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Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:00am

Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.

(Image credit: Pete Souza/The White House)

Can Placebos Work If You Know They're Placebos?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about "open label placebos" and whether placebos work even when patients know they're placebos. He wrote about his experience in Smithsonian Magazine.

Saturday Sports: Serena Williams Is Pregnant

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine about tennis and Serena Williams' pregnancy.

California Debates Bill To Stop Cooperation With Federal Immigration Enforcement

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

As California officials oppose the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, they wonder how far they can push. A legislator introduced a bill to not allow local authorities to work with ICE.

Democrats Hope For A Win In Special Election In Montana

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

After tight races in Kansas and Georgia, Democrats are sensing an opportunity in next month's special election in Montana. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks Democratic strategist Geoff Garin about it.

Buy A 3-Pack Of Wedding Rings, In Case You Lose One

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Brighton Jones co-founded Enso rings — they're squishy, stretchy and colorful. His is one of many companies now making alternatives to metal wedding bands.

The Possibility Of Russia Meddling In France's Election

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Ahead of Sunday's presidential vote in France, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks French political analyst Nicholas Tenzer of the Center for Research and Political Decision about Russian meddling.

Rep. Dan Donovan On The New GOP Health Care Overhaul Effort

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

House Republicans failed to coalesce around a health care overhaul in March. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., if the party's conservative and moderate wings can compromise.

Author Alison MacLeod Tries To Find Humor In Terrorism

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

In her new book of short stories, Alison MacLeod spins biography, news stories and family history into surreal fiction. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks her about All the Beloved Ghosts.

The Lessons Of Commercial Flops On Display In Sweden's 'Museum Of Failure'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

A new museum showcasing failed products like Crystal Pepsi is set to open in Sweden. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with the museum's curator, Samuel West, about the lessons in some notable flops.

At 75, A World War II Legend Gets A Full Makeover

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

At the Air Force museum in Dayton, technicians and volunteers are working to restore a unique piece of history. The B-17 bomber Memphis Belle is being carefully returned to its wartime appearance.

(Image credit: AP)

Jazz Vocalist Ron Boustead's Humor Shines On 'Unlikely Valentine'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

A mastering engineer by day, the LA singer has now made his own album, on which he treats jazz standards and originals with wit and swing.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Kate Moore's new book digs into the short, painful lives of the Radium Girls, who worked painting luminous dials on watches and clocks — and were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they used.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Ralph Towner: An Old Hand With A 'Foolish Heart' (And An Unmatched Style)

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

The guitarist who composed "Icarus" — a tune so popular, astronauts took it to the moon — has a way of playing that seems to conjure melody, rhythm and harmony all at once.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Peanut Butter Bars To Soothe The Soul

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:19am

There's nothing like your mother's baking to make the world right.

U.N. To Pull Controversial Peacekeepers From Haiti

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am

Some say they brought a measure of stability. But they also brought cholera — and have been accused of sexual abuse.

(Image credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

Sanders' Unity Tour With DNC Chair Exposes Rifts But Also Suggests Common Goals

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am

The Democratic "unity tour" has produced less-than-unifying headlines for the out-of-power party as progressives seek to oppose President Trump and the GOP.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Wanting More From 'Imagine Wanting Only This'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am

Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.

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Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:00am

Men are more likely than women to put off going to the doctor. Hispanic men can face complications of culture, language and cost that make that even more likely.

(Image credit: Doug Kapustin/Kaiser Health News)

DeVos Meets With A Key Union Leader; The Supreme Court Hears A Voucher-Related Case

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:00am

The Education Secretary tours schools with the head of the American Federation of Teachers, the controversy over Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley, and other highlights from the week in education.

(Image credit: Juan Gastelum/AP)

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