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Why Can't Our Politicians Act like the British?

Just a normal day for the British government: Home secretary apologizes for releasing dangerous foreign prisoners, health secretary jeered off stage during speech, deputy prime minister admits to affair with his secretary.

Political reporters in the U.S. have to make do with scandals that occur one at a time. Listen to see what all this means for Tony Blair.

And, if you ever wished you lived on a houseboat, you can do it vicariously through Gwen Carpenter Roland. She tells Melissa Block all about how she lived in the Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp in Louisiana for six years and then wrote a book about it.

Bonus: Learn how to pronounce "Atchafalaya."

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