Al Gore Wins the Nobel Prize

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ALISON STEWART, host:

Thank you for listening to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News: Your home for news, information in a room full of news geeks. We'll explain that in a minute.

I'm Alison Stewart.

ROBERT SMITH, host:

And I'm Robert Smith, in today for Luke Burbank. It's Friday, October 12.

And at 5 o'clock this morning, the entire BRYANT PARK team was gathered around the TV listening to this man.

Professor OLE DANBOLT MJOS (Chairman, Norwegian Nobel Committee): Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, and Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr.

STEWART: Yes, that is the news geek part of this program that all huddled around like Christmas morning, watching the TV to see if Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize.

SMITH: And we're trying to translate simultaneously from Norwegian and we're sitting around looking, and then someone came on TV and says, I think he just said that Al Gore won the Nobel Peace prize.

STEWART: Yeah.

SMITH: And everybody was shocked.

STEWART: We're going to get into that a little bit. What that means for his presidential aspirations - if he has any.

We're also going to talk to a man who uses math algorithms to predict the future. He's actually a political scientist who was reportedly right about 90 percent of the time. That could be kind of interesting.

SMITH: And have you heard the one about the traveling vacuum cleaner salesman who donates his kidney?

STEWART: Hey, hey, hey, keep it clean. It's morning.

SMITH: No, no, this is not a joke. Speaking of Peace prizes, we have the two nominees today who could win a possible Peace prize because it's an inspiring story about two strangers and how one of them donated a kidney to the other. It's a remarkable story, and we'll have that coming up.

STEWART: And live in the studio today: singer, songwriter Jill Sobule.

(Soundbite of song, "Cinnamon Park")

Ms. JILL SOBULE: (Singing) Me and Betty Shelly were at Cinnamon Park, waiting for the battle of the bands.

STEWART: After being on two major labels, having hit songs, she hit a crossroads about how to distribute her next record. She'll talk to us about it very shortly.

We'll also get our top stories from Rachel Martin in just a minute.

But first, here's the BPP's big story.

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