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4:32am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Heart Surgery Goes 'Very Well' For 'Little Darth Vader'

In this screen shot provided by Volkswagen of America, Max Page stars as a "Little Darth Vader" who thinks he's used "the force" to start a VW Passat.
AP

We've got good news to pass along regarding the open heart surgery performed Thursday on seven-year-old Max Page, the child actor who captivated viewers as "Little Darth Vader" in a 2011 Volkswagen commercial.

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3:24am

Fri June 15, 2012
All Songs Considered Blog

Youssra El Hawary Scales A Wall With A Wink And A Smile

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 2:48 pm

Egyptian singer/songwriter Youssra El Hawary.
Courtesy of the artist

I try my best to keep up on new sounds out of the Middle East and North Africa, but the name Youssra El Hawary was completely new to me until just a couple of weeks ago. But now, I'm totally hooked on music by this 28-year-old folkie-ish, indie-ish, chanson-ish singer/songwriter from Egypt armed not with a guitar, but ... an accordion.

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1:42am

Fri June 15, 2012
Interviews

A Single Dad And His Unlikely College Roommate

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 11:33 am

Wil Smith visited StoryCorps with his daughter, Olivia, in Sheffield, Mass.
StoryCorps

In 1996, Wil Smith enrolled as a freshman at Maine's Bowdoin College. At 27, he had recently finished serving in the Navy. But he set off for school with his 1-year-old daughter, Olivia, in tow. Now that she's a teenager, Olivia sat down with her dad at StoryCorps to look back on their "college days" together.

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5:12pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 9:17 am

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield).
Lisa Brown

During a heated debate on the floor of the Michigan state House, Rep. Lisa Brown made an impassioned speech against a bill that seeks to put new regulations on abortion providers and ban all abortions after 20 weeks.

Brown, a Democrat, argued that her Jewish faith allowed for therapeutic abortions when the mother's life is in danger without regard to length of pregnancy.

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5:12am

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Fandemonium! Pitcher Cain Tosses Perfect Game And Giants Fans Go Nuts

Matt Cain: His no-no (a perfect game) is in the record books.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Let's put the serious stuff aside for a moment to celebrate something fun.

San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain Wednesday night pitched the first perfect game in his team's 130-year history as the Giants beat the Houston Astros 10-0 in San Francisco.

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