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Bob Michel Remembered

A number of dignitaries joined Bob Michel's family and friends today for his memorial service. The services was at Michel's amateur, in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University. The long-time Congressman was a highly decorated World War II Veteran with legendary statesmanship. Michel had a special gift for consensus building and respectful policy making. During his 38 years in congress he was the longest-serving minority leader. Hence, anything he achieved in legislative policy happened...

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Where Do Video Gaming Funds From Illinois Communities Go?

More than $55 million went back to Illinois municipalities from video gaming in 2016. But how do those communities use those funds? Springfield Budget Director Bill McCarty says the city received about $1.5 million from video gaming last year. Those funds generally contribute to the city’s capital improvement projects, like sidewalk and street maintenance. However, McCarty says, they haven’t had to dip into the video gaming money yet, thanks to a sales tax increase also contributing to the...

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A Difficult Childhood Inspires A Dad To Do Better

Michael Ryan, 45, is a juvenile judge in Cleveland, Ohio. And like many of the kids who end up in his courtroom, he didn't have an easy childhood. He adored his mother, he tells his son — also named Michael, 19, at StoryCorps in Cleveland, but she was addicted to heroin. "My mother and my stepdad, they were more concerned about that next high than necessarily whether or not we were going to school," he says. "I saw a lot of things that kids should not ever witness. I saw your grandmother...

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Consider this your semi-regular reminder that, well, space is pretty neat.

If you're in the southern hemisphere and you happen to look up Sunday morning — or, for everyone else, if you happen to have Internet access — you may have the chance to see an annular solar eclipse. Unlike a total solar eclipse, this one will leave just a sliver of sunlight shining at the rim of the moon's shadow as passes between Earth and the sun.

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When Lucille Horn was born in 1920, the odds of her managing to live out the year were long. A premature infant, Horn was just 2 pounds — small enough to be held in her father's hand. Her twin had died at birth, and at that point it looked for all the world as if she would soon, too.

Instead, with the help of an enterprising doctor and a rather odd sideshow at New York's Coney Island, Horn would go on to live another 96 years. She died on Feb. 11, according to Hungerford & Clark Funeral Home, nearly a century after nearly every expert told her parents she would.

3:23 p.m. ET: Perez wins DNC chairmanship, names Ellison deputy

Former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez won the DNC chairmanship on second round.

It was met by protest from about a dozen Ellison supporters, who chanted, repeatedly, "Not big money, party for the people."

They were shushed and overshouted.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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One of our favorite guests is scientist, talk show host and raconteur Neil deGrasse Tyson. He joined us just a few months ago to talk about how he likes to relax.

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Limericks

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Bob Michel Remembered

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A number of dignitaries joined Bob Michel's family and friends today for his memorial service. The services was at Michel's amateur, in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University.

The long-time Congressman was a highly decorated World War II Veteran with legendary statesmanship.

Michel had a special gift for consensus building and respectful policy making. During his 38 years in congress he was the longest-serving minority leader. Hence, anything he achieved in legislative policy happened with strong bipartisan support.

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