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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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Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Leonard Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the man who was best known for his role as Spock.

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'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.

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Ex-'Weekend Edition' Producer Tight-Lipped On Her 'Jeopardy!' Appearance

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

We all know public radio types are pretty sharp, right? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Laura Lorson about her appearance on Jeopardy! Lorson hosts All Things Considered on KANU in Lawrence, Kan.

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The Week In Sports: Spring Training, Cleveland Cavaliers

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

It's still winter, but baseball spring training has already begun. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com from Arizona, where teams are busy practicing before the season kicks off.

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Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Some Republicans have said that former Gov. Jeb Bush isn't conservative enough. This week he appeared before the Conservative Political Action Conference and made his case for a possible 2016 run.

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Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Instead of settling low-value civil cases in court, a new report from the Civil Justice Council says these disputes should be settled online. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author, Richard Susskind.

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More U.S.-Cuba Talks Ahead, Including Human Rights Dialogue

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

The United States hosted a second round of talks with Cuba aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and re-opening embassies.

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Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Chicago will hold a runoff mayoral election in April. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist Carol Marin about the race.

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Tiny Hungarian Village Puts Itself Up For Hire

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Planning an event? There's an entire village in Hungary that's available for rent. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Barabara Balogh, the village of Megyer's sales manager, about how to book the town.

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Boris Nemtsov, Shot Friday, Was A Vehement Anti-Putin Critic

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in Moscow Friday night. Nemtsov was a longtime opposition leader and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin. Putin condemned the killing.

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Researchers Examine The Ways Of Southern Coyotes

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

The number of coyotes in the Deep South is growing, but biologists know relatively little about their habits across the south and how they are diverging from their cousins out west.

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House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

A last-minute scramble to fund the Department of Homeland Security exposed rifts among Republicans. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Ailsa Chang about the latest battle in Congress.

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Not So Fast, Jamestown: St. Augustine Was Here First

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Jamestown, Va., claims to be "America's First Region," but St. Augustine, Fla., turns 450 this year, making it the U.S.'s oldest continuous European settlement, a title residents are quick to defend.

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'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Participants in winter sports are predominantly white, but the National Brotherhood of Skiers has been trying to change that for 42 years. More than 50 regional clubs came to this year's gathering.

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Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

February 28, 2015 - 8:01am

Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.

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Police Are Learning To Accept Civilian Oversight, But Distrust Lingers

February 21, 2015 - 10:18am

More than 200 civilian review boards investigate police misconduct in cities across the United States. Reformers say they're essential. But officers tend to be wary of them.

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Police Are Learning To Accept Civilian Oversight, But Distrust Lingers

February 21, 2015 - 10:18am

More than 200 civilian review boards investigate police misconduct in cities across the United States. Reformers say they're essential. But officers tend to be wary of them.

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There's A Reason We Say 'Self-Declared Islamic State'

February 21, 2015 - 9:18am

When NPR correspondents report about that group, they try to make it clear that it is not a "state" in the standard sense of that word. This month's "Word Matters" conversation explains why.

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There's A Reason We Say 'Self-Declared Islamic State'

February 21, 2015 - 9:18am

When NPR correspondents report about that group, they try to make it clear that it is not a "state" in the standard sense of that word. This month's "Word Matters" conversation explains why.

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The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

February 21, 2015 - 8:19am

Carnegie Mellon University recently emailed about 800 graduate school applicants to say they'd been accepted. But it was a mistake. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on acceptance letters in the digital age.

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