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5:45 am
Sun May 24, 2015

This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

It's the 1950s in Kenya, and young Vikram Lall is a third-generation Indian boy coming of age during a time of great political unrest, as a group of fighters known as the Mau-Mau try to break free of British rule.

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall is his story, told by the adult Vikram, who's living in exile, decades after his African childhood. He's reflecting on his life — a life in which friends were murdered and few could be trusted.

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The Two-Way
5:34 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Controversy Follows Women's Group As It Crosses Inter-Korean Border

Gloria Steinem and South Korean peace activists march along a military fence at a checkpoint after crossing the border separating North and South Korea.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

The much-publicized peace walk across the inter-Korean border was really a bus ride. South Korean immigration officials insisted that a group of 30 international women, including American feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Prize laureates, take a ride across the border for their own safety.

Still, Steinem said, just getting agreement to cross at all — from two nations still technically at war — counts as a win.

"It was an enormous, enormous triumph," Steinem said, after crossing into the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone.

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The Salt
5:11 am
Sun May 24, 2015

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

Bakers pose for a photo at the Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y. For more than 30 years, the industrial facility has been hiring local residents, including people other businesses might consider unhirable.
Courtesy of Greyston

The open-hiring policy at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., invites local residents to apply for jobs — regardless of their immigration status, whether they have criminal or drug records, or even prior work experience.

It's all part of the company's social-justice business model, based on the philosophy of Bernie Glassman, an aeronautical engineer-turned-Buddhist monk who founded the industrial food facility in 1982.

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The Two-Way
2:48 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Cleveland Protesters Arrested After Officer's Acquittal

A protestor films riot police Saturday as they advance on a small march against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.
John Minchillo AP

Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests Saturday night as protesters poured into the streets, angry over the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.

Demonstrators chanting anti-police slogans temporarily blocked a downtown street and gathered outside the courthouse, the Associated Press reports. "Police blocked furious protesters from going inside while across the city others held a mock funeral with some carrying signs asking, 'Will I be next?' " says the AP.

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Author Interviews
9:48 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Ariel Zambelich NPR

What if the devastating drought in the western U.S. doesn't end? A few years ago, the science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi started exploring what could happen.

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Movie Interviews
6:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Jean and Carl Boenish in jump down a ledge towards camera.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

Two climbers died May 16 as they attempted a wing suit flight in Yosemite National Park. Dean Potter and Graham Hunter were BASE jumping, a sport that involves parachuting from a fixed structure.

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Afghanistan
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Our own producer, Rebecca Hersher, is just back from a six-week reporting trip where she was embedded with the Afghan army. Now she's back with me in the studio. Hi Becky, good...

REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: Hi.

RATH: ...To have you back.

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Environment
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:24 pm

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Love — And Legalization — Is In The Eire For Irish Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

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Law
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 6:30 pm

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NPR Ed
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

Students walk through a gate on the Harvard University campus. In a recent complaint, dozens of groups have alleged that the school's admissions process holds Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

A group of Asian-American organizations — more than 60 in all — recently accused Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard, requiring them to score better than their African-American, Hispanic or white counterparts. The complaint was filed with the Department of Education and the Justice Department earlier this month.

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Television
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Alfonso Ribeiro Wants To Let 'Funniest Home Videos' Shine

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will host America's Funniest Home Videos for its 26th season starting in the fall.
Sam Diephuis

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 6:01 pm

America's Funniest Home Videos has a new host.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough.
Andrew Crowley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

You wouldn't normally expect one of the great composers of the last few centuries to be meek, but how's this for humility?

"Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only wanted to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy, and at home."

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Huge Crowd In El Salvador For Beatifcation Of Slain Archbishop

A man holds an image of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero during his beatification ceremony at El Salvador del Mundo square in San Salvador, today.
Reuters/Landov

Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country's capital today that drew at least a quarter of a million people.

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

The Bank of England in London in a photograph taken in March. The central bank inadvertently revealed that it was planning for a possible withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 4:33 pm

In what is being described as an embarrassing release of a confidential email, the Bank of England may have inadvertently revealed that it is making financial plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, should that ever come to pass.

Earlier this month, the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party's commitment to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on continued membership in the EU.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:21 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:21 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:21 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Adam Felber, Bobcat Goldthwait and Faith Salie. And here again is your host at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, N.C., Peter Sagal.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:21 am

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Bobcat, tough news this week for anyone out there dating someone named Megan or Nathan. According to a new study, Megans and Nathans are most likely to do what?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Who's Bill This Time

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