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12:01am

Fri April 15, 2011
Sports

Marathons, Once Special, Are Now Also Crowded

The Boston Marathon requires participants to qualify in order to enter — a barrier that once kept the nation's oldest and most elite marathon from filling up. But this year, spots in the race were gone in just over 8 hours.

So, what has changed?

Across the country, a record number of Americans are running marathons. And that popularity is actually a bit of a pain for the sport.

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12:01am

Fri April 15, 2011
Planet Money

When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (And Why It Didn't Last)

On Jan. 8, 1835, all the big political names in Washington gathered to celebrate what President Andrew Jackson had just accomplished. A senator rose to make the big announcement: "Gentlemen ... the national debt ... is PAID."

That was the one time in U.S. history when the country was debt free. It lasted exactly one year.

By 1837, the country would be in panic and headed into a massive depression. We'll get to that, but first let's figure out how Andrew Jackson did the impossible.

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12:01am

Fri April 15, 2011
StoryCorps

A Young Son's Goal: Making Money For His Mother

When he was growing up, Noe Rueda's family didn't have a lot of money. He wanted to help out, so he became a young entrepreneur. And in the process, Rueda found a way to go to college.

Thinking back to when he was little, Rueda says that his mother often provided for herself and her four children by making less than $8,000 in a year.

"And if she reached the $8,000, she would actually be happy that she made that much," Rueda recently told his former high school economics teacher, Alex Fernandez .

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5:00pm

Thu April 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi Spokesman Belts Out His Version Of 'Zenga Zenga'

We were wondering if the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, where journalists and their government minders are trapped together, could get any weirder.

Well it can.

We returned today from a government-organized trip to see purported damage from NATO air strikes. When we got to the hotel, we came upon a musical troupe in the lobby. They were fiddling and singing a pro-Moammar Gadhafi version of the Zenga Zenga song.

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4:30pm

Thu April 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Royally Ridiculous: The Kate Middleton Jelly Bean

As if we all didn't know that the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton long ago jumped the shark into the land of ENOUGH ALREADY:

A guy in Somerset, England, says he has a jelly bean with an image of Kate on it.

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