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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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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Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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Olympic Reforms, Cubs Gain Lester: The Week In Sports

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

NPR's Tom Goldman discusses the latest rule changes to hit the International Olympic Committee and the NFL, but NPR's Scott Simon is most excited about all the sports talent heading soon to Chicago.

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Hong Kong Protesters Leave The Streets, Not Their Cause

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

Hong Kong's final pro-democracy protest camp was removed by the police this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Frank Langfitt about the future of the movement and relations with mainland China.

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Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The end of the 113th Congress means a lot of goodbyes for retiring members and for those who lost in November. That means, at least for a moment, partisanship took some time off on the Senate floor.

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Holder Won't Force NYT Journalist To Reveal Source

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The Justice Department has decided not to make journalist James Risen reveal a source. Correspondent David Folkenflik tells NPR's Scott Simon about a case that became a flashpoint for press freedom.

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NYT Reporter: Brutal Interrogations Rose In CIA's Post-9/11 Chaos

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti about the evolution of the CIA's approach to counter-terrorism, from interrogations to drone attacks.

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Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure, but Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.

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Scents Of The Season Speak Directly To Our Emotions

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

Peppermint, evergreen, latkes on the griddle — all are signature smells of Christmas. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Mandy Aftel, author of Fragrant, about why we react so strongly to scents.

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Yale Law Professor: Torture Is Never Justified

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

Whether or not the CIA's interrogation techniques produced viable intelligence, they were still morally wrong, says Bloomberg View columnist Stephen Carter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon why.

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Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The Senate is poised to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week, but anger about the measure from both parties has delayed the proceedings.

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Mourning Turns To Protest At Brooklyn Victim's Funeral

December 6, 2014 - 11:37am

There are services Saturday for another unarmed black man killed by a police officer last month. NPR's Jeff Brady tells NPR's Scott Simon about the scene at Akai Gurley's funeral in Brooklyn.

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Mourning Turns To Protest At Brooklyn Victim's Funeral

December 6, 2014 - 11:37am

There are services Saturday for another unarmed black man killed by a police officer last month. NPR's Jeff Brady tells NPR's Scott Simon about the scene at Akai Gurley's funeral in Brooklyn.

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American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

December 6, 2014 - 11:27am

American photojournalist Luke Somers was killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. special forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Sean Carberry in Afghanistan about what happened.

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American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

December 6, 2014 - 11:27am

American photojournalist Luke Somers was killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. special forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Sean Carberry in Afghanistan about what happened.

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Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

December 6, 2014 - 7:47am

Players with names like Enemy, Tantrum and Blockadile Dundee are competing in this weekend's Roller Derby Blood and Thunder World Cup. The competition features teams from 30 countries.

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