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On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences. Each one conceals the name of a U.S. city both phonetically and by spelling. Name the cities.

Example: The musician composed a crackerjack sonata in Mississippi --> JACKSON

1. The governor did a handspring fielding questions in Illinois.

2. My grandmother would belittle rocking chairs from Arkansas.

3. I'm looking for semipro vocational training in Utah.

4. Everyone hated to see Wilbur bankrupted in California.

5. Let's plan singalongs all around Michigan.

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Sweden And Assange

Apr 14, 2019

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On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London. The United States is seeking his extradition in relation to one of the largest-ever leaks of classified material. But some British parliamentarians want Assange to face justice in a different country first.

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President Trump's recent threat to close the border with Mexico had some Americans panicky about how that would affect our avocado supply. Now there's a new threat to your produce draw - an onion shortage.

Hollywood Writers Vs. Agents

Apr 14, 2019

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Orioles' Chris Davis Ends Hitless Streak

Apr 14, 2019

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a word or name in which the second syllable sounds like the letter "K." The syllable is always accented, and there's at least one syllable after it.

Example: Flowering tree that grows in warm climates --> ACACIA

1. Time off from work when you travel somewhere

2. Mount Etna or Mount St. Helens

3. 17-year locust

4. Distracting from real life, as fantasy novels

5. A place

6. One's profession

7. Irish dramatist Seán

8. National park along the coast of Maine

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On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of a country, for which I'll give you an anagram. For example, PANE + L = NEPAL. The added letter at the end of the anagram will always be the last letter in the name of the country.

1. INCH + A

2. TAIL + Y

3. VITAL + A

4. ARISE + L

5. LINEAR + D

6. LOOMING + A

7. LIVES ON + A

8. ACROSTIC + A

The Man Who Keeps Fenway Park Running

Apr 7, 2019

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Juno Flies By Jupiter

Apr 7, 2019

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It's time for another entry to Lulu's Log, stardate April 7, 2019, where we explore matters of space, the stars and the universe.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Mueller Report: Understanding Redactions

Apr 7, 2019

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Also on Friday, President Trump mocked asylum-seekers coming to this country, calling their claims "a big, fat con job." That's a quote. Many of those at the border are fleeing violence in their home countries and among them, transgender people.

On-air challenge:

I'm going to give you two words. Change one letter in the first word to name a category of things. And change one letter in the second word to name something in that category.

Example: Inject Wash --> INSECT, WASP

1. Foal Thicken

2. Blower Phony

3. Ration Fiance

4. Allow Bronte

5. Wright Dunce

6. Maternal Pylon

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem.

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Polls Close In Thailand's Election

Mar 24, 2019

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Voters went to the polls today in Thailand. It's that country's first election since the 2014 military coup. The current prime minister and army chief who led that coup is attempting to retain power. For more, we're joined by reporter Michael Sullivan in Bangkok.

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On a rainy day this past week, we went to visit a man named Jorge in a working-class neighborhood of Miami wedged between a highway and industrial warehouses. We walk up to the front door of a dilapidated, peach-colored duplex.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Think of a word starting with CH- that can follow my first word and precede my second, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Example: Dirt Skate --> CHEAP [dirt cheap, cheapskate]

1. Rocking Lift

2. Blank Mark

3. Flow Topper

4. Wind Pill

5. Lucky Bracelet

6. Fire Justice

7. Treasure Protector

8. Cover Card

9. Say Board

10. Wild Pick

On-air challenge: I've brought a game of Categories based on the word THINK. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters T-H-I-N-K. For example, if the category were "Boys' Names," you might say Tom, Hank, Ike, Nick and Kent. Any answer that works is OK, and you can give the answers in any order.

1. U.S. States

2. Football Terms

3. Parts of the Human Body

4. Things Seen on a Dinner Table

5. Five-Letter Words Ending in 'O'

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The Sex Scandals Engulfing K-Pop

Mar 17, 2019

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If you don't know, this is what K-pop sounds like.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FANTASTIC BABY")

BIGBANG: (Singing in Korean) We gon' party like (singing in Korean).

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Before her music career, Ximena Sariñana was a child actress in Mexican movies and telenovelas. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, she appeared in projects by her father, a director, and her mother, a screenwriter. Music was then just a hobby. But when she turned to it full time, the world noticed.

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