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Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Ikea Upgrade and Something Worth Checking Out.

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PETER SAGAL, host: Okay, on to some more questions for you guys from the week's news. Roxanne, Ikea knows that shopping for furniture can be stressful for couples and they're trying to help. What are they now offering at some of their stores?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Well they already have a place where you can park the children.

SAGAL: Yes, that's great. What they really need and some now offer is a place where you can park who?

ROBERTS: Your mother-in-law.

SAGAL: No.

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ROBERTS: Where you can park husbands.

SAGAL: Yeah, basically a place to park your husbands, boyfriends.

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SAGAL: It's a play area for men. Ikea, as you know, if you go there, has a child play area called Small Land. And now women at certain Ikea stores can ditch their annoying husbands or boyfriends as well, in Man Land.

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SAGAL: We assume there's a little circle over the A, Man Land. There's foosball, comfy chairs, video games, and free hot dogs - everything a man could want, short of not being forced to go shopping in the first place.

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SAGAL: And this is great, they give the women who drop off the husbands and boyfriends a buzzer to remind them to collect their men.

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SAGAL: Before they leave the store. So now Ikea has to deal with both a pile of abandoned buzzers and the pile of abandoned husbands.

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SAGAL: Roy, libraries across the country are having to cut services due to budget cutbacks. But one library in British Columbia is doing the opposite. Soon people there will be able to check out what?

ROY BLOUNT: Check out the librarians.

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SAGAL: You're actually close.

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SAGAL: You're so close I'm going to give it to you. They're going to be able to check out people.

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SAGAL: So let's say you need to find out what it's like to have red hair or be acrobatic or be a druid, say. So you just go to the Surrey Town Library and request a red-haired acrobatic druid. An actual person, who will go out with you and talk to you about his or her weird twisted life.

BLOUNT: Wow.

SAGAL: So, like, you know, if all the Harry Potter books are checked out, why not check out a hairy potter.

BLOUNT: A hairy potter.

SAGAL: Exactly.

BLOUNT: Yeah.

SAGAL: People with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences have already signed up to be living books. The library says they'll be a lot like regular books. For instance, please do not put them face down on the floor, it hurts their spines.

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SAGAL: And if you have to stop in the middle, don't bend their ears back to hold your place.

PETER GROSZ: What if you area of expertise was, like, really dull?

SAGAL: You'd just be sitting around a library, watching people go by, sitting there on the shelf getting dusty.

GROSZ: I know a lot about computer programming.

SAGAL: Statistics, no really. No.

GROSZ: The yellow breasted warbler is a - no.

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