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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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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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Domestic Violence Protections Still Resonate 20 Years After Crime Bill

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

President Clinton signed major crime legislation in 1994, and provisions that protect women from domestic violence have deep staying power.

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Paul Thorn Got Music At Southern Churches, White And Black

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Paul Thorn is a tough guy who sings the blues. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to the former-prizefighter-turned-musician about his new CD, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.

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Too Young To Drive, But Old Enough For NASCAR

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

He can't yet get a driver's license, but Kaz Grala, 15, regularly drives at speeds of up to 160 mph. The honors student is the youngest full-time driver in NASCAR's K&N Pro East Series.

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Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.

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Judge: Government Can't Arbitrate The Truth In Politics

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

A federal judge has struck down an Ohio law that banned lies in political ads. He ruled that it is up to voters to decide what the truth is.

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White House Tries To Ease Hispanic Caucus Frustrations

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Many were disappointed when President Obama announced he would delay immigration reform until after mid-term elections. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz.

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The Lush Twang Of Dobro-Times-Three In 'Three Bells'

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

The dobro is a fretless guitar that gives country and bluegrass its unique twang. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes about their new album, Three Bells.

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Medic Returns From Afghanistan To Broken Family In 'Bliss'

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

In the film, Fort Bliss, a sergeant serving in Afghanistan struggles between her duties as a mother and as a soldier. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with director Claudia Myers about her latest movie.

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International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Oak Ridge Military Academy looked as if it was going to close a few years ago because of low enrollment. The academy turned things around by appealing to international students, from Asia to Africa.

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Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness'

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.

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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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