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Panel Round Two

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

More questions for the panel: Turn that clown upside down; Polly Wanna Taco; Mister Clean Misdemeanor; Wash, Rinse, Pee.

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Bluff The Listener

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

Our panelists tell three stories about someone going after what they deserve, one of which is true.

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Panel Round One

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: You're Not Almost There!

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Who's Bill This Time

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Going Viral; Fan-boy; Home Boxless Office.

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Not My Job: Actor Jeff Goldblum Plays A Game Called 'Your Fly Is Open'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

Goldblum starred in a 1986 movie called The Fly so we've invited him to answer three questions about zippers.

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Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:37am

Pro-democracy protesters have replaced barricades in the congested Mong Kong district of the city hours after authorities dismantled the obstacles.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 8:31am

In the British island territory, Gonzalo has wiped out power to roughly half of the island's 70,000 inhabitants.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Neil Patrick Harris, Two New Prince Albums, Justin Simien

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 8:03am

Neil Patrick Harris talks about his new memoir Choose Your Own Autobiography; Ken Tucker reviews two new Prince albums; film director Justin Simien discusses his racial satire Dear White People.

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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:41am

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.

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Primus: Music Makers, Dreamer Of Dreams

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:03am

"I hope I don't piss off Gene Wilder," Les Claypool says of Primus & The Chocolate Factory, a cover of the soundtrack to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

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The Good Listener: How Can I Become A 'Music Person'?

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:03am

A reader grew up listening to Rick Astley in the '80s and needs to know if it's too late to change.

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The Secret Lives of Teachers

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:03am

Our new series looks at what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? What's your secret life?

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:01am

With three justices dissenting, the high court's ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.

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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.

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Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

The World Series starts Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the unexpected stars of the series — the managers.

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Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

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How To Train A Movie Star Insect

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

How do you get insects to "act" on camera? Entomologist Steven Kutcher tells NPR's Scott Simon about wrangling bugs for Hollywood and using the insects as living paintbrushes.

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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

A memorial for journalist James Foley will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 41st birthday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rev. Marc Montminy, who is presiding over the service.

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