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London Evacuees Bore A Painful Cost Of War

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Pam Hobbs about the 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper. She was one of the children who were evacuated from London during World War II.

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Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Many Spanish-speaking immigrants want their children to stay fluent in Spanish even as they learn English. Bilingual home schooling does that on a more personal level.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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When A Mayor Moved To The Cabrini-Green Projects

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Chicago's Circle Interchange highway loop was renamed this week after Jane Byrne, the city's first and only female mayor. Scott Simon talks with Kathy Byrne about her mother's legacy.

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What No Strategy On Islamic State Means For The Region

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jane Harman, director and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, about the threat of ISIS and the United States' counterterrorism strategy.

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Russian Incursion Continues In Ukraine

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Latest news from Novoazovsk, Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces are defending the port city from what they say is a Russian invasion. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson from Novoazovsk.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Anthony D'Amato: A Songsmith Schooled By A Master Poet

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

As a student at Princeton, D'Amato was mentored in his songwriting by professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:03am

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:48am

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?

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Sturgill Simpson: Tiny Desk Concert

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:24am

The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:23am

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:17am

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed. But NPR's Scott Simon says, when art stops at the border, it's American audiences who miss out.

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Results From Screening Tests Can Be High In Anxiety

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:12am

A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.

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The Wall That Defined Scotland's Past And The Vote On Its Future

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 3:59am

The Roman emperor Hadrian built a wall two millennia ago that kept the Scottish out. On Sept. 18, the Scots hold an independence vote to decide if they want to separate from Britain.

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Tech Week: Uber's Tricks, JPMorgan Hacked & A Desk Microwave

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 3:45am

Also in this week's roundup, Amazon's $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. But we're most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:22pm

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, said the federal district court judge who blocked that state rule Friday.

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Prediction

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:33pm

Our panelists predict what'll be the next big viral fundraiser after the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:33pm

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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Limericks

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:33pm

Bill reads three news-related limericks: A Furry Free Gift, Sleeping In and Slow Food.

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