6:53am

Sat April 6, 2013
NPR Story

Week In Sports: Assessing The Rutgers Coach Firing

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon and it's time for sports.

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6:53am

Sat April 6, 2013
NPR Story

Dissecting New York's Mayoral Race Scandal

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Undercover agents, wiretaps, shady meetings in parked cars - the unfolding political scandal in the New York City mayor's race has all the right elements for drama. Six politicians - Democrats and Republicans, - have been arrested in an alleged plot to rig a primary in this year's election.

For more, we turn now to Errol Louis. He's the host of NY1's "Inside City Hall" political program and he joins us from New York. Errol, thanks so much for being back with us.

ERROL LOUIS: Absolutely. Glad to be with you.

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6:53am

Sat April 6, 2013
NPR Story

North Korea Advises Evacuation Of Embassies

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

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6:53am

Sat April 6, 2013
Economy

Sequester Pinches Long-Term Unemployed Even More

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

A crowd of jobseekers attends a health care job fair on Thursday in New York.
Mark Lennihan AP

Almost 5 million Americans are considered long-term unemployed, meaning they have been searching for work for at least six months.

This week, their plight is getting a bit tougher as the government cuts their unemployment benefits — part of the automatic reductions in federal spending that took effect recently.

On a recent day, about 40 people turned out at a Manhattan jobs center run by the New York Labor Department to get advice on looking for work. These are all people who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks.

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5:59am

Sat April 6, 2013
Music

Charlotte Church Returns, A 'Beautiful Wreck' In A Digital Age

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:30 pm

Charlotte Church's new album is titled One & Two.
Jack Alexander Courtesy of the artist

Charlotte Church was just 12 years old when she made her 1998 debut album, Voice of an Angel — and that's what she seemed to posses. The tween rocketed into success with classical and religious music, singing for the pope, the Clintons, Nelson Mandela and the queen of England.

"If I look at it cynically, I was just a little bit of a freak, really: This small little girl with this big adult voice," Church says. "And I was a commodity for a while, you know. But I think that's also just the bare truth of it, really. People are always curious about child stars."

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5:34am

Sat April 6, 2013
Poetry

Does Poetry Still Matter? Yes Indeed, Says NPR NewsPoet

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

Tracy K. Smith was NPR's first NewsPoet.
Tina Chang

April is the cruelest month, according to one of the most famous poems in the English language. Perhaps to take the edge off of April, the Academy of American Poets chose it as the month to draw attention to the art and legacy of poetry — and the achievement of American poets.

We're celebrating this month by hearing from young poets about how they chose — or were chosen by — poetry, and why poetry — one of the oldest human art forms — still matters.

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5:13am

Sat April 6, 2013
Asia

U.S. Parries N. Korean Threats With A Fresh Plan

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:32 pm

South Korea conducts military exercises near the border with North Korea on Wednesday.
Ahn Young-joon AP

You might think alarm bells would be sounding in Washington, given the warnings coming out of North Korea. But when they talk about North Korea, U.S. officials are sounding like exasperated parents responding to a child's tantrum.

At the White House on Friday, spokesman Jay Carney said the United States "would not be surprised" if North Korea actually carries out a missile test.

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5:11am

Sat April 6, 2013
Simon Says

Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

The iconic Chicago photographer Art Shay took portraits of presidents, prizefighters, prose poets — and in the person of Roger Ebert, at least one Pulitzer-winning critic.
Art Shay

Roger Ebert was a critic, not a blowtorch. He could be sharp if he thought a movie insulted the audience, but had a champ's disdain for a cheap shot.

Many critics ridiculed the film Deep Throat when it came out in 1973. Who couldn't mock its absurdities? Roger just wrote, "If you have to work this hard at sexual freedom, maybe it isn't worth the effort."

Roger Ebert was a Chicago newspaperman who typed with two fingers — it sounded like a machine gun, columnist Bob Greene remembered on Friday — who was from the age when reporters were fueled by ink and booze.

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4:33am

Sat April 6, 2013
Theater

On Broadway, Old Shows And New Tricks

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

Willemjin Verkaik is the latest leading lady to play Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl who grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West in Broadway's long-running Wicked. She has also played the role in Dutch and German in Europe.
Bankhoff-Mogenburg

When I was a teenager falling in love with the theater, I picked up a book called Broadway's Greatest Musicals. The sole criterion for inclusion was that a show run for at least 500 performances, which translates to about a year and a quarter.

How quaint.

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3:03am

Sat April 6, 2013
Movie Interviews

In '42,' A Young Star Suits Up For A Hero's Role

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

Chadwick Boseman plays baseball's trailblazing Jackie Robinson in the upcoming biopic 42.
D. Stevens Warner Bros. Pictures

The number 42 has been retired from every team in Major League Baseball, and in recent years, teams have been eager for fans to remember why: It was the number Jackie Robinson wore for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he broke the sport's color barrier — and began to break a new path in American history.

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