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2:36pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Vermont Steps Closer To Single-Payer Health Care

Vermont is about to accomplish something the federal government couldn't.

Once Gov. Peter Shumlin signs a bill on May 26, the state will be on track to having a single-payer health care system.

"We're actually trying to design the first single-payer health care system for America," Shumlin told Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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1:52pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Media

What's The Fastest-Growing TV Network In America?

Univision President Cesar Conde attends a charity gala in New York City. Millions of viewers tune in to Univision each week, and it's growing faster than any other TV network in the country. (Getty Images)
Mark Von Holden Getty Images

One TV network is serving the fastest-growing consumer population in the country — at times edging out ABC, NBC and CBS in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old viewer demographic. And it isn't broadcast in English.

It's Spanish-language network Univision, which began as a small TV station in San Antonio in 1961. Now, with millions of viewers tuning in each week, it's growing faster than any other broadcast network on television.

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1:16pm

Sun May 22, 2011
World

Tiny Irish Town Welcomes Obama Home

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:48 am

The newly constructed Obama Cafe will open soon in Moneygall, Ireland.
Matt Dunham AP

President Obama leaves Sunday night on a weeklong trip to Europe. He'll visit with the Queen of England, attend a summit meeting of the Group of 8 nations in France and sit down with a group of Central European leaders in Poland. But his first stop, in Ireland, may hold the biggest thrill for both the president and the destination.

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1:15pm

Sun May 22, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Time, Duration And Prediction: Some Thoughts After Armageddon

There once was a man. His name was Thales. He lived a long, long time ago in Miletus an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Turkey. Thales had an idea. It was a new and dangerous idea. He thought that events in the world could be explained not as the consequence of supernatural gods (and their whims) but as the result of purely natural forces.

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12:05pm

Sun May 22, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Sticks To His Mideast Plan Before AIPAC

In a speech to the country's largest pro-Israel lobby on Sunday, Obama focused on the U.S. alliance with Israel and said a delay in the peace process would undermine the security of the Jewish state. NPR's Ari Shapiro tells host Liane Hansen more about the speech and the reaction to it.

11:43am

Sun May 22, 2011
Politics

Obama Reiterates Comments On Israel's Borders

President Obama told America's pro-Israel lobby on Sunday that his comments last week about Israeli-Palestinian borders was a public expression of longstanding U.S. policy.

In a speech Thursday outlining overall U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Obama argued that Palestinian-Israeli peace talks should begin with Israel's 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps. Those remarks rankled many of Israel's staunchest supporters.

As one speaker put it on Sunday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is "the home of America's pro-Israel movement."

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10:40am

Sun May 22, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Lady Gaga, Girl Talk Music Performed By Lightning

The Telsa Orchestra
YouTube

Imagine big bolts of lightening pitched to make music. Imagine those staticy zapping sound in old Sci-Fi films that brought Frankenstein to life, now playing the melody to "Poker Face."

And if you're imagination needs a little help watch this creation from The Tesla Orchestra.

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8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Business

Chrysler Polishes Brand With Loan Repayments, Eminem

Chrysler is going to repay about $7.5 billion in U.S. and Canadian government loans this Tuesday. With the repayment of those loans, Chrysler's image is starting to shine again. Those Eminem commercials apparently helped. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Performing Arts

'Priscilla' Plays Canned Music; Union Protests Desertion

Musicians Local 802 is protesting the Broadway show Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert for its use of fewer musicians than the minimum required. The show is the first musical in Broadway history to use a prerecorded soundtrack that a small group of musicians accompany. NPR's Jeff Lunden reports.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Politics

American Pro-Israel Lobby Weighs Obama's Mideast Plan

President Barack Obama will address the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday. AIPAC is the country's largest pro-Israel lobby, and Obama's remarks come just days after he sought to lay out a vision for a new Middle East. Host Liane Hansen speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, who now serves as vice president and director of foreign policy at The Brookings Institute.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Politics

Deficit Drives Debate As Congress Rides Shotgun

This week in Washington, policymakers will still be wrestling with the domestic economy and the twin burdens of the federal deficit and debt. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the issue that's driving the debate in Washington and vexing politicians of both parties: the massive federal budget deficit.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Waiting For The Flood: More Work, More Worry

As the Louisiana levee system keeps New Orleans and Baton Rouge dry, some cities are preparing to get wet. Water spilling out of the Mississippi River and into the Atchafalaya Basin is starting to rise in more populated areas to the south. With a high-water mark not coming until next week, residents have had plenty of time to prepare. Almost too much time. Blake Farmer of member station WPLN reports.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Politics

Ganging Up In The Senate Not So Bipartisan After All

Originally published on Sun May 22, 2011 1:49 pm

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

As Ron mentioned, Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, dropped out of the Senate's so-called gang of six this past week. The group of three Republicans and three Democratic senators had been working on a deficit reduction plan. Senator Coburn said the group had reached an impasse over entitlement spending, a point he repeated in a TV interview.

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8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Business

Farmers Face Crisis Long After Floods Recede

Farmers along the length of the Mississippi River and near the complex network of levees and spillways are suffering heavy losses this year. The financial and economic burden on agriculture is yet untold, and a timeline for recovery is, in some cases, undetermined. Host Liane Hansen talks with farmer Greg Gabrielson, who has recovered from flood losses before, about how he managed to turn things around.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Sports

Preakness Winner Ends Triple Crown Hopes Once Again

Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford ended Animal Kingdom's bid for horse racing's Triple Crown Saturday. Host Liane Hansen has more.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Games & Humor

War Of Words A Battle Of The Punniest

Punsters went toe-to-toe Saturday at the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas. It was a barrage of clever and corny fighting words, all for the honor of "Punniest of Show." Host Liane Hansen speaks to Gary Hollack, the Pun-Off coordinator.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Politics

Obama's Europe Trip Starts With An Irish Welcome Home

President Obama leaves Sunday night on a week-long trip to Europe. He'll visit with the Queen of England, attend a G-8 summit meeting in France and sit down with a group of central European leaders in Poland. Host Liane Hansen and NPR's Scott Horsely look ahead to Obama's trip to Europe.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Miami Little Refuge For Haiti's Earthquake Survivors

Haitians who fled to Miami after last year's earthquake have found new sorrow. Used to working and being independent, refugees are now forced to accept welfare and relying on friends and relatives for help. State of the Re:Union host Al Letson explores their stories.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
Movies

Films Big And Small Win Hearts At Cannes

The 64th Cannes Film Festival wraps up Sunday after another day of screenings and award ceremonies. American screenwriter-directors Woody Allen and Terence Malick premiered big films with heartfelt narratives. Away from the buzz and flashbulbs surrounding their A-list casts, smaller films were winning over audiences. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday about this year's festival.

8:00am

Sun May 22, 2011
From Our Listeners

One More Week To Liane's Last Show

Longtime Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen is closing in on her last show, and we're reminding listeners that there's a timeline of special moments on the program going back to 1989, including Nelson Mandela's release from prison, singer Joni Mitchell and Liane's trip to Egypt.

7:29am

Sun May 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Indiana Gov. Daniels Won't Be Running For President

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, in 2003 when he was director of the Office of Management.
Stefan Zaklin Getty Images

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced early Sunday that he will not be going after the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The Associated Press reports that in an e-mail sent to supporters just after midnight, Daniels said that as he debated whether to run or not, "I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one. The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry."

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8:11pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Movies

A Man Commandeers A Plane, Then The Silver Screen

Porfirio Ramirez sits before the camera on the set of the movie Porfirio, in which he plays himself. In 2005, Ramirez hijacked a Colombian airplane and demanded compensation from the government for the injury that paralyzed him. He claimed rogue police officers had shot him.
Courtesy Franja Nomo

The Cannes Film Festival has always screened the avante-garde, and this year there was a particularly quirky entry from Colombia. It's a film about a man, paralyzed after being shot by police, who grows so desperate for state compensation that he hijacks an airliner with two grenades hidden in his diaper.

What may be even stranger is that it's a true story — and in the film, the hijacker plays himself.

'I'm Going To Show The Government'

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8:03pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Author Interviews

Quirk Cachet: Why 'Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth'

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If there wasn't a spot for you at the cool table in the cafeteria, fear not: In her new book, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins argues that the teen losers of today are the adult success stories of tomorrow.

Robbins wasn't an outcast in high school, but she wasn't a popular kid either. "I was what's known as a floater," she tells NPR's Liane Hansen. "I could sit at the edge of most cafeteria tables, but was never a part of any one group. I was also a dork. And still am. And proud!"

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8:01pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Middle East

Bahrain Crackdown Puts Pressure On U.S. Diplomacy

Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse protesters gathered at Pearl Square in Manama on March 13. The square was the epicenter of anti-government protests.
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When popular uprisings swept through Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, President Obama openly threw his support behind the protesters, trumpeting the dual ideals of democracy and freedom.

But that was not the case when the unrest reached Bahrain. The demonstrators, mostly from the majority Shiite population, were calling for reforms in the tiny island kingdom ruled by Sunnis.

The protests quickly turned nasty — scores of people were killed, hundreds wounded. Neighboring Saudi Arabia sent in about 1,000 troops to help quell the demonstrations.

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8:00pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Tenors, Indie Sounds And Scarlatti: New Classical CDs

NOW Ensemble's new album Awake features five so-called indie classical composers.
New Amsterdam

Dire predictions about classical music keep coming, and yet so do excellent recordings from all corners of the classical realm — a fact happily reflected in an eclectic mix of sounds that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. Judd Greenstein's music cheerfully percolates with well-blended flavors from many genres. He's among the so-called indie classical composers who also heads up his own ensemble and record label.

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4:09pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Author Interviews

A Psychopath Walks Into A Room. Can You Tell?

Some psychologists have a theory that many of the world's ills can be blamed on psychopaths in high places.

"Robert Hare, the eminent Canadian psychologist who invented the psychopath checklist, ... recently announced that you're four times more likely to find a psychopath at the top of the corporate ladder than you are walking around in the janitor's office," journalist Jon Ronson tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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3:34pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Middle East

Getting Real About Funding Mideast Reform

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on Mideast and North Africa policy in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The President says economic reform will be crucial to the spread of democracy throughout the region. (Getty Images)
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The ongoing uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa will not be resolved without economic reform in the region, President Obama said in his speech on Mideast issues at the State Department on Thursday.

"Politics alone has not put protesters into the streets," he said. "The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family."

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3:00pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Analysis

Week In News: U.S.-Israeli Relations

At the end of what could prove to be a momentous week in U.S.-Israeli relations, President Obama and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent an intense afternoon together Friday. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, joins host Guy Raz to discuss how that and the week's other top stories played out.

3:00pm

Sat May 21, 2011
Africa

Can New President Turn Ivory Coast Around?

In Ivory Coast on Saturday, after months of violence and political turmoil, Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated as president. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton discusses with host Guy Raz the challenges Ouattara faces: pacifying a country, uniting a fractured military and delivering on campaign promises of economic reform.

12:00pm

Sat May 21, 2011
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