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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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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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The Mavericks Release An Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The country rock band The Mavericks are back with a new album, but this time without a founding member, Robert Reynolds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with bandmates Raul Malo and Eddie Perez about Mono.

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NASCAR And Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: The Week In Sports

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The fight of the millennium is on! Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will meet later this spring. And it's NASCAR opening day. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tom Goldman about the latest in sports.

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Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The Russian band Pussy Riot is well known for protesting the Russian government. Now the group has released its first song in English. NPR's Scott Simon talks to band member Nadya Tolokonnikova.

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An Iranian Optimist Urges Americans, 'Come See For Yourself'

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

When NPR's Steve Inskeep meets a political scientist at an Italian restaurant in Tehran, the circumstances of their conversation illustrate Iran's potential for change.

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Zambian Prosecutor Drops Charges In Case Against Himself

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

It may sound like an episode of The Twilight Zone, but this isn't fiction. Zambia's top prosecutor dropped his own corruption charges and set himself free. NPR's Scott Simon discusses the case.

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Looming Presidential Race Divides National Governors Group

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The National Governors Association is in Washington for its winter meeting, and there is no lack of talk about the 2016 White House. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ron Elving about the week in politics.

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Agreement Reached In West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

West Coast ports and the dockworkers union have reached a tentative deal after a nine-month stalemate. Sporadic work stoppages and shutdowns are expected to end, pending ratification by both sides.

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Whitehorse Layers Complex Rhythms In 'Leave No Bridge'

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the musical — and married — couple that is the Canadian band Whitehorse, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about their latest album, Leave No Bridge Unburned.

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After An Education In American Jazz, A Musician Tackles The Turkish Songbook

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

A Turkish jazz guitarist is converting Turkey's pop songs into popular jazz, the way American jazz musicians stylized tunes from the Great American Songbook.

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To Libertarians, Rand Paul Is 'Libertarian-Ish'

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he's likely to announce whether he'll run in 2016 in the next two months. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nick Gillespie of Reason.com about the libertarian landscape.

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Minor Characters Take The Stage In Argentina's Real-Life Murder Mystery

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The shooting death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood thriller. It has provided rich material for the conspiracy-minded in Argentina.

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Latest Ukraine Cease-Fire Ends Before It Begins

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The cease-fire that was supposed to halt fighting between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government has not taken hold. NPR's Scott Simon talks to former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder.

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The Mavericks Release An Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The country rock band The Mavericks are back with a new album, but this time without a founding member, Robert Reynolds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with bandmates Raul Malo and Eddie Perez about Mono.

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NASCAR And Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: The Week In Sports

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The fight of the millennium is on! Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will meet later this spring. And it's NASCAR opening day. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tom Goldman about the latest in sports.

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Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The Russian band Pussy Riot is well known for protesting the Russian government. Now the group has released its first song in English. NPR's Scott Simon talks to band member Nadya Tolokonnikova.

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An Iranian Optimist Urges Americans, 'Come See For Yourself'

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

When NPR's Steve Inskeep meets a political scientist at an Italian restaurant in Tehran, the circumstances of their conversation illustrate Iran's potential for change.

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Zambian Prosecutor Drops Charges In Case Against Himself

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

It may sound like an episode of The Twilight Zone, but this isn't fiction. Zambia's top prosecutor dropped his own corruption charges and set himself free. NPR's Scott Simon discusses the case.

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Looming Presidential Race Divides National Governors Group

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

The National Governors Association is in Washington for its winter meeting, and there is no lack of talk about the 2016 White House. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ron Elving about the week in politics.

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Agreement Reached In West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

West Coast ports and the dockworkers union have reached a tentative deal after a nine-month stalemate. Sporadic work stoppages and shutdowns are expected to end, pending ratification by both sides.

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