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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Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

July 19, 2014 - 12:12pm

The Sunni town fought back when Sunni Muslim extremists from the Islamic State tried to impose their rule. The extremists leveled the town as a warning to Sunnis who won't accept their brutal rule.

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Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

July 19, 2014 - 11:33am

At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment.

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As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

July 19, 2014 - 10:29am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting the drug Truvada as part of the state's ambitious plan to fight AIDS. But some advocates worry it will encourage risky behavior or won't reach the most vulnerable.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon'

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Marisa Ronstadt is the younger cousin of the famous singer, Linda Ronstadt. But she has her own band, and a new album. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about a life in music.

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In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

South African writer and activist Nadine Gordimer wrote 15 books, and helped her friend Nelson Mandela edit his famous speech, "I Am Prepared To Die." She died this week at the age of 90.

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

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What It Takes To Be A Champion

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

TED Radio Host Guy Raz speaks with science writer and Sports Illustrated contributor David Epstein about why athletes are getting faster and stronger every year.

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Elaine Stritch: 'I'm Not Easy'

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

The legendary actress Elaine Stritch died this week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers her career and an interview he had with her earlier this year.

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Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip.

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Malaysian Airlines Copes With A Second Tragedy

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Asia correspondent Anthony Kuhn talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Kuala Lumpur about the reaction to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday, killing 298 people.

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People Share Moon Landing Memories On YouTube Channel

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Sunday is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Buzz Aldrin about his new YouTube channel, where anyone can share memories from the historic day.

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The Opposite Of Schadenfreude: Vicarious Embarrassment

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman says he suffers from vicarious embarrassment, and can't watch cringe-inducing viral videos. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about what's known as fremdscham in German.

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Germany Goes Low-Tech To Foil U.S. Spying

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Going off the grid is one way to shake off cyberspies. Germany is thinking about doing so by bringing back the typewriter, but Spy Museum historian Vince Houghton tells NPR's Scott Simon that it's not likely to work.

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Author Finds The Human Side Of The IMF

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.

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A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

July 12, 2014 - 10:33am

When her once-middle-class family suddenly needed help, Darlena Cunha drove a Mercedes to enroll in the federal nutrition program. "The most embarrassing part was how I felt about myself," she writes.

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Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

July 12, 2014 - 10:09am

Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says we can't always change difficult circumstances, but it is possible to change the way we experience them. That can start with a simple exercise.

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Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD

July 12, 2014 - 9:04am

District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he will stop prosecuting some people arrested for low-level marijuana possession. But that won't stop the New York Police Department from making arrests.

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Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys

July 12, 2014 - 8:08am

From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports.

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Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

July 12, 2014 - 8:08am

FC Barcelona — home to two of soccer's superstars, Messi and Neymar — has been indicted on tax fraud, a sign that the culture of impunity among Europe's top soccer clubs may be coming to an end.

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