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Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel appears in the following:

Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words

Friday, May 30, 2014

For the first time since 1962, there are co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Teens Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar tied when the pair exhausted the official list of words.

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An American Suicide Bomber In Syria

Friday, May 30, 2014

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that an American was involved in carrying out a suicide attack. The man, who was fighting in Syria against President Bashar Assad's regime, had ties to Florida.

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Madeleine Albright: A Free, Fair Election Possible In Ukraine

Friday, May 23, 2014

Robert Siegel speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is in Kiev leading a team of international election observers set to monitor voting in Ukraine on Sunday.

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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

Friday, May 23, 2014

Castro would take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development at a time when the nation's housing market has been treading water.

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As World Cup Looms, Brazilian Cities Paralyzed By Protests

Friday, May 23, 2014

The World Cup is three weeks away, but Brazeil is wracked with unrest. Demonstrations there are unified by one theme: anger over public spending on stadiums instead of on services and salaries.

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Uncertainty Swirls Saturday's Predicted Meteor Shower

Friday, May 23, 2014

Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine says that Earth on Saturday may pass through relatively dense streams of debris, resulting in a vivid display of shooting stars — or it won't.

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Week In Politics: Scandal At The VA, Primary Results

Friday, May 23, 2014

Robert Siegel speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review about the ongoing controversy at the VA and Tuesday's primary winners.

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Soccer Star Landon Donovan Didn't Make The World Cup Cut

Friday, May 23, 2014

The United States is not mad about soccer but it has some pretty dedicated fans — and they're up in arms over news that player Landon Donovan will not be going to the World Cup.

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UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In 1714, the British government established a prize to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude. Now, 300 years later, it's bringing back the Longitude Prize. This time, the public will choose the greatest challenge in a vote that begins Thursday.

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On Auction Block: Draft Of 'Like A Rolling Stone,' And Some Doodles

Friday, May 02, 2014

Sotheby's will be auctioning what it claims to be the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," as part of the auction house's rock and pop music sale.

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Al Feldstein, Helmsman At 'Mad' Magazine, Dies At 88

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Al Feldstein, the former editor of Mad magazine, died Wednesday at the age of 88. He ran the magazine with William Gaines at the peak of its popularity.

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From Waltz To '90s Icon: The Unforgettable Life Of The Nokia Ringtone

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

With the announcement that Nokia will move away from the smartphone market, it's worth taking a moment to remember a sound once ubiquitous, which we might never hear again: the Nokia ringtone.

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Letters: Curious Texas Town Names

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Robert Siegel reads emails from listeners about unusual Texas town names.

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What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A shooting at Fort Hood has left four people dead and 16 wounded. Robert Siegel reports on the latest news unfolding in Killeen, Texas.

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RIP ET: The Legend Of The Long-Buried Video Game

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The video game ET is considered one of the worst games ever created. It's so bad that many of the unsold originals are rumored to be wasting away in a New Mexico landfill. Now, filmmakers are on a quest to recover those copies — despite resistance from an environmental agency.

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Letters: Clarifications And Kids' Risk-Taking

Friday, March 21, 2014

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read letters from listeners about the Mexican War of Independence and responses to the claim that American parents are too overprotective.

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With 10 Songs Of Silence, Band Puts Free Tour On Spotify's Tab

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The band Vulfpeck has a new album called Sleepify. The 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Michigan-based funk group is using Spotify's royalty-payment system to fund its upcoming tour.

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Tell Your Bestie: The OED Has New Words

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Oxford English Dictionary is adding some 900 new words and phrases to its pages, with wackadoodle, bestie and DIYer among them. Melissa and Robert review some of the new entries.

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Letters: 'The Big Broadcast' And Laughing Down The Hall

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about Game of Thrones and The Big Broadcast.

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To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

President Obama's pitch for his health care law has brought him to an awkward place: "Between Two Ferns." In a bid to up the enrollment of young people, Obama visited Zach Galifianakis' Internet show.

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