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12:21 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Not My Job: Steve Martin Takes A Quiz About Boring People

Jason Merritt Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:56 am

Steve Martin is a comedian, a playwright, an author, an art collector, an actor, a Grammy-winning banjo player, a composer and, as we all know, a "wild and crazy guy."

So we've decided to ask him three questions about the most mundane and dull guys we could find: the speakers at London's Boring Conference, which we read about in the Wall Street Journal.

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Code Switch
12:20 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

The Four Types Of Comments We Usually Remove On Code Switch

It may be our least favorite key, but we're willing to use it.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 8:20 am

The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates has a comments section on his blog that's become renowned for its level of discourse. "I always tell people it's like a dinner party, and I try to host it that way," Coates told NPR's On The Media. "I try to keep the conversation interesting, in terms of what is the bane of all comments sections and that is, you know, rude commentary, people going over the line, controlling, "that sort of thing.

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Author Interviews
12:20 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

'Fat' Dad Jim Gaffigan On Kids, Comedy And Apartment Living

Jim Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian.
Nigel Parry Crown Archetype

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:53 am

Jim Gaffigan is outnumbered. The comedian and actor lives with his wife, Jeannie Noth Gaffigan, and five children — that's not a typo — in a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan.

It's a neighborhood that quite proudly abounds with hipsters, swingers, adults-only shops, men in high heels, and people who mutter to themselves on the street. But nothing may attract more surprise in the neighborhood than a Midwestern couple and their five children.

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Author Interviews
12:19 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

A Look Inside The Garage: A Q&A With Marc Maron

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:23 pm

With his newest book, Attempting Normal, released on April 30, and a TV show, Maron, that premiered on IFC on May 3, comedian Marc Maron is having a busy spring. Maron considers himself primarily a stand-up comic, but he's also an actor, author and host of the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. The podcast has a simple premise: Maron interviews another comic. But the resulting product is complex and compelling.

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NPR Story
12:19 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction Round 11 Official Rules

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 11:00 pm

NPR

"Three Minute Fiction" May-June 2013 Writing Contest

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY STATES AND D.C., AGE 18 OR OVER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. CONTEST Sponsor. The Three Minute Fiction May-June 2013 Writing Contest ("the Contest") is sponsored by National Public Radio, Inc. ("the "Sponsor").

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Reports: Bombing Suspect Died Of Gunshot Wounds, Blunt Trauma

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
FBI.gov

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 6:04 am

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whom the government says was the mastermind behind the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 250, died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma.

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Planet Money
12:18 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Planet Money: The Cotton Wars

"They keep coming to the table ... always bitching and complaining." --Dahlin Hancock, Texas cotton farmer, on the Brazilians.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 2:35 pm

On today's show, we meet a Brazilian who took on the world's largest superpower; a Texas cotton farmer who's tired of hearing the Brazilians complain; and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.

And we hear why U.S. taxpayers are paying Brazilian cotton growers nearly $150 million a year.

This show originally ran in 2011, near the beginning of our quest to make a Planet Money t-shirt. We're re-playing it now because we just re-launched the t-shirt project.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Marist Poll Explores How Old Is Old

Lee Miringoff, head of Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, during his younger days in Sept. 26, 2005.
Jim McKnight AP

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 6:52 pm

Every year around the time of pollster Lee Miringoff's birthday, The Marist Institute tries to pin down what "old" means by conducting a poll.

This year, Miringoff turned 62 years old.

NPR's Ina Jaffe filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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This Is NPR
12:17 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Natalie Maines Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:33 pm

Natalie Maines launched her music career with the Dixie Chicks; her powerful vocals leading the all-female trio in their rise to fame. The group took some time off after they faced backlash from the country music community following their expression of disapproval for President George W. Bush. Now, Maines is back with a solo album called Mother, and she came to NPR to talk about it with All Things Considered Host Melissa Block.

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The Record
12:17 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in 2011.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:57 pm

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