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Through Organ Donation, One Woman's Death Gives Life To Others

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:06am

When Ashley Theriot died unexpectedly at the age of 32, her friend asked her family if they'd donate Theriot's kidney. They agreed, and now that kidney — and seven more of her organs — have new lives.

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A Snowstorm Didn't Stop This LeBron James Fan From Catching The Game

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman's son Max really likes LeBron James, so Goldman got the two of them tickets to see the Cleveland Caveliers play. Then a snowstorm hit.

Saturday Sports: Football Playoffs, The Australian Open

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Scott Simon speaks with Howard Bryant of about what to pay attention to this week in sports. Here's one thing: the NFL playoff game in Dallas between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.

Don't Take A Selfie With An Orangutan, Or You Might Get Slapped

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Orangutans can be all nice and friendly until one slaps you in the face for trying to take a selfie. It happened on the Sekonyer River in the Borneo jungle and was posted on YouTube.

A Mix Of Factors, Not Just Mexico, Cause Decline In U.S. Manufacturing

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

President-elect Trump has said American auto workers are losing their jobs because auto companies like General Motors are making cars in Mexico instead. GM says that it's about supply and demand.

Ahead Of Inauguration Protests, Looking At The Transition 'From Protest To Power'

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Many groups will be demonstrating around the inauguration. Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin tells Scott Simon that demonstrations are a good start, but true change takes long-term effort.

Don's Johns To Go Anonymous At Inauguration

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Many port-a-potties near the Capitol are having the company name "Don's Johns" taped over for the inauguration. A company executive told the AP that they didn't ask for the cover-up.

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.

The Author Of 'The Exorcist,' William Peter Blatty, Dies At 89

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

The author of the novel The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89. Scott Simon spoke with him in 2011 about the novel — and he said he never meant for it to be so scary.

What An Obamacare Repeal Would Mean For Rural Hospitals

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Scott Simon speaks with Maggie Elehwany of the National Rural Health Association about a possible Obamacare repeal. She supports the law, but says the way it was implemented has hurt rural hospitals.

Former Government Post Nominee Says Nominees Are 'Pawns' In Partisan Fight

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Doug Wilson spent years going through a frustrating confirmation process for a job that required Senate approval. He says Republicans held up his confirmation and the confirmation of others.

'It's Better To Be An Outsider': Wolfgang Muthspiel's Global Guitar Odyssey

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

One of the most respected jazz guitarists working today, the Austrian musician has spent his career straddling borders, be they sonic or geographic.

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Will Racism End When Old Bigots Die?

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:07am

Do people still believe the age-old notion that the next generation will deliver us from racism? Code Switch asked young and old(er). They rarely agreed on the answer.

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In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:00am

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.

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Surprising Charts About Smoking, Unemployment And Mobile Phones

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:00am

Find out why a World Bank data scientist got excited about the global charts of 2016.

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For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:59am

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.

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Trump Says He Won't Build A $2 Billion Golf Course In Dubai. He Has 2 Already

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:56am

Trump says he rejected a $2 billion deal to develop a golf course in Dubai. But he already has two golf courses in the works with the same developer.

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Trump Is Bringing His Love-Excoriate Relationship With Media Into Office

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:56am

As during the campaign, the president-elect wants the established media's attention and craves its respect — but gladly will feed outlets into the news grinder if they cross him. Ask CNN and BuzzFeed.

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5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:30am

Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes.

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GOP's Go-Slow 'Rescue Mission' Plan To Replace Obamacare

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:00am

Republicans say they will replace Obamacare using a methodical, step-by-step legislative approach combined with executive actions from the next Health and Human Services secretary.

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