All Things Considered for Friday, May 30, 2014

Gen. Eric Shinseki is stepping down as the secretary of veteran's affairs. The decision comes in the midst of growing outrage over scheduling issues in the VA health system.
Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation and President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point.
For the first time since 1962, there are co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Teens Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar tied when the pair exhausted the official list of words.

An American Suicide Bomber In Syria

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that an American was involved in carrying out a suicide attack. The man, who was fighting in Syria against President Bashar Assad's regime, had ties to Florida.

Book Review: 'I Am The Beggar Of The World'

Poet Tess Taylor reviews I Am the Beggar of the World, a new poetry collection that offers a rare glimpse into Afghan lives.
The Eastern and Western Conference finals are underway in the NBA. Meanwhile, the league has announced its agreement with Shelly Sterling to sell the LA Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel is struggling to stay on message after his supporters allegedly exploited longtime GOP Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and human rights observers say that Chinese authorities are cracking down more than ever on activists and intellectuals. Maya Wang, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, discusses the dubious anniversary and the harsh response that has followed.
New research suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The "emotional grammar" of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.
Edward St. Aubyn is no stranger to losing out on awards. In 2006 his novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker. But in 2011 he didn't even make the longlist. Now he's getting his revenge.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.
For more on Gen. Eric Shinseki's decision to step down, Robert Siegel turns to Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former Vice-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske has released documents regarding the use of force along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Somaly Mam gained an international following in her crusade against sex trafficking, partly because of her own story of childhood sex slavery. Now, though, that story is under scrutiny, and Mam has resigned from the organization she leads. Melissa Block speaks with Simon Marks, former executive editor of The Cambodia Daily, whose recent Newsweek cover piece is credited with raising sharp questions about Mam's history.

Letters: Maya Angelou And Doc Holliday

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about a mistaken Wild West reference and the death of the poet Maya Angelou.
Dean Baquet, the new executive editor of The New York Times, is a proud defender of old-school newsroom values. But, he says, he recognizes that both he and the Times need to adapt to the digital era.
The indie drama Filth, McAvoy makes a departure from his usual good-guy roles and plays Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson — a bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop.
3711 Melon St. in Philadelphia is an old house, but not a beautiful or particularly unique one. And that's exactly why historians and artists want to mark its demolition with a community celebration.
The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on The Hunger Games films and books.
Ellison's exploration of race and identity won the National Book Award in 1953 and has been called one of the best novels of the 20th century.
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