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Simon Says
6:52 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank regularly makes banned book lists, but not because it details the terror of hiding from Nazi occupiers.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 8:07 am

Here's an idea for weekend fun: Pick up a banned book.

Look for "the good parts" — the sections of Ulysses, The Grapes of Wrath, The Color Purple, Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lolita, the Harry Potter series, Animal Farm, A Farewell to Arms or In the Night Kitchen that have scenes and language that once made people gasp, blush or shudder. The parts that made them say, "We can't let people read this!"

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Sports
6:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

The Week In Sports: Jeter Takes A Bow And The Ryder Cup Tees Off

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 8:07 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And now it's time for Sports. Derek Jeter takes his final curtain. The Ryder Cup tees off Scotland, still part of the United Kingdom. And FIFA contends with scandalous charges and BJ Lederman writes our theme music.

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Iraq
6:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

One Former Marine Documents His Return To A Broken Iraq

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 8:07 am

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Middle East
6:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 8:07 am

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Politics
7:18 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis shakes hands with state Attorney General Greg Abbott after their debate in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday.
Gabe Hernandez AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 3:21 pm

The candidates running for Texas governor, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis, held their first televised debate on Friday in heavily Hispanic South Texas, in the border county of Hidalgo in the Rio Grande Valley.

The county is 90 percent Hispanic. It was the first gubernatorial debate on the border since 1998.

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the fast-growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and many Republicans believe their survival lies in recruiting Hispanic supporters.

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Goats and Soda
7:01 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Workers Hand Out Soap And Advice As Sierra Leone Locks Down

During the three-day lockdown, the government of Sierra Leone is sending teams of workers door-to-door to talk to people about how to protect themselves from Ebola.
Anders Kelto/NPR

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 8:16 am

Sierra Leone is holding a country-wide experiment: For three days, no one is allowed to leave their home.

It's part of the country's strategy for controlling the deadly Ebola virus. While people across Sierra Leone stay at home, teams of workers go door-to-door, educating the public about the disease.

The effort got its shaky start on Friday.

The streets were empty in the heart of Freetown, the capitol. The only sound came from a few street sweepers and a police van blasting a song from an old speaker.

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Europe
7:01 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Over Spain's Objections, Catalonia Plans Referendum On Independence

Pro-independence demonstrators shout slogans outside the Catalan parliament on Friday in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalan parliament has approved rules for a self-determination referendum — which would violate the Spanish constitution.
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 8:16 am

In sultry Barcelona, it was a unexpected gathering of bagpipes, tartan plaid, Scotch and even haggis — the traditional Scottish innards-and-oatmeal dish.

Spaniards turned out en masse to celebrate Scotland's referendum on independence from the United Kingdom.

"For one day, I would like to be Scottish," said Gabriel Herredero, 25, who wore a Scottish kilt out to a bar. "As Catalans, we would be proud also to be able to vote for something we really want."

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Simon Says
6:21 am
Sat September 20, 2014

A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 8:16 am

A man known around here as "The Host Whisperer" has died.

David Candow was 74. He was a slightly tubby man from Newfoundland with a sly smile and a soft voice. I wanted nothing to do with him.

David was a consultant, brought in to work with NPR hosts and reporters on writing and delivery. People who make their living on the air often distrust consultants. We figure they've been brought in by executives who have usually never recorded more than a voicemail message, and want all hosts to sound the same.

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Law
4:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 8:16 am

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Sports
4:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 8:16 am

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Middle East
4:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 8:16 am

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Author Interviews
7:41 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has a new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 10:21 am

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Texas, came to the attention of most Americans outside Texas when, as state senator, she filibustered a highly restrictive abortion bill for 11 straight hours.

Now Davis is making headlines for her newly released memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. In the book, Davis revealed for the first time that she had two abortions herself. She also details her gritty and sometimes unhappy life growing up, first in Rhode Island and then Texas, Oklahoma and California.

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It's All Politics
6:34 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

President Obama's plan 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.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 12:47 pm

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

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Commentary
5:35 am
Sat September 13, 2014

After Exoneration, Small Moments Take On New Meaning

James Lee Woodard was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 27 years in prison.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 9:47 am

This month brought two more exonerations based on new DNA evidence. Henry Lee McCollum was 19 years old and his half-brother, Leon Brown, was 15 when they were arrested. The two black, intellectually disabled half brothers were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Sabrina Buie and spent 30 years on death row.

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Sports
4:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 9:47 am

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn and it's time for Sports.

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Animals
4:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

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

Yes, indeed, cows can leap. Here, Regina Mayer jumps with her cow Luna — yes, Luna — over a hurdle in southern Germany, in 2011.
Kerstin Joensson AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 1:59 pm

You know the nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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Movie Interviews
4:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Medic Returns From Afghanistan To Broken Family In 'Bliss'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:23 am

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Around the Nation
9:59 am
Sat September 6, 2014

In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs.
John Burnett

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 12:09 pm

Language warning: This story contains words some may find offensive.

The Highway Beautification Act will be 50 years old next year. As envisioned by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, it was supposed to protect the natural landscape from billboards.

Ever since its passage, scenic activists and billboard companies have been at war over the views along American highways. The outdoor advertising industry says its signs are informational, and helpful to local businesses. Open-space advocates call them "sky trash" and "litter on a stick."

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Parallels
7:28 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

A car bomb exploded on Saadoun street in Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven people in a mainly Shia area of Iraq's capital, Voice of America reported. Though violence in the city hasn't reached the levels of 2006, residents worry sectarian conflicts may rise again.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 12:04 pm

The air in the Baghdad morgue is thick with the smell of death. There are perhaps two dozen corpses in black plastic bags lying around in the sweltering heat. One of them is burned and has its face exposed, white teeth stark against charred skin.

"The crisis began in June," says Zaid al Yousif, the director of the Medical Legal Center, which houses the morgue. "The number of victims in June increased, double to triple." Many of those bodies have marks of trauma, including blunt injuries, he says.

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Simon Says
6:45 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky

On packed flights, space is at a premium and tempers sometimes flare.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:29 pm

There might be a recliner rebellion going on.

At least three flights have been grounded in little more than a week after passengers had disputes over reclining their seats, or not being able to. On most airlines these days, passengers are packed so close that — insert your favorite Joan Rivers joke here.

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