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Panel Round One

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:18pm

Really, really, really Grande.

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Who's Bill This Time

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:18pm

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Commencement Speaker in Chief, Man Up, and the Rolling Sarcophagus.

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Not My Job: No Longer 'Clueless,' Alicia Silverstone Gets Quizzed On Parenting

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:18pm

If you were a teenager around 1995, prepare to feel old: Silverstone, who played peppy, pampered Cher Horowitz, is now a mother and has written a book about parenting called The Kind Mama.

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In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:17pm

Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel is struggling to stay on message after his supporters allegedly exploited longtime GOP Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife.

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Veterans Department To Be Led By Career Banker

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:13pm

Veterans Department to be led by career banker

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Dow Average Creeps To A Record-High Close

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:23pm

Dow average creeps to a record-high close

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Shinseki Resigns Amid Vets' Health Care Problems

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:23pm

Shinseki resigns amid vets' health care problems

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With Possible Theme Park, 'Hunger Games' May Live Beyond Final Film

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on The Hunger Games films and books.

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Letters: Maya Angelou And The Oligarch

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about the Ukrainian elections and the death of the great poet Maya Angelou.

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Activist Icon Resigns, As The Threads Of Her Stories Unravel

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Somaly Mam gained an international following in her crusade against sex trafficking, partly because of her own story of childhood sex slavery. Now, though, that story is under scrutiny, and Mam has resigned from the organization she leads. Melissa Block speaks with Simon Marks, former executive editor of The Cambodia Daily, whose recent Newsweek cover piece is credited with raising sharp questions about Mam's history.

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Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.

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25 Years From Tiananmen, China Strives To Keep Activists Silent

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and human rights observers say that Chinese authorities are cracking down more than ever on activists and intellectuals. Maya Wang, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, discusses the dubious anniversary and the harsh response that has followed.

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Clippers Sale Claims Attention As NBA Inches Toward Finals Rematch

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

The Eastern and Western Conference finals are underway in the NBA, and the Miami Heat are just one win away from heading to the league finals for the third straight time. The championship series begins June 5, just a few days after team owners vote on whether to oust Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. NPR's Tom Goldman talks to host Robert Siegel about the latest NBA news.

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Book Review: 'I Am The Beggar Of The World'

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews I Am the Beggar of the World, a new poetry collection that offers a rare glimpse into Afghan lives.

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An American Suicide Bomber In Syria

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that an American was involved in carrying out a suicide attack. The man, who was fighting in Syria against President Bashar Assad's regime, had ties to Florida.

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Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

For the first time since 1962, there are co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Teens Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar tied when the pair exhausted the official list of words.

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Week In Politics: Shinseki's Resignation And Obama At West Point

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation and President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point.

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VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Gen. Eric Shinseki is stepping down as the secretary of veteran's affairs. The decision comes in the midst of growing outrage over scheduling issues in the VA health system.

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