Kicker: A life savings tip

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: It was a typically busy Saturday inside Patsy’s Pizzeria in East Harlem. Armando Markaj was shuttling pizzas to tabletops, as had many a Saturday for the last 9 years working his way through medical school.

Kicker: A state microbe

NICK EICHER, HOST: Each state celebrates its unique agriculture, wildlife, and cultural traditions with a set of official symbols.

Kicker: One for the books

NICK EICHER, HOST: A paramedic monitored the patient’s dangerously racing heart rate—from the back of a racing ambulance.

Kicker: Hamilton the Pot-bellied Pig

NICK EICHER, HOST: Alright, I know we have a lot of animal stories and I’m really trying to cut back, but this animal story involves playoff hockey.

Kicker: Special guest of the society

NICK EICHER, HOST: For this story, we need to make a small adjustment. The music you’re hearing comes from the Handel and Haydn Society season finale at Boston’s Symphony Hall one Sunday ago.

Kicker: Coffee at a medieval feast

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: One of the least offensive images on HBO’s violent and vile Game of Thrones turns out to be the most controversial.

Kicker: What time is it?

NICK EICHER, HOST: This November Texans will decide by ballot when the sun will rise and will set in the Lone Star State.

Kicker: Hard labor, odd hours, low pay

NICK EICHER, HOST: You’ve heard about the hot jobs economy: another month, another 200,000-plus jobs added, the April unemployment rate’s now the best in half a century.

Kicker: Winning a handwriting contest

NICK EICHER, HOST: The new winner of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest is 10-year-old Sara Hinesley of St. John Regional Catholic School in Maryland.

Kicker: Postal code premiums

NICK EICHER, HOST: You know how you feel when your insurance premiums go up?