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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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Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

October 25, 2014 - 1:57pm

State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.

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Royals Take Game 3; Cowboys Surge: The Week In Sports

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

As the World Series continues, NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Howard Bryant of ESPN.com. They'll also talk football, and why the Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team in the NFL.

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Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.

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Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

The oratorio is a time-honored way for classical composers to tell a big story. Composer Ted Hearne thinks so too. His new oratorio, The Source, takes on the story of Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks.

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Turkey Is A 'High-Maintenance Ally' In Fight With ISIS

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

How strong is the U.S.-Turkey alliance against the Islamic State? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone.

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New Mandatory Quarantines May Drive Away Ebola Volunteers

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

New York and New Jersey will require a 21-day quarantine for those who had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. Some worry the rules could discourage health workers from volunteering.

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After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Lance Cpl. Brian Parrello was 19 when he was killed by an IED; he was the only member of his platoon who didn't come home from Iraq. Since then, his fellow Marines have grown close to his parents.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Shakespeare's Hamlet has been turned into a Bollywood film, but this time, the story is set in Indian-controlled Kashmir. NPR's Scott Simon talks to screenwriter Basharat Peer.

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What Are You Afraid Of?

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Fear of heights, fear of small spaces, fear of spiders: These phobias are relatively well-known. But some of our listeners have unusual fears — like Jupiter, basements and their own selves.

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Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list.

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Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Conductor John Mauceri's latest album is filled with renditions of the most-chilling music from Alfred Hitchcock's films. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Line Between Islamist Militants And ISIS Blurs In Egypt

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Among more extreme Islamists, sympathies for the so-called Islamic State are growing — especially in Egypt, where some Islamists are being arrested and accused of terrorism by the police.

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Rare Silent Film With Black Cast Makes A Century-Late Debut

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

A 1913 romantic comedy starring black actors is finally hitting the big screen, after decades in the Museum of Modern Art archives. It's paired with an exhibit called 100 Years in Post-Production.

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A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life

October 25, 2014 - 7:50am

In everyday medical care, the practice of reflection is too often overlooked. Remembrance is what makes us human. Keeping tabs on who has died over the years keeps one doctor humble.

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424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

October 18, 2014 - 11:33am

A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.

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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

October 18, 2014 - 8:41am

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.

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Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

October 18, 2014 - 7:43am

The World Series starts Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the unexpected stars of the series — the managers.

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Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

October 18, 2014 - 7:43am

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

October 18, 2014 - 7:43am

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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