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Since 1968, this current affairs program has explored the heart of a story, whether it's happening in the streets of Belgrade, the dockyards of Vancouver, the boardrooms of Bay Street, or the kitchens of Paris. For 60-minutes every weekday, Barbara Budd and Carol Off host stimulating conversation with fascinating guests, probing features, incisive commentary, and lots more.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase in which the first word has five letters. Add one letter to the front and another at the end to make a seven-letter word that completes the phrase.

Ex. Decorative piece of needlework that's big enough --> AMPLE SAMPLER

Growing up in Albuquerque Duane Koyawena loved to draw.

"I did a lot of pieces that a lot of people always wanted," he says. "Like, 'can I have that? Can I have that?' Even my art teachers would ask me if they could keep stuff."

But he didn't see himself as a burgeoning artist. He only saw his father Lloyd Koyawena's talent.

Sometimes when Duane practiced drawing, he'd ask his dad to help him. He'd watch as his father pulled out his sketchbook and drew a curved line that became a tail and then the horse's mane.

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It may be time for summer break. Schools are closing, but there's a lot of agita still about textbooks and lesson plans. Here's some tape from Fox News.

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On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences. Each sentence hides the name of a U.S. city of seven more more letters. You name the cities.

Ex. The weightlifters are flexing tonight. [Ky.] --> LEXINGTON
1. Is the psychic a good prognosticator? [Ill.]
2. I don't like spoilsports mouthing off. [N.H.]
3. Make me a sandwich Italian-style. [Kan.]
4. Beauty queens rebuff a lot of suitors. [N.Y.]
5. We saved a swami's soul and spirit. [Mont.]
6. Grandma voted for Landon. [Fla.]

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Iranians head to the poll on Friday to elect a new president. The vote comes after what has been a rough year. The country has faced increasing economic decline amid tough U.S. sanctions, and it's still struggling under the coronavirus.

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Cher Strauberry is accustomed to firsts. She was the first professional skateboarder to come out as a trans woman, and now she's got another first - a solo punk rock album.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DOWN N OUT")

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Back in 2017, Tank and the Bangas won NPR's Tiny Desk concert with this song called "Quick."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "QUICK")

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Remember those first days of the pandemic lockdown? Many of us picked up new hobbies - sourdough baking, jigsaw puzzles, birdwatching. But for most of us, our hobbies, our passions, they had to go on hold. We met one listener who told us about his experience.

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Rose Byrne Gets 'Physical' In Newest Series

Jun 13, 2021

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What To Expect At The Westminster Dog Show

Jun 13, 2021

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If you want to dish out advice, it's best to know yourself first.

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On-air Challenge: Every answer today is the name of a TV series past or present. Two consecutive letters in each title have been changed into one letter to spell a new word or phrase. You change one letter back into two to name the series.

Ex. CHESS --> CHEERS

1. FRONDS

2. FULL HOUR

3. NIGHT COAT

4. FRAMER

5. THE WAGONS

6. BATON

7. SOUTH PAW

8. DOCTOR NO

9. LEAKING BAD

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On-air Challenge: Every answer today is a five-letter word or name in which the first two letters are the same as the last two.

Ex. Energy or enthusiasm --> VERVE
1. Home of the N.F.L.'s Dolphins

2. Car made in Sweden

3. Latin dance that's also a spicy tomato sauce

4. Vegetable you peel and that can make you cry

5. Companion of the Lone Ranger

6. Eric Clapton's first top 10 hit

7. Give an order to be quiet

8. Sight or hearing, for example

9. Bohemian novelist who wrote "The Metamorphosis"

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And we end today's show with our own biggest superfan.

MILAN KLIMENT: Hello. This is NPR News. I am Lulu Garcia-NaDavarro (ph). Today, we are having...

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Mushroom Photographer Makes A Big Discovery

May 23, 2021

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ALY MICHALKA: So I'm Aly, the older sister.

AJ MICHALKA: I'm AJ. And together, we're Aly & AJ.

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