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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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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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Over Spain's Objections, Catalonia Plans Referendum On Independence

September 20, 2014 - 9:56am

Now that Scotland has voted to stay in the U.K., attention is turning to another separatist movement. Emboldened by the peaceful Scottish referendum, Catalans are planning a vote in November.

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Workers Hand Out Soap And Advice As Sierra Leone Locks Down

September 20, 2014 - 9:44am

Under the country's three-day experiment to control the deadly Ebola virus, people must stay home while health care teams go door-to-door to spread the word on prevention.

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A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice

September 20, 2014 - 9:21am

David Candow, known around NPR as "The Host Whisperer," has died. He was a great teacher, not only instructing us about the craft of radio news but reminding why the craft is important.

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Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

How does the U.S. destroy the self-declared Islamic State without aiding the Syrian regime? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about options.

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Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.

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The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

ESPN reports the Baltimore Ravens knew more about the domestic violence case against Ray Rice earlier than they've admitted. NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN.com's Howard Bryant discuss the controversy.

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The Odor Of Political Attraction

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Ooh, you smell so good ... and we're both members of the Whig party, too! Turns out there's scientific evidence that people who share political beliefs are attracted to each other's body odor.

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The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Scotland has a proud national tradition of poetry. Days after a historic referendum on independence, we look at how poems by Scottish writers can help us better understand this moment.

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Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.

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How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.

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Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.

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Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.

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Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.

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From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.

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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

September 13, 2014 - 10:40am

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

September 13, 2014 - 9:34am

The president's proposal to degrade and destroy the Islamic State poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.

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After Exoneration, Small Moments Take On New Meaning

September 13, 2014 - 8:15am

Two more men sentenced to die have been exonerated. Another wronged man, James Lee Woodard, visited NPR's Wade Goodwyn years ago. On his first day out of prison, he bonded with Goodwyn's dogs.

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It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

In the wake of players being accused of domestic abuse, the NFL has enacted a tougher policy on domestic violence. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks to correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest sports news.

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Former Ambassador: It's Not Too Late To Arm Syrian Rebels

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Former Ambassador Fred Hof tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that air power is not enough to defeat the Islamic State. A ground component, even if it is not American, is needed for long-term success, he says.

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