Judging The Health Care Law
2:16 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

The Individual Mandate's Growth In Unpopularity

Protesters chant and hold a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in front of Supreme Court in Washington as the court concluded three days of hearing arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 4:08 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week over key aspects of President Obama's health care law, including the expansion of Medicaid and whether the court even had the right to hear the case. But the core of the challenge mounted against the Affordable Care Act hinges upon its individual mandate, which requires almost every American to have or buy health insurance.

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Music
1:00 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

From Mexico, Con Amor: Exploring Vive Latino 2012

Hosted in Mexico City, Vive Latino is one of Latin America's most important music festivals.
Jasmine Garsd

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

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Arts & Life
12:00 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 8 Submissions Closed

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

More than 6,000 stories came in this round of Three-Minute Fiction - 6000. Amazing. The challenge this time, the story had to begin with the sentence: She closed the book, placed it on the table and finally decided to walk through the door. It's going to take us several weeks to read through those stories and find a winner, but for now, here are a few samples of what some of you did with that sentence.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

Tribe Sues To Keep Reservation Free Of Booze

The sale or possession of liquor is strictly forbidden by the tribal government of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. But there is a tiny town just over the border in Nebraska that does sell alcohol, in massive quantities, and mostly to tribal residents.

And now a longstanding battle over beer sales has spilled into federal court.

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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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