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High-Level Arrests Roil Jordan

Apr 4, 2021

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Jon Batiste On His New Album, 'We Are'

Apr 4, 2021

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More students in the U.S. are heading back to school for in-person learning these days, but there are some who aren't that eager to return to the classroom.

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Today, two No. 1 seeds in action in the NCAA playoffs and four NBA games. Tomorrow, the first two matches of college's Elite Eight and 11 more NBA games. Are you going to watch it all or just the highlights?

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On-air Challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences. Each sentence contains two words that have homophones that are opposites.

Ex. Does Liv Ullmann dye her hair? --> LIVE & DIE (homophones of "Liv" and "dye")

Sting has been busy, releasing an Audible Original and a collection of duets — some old, some new. He talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the importance of musical collaboration, despite the pandemic.

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The Importance Of Global Vaccine Equity

Mar 21, 2021

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On-air Challenge: Every answer today is a four-letter word that is composed of two consecutive state postal abbreviations.

Ex. Similar --> AKIN [Alaska + Indiana]
1. What a volcano spews
2. Mineral that comes in thin layers
3. Breeze
4. Like moist grass in the morning
5. Stash away
6. Arrived
7. Opera solo
8. Grand party, as a black-tie affair
9. Hotel employee who makes beds
10. Unconscious state
11. Sound of a siren
12. Interoffice note

The 63rd Grammy Awards were held on Sunday, but even before the winners were announced, this year's ceremony already made history. For the first time, the nominations for best rock performance and best country album were predominantly women, whether as solo artists or female leads of a band. One of those nominees was Grace Potter.

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It's been happening daily in similar ways across the world during this pandemic. And even now, as vaccines are rolling out, the phone rings, and at the other end, someone says something like this.

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On-air Challenge: Every answer today is the name of a country. I'm going to give you some words. For each one, change one letter into two letters to name the country.

Ex. BELLE --> BELIZE
1. FENCE
2. BRAWL
3. NO SAY
4. POLAR
5. BRUNT
6. MONDO
7. BELAYS
8. CANAL
9. PANDA (3 answers)

On-air Challenge: Today's puzzle is called "P B & J." I'm going to give you three words starting with the letters P, B and J. You give me a word that can follow each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Example: Parking, Back, Job --> LOT (parking lot, back lot, job lot)

3-letter answers:

1. Penalty, Boom, Juke

2. Power, Buzz, Jig

3. Present, Birth, Judgment

4. Pill, Bed, Jitter

4-letter answers:

5. Paddle, Basket, Jump

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For more than 50 years, Alice Cooper has been the face of shock rock. That is rock that's just as much about the performance as it is about the music.

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PATRICK LEAHY: The yeas are 50. The nays are 49. The bill as amended is passed.

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Joanna Rakoff is a young, aspiring writer who falls in love with New York and lands a coveted job working for the literary agency of...

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On-air Challenge: Today's puzzle is called A++. I'm going to give you clues for two things. Say what they are. Then put the letter "A" at the start to make a word.

Example: Prohibition / Mafia chief --> ABANDON (a + ban + don)

1. Hydroelectric facility / Insect that scurries

2. Old horse / Male sheep

3. Hot dog holder / Waltz or minuet

4. Where a scientist works / Fall flower

5. Untruth / Country or land

6. Colorado ski resort / Skill

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More than 500,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19 since the pandemic hit this country and the world just over a year ago. NPR is remembering some of those who lost their lives by listening to the music they loved and hearing their stories. We're calling our tribute Songs Of Remembrance.

Disinformation is not just affecting politics at the national level. It's eroding public trust in institutions.

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Why Foxes Love Shoes So Much

Feb 28, 2021

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President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas. That will make federal funds available for temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans as the state recovers from days of extreme winter weather. Warmer temperatures are bringing some relief, but now some Texans who didn't lose power are feeling the pain from their energy bills. The state has a deregulated electrical market, and without fixed-rate plans, these folks are being charged several thousand dollars from last week alone.

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