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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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In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

September 6, 2014 - 12:59pm

Nearly 50 years ago, a fight between billboards and natural beauty played out on the national stage. Now the struggle has moved to the states — like Texas, where activists face off with corporations.

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Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

September 6, 2014 - 10:28am

As Iraqi and American forces battle militants in the north, there are fears the turmoil could fuel new killings in the capital.

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Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky

September 6, 2014 - 9:25am

With the airlines packing more people into planes, "recliner rage" is on the rise. Is it a problem of entitled passengers, or just too many of us squeezed into small spaces?

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Comedians Take A Dark Turn In 'Skeleton Twins'

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

The Skeleton Twins is a new movie starring comedian Bill Hader as the estranged twin of Kristen Wiig. Hader talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his serious movie.

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Baseball Playoffs, U.S. Open: The Week In Sports

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

Baseball teams head toward the playoffs and the top tennis players chase U.S. Open titles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to ESPN's Howard Bryant from the U.S. Open.

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Does Wearable Tech Have Legs?

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

Wearable devices are strutting down fashion week runways. NPR's Scott Simon talks with a fashion forecaster, Rachel Arthur, about whether the new trend will last.

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How Genuine Is Russia's Ceasefire?

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

NATO leaders gathered in Wales this week to address the crisis in Ukraine and the threat posed by the Islamic State. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder.

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Reporting From The Site Of The Ebola Outbreak's Origin

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

The first wave of the Ebola virus struck Liberia's northern Lofa County back in March. Correspondent Ofeibia Quist Arcton traveled to Lofa, and speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about the current situation.

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ISIS Runs A Dark Media Campaign On Social Media

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Institute about how the Islamic State is using social media to gain power and attention.

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Better With Butter? Here's Why Americans Are Consuming More.

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

Cholesterol worries have waned as margarine's trans-fats became the new bogeyman, leading more Americans back to the real deal.

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Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including "And When I Die" and "Save the Country." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.

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A Judge Makes Critical Decisions In 'Children Act'

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

Fiona Maye holds the power of life and death in her hands. She's a family court judge at the center of Ian McEwan's new novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks to McEwan about his book, The Children Act.

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Joan Rivers On Her Own Funeral: 'I Want Paparazzi'

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

A collection of memorable interviews with the comedy queen, Joan Rivers, who passed away this week at the age of 81.

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Up Close, The Lava Rolls From Bardarbunga

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

Simon Redfeld of Cambridge is a volcano researcher who is literally scooping up lava at the active volcano in Iceland. NPR's Scott Simon talks to him about whether Bardarbunga is ready to blow.

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Russia Rips Up NATO's Rulebook

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

President Obama has spent much of the week talking about what NATO can do to respond to current crises. NATO leaders approved a plan to develop a rapid response force to primarily counter Russia.

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The Youngest Von Trapp Generation Mashes Cultures

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale of the band Pink Martini, and Sofia, August, Melanie, and Amanda von Trapp about their collaborative album and upcoming performances.

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'Starred Up' Not Your Typical Father-Son Tale

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director and writer of the new hard-hitting British film set in a prison for violent offenders.

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Florida Polytechnic Library Goes Book-Free

September 6, 2014 - 7:50am

A university library without books? What is higher education coming to? NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kathryn Miller at Florida Polytechnic University about the school's new bookless library.

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Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

August 30, 2014 - 12:19pm

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.

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Making Sure Those Walking Horses Aren't Hurting Horses

August 30, 2014 - 11:45am

Animal rights groups say Tennessee walking horses' distinctive high-stepping gait is partly the result of trainers hurting the animals. This year, a major show is testing to try and curb abuse.

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