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7:03pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

Cool As A Cucumber

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a simile, in the form "___ as a ___." You are given a rhyme for the first and last words. For example, given "dead as a street," the answer would be "red as a beet."

Last Week's Challenge: From listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif.: Name a unit of length in the plural form. Rearrange the letters to spell two units of weight, also in the plural form. What units are these?

Answer: "Angstroms," rearranged will get "tons" and "grams."

Winner: Paul Wagner of Eau Claire, Wis.

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6:41pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Author Interviews

Venetian Verite: Donna Leon's Gritty Italian Mystery

Writer Donna Leon has lived in Venice, Italy, for three decades, and in that time she has published 20 crime novels featuring the suave detective Commissario Guido Brunetti.

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5:09pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Author Interviews

Hopes Unrealized In Independent Jamaica

At midnight on Aug. 5, 1962, Jamaicans hauled down the Union Jack for the last time, and raised the new colors — black, gold and green — of independent Jamaica.

In the capital, Kingston, 20,000 people gathered in the newly opened National Stadium to bid farewell to British rule. It was a grand and hopeful time. Britain's Princess Margaret attended the festivities, along with Lyndon B. Johnson, then the vice president of the United States.

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4:44pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Science

Climate Change: Making The Nation's Bears Hungry?

National Parks Week kicks off Saturday, but the celebration comes at a rough time for National Parks. Harried by federal funding cuts and urban development, the nation's park system is also facing the rising threat of climate change.

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3:36pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Music Interviews

tUnE-yArDs: Expanding And Grabbing Attention

The music of tUnE-yArDs can be deceiving. Instruments transform; recordings morph; one voice can sound like four or five. The woman behind the project, Merrill Garbus, can certainly make a lot of noise on her own. Armed with a ukulele, drums and a voice that has been called a cross between Aretha Franklin and Yoko Ono, Garbus uses a loop pedal to build songs that are larger than life.

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