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From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations, and America's backyards, National Public Radio's Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition Saturday.
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Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low

April 12, 2014 - 10:33am

As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.

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A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.

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School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

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PGA Puts On A Masters Without Tiger

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

This week saw an unfortunate late-season swoon for the Pacers and the first Masters tournament without Tiger Woods in 20 years. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman.

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With A Wink And Nod To Fans, Movies Roll Post-Credit Scenes

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

After-credits scenes have a long history in the movies, from the original Ocean's 11 to the latest Captain America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Alex Suskind about this cinematic trope.

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Pentecostal Churches Accused Of Exploiting Cameroon's Poor

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

Pentecostalism is spreading rapidly throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the world's Pentecostalists live there, and Cameroon's government has deemed the church a national threat.

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Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves.

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Jailed In Cuba Since 2009, USAID Contractor On Hunger Strike

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

Alan Gross has been in a Cuban jail for more than four years. This week, he went on a hunger strike. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, recently back from Cuba, brings NPR's Scott Simon an update.

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A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

The Boston Strong campaign cheers the grit and grace the city's shown since last year's marathon bombing. Journalist Mike Barnicle tells NPR's Scott Simon how Bostonians are overcoming the tragedy.

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Searching For A Plane On The Ocean Floor Is Unmapped Territory

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

Even if recently detected pings are from the lost Malaysian jet's black box, oceanographer Simon Boxall tells NPR's Scott Simon searching for the plane on the ocean floor will still be difficult.

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Mavis Staples Sings The Soundtrack Of Civil Rights

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

Last week's civil rights summit in Texas had a musical through-line: the voice of Mavis Staples. The R&B artist's body of work underscored the '50s and '60s civil rights movement.

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Martin Gardner, Genius Of Recreational Mathematics

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

Weekend Edition's own "Math Guy" Keith Devlin calls the late Martin Gardner the greatest "math guy" of all time. As Devlin tells NPR's Scott Simon, Gardner had little formal mathematics training.

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IRS Chasing Children For Dead Parents' Debts

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

The IRS is going after taxpayers to pay their deceased parents' decades-old debts. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Marc Fisher of The Washington Post about the collection efforts.

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After Austerity, British Economy Declared World's Fastest-Growing

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

In effect, the U.K. is saying "I told you so" after being declared the the fastest growing economy of any rich country in the world. NPR's Scott Simon talks with economist Simon Johnson.

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Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.

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With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

April 5, 2014 - 12:24pm

The Affordable Care Act's poll numbers may rise now that seven million more Americans have a stake in its survival. Yet even a small number of people can still make trouble for the law.

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'Hotel Rwanda' Manager: We've Failed To Learn From History

April 5, 2014 - 11:45am

As a hotel manager in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina sheltered more than a thousand people, saving their lives during the 1994 genocide. Now, 20 years on, he says history is repeating itself.

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Final Four Fans Bedeck Themselves In Team Colors

April 5, 2014 - 7:36am

The men's Final Four in college basketball is Saturday in North Texas. With the teams come fans, some rabid in their love for for all things Huskies, Gators, Badgers and Wildcats.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

April 5, 2014 - 7:36am

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

April 5, 2014 - 7:36am

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.

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