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U.S. Open Starts Monday, Basketball Says Goodbye To Darryl Dawkins

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about the U.S. Open, the legendary Darryl Dawkins, and, yes, a little baseball.

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Egypt Court Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists To 3-Year Prison Terms

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

Three Al Jazeera English journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 3 years and 6 months in prison in a controversial case that's dragged on for nearly 2 years.

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Plunging Chinese Stock Market Was Barely Covered In China

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

As the Chinese stock market dramatically tumbled, the country's state-run news media remained largely silent on the turmoil.

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Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

A small group of presidential hopefuls get most of the media attention, but there are a lot of unknown people who also want the top job and filed the necessary paperwork. One of them is Deez Nuts.

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Tragic Stories Throw A Harsh Light On Europe's Migration Crisis

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

A truck filled with bodies in Austria highlighted the perils of the epic refugee flow into Europe. Hungarian journalist Istvan Szekeres tells NPR's Scott Simon about their journey.

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What Sanders Lacks In Media Coverage He Makes Up For In Crowd Size

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

Bernie Sanders is leading the polls in New Hampshire's Democratic primary race, but Hillary Clinton is still up in the national polls. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

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Prep School Rape Trial Puts Spotlight On High School Assaults

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

A male prep school graduate in New Hampshire has been acquitted of felony rape of a freshman girl, but convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault of a minor.

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Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S.

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.

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Months After Deadly Quake, Climbers Again May Go Up Mt. Everest

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:05am

Mt. Everest has reopened to climbers for the first time since the April earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Outside Magazine editor Grayson Schaffer.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:04am

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

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Beethoven, Flaming Tubas And 5,000 Kazoos: Classical Music At Burning Man

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:04am

More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual festival — and the Playa Pops Symphony, which made its debut last year, will be ready for them.

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50 Percent Off A College Education? Not Such A Good Deal After All

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:28am

Why so many private colleges are giving out massive discounts.

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Alison Parker And Adam Ward: Good Journalists Gone Too Soon

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:27am

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while reporting on live television. The two journalists loved their jobs, and the viewers of WDBJ-TV in Roanake, Virginia loved them back.

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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

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For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:49am

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in 6 South American countries.

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Egyptian Court Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists To 3 Years In Prison

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:57am

Saturday's ruling in Cairo is the latest twist in a long-running trial which was criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

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Sam Clovis: I Trust Trump To Go To Washington And Change Things

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:14am

Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign continues to lead in the polls, and this week Trump hired Sam Clovis to be his national campaign co-chairman. A week ago, Clovis worked for Rick Perry.

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Love In The Key Of Summer

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:08am

For our Summer of Love series, listener Kevin Gibbs remembers a woman he met when working at a jazz club in 1976, one he'll always associate with Michel Legrand's "Once Upon a Summertime."

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