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Sixty years after the Oscar-winning musical hit movie theaters, "West Side Story" is back, with its songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is the two-word name of a well-known tourist site or attraction somewhere in the world. I'll give you rhymes for the two words. You name the sites.

Ex. Tight blouse --> WHITE HOUSE
1. Rifle power
2. Heavy mountain
3. Pig pen
4. Phony highland
5. Climbs there
6. Greater snake
7. Mix bags
8. Planned banyan
9. Honks grew
10. Failing mall
11. Shock stress
12. Turban sheet
13. Dead bear

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Updated December 5, 2021 at 3:21 PM ET

Bob Dole, a longtime Senate Republican leader and the party's presidential nominee in 1996, died Sunday at age 98.

Dole's death was confirmed in a tweet by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some five-letter words. Change the first letter to make a new word that doesn't rhyme with the original.

Ex. Catch --> WATCH
1. Horse
2. Beard
3. Hound
4. Mouth
5. Donor
6. Blown
[Two different answers ...]
7. Lover
[Three different answers ...]
8. Rough

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Boy meets girl - classic story. But what if the boy is a 15-year-old child actor and the girl is a 25-year-old woman searching for her way in life?

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GOV'T MULE: (Singing) One, two, three.

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A new COVID-19 variant is worrying scientists and has already led to some travel bans. NPR's Science Desk correspondent Sydney Lupkin is here to talk about what we already know about this new variant dubbed omicron. Good morning, Sydney.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words and phrases. For each one, change exactly two letters to name a country. Hint: You never have to change the first letter of my word.

Ex. SOLARIA --> SOMALIA
1. ALGEBRA
2. NORMAL
3. TUSKED
4. MEDICS
5. CANARY
6. RUSTIC
7. GRIEVE
8. HANGARS
9. TUNES IN
10. SEVERAL
11. PAPAYA
12. CAME UPON

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Musician Jelly Cleaver is a jack-of-all-trades. She's a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist making waves in the South London jazz scene with her band and their self-titled EP, "Jelly Cleaver And The Forever Presence."

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some categories. For each one, take the last two letters, reverse them, and use those as the starting letters of something in the category.

Example: Direction --> North
1. U.S. coin
2. Sport with a net
3. City in Texas
4. Sculptor
5. Sign of the zodiac
6. Egyptian queen
7. Sea
8. Historic ship
9 English poet
10. Brand of soap
11. Brand of sneaker
12. Ice-cream flavor (2 wds.)

Remembering NPR book editor Petra Mayer

Nov 14, 2021

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Drop one letter in each of them to leave two words that are in the same category of things.

Example: DRILL STAGE --> dill & sage (both herbs)
1. THEN THIRSTY
2. BOOST SHORE
3. LINDEN SATING
4. BUNGLE SHORN
5. JUDGE PESTER
6. CANINES NIECE
7. COUNTY PEARL
8. BRASS TREMBLE
9. LOITER GALLEON
10. LAUNCH SCUPPER

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The music of ÌFÉ is like nothing else — blending Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments with a mesmerizing blend of electronic beats and percussion, the group creates a tapestry of spiritually resonant lyrics from across the African diaspora.

Group founder Otura Mun joined NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben to speak about ÌFÉ's latest album, 0000+0000, and of creating art that draws together the personal and the political.

"We'll divine signs," Mun says of the group's artistic and spiritual practice, "and we'll tell you the truth about your situation."

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