Politics
12:00 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

In 1993, Republicans Proposed A Mandate First

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 2:43 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

Before the break, we mentioned the individual mandate in health care. Now, not so long ago, most Democrats hated the idea, and most of its support came from Republicans. And it started with President Bill Clinton's attempt to reform the health care system back in 1993. He came to Capitol Hill to address Congress.

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: This health care system of ours is badly broken, and it is time to fix it.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Music Interviews
11:22 am
Sat March 31, 2012

The Passionate, Turbulent Life Of James Brown

Gotham Books

Originally published on Sun April 1, 2012 3:48 pm

James Brown used to tell people that even being stillborn as a child couldn't stop him. He rose to the highest heights in the music industry and stayed there longer than most. But in the end he succumbed to atrocious financial planning, a drug habit and a violent temper.

RJ Smith, author of the new biography The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, tells NPR's Guy Raz that Brown believed he was indestructible.

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Music Interviews
10:54 am
Sat March 31, 2012

The Importance Of Earl Scruggs, As Told By His Followers

Earl Scruggs performs in Atlanta in 2003.
Rick Diamond WireImage

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 7:33 pm

In 2007, NPR's John Ydstie sat down with three extraordinary banjo players: Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck and Steve Martin (you might also know him from that comedy thing he does). He asked Martin, "What got you interested in the banjo?"

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Music Interviews
10:48 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Noel Gallagher: Flying High After Oasis

Noel Gallagher's first solo album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, came out in October.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 2:43 pm

When the song "Wonderwall" hit the airwaves in 1995, Oasis was arguably the biggest rock band in the world. At the heart of the group were two combustible figures: Noel Gallagher, the main songwriter, and his brother Liam, the main singer. With their fiery tempers and frequent public outbursts, the two were on the covers of the tabloids as often as the top of the charts.

Oasis burned out quite suddenly a few years ago, with a now-famous meltdown backstage before a show in Paris.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Good News For the Jolly Green Giant, What's In An Unappetizing Name and Somebody Needs A Drink.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 10:52 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924.

You can click the contact us link at our website waitwait.npr.org. You can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and check out our "how to do everything" podcast. This week: how to fix that iPhone you just dropped in the toilet. You know who you are.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Romney's lift gets a lift. (3) Bluff The Listener — Our panelists tell us three stories of lives ruined by Justin Bieber, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: A Supreme Debate, To Russia With Love and The Deep Blue Sea.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists will predict what James Cameron found at the bottom of the ocean.

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