarah Polley grew up the fifth of five children in a Canadian theatrical family. Her father, Michael, is a transplanted British actor; her mother, Diane, was an actress and casting director. No wonder Sarah feels her family's narrative has the stuff of drama.

"I'm interested in the way we tell stories about our lives," she says in the film, "about the fact that the truth about the past is often ephemeral and difficult to pin down."

Prophetic words, those.

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2:42 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

EMU presidents wins new contract, raise

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The vote follows earlier criticism of Martin by EMU regents for drinking in public.
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin will remain in charge of the Ypsilanti school for two more years, after receiving a contract extension that was in doubt last fall. The university's Board of Regents unanimously approved the new deal, which stretches Martin's contract until July 7, 2015.
SW Michigan
2:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Allied Paper Landfill cleanup protest planned

Warning sign at the Allied Paper Landfill
Credit WMUK

Opponents of a proposal to keep toxic PCB contamination in a Kalamazoo landfill plan to hold a protest march next week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suggested that the material could be safely contained at the Allied Paper Landfill on Kalamazoo’s east side. But area residents, city officials, and environmental groups say it should be completely removed.

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2:26 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Allegan County declares flooding emergency

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The resolution may allow the county to get federal disaster relief funding.
ALLEGAN, MI -- The Allegan County Board of Commissioners has declared a state of emergency from April's torrential rainfall in an attempt to get state or federal aid. "Many public roads have remained closed due to high water in the area," commission Chair Mark DeYoung said at Thursday's county board meeting.
Radio Diaries
1:30 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Mother And Son Listen To The Past

In the late 1990s, Melissa Rodriguez struggled to create a stable life at home for her son, who is now a teenager. Together, they've faced many challenges.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:18 am

Name: Melissa Rodriguez

Hometown: New Haven, Conn.

Current city: Orange, N.J.

Occupation: Customer service representative

Then:

"I just started my life. I just started to go to school, I just started working, and I just didn't have anything settled yet."

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Interviews
12:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Jenna Fischer: Keeping It Real At 'The Office'

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 2:37 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on June 3, 2008.

For nearly a decade, Jenna Fischer has played Pam, one of The Office's most recognizably real characters.

If you've ever worked in a clerical position in an alienating office, you'll relate to what Pam goes through. In this interview, Fischer tells Terry Gross about creating all those pained looks and knowing smiles — and about how her five years as an office temp helped to prepare her for the role.

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Interviews
12:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Rainn Wilson: 'The Office' Drone Outside Of Work

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 2:37 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on July 30, 2008.

While his Office character always took himself seriously, actor Rainn Wilson seems to be all about the laughs. For the entirety of the series, Wilson has played beet-farming, archery-loving middle-management kook Dwight Schrute on the NBC hit television series.

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Interviews
12:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The 'Real Life' Of Actor Steve Carell

Steve Carell spent six years as Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott on NBC's The Office before departing the show in 2011.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 2:37 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 24, 2007.

By the end of The-40-Year-Old Virgin, the title character had lost his virginity — and actor Steve Carell had become a star.

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Barbershop
11:25 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Does It Matter 'Hero' Charles Ramsey Has A Criminal Past?

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:09 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer and culture critic Jimi Izrael, with us in Washington, D.C.

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BackTalk
11:25 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Immigration Comments Touch Nerve With 'Diverse' Canadians

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:09 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Back Talk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is back with us. What's going on today, Ammad?

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Faith Matters
11:25 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Making Peace With The Bible By Writing It Out Word For Word

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:09 pm

Reading the Bible from cover to cover might seem like a heavy task. But what about writing it? Host Michel Martin speaks with Phillip Patterson, who is just two verses away from writing out the whole King James Bible. He talks about how he kept the faith in spite of loss and illness.

NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Exploring An Ever-Expanding Universe

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:23 pm

Saul Perlmutter shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery that the universe was expanding at an accelerating rate. Perlmutter explains how supernovae and other astronomical artifacts are used to measure the expansion rate, and explains what physicists are learning about "dark energy" — the mysterious entity thought to be driving the acceleration.

NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Myth Of Multitasking

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:23 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, we'll be focusing on you and your true love - your smartphone. Think about it. Are you lost without it? Inconsolable if the two of you are separated? Willing to walk into a lamppost rather than look up while texting? Is it the object of your desire? Isn't it?

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NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Microexpressions: More Than Meets The Eye

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:23 pm

David Matsumoto, a psychology professor at San Francisco State University, trains national security officials and police officers to recognize "microexpressions"--fleeting, split-second flashes of emotion across someone's face. Matsumoto says those subtle cues may reveal how an interview subject is feeling, helping officials to hone their line of questioning.

10:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Data shows costs greatly between nearby hospitals

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Same treatment can have big differences in price at hospitals in close proximity
The federal government has released data showing how prices for services fluctuate between hospitals.
Politics
8:10 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Immigration Bill Remains Largely Intact After 1st Hearing

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Let's get an update now on one of this year's major policy debates. There is an immigration bill under consideration. The law, if passed, has the potential to be a major success story for President Obama and for the bipartisan group of lawmakers who drafted it. Opponents of the bill have major concerns about how it treats people who came to the U.S. illegally, and also about how much the law would cost.

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7:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Commission sets dates for wolf hunt in Upper Peninsula

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Hunt was authorized to deal with growing population of wolves. Opponents say voters have been silenced on issue
ROSCOMMON - From Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, gray wolves in three areas of the Upper Peninsula will have a target on their backs. The state Natural Resources Commission approved a wolf hunting season Thursday for up to 43 of the 658 wolves in the Upper Peninsula.
7:32 am
Fri May 10, 2013

State House Republicans propose expanding Medicaid with four year limit

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Cap would not apply to children or disabled adults
Lansing - House Republicans have offered their support for expanding the Medicaid insurance program if low-income adults can be limited to four years of coverage in their lifetime - a stipulation likely to be rejected by the Obama administration.
Around the Nation
7:20 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sophia, Jacob Top Popular Baby Names List

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. The Social Security Administration has put out its list of the most popular baby names from last year. Topping the list for girls: Sophia. For boys, it's Jacob. As for fast rising contenders, Aria is becoming popular for girls. It seems parents are inspired by "Game of Thrones." Boys names gaining popularity: Major, King and Messiah.

A few other names of interest: David is hanging on at number 19, and Steve, where is Steve? Oh, 762.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's a little too exotic.

Around the Nation
7:17 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Florida Man Fleeing From Cops Attacked By Alligator

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Police in Pinellas County, Florida pulled over Bryan Zuniga at a traffic stop. The man ran away but his already bad day got worse, because as he fled he was attacked by an alligator. Police later arrested him at the hospital where he was being treated for his wounds. You may have seen those TV commercials, on for years, where a dog urges you to take a bite out of crime. This is not precisely what the crime dog meant, but close enough.

Downtown Kalamazoo
6:40 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Who is living in downtown Kalamazoo?

The mall in downtown Kalamazoo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Al Jones

This week MLive Kalamazoo has taken a look at living in downtown Kalamazoo. Their series has examined the growth in people living downtown and some of the things that have lured them.

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6:21 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Heightened security for Tulip Time in Holland

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Holland Public Safety officials say measures are precautionary after bombing at Boston Marathon
Tulip Time spectators along Eighth Street paused Thursday afternoon as the latest festival addition walked by - two Michigan State Police troopers with a bomb-sniffing dog. The state bomb squad has been in town for the first time as part of the heightened security stemming from the Boston Marathon attack April 15, said Capt.
6:15 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Eastern Michigan University president expected to get contract extension despite recent troubles with alcohol

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Members of the university's board of regents sent Susan Martin a letter last year saying she must address drinking in public or face firing
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin is expected to get an extension on her contract Friday, in spite of recent troubles with alcohol consumption, a university official close to the issue said Thursday. The EMU Board of Regents will hold a special meeting at noon today to vote on Martin's contract, which ends in July.

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