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Saldana As Simone Resurfaces A Debate Beyond Black And White

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:40am

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reflects on the debate over the casting of Zoe Saldana in the role of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone. Saldana wore makeup to darken her skin and look more like Simone.

In Political Fight Over Abortion, Individual Stories Can Be Lost

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

This past week the Supreme Court heard arguments on a major abortion case. Abortion stories aren't often heard in public, but Melissa Madera is trying to change that.

From Backup To Spotlight: BJ The Chicago Kid On Being The 'New Cupid'

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The R&B singer-songwriter — known for his lending his voice and songwriting skills to Usher, Mary J. Blige and more — puts himself front and center on his new album, In My Mind.

Around The World In One Canoe

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The Hokule'a, a Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe, arrives back in American waters for the first time since 2014. The canoe relies only on sails for power and the wind and the stars for navigation.

High-Flying, Hibernating And Other Peculiar Bird Behavior

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Spring is for the birds. And some are pretty odd. There's a bird that walks under water and another that impales its prey. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with Ray Brown from "Talkin' Birds."

The Week In Sports

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Five months from now, the Olympics open in Brazil. Are the stadiums ready? Are the athletes? NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, talks to sport's correspondent, Tom Goldman.

Thailand Tuna Plant Workers Win 'Unprecedented' Settlement

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Workers in the Thai fishing industry have won a major labor victory. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks to Andy Hall, a labor activist in Bangkok, who helped the migrant workers win their case.

Iraq's Mosul Dam In Critical Need Of Repair

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Engineers warn that the Mosul dam in Iraq could collapse at any time, threatening 1.5 million people. Needed repairs on the poorly built structure haven't been carried out since ISIS held it.

Minister Endorses Trump: 'Not a Bought Man'

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Conservative Christians have surprised pundits with their support for Donald Trump. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with Bible translator and minister Jim Linzey about his endorsement.

SuperPACs Pour Money Into Anti-Trump Messaging

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The GOP establishment wants to bring Donald Trump down. Donors are going on the attack. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro discusses the strategy and the money with Domenico Montanaro and Peter Overby.

Brazil's Former President Lula Da Silva Under Investigation

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, was detained by police on Friday. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks to Brian Winter of the "Americas Quarterly" about the allegations of fraud.

Author Pat Conroy Dies At 70

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The "Prince of Tides" author Pat Conroy, age 70, has died. He had pancreatic cancer. NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Conroy in 2010 about the people who shaped him as a writer, and as a reader.

Monarch Butterflies Are On The Rebound

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

After years of decline, the numbers of Monarch butterflies are up. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with Jorge Rickards of the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico about their promising rebound.

As Final Election Results Trickle In, Low Chance For Major Changes In Iran

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

Reformers did well in Iran's parliamentary elections, but Iranians say the chaos in neighboring countries makes them wary of too much change beyond working on the economy.

Ted Cruz Rouses Crowd At CPAC Conference

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC — is meeting in Washington. But Donald Trump won't be there. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro discusses the race with Sarah McCammon.

Republicans Take On Kentucky Caucus

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

There will be seven presidential contests this weekend. Most of them will be small caucuses. Reporters in three states — Kentucky, Kansas and Maine — describe the races they're covering.

GOP Candidates Ratchet Up Raucous Discourse

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The Republican candidates' rhetoric is getting heated, and a little dirty. GOP political consultant Frank Luntz tells NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro why the candidates need to tone it down.

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