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8:17am

Sat May 21, 2011
Simon Says

Pomp And Circumstance And Tried But True Clichés

It's graduation season. Politicians, philanthropists, philosophers and movie stars fan out for the next few weeks to give commencement speeches: Bill Clinton was at NYU on Wednesday, Stephen Colbert goes to Northwestern in three weeks, Tom Hanks visits Yale tomorrow. I wonder if Mr. Hanks can resist saying, "Life is like a box of chocolates . . ."

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8:00am

Sat May 21, 2011
NPR Story

Arab World Shapes White House Week

President Obama got his hands deep into the conflicts and turmoil in the Middle East this week, giving a speech about the Arab Spring and the questions it raises for stability in the region. NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro has this roundup of the week's events.

8:00am

Sat May 21, 2011
NPR Story

Israel Prickles Over Obama's Mideast Proposal

President Obama's speech on Middle East issues earlier this week drew a lukewarm response from Israel; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly rejected some of the president's proposals. Is there any common ground left on which the U.S. and Israel can build a dialogue? Host Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University.

8:00am

Sat May 21, 2011
Performing Arts

Bernadette Peters Revives Sondheim's 'Follies'

A rich, new production of Follies has opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with the original orchestrations. Bernadette Peters is playing the lead, and when she sings 'Broadway Baby,' it could be a kind of anthem. Host Scott Simon speaks with Peters about her new role in Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical.

8:00am

Sat May 21, 2011
Author Interviews

'Commitments' Author Pens Short Goodbyes To Youth

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Most of the men in Roddy Doyle's new collection of short stories are lads. They're Irish guys who lift a pint, tell jokes, and watch football in packs, as they did when they were in their late teens. And yet, they're men confronting all the issues of middle-age - hair where they don't want it, children who leave home, wives who've heard all of their jokes, and the mounting realization that some things they'll just never get around to.

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