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Sunday Puzzle
3:07 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

You'll Get It Just Right, Junior

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Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 3:56 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials "J.R."

Last week's challenge from listener Sandy Weisz: Take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end and rotate it 90 degrees. You'll get a new word that is pronounced exactly the same as the first word. What words are these?

Answer: Won, one; wry, rye

Winner: Ben Austin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

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Author Interviews
3:07 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

For A Student Of Theology, Poetry Reverberates

Nate Klug is a poet, translator and candidate for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. He lives in New Haven, Conn., where he studies at Yale Divinity School.
Frank Brown Courtesy Nate Klug

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 3:56 pm

April is National Poetry Month, and NPR is celebrating by asking young poets what poetry means to them. This week, Weekend Edition speaks with Nate Klug, whose poems have appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review and other journals. Klug is also a master of divinity candidate at the Yale Divinity School and a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ. "It's nice to go home from a day of thinking about the church to this whole other world of poetry," he says. "But obviously there are some really amazing ways that they intersect."

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The Two-Way
3:07 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

First Residents Allowed To Return To Damaged Homes In West, Texas

Debby Keel holds her grandchild, Kennedy, as Texas Highway Patrol officers record the entry of residents who are allowed to return to their homes near the site of the April 17 fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:55 pm

In West, Texas, some of the town's citizens whose homes were damaged by Wednesday night's massive fertilizer plant explosion returned to their homes Saturday afternoon, after authorities declared parts of the area safe. But a curfew is in place, and other areas close to the blast remain off-limits.

From West, NPR's Sam Sanders filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Author Interviews
3:07 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Kay Bailey Hutchison On Other 'Unflinching' Texan Women

George Ranch Historical Park

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 5:50 pm

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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A Blog Supreme
3:05 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance

Tito Puente on vibraphone at the Palladium.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:38 pm

The percussionist and bandleader Tito Puente would have celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend on April 20. And the recently released box set Quatro: The Definitive Collection is a great place to start celebrating the once and forever King of Latin Music. It captures the driving sound of big band mambo and cha-cha-cha that launched people onto dance floors for decades.

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The Picture Show
3:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Revisiting 'Some Los Angeles Apartments'

The Fourteen Hundred, 1965
Ed Ruscha Some Los Angeles Apartments

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:44 am

Back in 1965, when artist Ed Ruscha was doing a lot of photography, he wouldn't have called himself a photographer. To be honest, he probably would have scoffed at the idea. His goal was to make books — and photographs were simply a means to that end.

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All Songs Considered
3:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

The Zombies Remember Their Odyssey

Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, interviews Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies at SXSW.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:29 pm

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:59 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Melinda Gates

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:56 pm

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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:59 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

Karl Walter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 10:41 am

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

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:59 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Al Gore Plays Not My Job: Extended Cut

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Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 10:41 am

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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