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National Security
3:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Obama Continues To Defend Surveillance

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

For more on the political repercussions of all of this, we are joined now by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara. Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, we heard the director of National Intelligence last night in a statement, say that - and I'm reading here: The surveillance activities published in the Guardian and the Washington Post are lawful and conducted under authorities widely known and discussed, and fully debated and authorized by Congress.

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National Security
3:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

The Limits On Big Data

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The intelligence leaks brought about the latest round of political sniping this past week. But the controversy has also united two unlikely allies. On Friday, President Obama defended his administration's policies. He said, quote, "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That's not what this program is about."

Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator of South Carolina, found himself in the unusual position of agreeing with the White House. Here he is on Fox News.

(SOUNDBITE OF FOX NEWS TV SHOW)

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World
3:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

China Is Building Ties With Mexico

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Over the weekend, President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders pledged to build a new model of relations. Before coming to the U.S., President Xi spent three days in Mexico. In years past, China and Mexico have kept each other at arm's length as both competed to manufacture cheap goods to send to the U.S. But that seems to be changing.

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Music
3:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Jack White Rescues Legendary Detroit Theater

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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NPR Story
3:33 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Now Legal, Washington State Ponders Regulating Pot

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In Colorado, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal. Those statutes which were approved by voters last fall were just signed into law. Voters in Washington state also approved recreational pot and that state is now in the process of formulating just how the drug will be regulated.

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at UCLA. And he's heading up the team advising Washington on implementing its marijuana laws. He says that state's rules will be based on its alcohol and tobacco laws.

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NPR Story
3:33 am
Sun June 9, 2013

In First Game Of NBA Finals, The Heat Goes Cold

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

MARTIN: Every once in a while, the intrepid Mike Pesca has to take one for the team, go out in the field for a tough assignment. You know, watch some basketball, work on his tan. He is in Miami covering the NBA finals.

Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I don't work on the tan. It just comes to me.

(LAUGHTER)

MARTIN: You know, it's no work. It's just easy.

PESCA: It's just the sun remembers my Mediterranean the roots and, bam, I'm dark.

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NPR Story
3:33 am
Sun June 9, 2013

NSA Director Denies Data Mining

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

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Music Interviews
2:08 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Tim McGraw: 'I'm Just Now Learning How To Be Good'

Tim McGraw's new album is called Two Lanes to Freedom.
Nigel Parry Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 11:16 am

Tim McGraw has been a star long enough that he can look back on his early music and laugh a little bit. That goes for his hairstyles as well; ask him about the music video for "Indian Outlaw," and he'll tell you about what he calls "the mullet days." But that hit from his second album, along with the track "Don't Take the Girl," put his music career on a whole different trajectory.

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Around the Nation
2:07 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Lessons From Cicadas: A New Jersey Community's Experience

A member of Brood II alights on a New Jersey shrub.
Fred Mogul NPR

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

Ten-year-old Markus Gokan has mixed feelings about the cicadas scattered around the yards and sidewalks of Summit, N.J.

"There's tons of them just squashed, just these flat, pancake cicadas that don't look very appetizing," Gokan says.

Yet he's not afraid to touch and handle un-squashed cicadas — to serve a higher purpose.

"I did pick up a few, and I threw them at some people I don't like," he explains.

They screamed, he says, so for him his mission was successful.

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Around the Nation
2:05 am
Sun June 9, 2013

A Year Later, Few Residents Have Rebuilt After Colorado Fire

The High Park wildfire swept through the rural area northwest of Fort Colins, Colo., last June, leaving one person dead.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 9:58 am

Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the High Park fire northwest of Fort Collins, Colo. The blaze consumed 259 homes in the rural area, but so far only 10 households have finished rebuilding a year later.

As Gary and Martha Lemert sort through photographs from the High Park fire, it takes just one before and after shot to convey the complete devastation of their 10-acre property.

All they had left after the fire was a green roof that looked like it had been melted on top of gray rubble. All told, the Lemerts lost eight buildings, including a garage and a guest house.

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