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Theater
2:16 am
Tue May 8, 2012

A Test Of Hearts, Minds And 'Hands On A Hardbody'

Hands on a Hardbody
La Jolla Playhouse

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:04 pm

About 20 years ago, a Texas car dealership started a competition: Contestants had to keep one hand on a brand-new, fully loaded truck; the last person standing got to keep it.

It may not seem like a gripping drama, but it was the subject of a 1997 documentary. And now, it's the basis of a musical.

It's called Hands on a Hardbody, and that hardbody is, yes, the truck. At a rehearsal at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, it's on casters so the actors can spin it around the stage.

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Sports
6:49 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Orioles, Rex Sox Run Out Of Pitchers

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:55 am

The 17-inning game went so long, that for the first time since 1925, two Major League teams had non-pitchers on the mound. Baltimore won with pitching from Chris Davis, who's trained to play first base.

Around the Nation
6:39 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Contest To Search For New Top Liar

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Around the Nation
5:25 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Drilling Boom Strains State Regulatory Agencies

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Tax revenue coming from shale, oil, and gas development has many states very happy, but the boom is also putting a strain on regulators. There are not enough of them to inspect all the drilling sites. Colorado, for example, has 17 inspectors for more the 47,000 active oil and gas wells. Kirk Siegler reports from member station KUNC.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Each day, Jim Precobb(ph) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission logs about 400 miles in his state-owned truck.

JIM PRECOBB: It is absolutely staggering.

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World
5:20 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Airstrike In Yemen Kills Top Al-Qaida Leader

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:34 am

Yemeni officials have announced that an airstrike in Yemen Sunday killed a top al-Qaida leader. The suspect was on the FBI's most wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship.

NPR Story
4:55 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Politics In the News

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:26 am

Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. President Obama does not publicly support gay marriage.

NPR Story
4:55 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Hollande Defeats Sarkozy In French Presidential Election

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:34 am

In France Sunday, Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande has railed against austerity measures and urged national unity.

NPR Story
4:44 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Greek Voters Dealt Main Parties Series Blow

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 10:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

One country that's very familiar with economic problems, Greece, held a parliamentary vote yesterday, and austerity-wary voters dealt a devastating blow to both main establishment parties.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK parties failed even to scrape together the necessary minimum to continue their co-governing coalition.

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NPR Story
4:44 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:46 am

The world's second biggest maker of personal computers Lenovo Group has announced it will invest nearly $800 million over the next five years to build a mobile device facility in China. The company will develop and manufacture products like smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices to meet growing global demand.

Author Interviews
1:49 am
Mon May 7, 2012

'Drift': Rachel Maddow On Why We Go To War

Courtesy MSNBC

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:34 am

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, we find ourselves in a state of almost permanent war.

In her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Maddow invokes Thomas Jefferson, pointing out that one of Jefferson's main concerns was the danger of having a large military.

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