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2:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

'Fake Democrats' Infiltrate Wis. Primaries

Republican candidates are now running against Democratic candidates in Wisconsin's Democratic primaries. The state Republican Party describes them as protest candidates. Most people refer to them as fake Democrats.

Commentary
2:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Week In Politics: Santorum Makes His Exit

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And joining me now to talk more about politics are our regular Friday observers, columnists E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. Good to see you both.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

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Television
2:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Sunday Night The New Hot TV Spot

Sunday nights are overflowing with good TV — Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Good Wife and more. TV critic Eric Deggans says his DVR looks more like a traffic jam.

Middle East
2:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

UN May Send Team To Monitor Cease-Fire In Syria

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

The U.N. Security Council is debating the creation of a small observer mission in Syria to monitor the new ceasefire. That truce is now in its second day.

As NPR's Grant Clark reports from Beirut, thousands of anti-government protesters took advantage of the relative lull today and took to the streets.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING PROTESTERS)

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Middle East
2:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Iran's Nuclear Talks Follow Months Of Sanctions

This weekend's nuclear negotiations with Iran should provide some indication of whether unprecedented economic pressure can induce a country to reconsider its policies. No country has ever been subject to such sanctions as severe as those currently imposed on Iran. Between the restrictions on Iranian oil imports and the banking and insurance sanctions, Iran has fewer available "work-arounds" than other countries facing sanctions.

From Our Listeners
2:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Letters: Winning City Council With Only Two Votes

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Time now for your letters and a correction. On Monday, we brought you the story of The LouseBuster, a hot air treatment that kills head lice. You can find it at salons with names like Nittless Noggins, Pikki Nikki and the Hair Whisperers, but not at Hair-Fairies, as we reported. Our apologies for that one.

Well, now on to my conversation with Carolyn Hamre. She won a seat on the City Council of Portage, Wisconsin. And she did it with just two votes, hers and her husband's.

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Music Interviews
1:29 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

World Party: A Frontman Waylaid By Illness Returns

Karl Wallinger has just released a five-disc collection of music by his band World Party. His career was sidelined when he suffered a brain aneurysm in 2001.
Courtesy of the artist

In 1987, the song "Ship of Fools" launched the band World Party to the forefront of the modern rock scene. Other hits followed, but they ended suddenly in 2001. That's when frontman Karl Wallinger suffered a brain aneurysm, one that was misdiagnosed at the time.

"I came out of the bedroom saying, 'Hey, I've got a bit of a headache,'" Wallinger recalls. "I came out again an hour later and said, 'Phone an ambulance,' and then went and passed out for 24 hours."

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It's All Politics
1:24 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Polarization, GOP's Rightward Shift, Fills Political Scientist With Dread

This graph shows the ideological movement for both parties in the House. Note the steady shift towards conservatism among Republicans.
voteview.com

When President Obama recently complained to news media executives about their ostensibly even-handed "pox on both of your houses" coverage of the partisan battles in Washington, it might have seemed like, well, a partisan shot from a Democratic president.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Vermont Governor Has Bear Encounter

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Toby Talbot AP

Bears are in the news again.

Tuesday, there was the guy in Los Angeles who was texting-while-walking and almost bumped into a 400-pound black bear. The close encounter with an ursine was caught on video.

Now there's this:

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Murder, Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Tulsa Suspects

The two suspects in last Friday's killings in Tulsa of three African-Americans and wounding of two others were formally charged today with "three counts each of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment," the Tulsa World repo

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