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While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:51am

A hot wind blows from the Sahara Desert across West Africa each winter. This year, the clouds of sand are so thick that flights are grounded, cocoa trees are suffering and everyone has a cough.

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Prediction

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Our panelists predict what will be next for rats now that they've been cleared of the plague.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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Limericks

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Obama's Right & Left Hand Man; Jewish Ju-Ju; Dove Bar Skin Care.

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Panel Round Two

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

More questions for the panel: Sculpturebombing; Marvin Don't Take My Kodachrome; Very Tightie Whities.

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Bluff The Listener

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Our panelists tell three stories about a way in which Patrick Swayze's legacy still guides us, only one of which is true.

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Panel Round One

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Choosy Mothers Do Not Choose Jihad.

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Who's Bill This Time

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Homeland Insecurity; Is She or Isn't She?; Gerbils!

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Not My Job: Drummer Marky Ramone Gets Quizzed On Marky Mark

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

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Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:39am

The organization, an offshoot of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, controls the Gaza Strip.

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Sympathy For The Devils

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:21am

From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation, without support or challenge from a like-minded community.

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A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:03am

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.

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West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:44am

The opposition leader and harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down in public on Friday.

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Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:24am

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:03am

Wilmore talks about how he's is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show; Alexis Madrigal explores a home full of appliances with computers; Gifford discusses his new book Spring Chicken about longevity.

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Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:16am

President Obama late Friday signed a stopgap measure to keep the department running for another week, but the tussle over his executive action on immigration, linked to the funding, is not over yet.

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Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

Leonard Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the man who was best known for his role as Spock.

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'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.

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Ex-'Weekend Edition' Producer Tight-Lipped On Her 'Jeopardy!' Appearance

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

We all know public radio types are pretty sharp, right? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Laura Lorson about her appearance on Jeopardy! Lorson hosts All Things Considered on KANU in Lawrence, Kan.

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The Week In Sports: Spring Training, Cleveland Cavaliers

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

It's still winter, but baseball spring training has already begun. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com from Arizona, where teams are busy practicing before the season kicks off.

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