The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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I'm No Doctor

Aug 2, 2013
Originally published on November 27, 2013 5:06 pm



Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Breaking It Down, Avidan Ackerson. From Generically Speaking, Erin Barker. From Algebraic Music, Diane Firstman. From Real Housewives, John Rennie. And from Hollywood Formulas Chris Kairalla.


EISENBERG: I want to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to take us out and crown a winner.

JOHN CHANESKI: This final round is called I'm No Doctor, But. For most people, it takes seven years of higher learning to become a doctor, but these notable people and fictional characters gamed the system by having the initials M.D. So contestants, you have to identify these fake doctors. For example, if I said he's the former Chicago Bears coach with a pack of super fans on "SNL," you'd say Mike Ditka.

We're playing this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give us an answer. Last person standing is our grand winner. Remember, all of the answers are real people or fictional characters with the initials M.D. Here we go. Avidan, this actor played the title role in three Jason Bourne movies.




CHANESKI: Erin, the actor in the movie "Wall Street" who said greed is good.

ERIN BARKER: Michael Douglas.



CHANESKI: Diane, it was the aquatic archenemy of Captain Ahab.




CHANESKI: John, this actor appeared in "The Outsiders," "Singles," and "There's Something About Mary." Three seconds.

JOHN RENNIE: Mike. Mike...


RENNIE: Dukakis.

CHANESKI: No. Sorry, no.



CHANESKI: Sorry, John. Step aside for a second. Let's see if Chris can get this one. Chris, the actor who appeared in "The Outsiders," "Singles," and "There's Something About Mary." Three seconds.


CHANESKI: OK. Let's see if Avidan knows. Let's see if Erin knows the answer. Erin? The actor who appeared in "The Outsiders," "Singles," and "There's Something About Mary."

BARKER: Matt Dillon.

CHANESKI: Matt Dillon is correct.


CHANESKI: Now, we have to say good-bye to John, Chris, and Avidan.


CHANESKI: Sorry, guys. But Diane and Erin are still on the stage. We're down to two.


CHANESKI: That was fast. Sometimes math is fast. Here we go. Diane, he was the Democratic nominee for president in 1988.


FIRSTMAN: Michael Dukakis.

CHANESKI: That was the time for Michael Dukakis.


CHANESKI: Erin, what Joan Crawford's daughter sarcastically called her in the title of a 1978 tell-all book.

BARKER: Mommy Dearest.

CHANESKI: That's right.


CHANESKI: Diane, a popular rapper who now goes by the name Yaseen Bay, he starred in the 2005 film "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."


CHANESKI: That is Mos Def-initely the right answer.


CHANESKI: Erin, she's a Pulitzer Prize-winning op ed redhead for the New York Times. Three seconds. Let's see if Diane knows. She's a Pulitzer-Prize winning op ed writer for the New York Times.

FIRSTMAN: Maureen Dowd.

CHANESKI: Maureen Dowd is correct.


CHANESKI: Erin, thank you for playing. And Diane is our winner.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Diane. You are an ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. You are getting a copy of our VIP Steven Strogatz's book "The Joy of X" plus Steven will give you your own personal math therapy session...


EISENBERG: help you get over your own specific math anxiety or take your solving techniques to the next level. Congratulations.


EISENBERG: That's all we have for you today but you can be a puzzle player any time, any place. Just take us with you by downloading our podcast or you can find us on Facebook or Twitter. Just look around for npraskmeanother.

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