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1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
NPR Story

In Football, Ugly Uniforms Make A Statement

This week, University of Maryland debuted its new football uniforms — to mixed response. Robert Siegel talks with Paul Lukas who writes the "Uni Watch" column for ESPN. They discuss ugly uniforms in college football and why we're seeing so many of them.

1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: U.S. Post Office; Fingerboarding

Robert Siegel clarifies Tuesday's reporting on the U.S. Post Office's funding woes — and reads listener letters about fingerboarding.

1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
National Security

Terrorism, Budget Among Panetta's Challenges

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is managing two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the fight against al-Qaida.
Susan Walsh AP

Leon Panetta has been defense secretary for just over two months, and the challenges are already mounting. The biggest of all: figuring out how to keep America safe and keep putting pressure on al-Qaida — all for less money.

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12:31pm

Wed September 7, 2011
Music Interviews

Buddy Holly At 75: A Tribute To An Unlikely Star

Listen to Me features tributes from Buddy Holly's generation — Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr — and younger artists such as Zooey Deschanel.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

He was an unlikely star — a rather plain-looking, geeky 20-something in thick-framed glasses. But with hits like "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On" and "Peggy Sue," Buddy Holly became a rockabilly icon. He was a pioneer.

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12:30pm

Wed September 7, 2011
World Cafe

Man Man On World Cafe

Man Man.
Courtesy of the artist

The members of the freak-rock carnival known as Man Man — Honus Honus, Pow Pow, Chang Wang, Turkey Moth, and Jefferson — are back with their fourth full-length album, Life Fantastic. On it, Honus Honus (the "anti-stage name" of Ryan Kattner) sings of picnicking corpses, deranged killers and tormented relationships amid marimbas, Chinese funeral horns, and pots and pans — a fanciful weirdness to complement the pitch black imagery.

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