Weekend Edition Saturday

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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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Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

July 26, 2014 - 1:03pm

Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict.

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Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

July 26, 2014 - 10:15am

Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.

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NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

It was a controversial week for the National Football League. Bloomberg's Kavitha Davidson brings NPR's Scott Simon up to date.

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Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Bel Kaufman was a public school teacher who revealed what the New York public schools were really like. She died Friday, in Manhattan, at the age of 103. NPR's Scott Simon has this remembrance.

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Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.

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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.

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War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.

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Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he's still singing. At 70 he's put out a new album, "I Got More Soul." NPR's Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

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Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

When a grainy video of human rights abuse goes viral, how do you know it's real? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christoph Koettl, of the Citizen Evidence Lab, which helps users verify videos and photos.

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A Closer Look At A World In Crisis

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the confluence of global crises taking place around the world.

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Israel And Hamas Pause While Kerry Negotiates In Paris

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

NPR's Emily Harris reports from Gaza, where a temporary ceasefire is in effect.

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Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

July 26, 2014 - 8:34am

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.

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Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

July 19, 2014 - 12:12pm

The Sunni town fought back when Sunni Muslim extremists from the Islamic State tried to impose their rule. The extremists leveled the town as a warning to Sunnis who won't accept their brutal rule.

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Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

July 19, 2014 - 11:33am

At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment.

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As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

July 19, 2014 - 10:29am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting the drug Truvada as part of the state's ambitious plan to fight AIDS. But some advocates worry it will encourage risky behavior or won't reach the most vulnerable.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon'

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Marisa Ronstadt is the younger cousin of the famous singer, Linda Ronstadt. But she has her own band, and a new album. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about a life in music.

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