It’s been just over a year ago now that Carl Kasell, along with the rest of the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! crew descended upon Colorado Springs to put on their show at the Pikes Peak Center. We were lucky enough to corner Mr. Kasell and ask him why a venerated newsman would partake in such quiz show frivolities.

 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · An initiative has officially obtained enough signatures to be placed on November’s ballot. It would allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational use.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · Environmental groups have asked the U.S. to give the prized fish protection under the Endangered Species Act. Some scientists and activists say the chances are slim but the action is long overdue.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · It’s a disfiguring disease spread by the bite of sand flies. And there are fears that the Syrian refugee problem is triggering a dramatic increase in cases.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · It’s not hard to parse the two main influences on Robert Kroese’s new novel, The Big Sheep: Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler. But Kroese’s knack for humor helps elevate their gonzo grimness.
 

June 28, 2016 | NPR · It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it’s his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.
 

June 28, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · In a video shot like a ’70s horror movie, Olsen shares a new song from the forthcoming My Woman.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · All Songs Considered asked you to share your favorite new artist of the first half of 2016. Here’s your top 10.
 

June 29, 2016 | NPR · Amjad Sabri was gunned down on Wednesday in Karachi, Pakistan. He was famous for Qawwali tradition and came from one of South Asia’s most celebrated singing families.
 

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