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Wed June 20, 2012
Ask Me Another

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Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:58 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host Ophira Eisenberg, the biggest know-it-all you'll ever meet because I already have the answers. Ha, ha. First off joining me is Jonathan Coulton.

(APPLAUSE)

JONATHAN COULTON: Yo!

EISENBERG: Thank you for providing our music tonight. And our puzzle gurus, Art Chung and John Chaneski.

(APPLAUSE)

ART CHUNG: Hi, Ophira.

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4:57pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Ask Me Another

Bankable Stars

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:58 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's go to our next game. Standing in front of me, are our next two contestants, Leslie Billig. And Leslie is a crossword puzzle editor.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know. The audience is like, oh my goodness. And we also have Nisse Greenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Nisse's a math whizz. He teaches on a volunteer basis to kids, so you really have to like math to do that.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And he's originally from Bangor, Maine, but a vegetarian. You've never tried the lobster? Not even once?

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4:57pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Ask Me Another

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Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:58 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants. Welcome ladies.

ANJANA SAMANT: Hello.

LISA JONES: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We have Lisa Jones. Lisa, I'm told by my producers you are a goddess in training.

JONES: It's true.

(LAUGHTER)

JONES: But really do you have to ask?

EISENBERG: No, I don't. I mean I was going to say fully formed, but it's good to know you feel like you still have more (unintelligible).

JONES: I fully expect to be deified some day.

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4:57pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Ask Me Another

Jeremy Schaap: The Cheese Rolls Alone

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:20 pm

Sports journalist Jeremy Schaap in the hot seat on the Ask Me Another stage.
Steve McFarland NPR

As legend has it, Jeremy Schaap caused his father, legendary sports journalist Dick Schaap, to miss two of the three home runs hit by Reggie Jackson during Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Why? Apparently, Jeremy had sent his dad on successive trips to get him a hot dog and a soda. Luckily, his dad refused to get him a beer.

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4:47pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Salt

Survey Says Apple Pie Rules, But There's Lots Of Room For Variety

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:52 am

Pies, before and after the NPR pie contest on Tuesday.
Benjamin Morris NPR

We are a nation that puts apple pie above all other pies, and yesterday's survey confirms our audience falls right in line when it comes to the forbidden fruit. But that's not the whole scoop on popular pies.

As we reported yesterday, top American pies bought in the store are apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, and Dutch apple.

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4:45pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When 'Madagascar' Meets Children's Claritin

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:23 pm

One of the Madagascar 3-themed activities for kids touted on Merck's Claritin Facebook page.
Facebook

Merck is catching flak for marketing Children's Claritin with cute cartoon characters from the latest installment in the Madagascar movie series.

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4:41pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder during congressional testimony in 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

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4:14pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Saving Calif. State Parks: The End Of Public Funding?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:23 pm

Brad Beadell (right) takes his 11-year-old son, William, on his first backpacking trip through Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill, Calif.
Melissa Block NPR

On July 1, 15 California state parks are slated to be closed permanently to the public — the first such closures in the state's history. They're the victim of budget cuts in a state with a $16 billion shortfall.

Over the past year, park enthusiasts have scrambled to save dozens of parks from closure, including Henry W. Coe State Park, California's second-biggest state park, located about 30 miles south of San Jose.

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4:11pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Nigeria Reaches 98 After Church Attacks, Reprisals

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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4:09pm

Wed June 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Executive Privilege: A Long (And Sometimes Sordid) History

First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

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