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Who's Bill This Time

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:10am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: The (Boringest) Fight of the Century, You've Got Merger, Simon Said.

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Not My Job: Tony Robbins Gets Quizzed On Laziness

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:10am

The life coach behind the Unleash the Power Within seminars has built his career around motivating people. We invited the go-getter to answer three questions about incredibly lazy people.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.

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Heavy-Handed And Preachy, 'Good Kill' Misses Its Mark

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

Andrew Niccol's film follows an Air Force commander engaged in state-of-the-art drone warfare. Justin Chang says the movie feels more like "a series of talking points than a fully developed drama."

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Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:51am

It's been a tough political week for Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton on issues of Iraq and Clinton Foundation funding. Political editor Ron Elving talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the implications.

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Senior ISIS Commander In Syria Killed By U.S. Troops

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:45am

At President Obama's direction, U.S. forces based out of Iraq conducted a raid in eastern Syria. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Tom Bowman about the operation.

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U.S. Troops Kill Senior ISIS Commander In Syria

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:34am

The U.S. says that Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader of the self-declared Islamic State, was killed during a U.S. military operation authorized by President Obama.

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Words Of Wisdom: Commencement Speeches Are Back

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:13am

Grad speeches are underway. Kanye West, Mary Karr and Michelle Obama offer advice on expressing opinions, fear and being black in America.

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The Gates Of Liavek Are Open Again In 'Points Of Departure'

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:03am

For years, readers wishing to see the shared world of Liavek had to go via crumbling paperbacks. Now, authors Patricia C. Wrede and Pamela Dean have reprinted their stories of the magical trade city.

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What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:03am

In a two-week diet swap, they got burgers and fries. We got kale salad and corn porridge. Guess whose bowels fared better?

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Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi To Death

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 5:09am

Morsi was sentenced to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:43am

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic 800-page tale of a girl and a cat wants to be the stepping stone to a new understanding of the novel — but critic Jason Sheehan says it's undone by too many parentheses.

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B.B. King And The Majesty Of The Blues

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:35am

The legendary blues guitarist and singer, who died on Thursday, was the most recognizable and accessible icon of a sound that was in flux.

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'Playing Around With Telescopes' To Explore Secrets Of The Universe

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:31am

For astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni, "The sky is so much richer and so much more imaginative than the imagination."

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