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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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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

December 20, 2014 - 10:56am

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.

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Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

December 20, 2014 - 10:53am

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

December 20, 2014 - 9:13am

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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Cubans Blame Their Woes On The U.S. Embargo

December 20, 2014 - 7:42am

Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the normalization of ties with the United States, but their daily lives won't change much until the embargo lifts.

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Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.

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Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.

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Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

One of Britain's best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.

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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.

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What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

Is it viva la baseball, now that President Obama has softened the U.S. stance toward Cuba? ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon not to expect Cuba to throw open the doors to the MLB just yet.

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Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

With the help of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

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Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Frustrated With Pace Of Change

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator, but youth in that country seem unenthusiastic about elections on Sunday.

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Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

The FBI has concluded North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks with White House correspondent Scott Horsley about what happens now.

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3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

In San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

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Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

From flags to currency, a new country needs new symbols. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Anne Quito, who traveled to the world's newest country, South Sudan, to observe as they designed theirs.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

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Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

December 13, 2014 - 10:37am

One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.

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Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

December 13, 2014 - 9:42am

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court told Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Ala., that the government had a right to order it — and all restaurants — to seat African-Americans.

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It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

December 13, 2014 - 9:12am

The themed party trend is on us again, and holiday garb bedecked with bells, lights and way too much tinsel is selling fast. Show us your best holiday monstrosity — use the hashtag #NPRuglysweaters.

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Finland's HIM Releases Early Work In 'Lashes to Ashes'

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

It's cold and dark in Finland, but the Finnish band HIM has been heating things up. HIM is currently touring the U.S.; two band members join NPR's Scott Simon to talk about their music.

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London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The hottest Christmas trend — at least according to a London ad agency — is Beard Baubles: tiny ornaments to hang on facial hair. NPR's Scott Simon ponders the ramifications of this fashion statement.

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