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Play begins this morning at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, where the best golfers from around the world have gathered for the U.S. Open.

ESPN and NBC are sharing the broadcasting duties (click here for a schedule). There's also going to be some live video streamed here.

Words escape us on this one:

During season one of HBO's Games of Thrones series, "one of the many heads on a spike decorating King's Landing belonged to ex-president George Bush," the science and science fiction website io9 reports (fair warning: if you click on that link you'll see what we're talking about, and it's graphic).

Local Libyan Honey Is Sweet, But Is It Good For What Ails Us?

Jun 14, 2012

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip from Tunisia to Cairo to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

He's also sharing with us here at The Salt what he's been eating.

Dear Salt,

The number of unemployed Americans who filed first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 6,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported this morning.

It says there were 386,000 first-time filings, up from a revised 380,000 (earlier, the agency had estimated there were 377,000 first-time clams in the week ended June 2).

Rulings by Egypt's highest court to dissolve the country's parliament and keep a former aide to Hosni Mubarak on the presidential runoff ballot have thrown that country's already shaky democracy into chaos.

Much is still unclear about what was happening.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast Desk that:

The attack helicopters heading to Syria from Russia likely aren't new purchases, The New York Times reports this morning.

Rather, they're "helicopters that Syria had sent to Russia a few months ago for routine repairs and refurbishing" that are now being returned, administration officials tell the Times.

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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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

I cut most of my hair off eight weeks ago. And yes, I meant to do it. I love my new kinky curliness and now, as I walk down the street, I feel like I see natural hair — twists, coils, dreadlocks, afros — everywhere.

Tyler Saladino plays baseball in the minor leagues in Birmingham, Ala. A prospect in the Chicago White Sox system, he was sent to the AA Birmingham Barons after spending part of spring training with the major league club.

And when he arrived in Alabama, Saladino's first task was to find a place to live, as he tells Morning Edition's David Greene. He settled on sharing an apartment.

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How To Soften The Blow From Recent Hurricanes And Earthquakes

Back-to-back natural disasters in Mexico and across the Caribbean have left millions of people reeling. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday crumpled buildings and killed more than 200 people. And it hit while Mexico was still recovering from another deadly and powerful earthquake in the southern part of the country. On Thursday rescue workers were still trying to free trapped victims. On Wednesday Hurricane Maria dealt Puerto Rico a direct punch, knocking out...

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Podcasts Chosen Just For Our Listeners

Looking for a new podcast? Check out some of the best from NPR, other public radio program providers and picks from the WVXU staff!

Our Way Of Saying "Thanks!"

Browse our list of thank you gifts and choose the membership level that's right for you.

Cincinnati Edition today at 1:00, 513-419-7100

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Tea Party VS The IRS, Student Suspensions, And A Look At News Media Editorials

New details are uncovered in the tea party suit against the IRS. Hamilton County Public Library trustees say the fate of the main branch is still undecided. And a look at why students are suspended and the latest Ohio public school report cards.

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Exploring Issues in Education

As the school year begins across the tristate, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at issues facing our educational system.

King Records Month

WVXU helps celebrate King Records month throughout September with two special programs.

Looking Up

Space talk, the fun way, with Dean Regas & Anna Hehman.

Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail

For over 40 years, Howard Wilkinson has been covering politics - but some of of his best stories never made the radio, newspaper or web. Until now.

StoryCorps In Cincinnati

91.7 WVXU was proud to host StoryCorps at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Beginning June 7, we will air some of those conversations each Wednesday.

Politically Speaking

Howard Wilkinson brings you the latest in local and national politics.