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8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
NPR Story

Jobs Numbers Dampen Obama's Ohio Visit

President Obama traveled to Ohio Friday to visit an auto plant. He was there to celebrate the success of the federal bailout and restructuring of the nation's auto industry. But his appearance coincided with a disappointing jobs report that showed unemployment has climbed to 9.1 percent. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Music Interviews

Knowing Lindi Ortega By Her 'Little Red Boots'

Lindi Ortega's debut album Little Red Boots comes out Tuesday on Last Gang Records. She says her influences run the gamut from the pensive Leonard Cohen to the atmospheric Mazzy Star and Jeff Buckley, but her new CD serves some straight-up country. Host Scott Simon speaks with singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, who has been described as Canada's answer to Dolly Parton.

8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Aldous Huxley For Kids

Host Scott Simon reads listener's letters about Aldous Huxley's only children's book and an interview last week with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Fine Art

Venus Makes A Rare Visit To D.C.'s National Gallery

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Visitors to the nation's capital will soon have a lifetime chance to see one of the most precious artifacts of ancient Rome. The Capitoline Venus will go on display next Wednesday at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is over six feet tall and naked, covering herself with both lovely arms.

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8:00am

Sat June 4, 2011
Commentary

Twin Friars Never Parted, Even In Death

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Julian and Adrian Riester entered the world together. Twin brothers born in Buffalo, New York, they played the kinds of games twins do: fooling teachers when they sometimes took each other's tests at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

One day during World War II, the brothers received their acceptance from the Franciscan order in the morning, and orders from their draft board that afternoon. They told their draft board they had to answer the call of God and became friars.

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