Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:43 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:19 pm

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. Thank you so much. We have a great show for you today. Later on, we've got Melinda Gates joining us, talking about...

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Around the Nation
5:14 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Stink Bug's Resurfacing May Squash Farmers' Hopes For A Strong 2013

The stink bug population is six times larger this year than last.
Matt Rourke AP

If you live along the East Coast, there's a pretty good chance that stink bugs may be lurking in your attic or even behind your curtains. The invasive insects from Asia, which exude a rubber-like stench when you crush them, are a nuisance for you, but a serious pest for farmers.

Crop producers received a reprieve from the bugs in 2012, but the insects may be coming back and with a greater spread of attack.

Bob Black says he was not in a good place in 2010.

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U.S.
5:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

N.Y. Governor Flexes Political Muscle To Pass Tough Gun Law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new gun control law in Albany on Tuesday. It's the nation's first gun law enacted since the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Mike Groll AP

On Tuesday, New York became the first state in the nation to pass a tough new gun control law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo convinced his state's Legislature to act, even before President Obama took executive action to limit access to guns.

The governor's legislative victory followed his impassioned State of the State address earlier this month, delivered the first day of the 2013 legislative session.

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It's All Politics
5:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

For Cartoonists Who Cover Obama: Four More Ears

For editorial cartoonists, Obama's ears are his signature. In some depictions, they've grown throughout the years, but Matt Wuerker says cartoonists have gotten lazy. "We did the same thing to George W. Bush. By the end of his administration he was just Dumbo."
Courtesy of Matt Wuerker/Politico

Four years ago, when the nation's first African-American president was inaugurated, even conservative editorial cartoonists marked the moment with reverence.

As Scott Stantis, now of the Chicago Tribune, tells All Things Considered host Audie Cornish: "There are times in our history where we can just take half a step back from our partisanship and revel in the history and wonder of something."

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History
3:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Don't Know Much About Inaugurations?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are hoping your best dress is ready and your tux is pressed because President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term on Monday. But even if you don't plan to attend any of the events, you can dress up and watch at home.

And here to get us ready is Kenneth C. Davis. He is the author of the best-selling "'Don't Know Much About" series of books. His latest is "Don't Know Much About the American Presidents." And he's with us now.

Welcome and Happy New Year to you.

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David Edelstein is a film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air, and an occasional commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning. He has also written film criticism for the Village Voice, The New York Post, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section.

A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he is the author of the play Blaming Mom, and the co-author of Shooting to Kill (with producer Christine Vachon).

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Author Interviews
12:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

An illustration shows heretics being tortured and nailed to wooden posts during the first Inquisition.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 1:41 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 23, 2012.

The individuals who participated in the first Inquisition 800 years ago kept detailed records of their activities. Vast archival collections at the Vatican, in France and in Spain contain accounts of torture victims' cries, descriptions of funeral pyres and even meticulous financial records about the price of torture equipment.

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Movies
12:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

'Mama': A Good Old-Fashioned Horror Movie

Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and her sister, Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse), are near-feral orphans in the horror thriller Mama.
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 1:29 pm

I was weaned on horror movies and love them inordinately, but the genre has gone to the dogs — and to the muscle-bound werewolves, hormonal vampires, flesh-eating zombies, machete-wielding psychos, etc. It's also depressing how most modern horror pictures have unhappy nihilist endings in which everyone dies and the demons pop back up, unvanquished — partly because studios think happy endings are too soft, but mostly because they need their monsters for so-called franchises.

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MLK Kalamazoo Events
12:28 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Director of State Office of Urban Affairs to speak Monday in Kalamazoo

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at WMU in 1963
Credit Western Michigan University

Harvey Hollins III grew up in Southwest Michigan but has spent the last decade working in Detroit. In 2011, Governor Snyder named Hollins director of the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Affairs. On Monday, Hollins, a Kalamazoo College graduate, will speak at Stetson Chapel as part of the Martin Luther King Junior Convocation. The event begins at 10:50 Monday morning, and is one of the events planned in Kalamazoo to honor the late civil rights leader

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NPR Story
12:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Was Armstrong's Apology Sincere?

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and inauguration date both being observed on Monday, we will hear about some of the less well known speeches made by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.. And some of the less well known bits of history around presidential inaugurations. That will all be later in the program.

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NPR Story
12:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

What Manti Te'o And A Former Mormon Leader Have In Common?

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality, and as you just heard, the Barber Shop guys were talking about the very strange story involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o. He's in the news because the story of his girlfriend's tragic death and the girlfriend herself turned out to be a hoax.

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NPR Story
12:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We are heading into inauguration weekend and in a moment we will hear about some of the great and not-so-great moments of inaugurations past.

Along with the public ceremonies that are a part of the presidential inauguration, many people, including the president, will also be honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend, and on Monday, when his birthday is observed as a national holiday.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Dementia Takes The Stage In 'The Other Place'

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

In the Broadway play The Other Place actress Laurie Metcalf ("Jackie" on the TV show "Roseanne") plays a scientist suffering from the dementia she studies. Playwright Sharr White discusses the play and the challenge of presenting complicated science on a theater stage.

NPR Story
12:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Inventors Design Lamp Powered Entirely By Gravity

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman, filling in for Ira Flatow today. Solar wind, geothermal - now there's a new renewable energy source to add to that list. It's free, completely reliable and totally unlimited: the force of gravity. Two British designers have invented a lamp that runs on gravity alone. Their GravityLight - yes, that's its name, aptly named - uses, you guessed it, the pull of gravity on a weight to generate up to 30 minutes of light.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Edward Tufte Wants You to See Better

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman. Up next: the man who wrote the book - well, the books, rather - on data visualization. He was doing infographics before everybody was doing infographics. Back in the '80s, data scientist Edward Tufte remortgaged his house so he could start a company and self-publish his first book, "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information." Sound like a snoozer? Well, that book, along with his others on the same topic, have sold more than a million-and-a-half copies.

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11:02 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Boil water advisory on part of WMU campus over the weekend

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Water is being turned off Friday to repair a water main leak.
KALAMAZOO-Western Michigan University advises students, employees and visitors to campus that a precautionary boil water advisory from the city of Kalamazoo will affect three occupied buildings on campus over the weekend. The advisory will be in effect for East Hall, the Seelye Center and Spindler Hall from 2 p.m. Friday, Jan.
World
8:07 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Prospector In Australia Finds Giant Gold Nugget

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. An amateur prospector in Australia thought he'd stumbled on a car hood. It turned out to be a giant gold nugget shaped like a goldfish. The owner of the local gold shop told the Herald newspaper that if the anonymous prospector was silly enough to melt it down it would be worth nearly $300,000.

Unlikely, since its size and shape make it so rare. The gold will be worth far more to a museum or collector. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Food
7:59 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Subway Foot-Long Sub Comes Up Short

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:11 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with news of a fast food chain that's coming up short. Earlier this week, a customer in Australia ordered a Subway Foot-Long sub only to find it measured a mere 11 inches. He posted a photo alongside a tape measure on the company's Facebook page, sparking outrage from customers and an investigation by the New York Post. They bought seven Subway Foot-Longs in New York City and four of them measured less than 12 inches. Subway is looking into this sizable matter.

7:45 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Snyder leaning toward seeking a second term

Lead in text: 
Governor says he hasn't finished some of the things he started
The day after his third State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder contemplated his political future. He's up for re-election in 2014 and is starting the process of deciding whether to take the plunge. In an interview with the Free Press Editorial Board Thursday, he said he's leaning toward running for a second term.
7:43 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Snyder's call for more early childhood education funds welcomed by advocates

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Upjohn Institute Economist Tim Bartik says current per-child funding isn't enough to run a quality program
MORE OF THIS: Gov. Rick Snyder joined a growing chorus of political and business voices in favor of increased funding for Michigan's Great Start Readiness preschool program. (Bridge photo/Lance Wynn) By Chris Andrews/Bridge Magazine contributor Thousands of low-and moderate-income children took a step closer to the preschool classroom with Wednesday night's call for additional early childhood investment by Michigan Gov.
7:25 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Snyder says voters could decide how road funding is paid for

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But governor says doing nothing will only make problem worse.
Mount Pleasant - Gov. Rick Snyder hit the road Thursday with his pitch for getting $1.2 billion more per year from drivers to repair Michigan's roads as key lawmakers began crafting a legislative plan that could include a vote on a statewide sales tax as early as May.
7:21 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Bill would exempt Michigan-made firearms from federal regulations

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Similar legislation was introduced in the Michigan Senate in 2009, but never made it out of committee.
LANSING, MI - Republican Senators introduced a bill to prohibit federal regulation of Michigan-made firearms that stay within the state. The move came on the same day President Barack Obama asked Congress to reinstate bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and to pass universal background checks for gun purchases.
7:14 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Wolf hunt could be delayed by petition drive

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Michigan's Board of Canvassers has approved the group's petition, allowing them to begin collecting signatures.
A referendum challenge to Michigan's new law on gray wolves could delay the creation of a hunting season for the animals by a year and a half. Late last month, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 520 giving Michigan's Natural Resources Commission the power to decide if there should be a wolf hunting season.
Politics
6:55 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Does Obama's Second-Term Agenda Need Beefing Up?

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama is set to take the oath of office for a second time. He has promised an ambitious agenda for the next four years. NPR's Mara Liasson tackles the question of whether it's ambitious enough.

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NPR Story
6:33 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Kenyans Expect More From U.S. President With African Roots

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As President Obama prepares to start a second term, MORNING EDITION has asked NPR's foreign correspondents to gauge worldwide expectations for the next four years. We turn, this morning, to Kenya. Pride still runs deep there for the president, with roots in Kenya. But expectations of America's role have shifted from donor aid to partner in trade. NPR's Gregory Warner has the story.

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NPR Story
6:33 am
Fri January 18, 2013

CEO Marchionne Drives Chrysler's Dramatic Turnaround

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:11 am

With the global auto industry gathered in Detroit this week for the city's renowned auto show, Renee Montagne talks to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne about his company's stunning turnaround, manufacturing overseas and a Chrysler IPO.

6:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

WMU President John Dunn among critics of disparities in spending on sports

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Dunn presented a study comparing spending on athletics at larger universities with smaller schools.
6:13 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission expects to set interviews for potential search firms

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The commission is looking for a search firm to find its next City Manager
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Consultant Evaluation Panel, made up of Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Vice Mayor Hannah McKinney and City Commissioner Don Cooney on Thursday recommended the city commission allot 40 minutes for each firm, with a five-minute break between, starting at 4 p.m. on Feb. 4. The city commission has to approve the recommendation in order for it to become the schedule.
Media
5:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Media Circus: The Football Star And The Will To Believe

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o speaks Nov. 29 after he received a sportsmanship award from the Awards and Recognition Association in South Bend, Ind.
Joe Raymond AP

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 10:05 am

One of the top collegiate football players in the country, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, was lionized by the media amid stories of his perseverance on the field after both his grandmother and his girlfriend died.

Thanks to an expose by Deadspin, the girlfriend's very existence is now believed to be a hoax, throwing the Heisman runner-up and his university on the defensive.

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