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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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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

January 24, 2015 - 9:03am

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

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Facebook Aims To Weed Fakes From Your News Feed

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

No, Macauley Culkin didn't die — that was a fake news story you saw on Facebook. This week, Facebook added a feature for reporting hoaxes. NPR's Laura Sydell explains the details to Scott Simon.

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Remembering Ernie Banks, A Fan Favorite Whose Favorite Was The Fans

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

Ernie Banks, Hall of Fame baseball player, has died. NPR's Scott Simon and Tom Goldman remember the Chicago Cub who meant so much to the city and the fans he loved to greet.

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In Argentinian Murder Mystery, Prosecutor's Death Spawns Many Suspects

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

The death of an Argentinian prosecutor investigating what he said was a government cover-up has the entire country talking. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro tells Scott Simon the latest developments.

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Foe Of 'Fiscal Waterboarding' Leads Going Into Greek Election

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

If elected on Sunday, Syriza would be the first anti-austerity party to come to power in the Eurozone. But it would still have to pay off Greece's debt and help the country out of a deep depression.

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Rainy Day Women Ages 55 And Up: Bob Dylan Makes Cover Of AARP Magazine

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

It's timed for the release of his 36th studio album, and shepherded by an editor who used to run Rolling Stone.

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From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the many hours he has spent at 30,000 feet paging through the in-flight catalog SkyMall. SkyMall filed for bankruptcy this week.

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As U.S. Reengages With Cuba, Art Museums Make a Trade

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts are exchanging works from their collections. It's the largest art exchange between the two countries in more than 50 years.

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Should Shared Ancestry Force A Judge's Recusal?

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

An Iranian-American immigration judge is suing the Department of Justice over its requirement that she not hear cases involving Iranians.

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The Drone War's Bottleneck: Too Many Targets, Not Enough Pilots

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

Much of America's military campaign in Iraq and Syria is conducted by drones. NPR's Scott Simon talks with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh about the shortage of drone pilots.

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Obama's India Visit Arrives At A Moment Of Optimism

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

President Obama arrives in India Saturday to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi. NPR's Scott Simon talks to India correspondent Julie McCarthy about what the trip means for U.S.-India relations.

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Netanyahu Speech To Congress Is High-Risk, High-Reward, Analysts Say

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

Israelis are watching the latest spat between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House — which could worsen his country's global standing, but win him votes in Israel's March elections.

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U.S. Once Had Universal Child Care, But Rebuilding It Won't Be Easy

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.

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Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.

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Jazz Musician Jamie Cullum Shares Stories And Plays Live

January 24, 2015 - 8:42am

"I'm more of a communicator than a technician," says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR's studios.

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Traveling To Cuba Getting Easier, But Expect Turbulence On The Way

January 17, 2015 - 10:51am

Miami businesses expect an upsurge in trade and travel to Cuba under new rules, but travel for tourism is still prohibited and the island has only a limited number of hotel rooms.

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

January 17, 2015 - 10:13am

It's happened enough that it's a thing: A stellar actor is awarded for a not-so-stellar role. Many feel it happened again this week with the Oscar nominations.

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As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

January 17, 2015 - 9:43am

Some U.S. cities are bypassing private Internet providers and creating their own, faster networks. But laws in 19 states impede those efforts, and some cities want the FCC to get involved.

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In Nigeria, Boko Haram Continues Its Campaign Of Terror

January 17, 2015 - 7:43am

World attention has been focused on terrorism in Paris, but meanwhile Boko Haram has murdered thousands just this month. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with journalist Alex Perry about the Nigerian group.

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A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

January 17, 2015 - 7:30am

In a frank new memoir, soprano Deborah Voigt reveals her troubles with obesity, alcohol and bad relationships, along with her many triumphs in opera houses the world over.

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