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Mysterious Blob Hovers Over Local Ala. Weather Radar

Audie Cornish talks to atmospheric science professor Kevin Knupp from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, about an unusual blob that hovered on the local weather radar for nine hours earlier this week.
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Supporters, Opponents Of Gay Marriage Find Legality Inevitable

Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, about a new study on attitudes and beliefs about gay marriage.
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Section Of Patriot Act Allowing NSA Program Is Use To Debate

The National Security Agency attained Verizon's customer's phone records via Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That section has spurred some intense debate since 2001. Audie Cornish talks to Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and a law professor at the George Washington University, for an explainer of this controversial law.
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Digging The Depth Of The NSA Phone Data Program

The White House and lawmakers are defending a secret program that collects data on phone calls made by ordinary Americans. It was revealed Wednesday that the National Security Agency obtained data on calls from Verizon, including calls made locally, inside the United States and calls between the U.S. and overseas. Officials defend the program as necessary for fighting terrorism. Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the program, its scope and civil liberties implications.
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New Jersey's Christie Names Fill-In For U.S. Senate Seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has picked the state's attorney general, Republican Jeff Chiesa, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg earlier this week. Chiesa says he will not seek the seat in a special election set for October. The choice is unlikely to please Republicans in Washington, who would like to hold the seat for more than five months.
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Who Belongs To Which List?: Debate Over Organ Allocation

A judge's ruling puts a 10-year-old girl on the transplant waiting list for adult lungs, setting off an ethical debate over organ allocation.
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Contradictions Between Iowa, Illinois Show Uneven Employment

On Friday, the Labor Department will release May jobs data, giving economists a better read on the national labor market. But this much they already know: Unemployment is very uneven, with some states still running nearly double-digit unemployment rates and others hitting full employment. The contrast is especially great between booming Iowa and hard-hit Illinois.

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