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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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Goats and Soda
1:25 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

Surveillance team member Osman Sow washes his boots after working in a potentially contaminated area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Survey teams are sent out every day to assess sick people and dispatch burial teams to collect the dead.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:16 pm

Ebola is on the rise in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown. Just this week, 234 new confirmed infections were reported, and every day hundreds of residents call the emergency line to report more possible cases in their neighborhoods.

To deal with the surge, the nation sends health surveillance teams into the community to investigate the alerts, visiting up to five homes a day to check on residents.

The junior member of one team is Osman Sow, a young man with a wisp of a beard and a serious manner.

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Parallels
1:06 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

Civilians who had just recently arrived in Yola prepare to flee again, this time in a large open-top truck headed to the city of Jos.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 2:54 pm

As Nigeria's military continues to battle Boko Haram fighters for control of towns and territory in the turbulent northeast, fearful residents are leaving — or being driven out of town. More than 200 schoolgirls, abducted by the Islamist extremists in April, are still missing.

Hoisting the black flag of al-Qaida, the insurgents have imposed strict Islamic law in areas under their control, vowing to establish a caliphate.

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Parallels
11:05 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

After Palestinian Abdel Rahman Shaludi killed two people with a car in an attack last month, Israel destroyed his family's apartment in East Jerusalem by blowing up the front outside and most internal walls. Israel says the aim is deterrence, while the Palestinians call it collective punishment.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 10:28 am

After a spate of deadly violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to speed up home demolitions of attackers as a punishment and deterrent.

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Governing
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Sports
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Environment
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

What We Learn When Find Silence

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Environment
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Around the Nation
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Middle East
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:46 pm

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 19, 2014.

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Around the Nation
3:29 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

A 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 4:30 pm

The first 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line this week, and it is no normal truck. The new F-150 pickup is the first with an aluminum body, making it hundreds of pounds lighter than its predecessors.

Ford isn't taking this gamble on just any truck — the F-150 is the company's most important vehicle. Morgan Stanley estimates the F-Series truck line and SUV derivatives represent 90 percent of Ford's global profits.

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Simon Says
7:12 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Onlookers take cell phone pictures of stranded window washers hanging from scaffolding on the side of One World Trade Center.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

Everyone has days in which we wonder if much of anything works. Websites crash. Screens blink, go blank, or taunt: I'm sorry. Try later. We have an unusually high volume of calls. Download to update. Click here if you've forgotten your password.

But for a couple of hours on an afternoon this week, people got glimpses of excellence.

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Remembrances
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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Sports
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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Author Interviews
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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Asia
11:33 am
Sat November 8, 2014

North Korea Releases Two Americans Held In Captivity

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:09 pm

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StoryCorps
9:34 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Former Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp sat down with his father, Kirk Sharp, to talk about what happened when Ryan returned home after two tours in Iraq.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he didn't know he had a traumatic brain injury.

All he knew, and all his family knew, was that he was deeply depressed. He would talk about ending his life.

During a StoryCorps interview in Lincoln, Neb., his father, Kirk Sharp, asked if Ryan remembered any of those suicidal conversations.

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Politics
9:26 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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Sports
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer and it is time for Sports.

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Space
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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Europe
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Catalonia Readies For Sunday's Independence Vote

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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Author Interviews
1:43 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

John Cleese got his first big break in London's West End and as a script writer and performer on The Frost Report.
Andy Gotts Courtesy of Crown Publishing

John Cleese is a big, tall, stiff-upper-lipped international symbol of British wit. He's made us laugh in Fawlty Towers and movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, A Fish Called Wanda, and, recently, as the exasperated master of spycraft — Q — who gives James Bond some of his best toys to break.

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It's All Politics
1:31 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Is No GOP Bench Warmer

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington gave the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address in 2014. She's set to easily win re-election to a sixth term next week.
Susan Walsh AP

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the most powerful politicians in America. She's the top-ranking woman in the House GOP, and her political ambitions and trajectory have been debated everywhere from Capitol Hill to the pages of Glamour magazine. But when she walks into locally owned businesses like Maid Naturally in Spokane, Wash., she's just Cathy.

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Animals
12:07 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

The Bracken Bat Cave outside San Antonio is home to millions of bats. Here, a few of them emerge from the colony in 2011.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:39 pm

Down a narrow gravel drive and a short walk past cactus and scrub cedars outside San Antonio is a gaping, dark cave mouth, 60 feet wide, nestled at the bottom of a steep hill.

This is the Bracken Bat Cave. Each night at 7:30, millions of bats spiral out of the deep cave and streak off toward the darkening Southern sky.

Thanks to a $20 million deal signed Friday by San Antonio, conservation groups and a local developer, the night sky around the cave will stay dark, and the mother and baby bats inside will have a buffer between them and the hazards of city sprawl.

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Middle East
11:48 am
Sat November 1, 2014

A Taliban Hostage's Story: Educating Children Who Have No Teachers

Professor Ajmal Khan was held captive in South Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan where the Taliban holds power.
B.K. Bangash AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:02 pm

A compelling Facebook photo shows an old man wearing spectacles and a shawl. He's standing in front of a cracked mud wall. Most of his face is filled by a huge, dusty-looking white beard. He looks tired and sad.

Only the man's family and friends would know that he is not, in fact, a weather-beaten mountain tribesman, but the vice chancellor of one of the most distinguished universities in Pakistan.

This picture of professor Ajmal Khan, posted on the Web by his supporters, was printed by a newspaper when he was freed, after spending four years as a hostage of the Taliban.

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Parallels
11:15 am
Sat November 1, 2014

For Palestinians, A Bridge-Building Bus Trip To Israel Turns Sour

Israel's West Bank separation barrier, shown here with the Jewish settlement Maale Adumim in the background, symbolizes the division between two societies that had much more interaction a generation ago.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:59 pm

When the Israelis and the Palestinians were trying to make peace back in the 1990s, one of the buzzwords was "normalization," the attempt by both sides to learn to live together.

But in these days of ceaseless friction, normalization has become something of a dirty word, particularly for Palestinians. Nearly 50 Palestinians from the West Bank encountered these bitter sentiments when they went to Israel for an unusual one-day trip last week.

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Fine Art
9:40 am
Sat November 1, 2014

'Ciao, Carpaccio!' Painter's Reputation No Longer Sliced Thin

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 1:25 pm

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News
7:11 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing

Pam Champion (second from right) and Robert Champion Sr. (right), parents of Robert Champion Jr., listen as the guilty verdict against Dante Martin is read in an Orlando courtroom on Friday.
Red Huber AP

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 1:25 pm

A jury has rejected a defense argument that beatings of Florida A&M University band members were a band tradition. The panel found a former member of marching band guilty of felony hazing and manslaughter in one such beating.

Dante Martin is now looking at a possible sentence of up to 22 years in prison for his role in the death of Robert Champion. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

Called "The Example" by band colleagues, Champion was an accomplished clarinetist, drum major and leader of the "Marching 100."

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Around the Nation
7:11 am
Sat November 1, 2014

At This Museum, Falling Back An Hour Takes The Whole Weekend

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 1:25 pm

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Sports
7:11 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Ray Rice Hearing, LeBron James Playing This Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 1:25 pm

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It's All Politics
12:57 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 10:43 am

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