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2:42pm

Sun April 10, 2011
The Federal Budget Crunch

Paul Ryan's 2012 Budget: Good, Bad AND Ugly?

Even in a week dominated by news about this year's federal budget, Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan still managed to cause a stir with his budget proposal for next year.

His proposed 2012 budget been called everything from brave to draconian for its willingness to discuss entitlement cuts and, well, its willingness to discuss entitlement cuts.

Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie has added up what he calls the good, bad and ugly of Ryan's plan, and tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer the congressman has set the tone for next year's budget debate.

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1:44pm

Sun April 10, 2011
Movies

'Hanna': A Killer Grows Up In A Fairy Tale

Director Joe Wright's new film, Hanna, tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl raised by a single father in a remote Finnish forest.

Oh, yes, and did we mention — Hanna's father raised her to be a stone-cold assassin.

No standard teen heroine, Hanna — played by the Irish actress Saoirse Ronan — spends most of the film on the run, pursued by CIA agents and swiftly dispatching anyone who gets in her way.

This action-thriller is quite a departure for Wright, who's known for period pieces like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.

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1:32pm

Sun April 10, 2011
Science

How The Wild Hamster Was Tamed

In the spring of 1930, a biologist named Israel Aharoni ventured into Syria on a mission. He was searching for a rare golden mammal.

Its name in Arabic translates roughly as "Mr. Saddlebags." Thanks to Aharoni, the little rodent with the big cheeks can now be found in many grade-school classrooms, running on a little wheel in a little cage.

That's right. Aharoni's big find was the hamster.

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8:00am

Sun April 10, 2011
Politics

Despite Agreement, Budget Details Slow To Emerge

For the moment, the budget debate is all over but the shouting. After lawmakers reached an eleventh-hour deal Friday night, President Barack Obama signed a temporary spending bill into place Saturday to keep the lights on at government agencies while Congress prepares the final budget for a vote this week.

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8:00am

Sun April 10, 2011
Politics

Budget Winners, Losers And The Next Battle

While this round of the budget fight is over, the bigger battle between Congressional Democrats and Republicans is just beginning. Host Liane Hansen discusses the political implications of the federal budget deal with NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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