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9:32 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'I've Enjoyed Every Minute Of It': Carl Kasell On His 60 Years In Radio

NPR's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during Morning Edition on Dec. 30, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:06 pm

Carl Kasell — the official judge and scorekeeper of the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! — is stepping down after more than 60 years in radio. While you'll still hear him from time to time as he eases into the role as scorekeeper emeritus, his final broadcast airs on Saturday and Sunday.

Kasell recently had a cameo on The Simpsons, and since that's the pinnacle of any career, this seemed like a good moment to look back on his many decades in broadcast.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:54 am

With an expensive communication satellite as its payload, a Russian Proton-M rocket broke apart during its third stage last night. The unmanned rocket failed at an altitude of 100 miles — video of the launch showed it flaring across the night sky.

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Parallels
7:55 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Narendra Modi: From Humble Start To India's Likely Prime Minister

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is poised to become India's next prime minister after his party's sweeping parliamentary victory on Friday.
Ajit Solanki AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 9:54 am

Narendra Modi looks almost certain to be India's next prime minister as his Bharatiya Janata Party headed toward a landslide victory Friday in India's just-concluded parliamentary elections.

Modi is praised for the strong economic growth in Gujarat state, where he has been chief minister since 2001. But religious riots there in 2002 are a dark cloud over his legacy.

Here are some things to know about Modi.

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Landslide Win Puts Opposition Party In Charge In India

India's next prime minister, Narendra Modi, receives a blessing from his mother at her home in the western state of Gujarat on Friday, as election results showed a resounding win for Modi's opposition party.
Ajit Solanki AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:06 pm

In a historic result, opposition leader Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party are celebrating a resounding win in India's elections Friday, after ousting the Congress party that has long dominated politics in the world's largest democracy.

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Around the Nation
7:14 am
Fri May 16, 2014

S.C. Lawmakers Reconsider Old-School Cursive Writing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Around the Nation
7:04 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Couch Produces More Than Loose Change

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Three roommates bought an old couch from the Salvation Army. They found envelopes filled with cash in it. One finder was a New Paltz, New York geology student who said she'd never found more than 50 cents. This time it was $40,000. They tracked down the original owner, a woman who had kept her savings in the couch where she slept. Her relatives had not known this, and when she was in the hospital they helpfully gave away her couch and replaced it with a bed.

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6:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chipotle Dishes Up Food For Thought

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We stay with Chipotle our last word in business today, which is: Burritos with a side of literature.

Chipotle restaurants are dishing out some food for thought with their meals. Starting this week, two minute essays can be found printed on the sides of Chipotle cups and takeout bags, essays written by contributors like Toni Morrison, Judd Apatow, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, author Jonathan Safran Foer is also featured. He pitched the idea to Chipotle after eating alone their one day with nothing to read.

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6:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Big Sunday Encourages Baby Steps To Volunteerism

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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This weekend is an annual nationwide event known as Big Sunday. It's such Big Sunday it now lasts the whole weekend. It's aimed at boosting the numbers of Americans who volunteer in their communities. It began 16 years ago, started by a film writer who decided to channel his frustration over endless script edits into something more productive.

Reporter Alex Schmidt has the story.

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4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Propublica: Doctors Overcharge Medicare For Office Visit

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Medicare pays for more than 200 million office visits each year. Most visits require only a modest amount of time and expertise. But a new investigation by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica suggests that hundreds of health professionals are overcharging Medicare for office visits. ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein tells us what he found.

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4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Tries To Jell Before World Cup

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Soccer's World Cup is coming. One month from today, the U.S. Men's national team plays Ghana. That's the first of three extremely tough opening round games for the Americans. So they have one month to prepare. In fact, to play catch up with their opponents, in the words of their coach. A World Cup training camp opened this week at Stanford University. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It's that time again. World Cup time when non-soccer fans and media finally pay attention to some of the country's best athletes.

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