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Africa
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

How South Sudan Came To The Brink Of Civil War

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:37 am

South Sudan is being torn apart by ethnic violence. NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Deng, research director for the South Sudan Law Society, about efforts to save the country from a civil war.

Sports
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

A Worldwide Voyage To Prove Stars, Wind And Waves Are Enough

David Komine Kawika, a crew member on the Hikianalia, Hokulea's sister canoe.
Molly Solomon Courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 10:17 am

An ambitious journey by canoe gets underway in Hawaii on Saturday when two double-hulled vessels set sail on a three-year trip around the world.

The 62-foot double-hulled Hokulea is not your average sea vessel. A couple sails, a wooden oar to steer and about five miles of rope to hold the canoe together. Captain Bob Perkins says what you won't find on board is any type of navigational instrument. No GPS, no compass — not even a watch.

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Movie Interviews
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Director Bendjelloul Searched For Mysterious 'Sugar Man'

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week, Malik Bendejelloul, who won the 2013 Oscar for his film "Searching for Sugar Man," was found dead in Stockholm. The cause of death is unknown, though his brother told the Guardian newspaper that Malik Bendejelloul took his own life after a struggle with depression.

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Author Interviews
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Mark Twain's Famous Outcasts Float Through Three Centuries

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

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Author Interviews
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

'Wynne's War,' A Modern Take On The Classic 'Mideastern'

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Aaron Gwyn has written a novel about modern man at war on horses. He calls it a mideastern. "Wynne's War" is the story of a U.S. Army Ranger from Okla., Elijah Russell, whose stellar horsemanship gets him assigned to train Green Berets for a special mission in Afghanistan, a horseback raid on the Taliban in treacherous mountain territory.

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Race
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Black Men And Their 'Life Cycles Of Inequity'

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

On this anniversary of Brown v. The Board of Education decision, many people are trying to examine the state of race relations in America.

An online magazine called Colorlines focuses on race and is running a monthly series of in-depth stories on black men. We asked Kai Wright, the editor at large for Colorlines, to join us to discuss their series "Lifecycles of Inequity." Mr. Wright's in our studios in New York City. Thanks much for being with us.

KAI WRIGHT: Thanks for having me.

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Humans
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Dismissive, Exasperated, Sinister Sounds Of Teenagers

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

Teens can appear distant and moody, unless you speak their language. Linguist James Harbeck speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about his quest to crack the code. (This story first aired June 1, 2013.)

Book News & Features
7:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

A Burrito With A Side Of Prose At Chipotle

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Beginning this weekend, you can get a little literature with your burrito. Chipotle is putting short essays on its bags and cups - musing written by writers and thinkers that include Michael Lewis, Toni Morrison, George Saunders and Malcolm Gladwell. The series is headed by Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of the book "Eating Animals." He told Vanity Fair he'd like to create a small pocket of thoughtfulness right in the middle of the busy day.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Sat May 17, 2014

NAACP Selects Minister, Former Lawyer, As New President

Cornell William Brooks at the 2013 New Jersey Institute for Social Justice gala.
NJISJ

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 10:21 am

The board of directors for the NAACP announced it has selected Cornell William Brooks as its new president and CEO.

"Mr. Brooks is a pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association," Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, said in a statement. "We look forward to leveraging his legal prowess, vision and leadership as we tackle the pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century."

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Simon Says
5:39 am
Sat May 17, 2014

A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

If someone is outraged these days, they often blog about it, or post a tweet in righteous indignation. Parents urge children to use their words, and in the news business, we certainly believe in the power of words and information.

But you may wonder these days if some people confuse posting with taking action. Pretty or pungent rhetoric can grasp a few seconds of attention, then — just evaporate.

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Book Reviews
5:38 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:38 am

"There is no such thing as conversation," wrote Rebecca West in her story "The Harsh Voice." "It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all." The same could be said for books, as well — even the best histories and biographies are necessarily filtered through the sensibilities of the author and reader, and some of the best literature is the result of those monologues, those stories, intersecting.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:36 am
Sat May 17, 2014

'The Cunning Little Vixen' Pokes Her Head Into An Animated Forest

In a scene from the Cleveland Orchestra's The Cunning Little Vixen, two actors (Julie Boulianne as Dog and Martina Jankova as Vixen) appear from behind a computer-animated backdrop.
Roger Mastroianni Cleveland Orchestra

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 am

Long before summer blockbuster films dazzled us with CGI-enhanced superheroes and villains, audiences got their dose of spectacle at the local opera house, where lavishly costumed singers have walked through monumental sets for centuries.

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Parallels
5:33 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts

A still image taken from a video that the extremist group Boko Haram says is of more than 100 girls who were abducted from a Nigerian school last month. Rebel kidnappings of girls has become increasingly common in African conflicts.
AFP/YouTube

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:40 pm

The girls at St. Mary's slept uneasily that night. Rebels were rumored to be nearby and planning an attack. Calls for protection by school administrators to a nearby army outpost went unanswered.

By nightfall, all the girls "prayed to God and asked Him to take control of our lives," a 16-year-old would later tell a reporter. During the night, the girls heard boots. Then gunfire. Rough men's voices threatened to toss grenades through the dormitory windows if they didn't unlock the doors.

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Planet Money
9:48 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Episode 539: What's A Penny Worth?

NPR

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 12:05 pm

Today on the show: The penny. And the strange spot it occupies in our economy. It's worth almost nothing, but not quite.

We have three stories on the penny. First, we go on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something, anything, we can buy for one cent. Next, we talk to a guy who's betting on the government killing the penny. And finally, we visit a place where people dream of how pennies could change everything: the internet.

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The Two-Way
8:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Apple, Google, Agree To Drop Patent Infringement Dispute

Apple and Google have agreed to settle a patent infringement suit over smartphone technology.
Karly Domb Sadof AP

Apple and Google have agreed to drop perhaps the highest-profile lawsuit in high-tech, ending litigation over smartphone patents.

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," the tech giants said in a joint statement on Friday. The two firms added that they "have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."

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The Two-Way
8:27 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Record Flooding In Balkans Destroys Communities

Flooded houses in Topcic Polje, near Zepce, in Bosnia, on Friday. The heaviest rains and floods in 120 years have hit Bosnia and Serbia, killing at least four people and forcing hundreds out of their homes.
Dado Ruvic Reuters/Landov

The worst flooding in Bosnia and Serbia since records began 120 years ago has swept away homes, triggered dozens of landslides, cut off whole communities and killed at least four people.

Heavy rainfall has inundated the Balkans.

In a dramatic video, part of what appears to be a bridge span ripped off by the Bosna River is swept downstream and destroys another bridge near the town of Zavidovici in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Carl Kasell, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Paula Poundstone has the lead with four points. Mo Rocco has three. Roxanne Roberts has two.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call and leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924, or click the "contact us" link on our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Ill., and our upcoming show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, July 10th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:37 am

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CARL KASELL, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Special Message 2

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hey, I can't help but notice the light on our own answering machine is blinking. Here's another message that was left for Carl.

TOM HANKS: This is Tom Hanks with a new complete the limerick game. Limericks are often a hassle. The punch lines can be rather crass-le.

(LAUGHTER)

HANKS: We'll all miss the voice, but we had no choice but bid adieu to old Carl - hmm.

(LAUGHTER)

HANKS: I think it might be Blasell.

(LAUGHTER) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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