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3:03 am
Sat June 23, 2012

On This Stage, Jesus Is A Robber; The Devil's A Rapist

David Sonnier Jr., from Jeanerette, La., plays the Devil in Angola Prison's production of The Life of Jesus Christ. He was convicted of aggravated rape and is serving a life sentence.
Deborah Luster for NPR

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 8:07 am

There are more than 5,300 inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Nearly 4,000 of them are serving life without parole. Last month, the Angola Prison Drama Club staged a play unlike any other in the prison's experience.

The Life of Jesus Christ featured 70 inmates, men and women acting together for the first time — in costume, with a real camel, performing for the general public. For the untrained actors, this production held special meaning as they saw pieces of their own lives revealed in the characters they played.

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The role John Kerry was born to play.

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to fake greatness.

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: That Doesn't Even Look Like Me, $%#@&*! and A Date With Expiration.

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Prediction

With speculation rampant, our panelists predict who Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate.

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Dream Act Lite, Ode on a Grecian Bailout and Cracks in the Surface

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: High Dining, A Bad Reputation and Not The Best Medicine.

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10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Paraguay's Congress Votes To Oust President

Paraguay's congress impeached President Fernando Lugo on Friday over his handling of a deadly land dispute.
Jose Cabezas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 7:11 am

Paraguay's congress voted to remove President Fernando Lugo. The impeachment proceeding was a lightening process in which with both chambers approved his destitution in a little more than 24 hours.

Paraguay's La Nacíon reports that Vice President Federico Franco will assume the presidency after Lugo was found guilty of "performing his duties badly."

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Around the Nation
3:02 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

A Century-Old Grotto That Might Out-Glitter Vegas

Father Paul Dobberstein began building the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa, 100 years ago. It's covered with stones, rocks, petrified wood and seashells.
Denise Krebs via Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:11 pm

The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions — world's largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.

But it's also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa.

This weekend, the Grotto of the Redemption turns 100.

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