Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices from this week's news, including actress Anne Bancroft (with actor Dustin Hoffman), General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, Burnham Securities auto analyst David Healy, Campaign for Tobacco-Free-Kids health advocate Bill Corr, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

(Soundbite of "The Graduate")

Ms. ANNE BANCROFT: (As Mrs. Robinson) I'll get undressed now. Is that all right?

Mr. DUSTIN HOFFMAN: (As Benjamin Braddock) Sure. I mean, shall I just stand here? I mean, I don't know what you want me to do.

Ms. BANCROFT: (As Mrs. Robinson) Why don't you watch?

(Soundbite of General Motors annual meeting)

Mr. RICK WAGONER (Chair and CEO, General Motors): This rapidly rising health-care burden is not, in fact, unique to GM. It is a critical national competitiveness issue for the United States, affecting our entire economy's long-term strength.

Mr. BILL CORR (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids): This Justice Department has regularly tried to undermine this lawsuit. In the early days, they tried to de-fund it, they tried to settle it, and now at the end when it's time to ask the court for the remedies that will solve these problems, it appears that the Justice Department has asked for less.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (Britain): We set out a figure of the doubling of aid and a $25 billion extra is effectively what that would mean, but the important thing is not to take the figure out of the air but to realize the Commission for Africa reached that figure on the basis of an analysis of what Africa needs.

(Soundbite from the Senate floor)

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican Majority Leader): Her story is nothing short of remarkable from those humble beginnings of a sharecropper's daughter in segregated Alabama. Janice Rogers Brown has climbed to the peaks of her legal profession.

Senator BARBARA BOXER (Democrat, California): It isn't enjoyable for me to have to go against somebody who's a woman, whose life story is remarkable. It isn't easy for me to have to take a stand against a minority woman. And it isn't easy for every civil rights organization in this country to do the same.

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