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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Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

November 22, 2014 - 2:16pm

As Ebola surges in the east African country, the capital city sends surveillance teams into the neighborhoods to record who might be sick with the virus — or already dead.

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Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

November 22, 2014 - 2:06pm

Many of the displaced ended up in camps in the city of Yola. Now they're racing further away as concerns grow that Yola also faces attack, and that the government isn't doing enough to stop it.

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In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

November 22, 2014 - 12:05pm

After a deadly attack by a Palestinian militant last month, Israel blew up his apartment. Israel says the aim is deterrence, while others call it collective punishment.

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Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

With the basketball season underway, NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN.com's Howard Bryant talk about how the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers are doing so far.

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What We Learn When Find Silence

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

From NPR's Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

While snowed-in Buffalo, N.Y. digs out, some Buffaloans are trying to figure out how to get home for Thanksgiving. That includes college students preparing for a difficult drive.

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Another Deadline Looms in Iran Nuclear Talks

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

As the deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal nears, NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

President Obama has begun to try to sell the American public on his controversial executive action on immigration. He started Friday, with a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

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Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

President Obama used executive action this week to reshape the country's immigration system. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California about the new policies.

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Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., may be near. The grand jury met behind closed doors on Friday.

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Obama's Step-Grandmother Continues Educating Young Kenyans

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

Sarah Obama, 94, received an award from the United Nations on Wednesday, and hopes to raise money during the trip to build a school and hospital in her home village.

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For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

November 15, 2014 - 4:24pm

Ford is about to sell an aluminum-sided version of its F-150 pickup, setting the industry atwitter with expectation. Some hope that after 40 years on top, the truck will finally fall on its tailgate.

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

November 15, 2014 - 8:09am

The sky was full of wonders this week, NPR's Scott Simon muses, as a spacecraft landed on a comet and two window washers were rescued 69 stories above the streets at the new One World Trade Center.

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Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

November 15, 2014 - 7:48am

Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.

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Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

November 15, 2014 - 7:48am

Jane Byrne, the first female mayor of Chicago, died at the age of 81. NPR's Scott Simon revisits a conversation from earlier this year with Kathy Byrne, the former mayor's daughter.

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Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

November 15, 2014 - 7:48am

Jay Cutler's having another rough season with the Bears, while Bulls point guard Derrick Rose can't seem to stay off the injured list. NPR's Scott Simon talks Chicago sports with NPR's Tom Goldman.

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