BackTalk
10:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

BackTalk: Debates, Danziger Bridge, Kid Bans

Originally published on Fri August 12, 2011 11:29 am

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ALLISON KEYES, host: This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Allison Keyes. Michel Martin is away.

Coming up, two hip-hop kings collaborate for the new album "Watch the Throne." But do Kanye West and Jay-Z live up to their royal hype? We'll find out next.

But first, it's time for Backtalk, where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and get to hear from you, our listeners. Corey Dade is right here with me. He's the national correspondent for NPR Digital News. Welcome back, Corey.

COREY DADE: Hi, Allison.

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.

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