3:49pm

Sat June 4, 2011
Books

Drug Smugglers' Party Days A Prelude To War

Barry Foy, one of South Carolina's "gentlemen smugglers," was a target in "Operation Jackpot," a Reagan-era drug sting that convicted over 100 smugglers.
Courtesy of Barry Foy

Forty years ago this month, President Richard Nixon officially introduced something he called the "War on Drugs." A decade later, Ronald Reagan launched it as a national crusade, with the memorable slogan "Just Say No."

Since then, though, the Obama administration has jettisoned the term "war on drugs," and this past week, the Global Commission on Drug Policy issued a report calling the crusade a failure.

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3:28pm

Sat June 4, 2011
Race

Looking To Win Votes? Change Your (Chinese) Name

One of every five residents of San Francisco is Chinese-American. And many don't read English, which means city election ballots have to be translated into Chinese.

That presents an opportunity for the politicians doing the translating.

Take last November's ballot from one if the city's districts. Michael Nava was running for Superior Court Judge; his Chinese name read Li Zheng Ping, which roughly translates as "correct and fair."

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3:00pm

Sat June 4, 2011
Remembrances

Former Secretary Of State Eagleburger Dies At 80

Lawrence Eagleburger, a longtime diplomat who had a brief term as secretary of state under George H.W. Bush, died Saturday at age 80. Eagleburger was the only career foreign service officer to become a secretary of state. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, tells guest host Rachel Martin that Eagleburger will be remembered for his unique blend of blunt talk and charm.

3:00pm

Sat June 4, 2011
Economy

Pressing The Reset Button On Our Economic Reality

With only 54,000 jobs added, May's employment numbers came in well below expectations, and the jobless rate ticked up slightly to 9.1 percent. Combined with a slipping stock market, a housing double dip and a drop in manufacturing numbers for the first time in 18 months, the slew of discouraging economic news puts President Obama on the hot seat just 18 months before the next election.

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8:56am

Sat June 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: A Nutritious Plate And Foreign Accent Syndrome

A Washington man talking on his cellphone may be taking a health risk, according to an analysis from the World Health Organization that finds a possible risk of cancer from exposure to the devices.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

On this week's podcast, we have an intriguing tale of a woman who developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that's usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.

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8:45am

Sat June 4, 2011
Simon Says

Thomas Jefferson And The Cha Cha Slide

There's a meet-up planned at the Jefferson Memorial today. People are invited to bring their own music, listen to it on earbuds, and dance.

I'm not sure the meet-up began as a protest. It's become one now.

In May, an appeals court ruled that the U-S Park Police were right to arrest a woman named Mary Brooke Oberwetter for going to the Jefferson Memorial with a group of friends shortly before midnight on April 12, 2008, and silently dancing to salute Thomas Jefferson's 265th birthday.

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8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Commentary

Twin Friars Never Parted, Even In Death

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Julian and Adrian Riester entered the world together. Twin brothers born in Buffalo, New York, they played the kinds of games twins do: fooling teachers when they sometimes took each other's tests at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

One day during World War II, the brothers received their acceptance from the Franciscan order in the morning, and orders from their draft board that afternoon. They told their draft board they had to answer the call of God and became friars.

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8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Fine Art

Venus Makes A Rare Visit To D.C.'s National Gallery

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Visitors to the nation's capital will soon have a lifetime chance to see one of the most precious artifacts of ancient Rome. The Capitoline Venus will go on display next Wednesday at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is over six feet tall and naked, covering herself with both lovely arms.

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8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Sports

French Open Wins Turn Older Stars Back Into Heroes

Sometimes, there's nothing more exciting than a great athlete who is growing older, like the rest of us, yet rouses themselves to give one more great performance. Dirk Nowitzki and Roger Federer both upset their opponents this week with stellar wins. Host Scott Simon discusses the French Open, the NBA playoffs and Shaquille O'Neal's retirement announcement with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca.

8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Business

Music Industry's Blessing Lifts Hopes For iCloud

On Monday, Apple will be the third big company to introduce a service that will let you access your music from a so-called cloud. Google and Amazon already have music services that make use of the cloud, but there's a difference.
Daniel Barry Getty Images

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will come back from medical leave to announce a new music service at the company's annual developers conference on Monday. The service will be called iCloud, and it's rumored to have been in the works for the last year. All indications are that, for the first time, the major record labels and music publishers have gotten behind a service that will let you access your entire iTunes collection from almost any Internet-connected device.

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