Arts

6:50pm

Sat April 20, 2013
Author Interviews

Kay Bailey Hutchison On Other 'Unflinching' Texan Women

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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison knows what it means to be a pioneering female figure in her home state. In 1993, she became the first woman elected to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Now, the former senator has written a book about the women who came before her, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.

In the book, Hutchison profiles several women who broke barriers and made history in the Lone Star State. Many of those women left a life of luxury and "moved to nothing," she tells All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden.

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11:41am

Sat April 20, 2013
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Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 12:56 am

Courtesy Melinda Gates

Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company when the boss asked her out on a date. This was complicated because he was her boss, and frankly, he was kind of a nerd. But they fell in love and got married, and decided to raise a family, retire from the business, and in their spare time give away more money to charity than anyone else in the history of the world.

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11:41am

Sat April 20, 2013
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Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 08, 2013.

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11:41am

Sat April 20, 2013
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Al Gore Plays Not My Job: Extended Cut

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A shorter version of this segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

Since Al Gore's term as the 45th vice president of the United States ended in 2001, he has starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, won a Grammy Award and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But obviously he won't be satisfied until he wins the NPR news quiz, so we've invited him to play a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this."

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11:41am

Sat April 20, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on March 8, 2013.

Arne Duncan is President Obama's secretary of education, and if, while he's on this show, a disaster befalls the president, the vice president, the speaker of the House and every other member of the Cabinet except Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, he would be president.

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11:41am

Sat April 20, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Actor Jeff Bridges Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on Jan. 11, 2013.

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7:41am

Sat April 20, 2013
Arts & Life

Emily Moore On How She Became A Poet

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 1:57 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, WEEKEND EDITION is talking with younger poets about their experience with poetry and why they still feel it's important in our everyday lives.

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5:20am

Sat April 20, 2013
Books

So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created A New Literary Genre?

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 1:57 pm

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City last fall, the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, like most everything else, totally shut down. It was a week before power returned to FSG, according to Brian Gittis, a senior publicist. When he got back to his office, he began sorting through galleys — advance copies of books. And one of them caught him off guard.

Its cover had an illustration of the Manhattan skyline half-submerged in water.

"It was definitely sort of a Twilight Zone moment," Gittis recalls.

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2:45pm

Fri April 19, 2013
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Sense Of Place And A Nostalgic Quiz

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So let's speak candidly for a moment.

This is not an ordinary day. It has not been an ordinary week. We taped this week's podcast on Monday at 6:00 p.m., in the first hours of coverage of the bombings in Boston. We are posting it on Friday, in the first hours of coverage of a series of events that currently have many of our good pals — and many of our listeners — "sheltering in place" at home.

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12:56pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Arts & Life

Immigrant Muses About Finding Her Voice

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor. We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your tweet poems. Those are poems of 140 characters. We just talked about how complicated and charged the issue of immigration is, but for listener Su Layug, her immigrant story is all about - well, stories.

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