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Fresh Air Weekend: Carrie Fisher; Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow'; Activist Cleve Jones

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 8:00am

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, talks about the affair she had with her older, married co-star. Maureen Corrigan reviews Chabon's Moonglow. Jones discusses the gay rights movement.

'Out Of The Wreck I Rise' Supports Addiction Recovery With Literary Hero Companions

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, "Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery," a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.

Silicon Valley 'Bubble' Reflects On Role In Trump Era

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

Silicon Valley has been soul searching since the election last month. Tech entrepreneur Ben Parr tells Scott Simon that collaboration with Washington is needed in an age of accelerating technology.

The Latest In Sports

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the magazine about the return of two of America's great football teams and baseball's new collective bargaining agreement.

Yemen Crisis: Humanitarians Need 'Unconditional Access' To Reach The Food-Insecure

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

The civil war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and left most of its population in need of humanitarian assistance. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Muhannad Hadi, Middle-East regional director for the World Food Program, who recently returned from a visit there.

CNN Anchor Christiane Amanpour Concerned For U.S. Journalism In Trump Era

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about a speech she gave last week in New York calling for the freedom of the press — in the United States.

Trump's Call With Taiwan President Breaks Decades Of Diplomatic Tradition

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the President of Taiwan had diplomats apoplectic. The conversation broke nearly four decades of diplomatic practice with Taiwan and China.

'O Emmanuel' Composer Mixes In Jazz To Provide 'Respite' Within Traditional Hit

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.

Daughter Of African-American Filmmaker Asks, What Happened To Kathleen Collins?

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?"

'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.

NPR Holiday Leftovers Presents: Nina Totenberg's Cranberry Sauce

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

Weekend Edition is featuring the holiday recipes of NPR staff. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg about her very own cranberry sauce recipe.

Trump National Security Roster Slim On Cybersecurity

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

This past election season featured hacks, leaks, and cyberattacks. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Susan Hennessey, a Brookings Institution fellow of National Security Law, about what cybersecurity policy could look like under a Trump presidency.

Italy's Big Vote Could Rattle Europe Once Again

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

Italy's had more than 60 governments in the past 70 years. A referendum Sunday is designed to make governing less chaotic, but could bring down the country's leader and give Europe another jolt.

Weekend LISTening: The Rolling Stones' Blues Covers, Before And After

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:00am

Compare the songs on the Stones' new covers album, Blue & Lonesome, to the original recordings.

Despite Evacuation Orders, Pipeline Protesters Hunker Down For Winter

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 6:35am

Authorities have ordered the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline to clear out — but those who have gathered to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are preparing for a long stay.

How A Psychedelic Drug Helps Cancer Patients Overcome Anxiety

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 6:00am

Many cancer patients who took the psychedelic drug psilocybin under supervision said the experience erased their anxiety and depression over illness and death.

Moroccan TV Tutorial: How To Cover Up Bruises From Domestic Abuse

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 5:30am

The station has since apologized for the segment. But researchers say it reflects local attitudes toward domestic violence.

Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools? Probably Not

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 5:05am

Searching for information on your state's schools can be a real challenge, according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign.

For The Holidays, The Obamas Open Up The White House One Last Time

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 5:00am

Volunteers started working the day after Thanksgiving to give the White House its annual holiday charm.

Former NPR Foreign Correspondent Alan Tomlinson Dies At 69

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 7:07pm

Tomlinson was known for his gifted storytelling and award-winning journalism in both public radio and television. A colleague said he was "a foreign correspondent straight out of central casting."

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