Intern Edition Spring 2006


Spring 2006 Interns

Intern Bios

Laurie Anne Agnese

Laurie Anne Agnese, National Desk

Laurie Anne Agnese is from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. and has reported for the Honolulu Weekly, Village Voice, Smart Magazine and Budget Travel Online among other publications. She graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in English and Political Science. She discovered she wanted to dedicate her life to journalism when she moved to Honolulu and had the pleasure of exploring the place as she reported. Laurie has trained for triathlons, played bridge, printed photographs in a darkroom, and moved too many times to count. She dreams of becoming a reporter for NPR's national desk and staying in one place long enough to harvest a vegetable garden.

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Ted Anderson

Ted Anderson, Chicago

No biography given.

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Keith Apple

Keith Apple, Office of General Counsel

A native and fourth-generation Washingtonian, Keith grew up in Olney, Md., a suburb of DC with a short hiatus in Tokyo, Japan for six years. He is happy to be a city dweller again after moving to DC to attend law school at Georgetown University in 2004. Keith is currently in his second year and will be graduating in 2007. After graduation, he plans on practicing as an intellectual property and communications lawyer. Keith is excited to be working at NPR and learning from the great in-house legal team. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to sit in on a taping of his favorite NPR program, All Things Considered.

Keith loves DC because most of his family lives in the area. His favorite spot in the city is the Tidal Basin, particularly when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. He suggests that walking or paddle boating at the Tidal Basin is a great way to enjoy one of DC's most delightful outdoor spaces even - if you can't swim there anymore as his great-uncle recalls doing when he was a kid. In his spare time, Keith enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. He has visited four continents and hopes to see the rest.

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Daniel Beason

Daniel Beason, Talk of the Nation

Daniel will graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Political Science degree in May 2006. Daniel brings a variety of experience to the talk show format ranging from comic book art to political campaigns and Shakespearian theater to low-budget Hollywood film projects.

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Rebecca Beltran

Rebecca Beltran, Arts and Information Desk - NPR West

Rebecca Beltrán is an L.A. native and currently finds her home at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she will receive her B.A. in Art History and Humanities in May. She has worked at a few art galleries for two summers through the Getty Internship program. Rebecca has fond memories of her semester spent in Bonn, Germany in 2005 where she was fortunate enough to travel to 12 European countries, intern at the Frauen Museum (Women's Museum), and discover the wonder that is Nutella. She currently spends her time as Arts & Entertainment editor for her school newspaper, the Los Angeles Loyolan, where she has had the pleasure to cover theatre, music and community arts events on and off campus.

Rebecca is strangely excited to dive into L.A.'s jaded facets of art and culture, and enjoys reporting on the performing and visual arts. She loves to learn new languages and speaks Spanish, some French and minimal German, and loves good foreign films in all languages. When she's not playing art critic, Rebecca enjoys spending time at El Espejo (the mirror), a mentoring program dedicated to the Lennox junior high students' academic and community development. She loves classic and Latin jazz, blues and dabbles in learning piano and playing her sax.

While packaging artifacts and storing paintings, Rebecca first discovered NPR while working inventory in a dingy storage basement at a Los Angeles gallery. Her favorite NPR show is All Things Considered and she recommends eating at The Kettle restaurant in Manhattan Beach, hiking the Palos Verdes beach side cliffs, and driving up California's scenic coast. Her dream job is to be a professional flaneur, but if that doesn't work out she'd like to write for a major art journal and work in museum education with children. Rebecca's favorite website is The Onion ( and her favorite quote is by Scott Adams: "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

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Daria Binkowski

Daria Binkowski, Music Unit

Daria is a recent graduate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her Bachelor of Music - Flute degree led her to postgraduate studies in flute performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with master instructors.

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Ben Brudevold-Newman

Ben Brudevold-Newman, Online

Ben graduated from Wesleyan University in May where he majored in American history. After a brief stint in a law firm, where he sharpened his photocopying and Sudoku skills, Ben joined NPR Online as an Editorial Intern. While growing up abroad in Hong Kong and Singapore, Ben developed a taste for spicy foods and a passion for travel. He has traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and has had memorable brushes with death in Indonesia, Morocco, Thailand and the Alexandria 24 hour I.H.O.P. When reached for comments he responded, "It wasn't my fault." In his spare time, Ben also enjoys travel photography, Arrested Development and competitive tic-tac-toe.

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Kelli Cronin

Kelli Cronin, Reference Library

Kelli lives in Rochester, N.Y. She is studying for her Master of Library Science degree at SUNY University at Buffalo, N.Y., where she has gained extensive library experience while involved in various library associations.

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Katie Daugert

Katie Daugert, Music Library

From "the other" Washington (state that is) Katie Daugert received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. After pursuing a short post-college career hanging out with her friends and waiting tables, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a librarian. Re-locating to Austin, Texas and earning a Master of Science in Information Studies made Katie wise in the ways of the Texan people, barbecue, frontage roads, indie music, student-run radio stations, beer-to-go, AND as an added bonus, the ins and outs of library science.

Recently transplanted again, this time even farther away from the West Coast, Katie has set up house in Washington DC where she has courageously taken up her waitressing tray again to support herself while interning for Director of Music Initiatives Ben Roe at National Public Radio. Katie plays the cello and piano, and plans to keep waiting tables until the perfect entry-level music librarian position opens up.

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Adrienne D'Luna

Adrienne D'Luna, Audience and Corporate Research

Depending on the parent you ask, sources may say that Adrienne's first word was "NPR" (but Adrienne's mother continues to insist that it was "Mama"). Adrienne grew up in the overly protective "bubble" city that is otherwise known as Irvine, C.A. with just two younger sisters, but the family since has expanded in a drastic attempt to replace her college-induced absence by acquiring a dog. In her third year now, Adrienne is majoring in English at the University of California, Berkeley because she wants to get to answer the question, "So what are you going to do with a degree in that?" as many times as possible in four years and hopefully read a few good books along the way, too. While in Berkeley, she procrastinates on her coursework by interning as a caseworker in the Student Advocate Office (a free and confidential by-students-for-students University-affiliated advocacy service), planning events for the English Undergraduate Association, and playing with various colors of her Silly Putty collection.

Adrienne came to the District for the semester as part of the University of California in Washington program with the aims of challenging herself and becoming "a regular" at the National Gallery of Art. These days, she finds herself spending hours a day pouring over Excel spreadsheets in NPR's Audience & Corporate Research Department and insisting to her closest friends that there really is some inherent entertainment value in statistical tabulation amidst their repeated attempts to get her a lobotomy. She really hopes that someday soon, she will attend law school. Because Adrienne has a propensity for stumbling upon strange and/or comical situations on an almost daily basis, she has come to think of it all as having been blessed with an interesting life. Adrienne shares a passion for English Breakfast tea with milk and sugar with most of the United Kingdom and some parts of India.

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Ke'Yuanda Evans

Ke'Yuanda Evans, News and Notes with Ed Gordon

Ke'Yuanda Evans is a senior at the University of Southern California majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Ke'Yuanda is very active in her media training, having a variety of roles such as writer, camera operator and graphic designer for the Annenberg TV News. She also has leadership roles in various membership associations, including journalism associations and her sorority.

Ke'Yuanda chose NPR's internship program because it was time to try her hand in radio…with a shelf full of television and print experience, radio seemed to be the next best thing. Her favorite NPR show is News and Notes with Ed Gordon. Ke'Yuanda recommends The Grove in Los Angeles. Her dream job would be to host a news magazine show (i.e. 20/20, Primetime, 60 Minutes) that covers a variety of topics. Her favorite website is and her favorite quote is by Marianne Williamson: "We were born to make and manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

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Anna Gilliam

Anna Gilliam, Creative Design

Anna is originally from the Ukraine and came to the U.S. five years ago. She lives in Massachusetts, near Boston and studies Graphic Design and Fine Arts at Bridgewater State College. Anna enjoys creating art and working with design programs. She likes swimming, riding horses, parachuting and other extreme sports or activities; but on the other side, she is quite ordinary and "homey". Anna loves good humor and considers sincere friendship the most valuable in life.

Anna chose NPR's internship program because she likes how NPR's shows contribute to society and encourages everyone to do the same. Her favorite NPR show is All Things Considered. Anna recommends Buffalo Billiards on Wednesday nights, Capitol Hill, the National Mall area and the top of the Washington Memorial as her favorite local spots. Her dream job would be a creative director. Visit her blog:

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Sarah Halzack

Sarah Halzack, Communications

Sarah is a senior at George Washington University double-majoring in journalism and dance. She hails from Suffield, Connecticut. Sarah has served as a contributing reporter at GW's student newspaper, The Hatchet, and has worked as a research assistant under Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Laura Sessions Stepp. She has also interned in the Communications & Marketing departments of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Sarah chose NPR's internship program because of her strong appreciation for NPR's mission and has had an affinity for their programming. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute to NPR. Her favorite NPR show is Wait,Wait…Don't Tell Me. Sarah recommends The Diner in Adams-Morgan...the grilled cheese is the best! Her dream job would be working as a dance critic for a daily newspaper.

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Andrew Hanna

Andrew Hanna, Development

Andrew was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 14, 1983. He has two brothers and one sister. He attended a small Catholic school most of his life but graduated from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio in June 2002. He is currently at Kent State University majoring in Electronic Media Management. Andrew dreams of gaining an internship with the Late Show with David Letterman next spring before he graduates. After that, he wants to get a job in television research.

Andrew is a die-hard Cleveland sports fan-which is why he seems angry most of the day-and an avid traveler. He says his favorite actor is Harrison Ford, his favorite musician is Michael Jackson, his favorite movies are The Shawshank Redemption and Major League, and his favorite shows are The X-Files, The Wonder Years, The Simpsons and Saved by the Bell. Those close to him call him "Mr. Saturday Night." Andrew is helping with the promotions, production and event planning aspects of Intern Edition.

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Virginia Hughes

Virginia Hughes, Science Desk

Ginny grew up in the tiny town of Marshall, M.I., before studying neuroscience at Brown University in Providence, R.I. She worked as a research assistant in Brown's Virtual Reality Laboratory (the largest in the world!), looking for patterns of human navigation by strapping large headsets to fellow students and tracking their position and they walked around the room.

In her third year, she took a break from dreary New England and moved to Paris, where she spent her days studying art history and anthropology at the Sorbonne, taking afternoon walks along the Seine, and drinking full glasses of good, cheap wine. Although her primary academic focus had been research in brain science, getting out of the lab made her realize how much she loved writing about all branches of science-from astronomy to zoology-for both scientific and general audiences. So senior year, after returning from la belle ville, she paired the last of her neuroscience requirements with several courses in journalism, and wrote feature stories for the Brown student newspapers.

Since September, Ginny has been working on a Master's degree in science writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and is writing her thesis about the quest to find life on other planets. She says she loves interning at NPR because she can quiz the science desk reporters about how they got started in journalism. Plus, she gets a thrill out of hearing breaking news stories before all of her friends do.

Ginny chose NPR's internship program because of NPR's vast audience of 25 million listeners. Her favorite NPR show is Science Friday. She recommends the free wireless in the Joe Muggs bookstore coffee shop in Dupont Circle. Ginny's dream job includes writing features for a monthly magazine, features about science, or technology, or culture, or people, or history, or travel, or food. Her favorite website is the Internet Anagram Server ( and her favorite quote is by Louis Pasteur: "Fortune favors the prepared mind."

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Tristan Kraft

Tristan Kraft, Performance Today

Tristan Kraft joins us from the University of Maryland, where he is a double major in Music Performance and English. Tristan has been writing and playing the viola since a young age and is currently a disc jockey for WMUC, the University's radio station.

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Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz, All Things Considered

Laura is currently a grad student in International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, focusing on American foreign policy. She has lived in DC for the past 5 years (with a year off in Italy) doing think tank work in chem/bio weapons nonproliferation and homeland security. Laura is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho and went to undergrad at Whitman College in Washington (state).

Laura chose NPR's internship program because she grew up listening to NPR partially because, in Idaho, the only other alternatives were bad country music and Rush Limbaugh. Her favorite NPR show is All Things Considered. She recommends Matchbox and Thaiphoon as two great restaurants. Laura's dream job would allow her to return to the western part of the U.S. Her favorite website is the Black Table ( and her favorite quote is from The Quiet American: "God save us always from the innocent and the good."

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Megan Larson

Megan Larson, Day to Day

Megan is a graduate Journalism student with a focus on Broadcast Documentary from the University of Southern California. Megan has worked with Voice of America in Hong Kong, and has experience in videography and photography.

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Micah McClaren

Micah McClaren, Corporate Communications

Micah is from Claremore, O.K., a small town north of Tulsa. She graduated this past December from Drury University with a double major in Advertising and Public Relations and a double minor in design arts and global studies. NPR is her third internship in a communications related field and she really enjoys the work.

Micah chose NPR because of the excellent opportunity to learn from an organization that is well recognized and respected in the news industry. Her favorite NPR show is All Things Considered. She recommends the Georgetown area of the District to newcomers. Micah's dream job is to work in Public Relations for a non-profit children's organization. Her favorite quote is by Gandhi: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

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Sean Miller

Sean Miller, Washington Desk

Sean is a graduate student from American University, where he majors in Journalism and Public Affairs. Prior to moving to Washington, he worked as a freelance reporter, dishwasher, waiter and campaign organizer. Sean was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and graduated from Carleton University, Ottawa in 2005 with a BA in International Relations and English.

Sean chose NPR's internship program because he wanted to learn from the best. His favorite NPR show is All Things Considered.

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Beth Monkarsh

Beth Monkarsh, Ombudsman Intern

Beth is graduating this May from the George Washington University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish Literature. She interned last semester for the Political Unit at CBS in Washington, DC. Since high school, Beth has been a volunteer for Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships with people with developmental disabilities. She studied abroad her sophomore year in Madrid, Spain and is planning a return trip during spring break this year.

Beth's favorite NPR show is Weekend Edition. Her dream job would be located in DC. Her favorite quote is by Ayn Rand: "Learn to value yourself, which means, to fight for your happiness."

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Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla, Online

Aparna Nancherla is an intern at NPR Online. She is a native of the suburbs of Virginia. She graduated from Amherst College in December 2005 with a BA in psychology. Her interests lie in media of any and all kinds, and the opportunity to work at a radio station was too good to pass up. Some of her extracurricular interests include spending time in the outdoors, dance, amateur standup comedy, and blogging. Her favorite NPR show is Morning Edition. One of her favorite websites is, of course. A dream job would be columnist, preferably with travel involved, but she'll take what she can get, and isn't afraid to admit it. One of her favorite quotes is by Van Gogh: "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."

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Vanessa Romo

Vanessa Romo, Weekend Edition Saturday

Vanessa was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BA in History with a minor in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University. She recently graduated from New York University with a Master's degree in Journalism. Vanessa has been a news anchor for WNYU-FM and has studied abroad in Germany and Mexico.

Vanessa chose NPR's internship program because it's everything good reporting should be-thorough, engaging and smart. Her favorite quote reflects her attitude toward reporting: "You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude... Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon...with nail polish."

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Adam Ruff

Adam Ruff, Washington Desk

Adam earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan and works as a contract attorney for Special Counsel in Washington, DC.

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Emily Schwing

Emily Schwing, Radio Expeditions

Emily is the intern for Radio Expeditions, a collaborative production between the National Geographic Society and NPR. She graduated from Carleton College, in Northfield, M.N., in 2005 with a degree in geology and environmental studies. While at Carleton, Emily spent two years developing her own radio series, Recycled Air, which deals with environmental issues both local and national. She was also a contributor to a bi-weekly news magazine, Periscope and played a role in the development of a student-run online news magazine.

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily enjoys anything having to do with the outdoors including fly fishing, rock climbing, and running, and especially alpine skiing. She interned at member station KUER FM 90 in Salt Lake City for six months in 2002 and got a job building buffalo fence in rural South Dakota the following summer. On rainy days, Emily can be found reading, watching movies or perfecting her Minnesota accent, eh.

Emily's favorite NPR show is Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me! She recommends the United States Botanic Garden as her favorite local spot. Her dream job would be a professional relaxer. Emily's favorite website is and her favorite quote is by Steve Prefontaine: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."

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Winyan SooHoo

Winyan Soo Hoo, Arts and Information Desk

Winyan Soo Hoo is from Maryland. She ventured into the world first at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism. Before NPR, Winyan managed a youth orchestra and interned at The Baltimore Sun. Winyan enjoys break dancing (b-girling), biking and exploring the art world with friends. Her dream job is to work as a reporter by day and as a baker by night. She thanks Felix Contreras and the ministry of the arts for their encouragement and support.

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Jennifer Stamen

Jennifer Stamen, Arts and Information Desk

No biography received.

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Ryan Sturgill

Ryan Sturgill, Morning Edition

Ryan is a junior International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies major at Georgetown University. Ryan is fluent in Arabic and has traveled extensively overseas, including studies in Arabic in Cairo, Egypt.

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Elizabeth Tannen

Elizabeth Tannen, All Things Considered

Born, raised and destined to live in Brooklyn, NY, Elizabeth refuses to let go of her deep nostalgia for Minnesota and all its frigid glory. Especially St. Paul, where she attended Macalester College, studied some American history, and interned at Minnesota Public Radio. A passion for writing has led Elizabeth to journalism: after writing a regular opinion column in her high school paper, in college she discovered how fascinating other people were and began writing about them for the Mac Weekly. There, she clawed her way through the ranks to become its editor in chief, and for years sacrificed sleep on Wednesday nights in exchange for the glamour of a florescent lit basement and lots of collaborative editorial writing. These days Elizabeth is pondering ways to poise herself somewhere between her desire to pursue journalism and her reluctance to embark on "real life." Suggestions welcome.

Elizabeth chose NPR's internship program because it involved writing, playing with sound and engaging with people. Her favorite NPR show is All Things Considered. She recommends the basement of The Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. Elizabeth's dream job is being Maureen Dowd.

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Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner, All Songs Considered

Jennifer is an American Studies and Communications double major at the American University. She has served as music editor, managing editor, Arts & Weekend writer, and columnist for the Eagle Student Newspaper at American University.

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Janel White

Janel White, Broadcast Library

Originally an eastern Pennsylvania resident, Janel White has recently relocated to the DC Metro area after receiving her Masters of Library Science from Drexel University in December 2005. She has spent the past five years living in southwestern Connecticut fine tuning her system analysis skills and learning the inner workings of health care benefits at a human resources consulting firm. In her spare time, Janel tutored adults in basic literacy and toured the world with the Fairfield County Chorale. She hopes one day to use her research and computer skills to find a job abroad in England. A patron of the arts, Janel is learning how NPR catalogues its music collection in the Broadcast Library.

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Meagan White

Meagan White, Science Desk

Meagan is graduating this May from Johns Hopkins with a Masters in Science Writing. In 2005 she received a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Gettysburg College. Meagan has also studied abroad in Spain. She loves running, writing, and science.

Meagan chose NPR's internship program because of NPR's exceptional and full-bodied science coverage. Her favorite NPR show is Science Fridays. Meagan recommends the ambience of Union Station and Charles Village in Baltimore. Her favorite blog is and her favorite quote is by Einstein: "In the middle of difficulty lies great opportunity."

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Catherine Xu

Catherine Xu, Audience and Corporate Research

Catherine is a senior at Georgetown University studying Political Economy. Her interests include performing arts, reading, traveling, and gourmet food - a profile that sounds suspiciously similar to most NPR listeners. She works at the "other building", with Audience and Corporate Research and analyzes survey data collected from NPR listeners. Catherine is a native Chinese speaker and also reads Spanish fairly well. She has an U2 iPod that carries a variety of music genres, including but not limited to renaissance, classical, opera, jazz as well as alternative, rock, R&B, techno, Chinese pop and video game soundtracks.

Catherine picked NPR's internship program because she wanted to learn more about the organization that produces high quality news programs and witty story pieces She recommends Clyde's of Georgetown as her favorite local spot because the restaurant has a rotating menu of delicious dishes, classy ambience and planes! Her favorite blog is, and her favorite quote is from Star Wars V Empire Strikes Back: Princess Leia-"I love you". Han Solo-"I know."

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