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1:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Call Me?

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Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 6:12 am

The llama was not my fault.

Don't hang up!

You probably hung up.

How long is a voice mail message? Three minutes?

Look, you're going to have to call me back. There is no way I'm gonna be able to explain everything in three minutes.

You're not gonna call me back.

Ok, I get that. Maybe I even deserve it. If I was on a blind date with someone I thought was trying to steal my car, I wouldn't call them back either. Or listen to their message.

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NPR Ombudsman
1:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Fear And Trust At 'The Washington Post'

After 43 years of having an ombudsman, The Washington Post announced Friday that they are ending the position.
Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:16 pm

When The Washington Post in 1970 became one of the first American news organizations to have an ombudsman, it set a precedent that helped build the quality and influence of the Post and all American journalism.

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Planet Money
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Planet Money: An Economic Makeover For The Catholic Church

St. Peter's statue in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 9:08 pm

The Catholic Church is not a corporation. It's a religion, a cultural force, and a global power. Still, one of the things the new Pope will have to deal with is a classic business mess — a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that has stumbled and is losing money and relevance.

On today's show, experts (including a priest with a Harvard MBA) tell us what the church needs to do to turn things around.

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It's All Politics
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

The Sequester That Wasn't Meant To Happen Begins

Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:33 pm

It was never supposed to happen, but now it has. With President Obama's signing of the order to commence the sequester spending cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year's federal budget, what was once unthinkable is now hard reality.

The indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts to the Defense Department and domestic programs were supposed to be so odious and harebrained that, of course, the president and Congress would agree on a more reasonable path to deficit reduction.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Air Force Will Pay $50 Million To Service Gulfstream Jets

A Gulfstream V jet sits on a Las Vegas tarmac. The U.S. Air Force announced a $50 million contract to maintain its planes Thursday.
Lennox McLendon AP

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:02 pm

The Air Force will pay Gulfstream nearly $50 million to maintain its C-37 executive jets, in a contract announced Thursday, the day before the U.S. government was set to absorb $85 billion in automatic spending cuts to military and domestic programs. The C-37 is based on the Gulfstream V; according to an Air Force fact sheet, the service has nine of them.

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It's All Politics
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

In Voting Rights Arguments, Chief Justice Misconstrued Census Data

Chief Justice John Roberts, shown here during a presentation last June in Pennsylvania, questioned the U.S. solicitor general about voting statistics during this week's arguments on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
Ann Wilkins AP

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:20 pm

At the voting rights argument in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts tore into Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, grilling him on his knowledge of voting statistics.

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Music Interviews
12:50 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Rhye: Men Of Mystery Find A Feminine Sound

Rhye is the duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal. Their debut album is called Woman.
Dan Monick Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 8:39 am

Last year, an unknown band called Rhye started posting exquisitely produced videos online. The clips were sexy — erotic even — and the music matched the images. The identities of the band members were a mystery, intentionally shielded from view.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Florida Sinkhole So Dangerous Rescuers Can't Search For Missing Man

After a sinkhole swallowed a man in his bedroom in Seffner, Fla., an engineer tethered with a safety line walks in front of a home on Saturday.
Chris O'Meara AP

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 5:56 pm

Update at 6:53 p.m. ET Rescuers End Search:

Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says efforts to find Jeffrey Bush, who disappeared in a sinkhole, have been discontinued. He says that the conditions at Bush's home have become too dangerous for rescue workers.

"At this point it's really not possible to recover the body," Merrill said at a news conference on Saturday.

He says workers will begin efforts to demolish the home on Sunday.

Our Original Post Continues:

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Fresh Air Weekend
8:03 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Whitey Bulger,' 'Salt Sugar Fat' And Historical Language

An early mug shot shows James "Whitey" Bulger in 1953.
Boston Police

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 11:40 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Caught For Fins, Sharks Die At Unsustainable Rate, Study Finds

Fresh shark fins dry on the deck of an apprehended fishing boat in a declared shark and manta ray sanctuary located in the eastern region of Indonesia.
Conservation International /Getty Images

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year, "largely due to their inherent vulnerability, and an increasing demand, particularly for their fins, in the Asian market," a new report finds.

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