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Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel appears in the following:

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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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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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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Letters: Curious Texas Town Names

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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

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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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Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Economic Policy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Over the past year there's been a great deal of talk about fissures in the Republican party. But this week, it's the Democrats who are divided over their economic worldview.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, And His Legacy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection. News of the anti-apartheid icon's death resonated across the world. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spent 27 years in prison for his work to end South Africa's brutal apartheid system before becoming the country's first black president and preaching reconciliation and forgiveness.

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China Threatens To Expel Reporters After Reports On Leaders' Wealth

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Chinese authorities have threatened to toss out all of the reporters for The New York Times and Bloomberg in China after 18 months of blockbuster stories exposing corruption among the elites — including, in the Times case, the family of Premier Wen Jiabao, who ruled for a decade, and Bloomberg's reporting on Li Keqiang, who took over in March. It is a reaction that has not been seen since the earliest days after the thawing of relations between the U.S. and China in the mid-1970s.

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Ukrainian President Withstands No-Confidence Vote Amid Protests

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Tuesday as the opposition failed to muster a majority to pass the measure. The opposition, and thousands of protesters now gathered in downtown Kiev, are demanding Yanukovitch's resignation because he refused to sign political and trade agreements with the European Union. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, has been under intense pressure from Moscow to reject membership in the EU and to embrace closer trade ties with Russia and other countries that formerly belonged to the Soviet Union. The protesters in Kiev have vowed to continue their siege of government buildings.

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HealthCare.gov Works Better But Problems Lurk Below The Surface

Monday, December 02, 2013

The administration says Healthcare.gov is now working for the vast majority of users. And as evidence of that improvement, it said that 375,000 visitors used the site on Monday before noon. But that doesn't mean that people who enroll on the site will actually have the insurance coverage they signed up for by Jan. 1. The back end of the system — where the website provides customer and subsidy information to insurers --is still riddled by delays.

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Gunman Opens Fire At Los Angeles International Airport

Friday, November 01, 2013

A lone gunman opened fire Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, police say. Police fired on the alleged shooter, who is now in police custody. The attack left one TSA officer dead and at least seven people needing medical treatment (including the shooter), officials said. The shooting forced the evacuation of a terminal and more than 45 flights into and out of LAX have been cancelled.

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