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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The Byrds' Roger McGuinn Works To Preserve Folk Music

Each week, Talk of the Nation plays The Byrds' song "I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician" during the Political Junkie segment. McGuinn recorded a version just for the show. You can hear it in the last three minutes of this story.
John Chiasson

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 9:30 am

Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn, best known as leader of The Byrds, is a folk-rock pioneer. The Byrds blended traditional folk songs with a rock beat and scored major hits in the 1960s, including "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." The group disbanded in 1973, and McGuinn pursued a solo career, in which he performed acoustically and returned to his folk roots.

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Technology
1:00 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Author Vernor Vinge Predicted Google Glasses

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:45 pm

In his 2006 thriller, Rainbow's End, author Vernor Vinge imagined a near future when people use high-tech contact lenses to interface with computers in their clothes. Google plans to make at least some of it a reality later in 2012 with the launch of what are known as augmented reality glasses.

Politics
1:00 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

What Their Bases Want From Obama And Romney

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:08 pm

Guest Political Junkie Matt Bai of The New York Times and Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union, talk about the state of the Democratic and Republican bases and what voters on each side are looking for in their candidates in the months ahead.

NPR Story
1:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Letters: Baseball, Finances And Intimacy

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 2:02 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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NPR Story
1:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Scandal Puts Secret Service Culture In The Spotlight

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 12:06 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Over the weekend, scandal overshadowed the president's visit to a hemispheric summit in Colombia. Reports accused 11 U.S. Secret Service agents of cavorting with prostitutes ahead of the president's arrival.

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