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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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Kidnapped By ISIS, One Woman Tells How She Saved Her Sisters

September 27, 2014 - 1:52pm

Last month, ISIS terrorized a village, slaughtering the men and kidnapping the young women to force into marriages. On young woman's sisters gave her the courage to escape.

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After 7 Years, Finally, A Football Field Of Their Own

September 27, 2014 - 1:10pm

In Detroit, Cody High School's football team was always the visitor. On Friday, they dedicated their new field with a game that honored its name.

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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

September 27, 2014 - 10:44am

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.

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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

September 27, 2014 - 9:52am

Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?

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The Week In Sports: Jeter Takes A Bow And The Ryder Cup Tees Off

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

This nearly NFL-free segment also covers the anti-Jeter jeering and yet another FIFA scandal.

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Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

One expert says that the negotiators in the room are inclined to move faster, but the deeply opposed domestic constituencies leave both sides skittish.

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To Become Oil Barons, ISIS Has Sold To Neighbors And Enemies

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

Existing black-market structures have helped the Islamic State convert oil into cash - and their customers have included their ardent foes across borders in Turkey and Southern Iraq.

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For Michigan Political Ads, The Tigers Are The Big Game In Town

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

Why do advertisers love buying time for political ads during Detroit Tigers baseball games?

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One Former Marine Documents His Return To A Broken Iraq

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

A decade ago, Benjamin Busch was the provisional U.S. military mayor of a town called Jassan, near the Iranian border. On his recent return, he found a far different, sadder, more frustrated place.

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Is Obama's War-Powers Shift Hypocrisy, Or Inevitable For A President?

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

Despite his liberal bona fides and campaign objections, President Obama's foreign policy decisions look very much like those of his predecessors.

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Maryland School Shreds The Old Rules Of Applying To College

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

No SATs, no grades? Goucher College now allows students to apply by sending in two work samples and a two-minute video. School president Jose Bowen says it makes the process more accessible.

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How To Keep 'Political Order': Make Modest Promises, And Deliver

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

Francis Fukuyama, a former neo-conservative thinker, says that people worldwide still want democracy, but many transitioning nations are ill-equipped to give it to them.

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For Missions Over Hostile Syria, Air Force Unwrapped Its Newest Jet

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

Available since 2005, the $90 million F-22 fighter was simply more machine than the military had needed - until there were worries about whether Bashar Assad's air defenses would stand down.

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For Michigan Political Ads, The Tigers Are The Only Game In Town

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

Media buyers love buying time for political ads during Detroit Tigers baseball games. Why? Because of the city's clear media market and the state's sports landscape.

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Amazon's Original Content Primes The Pump For Bigger Sales

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

The company has a history of mediocre self-produced programming, but now it's putting more money and talent into its movies and TV shows. It's betting that better shows will lead to more online sales.

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Kat Edmonson: 'I Hear Myself As An Instrument'

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

The singer, whose voice is often compared to Billie Holiday's, says she can't accept that honor right out — but that she and Holiday do share a similar understanding of the role of the voice.

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Mac Wiseman Returns To The Songs Of His Childhood

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

The 89-year-old Mac Wiseman gained fame for his relaxed, articulate style and ability to adapt to many genres. On a new album, he dusts off a few family heirlooms.

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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

September 27, 2014 - 9:04am

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

September 27, 2014 - 8:02am

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.

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Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

September 20, 2014 - 10:16am

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.

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