Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: an announcer for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest; a BBC news announcer; BBC reporter Alan Johnston; President George W. Bush; University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato; Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM); former Vice President Al Gore; Robert Templar of the International Crisis Group; and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

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ROBERT SMITH, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Robert Smith. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Unidentified Man (Announcer, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest): In first place, with 66 hotdogs and buns, Joey Chestnut.

Unidentified Woman (Reporter, British Broadcasting Corporation): And some news just in, the BBC's Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston, has been freed by his captors.

Mr. ALAN JOHNSTON (Gaza Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation): I was lucky in that I wasn't beaten around and I wasn't tortured that is to say there was talk about killing me occasionally, and there was really huge psychological stress.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I thought that the jury verdict should stand. I felt the punishment was severe, so I made a decision that would commute his sentence, but leave in place a serious fine and probation.

Dr. LARRY SABATO (Director, Center for Politics, University of Virginia): The question really is, will the public see this as legitimate and within bounds or are they going to interpret Scooter Libby as being the Paris Hilton of the Bush administration?

Senator PETE DOMENICI (Republican, New Mexico): I am unwilling to continue our current strategy when the Iraqi government fails to advance the interest of the Iraqi people, or even make modest progress towards self-sufficiency.

Vice President AL GORE: So, today, we are gathered on all seven continents in eight giant concerts and in 10,000 other gatherings - many as large as this one - two billion people, we are gathered.

Mr. ROBERT TEMPLAR (Central Asia Director, International Crisis Group): For the past several decades, Pakistani governments, and particularly military governments, have been very indulgent towards these sorts of madrasas and mosques. But it's a very small number of madrasas that the key extremists want.

President PERVEZ MUSHARRAF (Pakistan): (Through translator) Those who have remained there, I request to them, to come out and surrender. Today, I am saying this that if they don't come out and surrender, they'll be killed.

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