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6:35 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Syrian Rebels' Gains Could Be Due To Influx Of Weapons

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The struggle for Syria continued this past week. Since the conflict has now moved beyond the two-year mark, hopes for a political solution have ebbed and flowed with no clear end in sight while tens of thousands of people have died. This week, the violence continued even on the campus of the main University of Damascus when a mortar attack killed at least 10 students at an outdoor cafe.

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5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

How A 'Drone Court' Might Work

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

In recent months, there have been bipartisan calls for more transparency in the Obama administration's drone program. Host Rachel Martin talks with Gregory McNeal, a professor of national security law at Pepperdine University's School of Law, about proposals to bring more openness and accountability. One idea is the creation of a "drone court" that would review decisions to target and kill suspected militants.

NPR Story
5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Want To Remember New York In The '90s? Pick Up The Phone

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

New York City has nearly 11,000 pay phones, and a new campaign is trying to turn about 5,000 of them into time capsules. Host Rachel Martin talks with David Droga, creative chairman of ad agency Droga5, about the "Recalling 1993" campaign.

NPR Story
5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Phil Ramone's 'Musical Mind' Set Him Apart As A Producer

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

Phil Ramone was a violin prodigy; he played for Queen Elizabeth when he was 10. As a fledgling recording engineer, he manned the booth for "Alice's Restaurant." And as a producer, he recorded hits for Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Paul Simon. As NPR's Sami Yenigun reports, Ramone died Saturday at the age of 79.

NPR Story
5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

1970s Chaos And Radicalism Fuels 'Flamethrowers'

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 2:51 pm

Rachel Kushner's new novel, The Flamethrowers, begins with a crash. A young woman named Reno is trying to set a record on her motorcycle at a racetrack at the Bonneville Salt Flats. She wants to photograph the tracks she leaves in the sand, as an art project. But her crash takes Reno in a different direction. Her artistic ambition thrusts her in the middle of New York's chaotic art scene in the 1970s, and eventually, Reno finds herself embroiled in a radical political movement in Italy.

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NPR Story
5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

'General Hospital': 50 Years Old, Dramatic As Ever

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Fifty years ago tomorrow...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: ...a young doctor named Steve Hardy at a hospital on the East Coast. He's caring for a young woman whose face has been ravaged in a motorcycle accident.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GENERAL HOSPITAL")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (as character) Steve, you can involve yourself in this girl's life if you want to.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (as Angie) You tried not to look shocked but you were. You couldn't hide it.

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NPR Story
5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Harnessing Big Data To Combat Cancer

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is launching a project to collect data on the care of hundreds of thousands of cancer patients for use in the treatment of other patients. Host Rachel Martin talks with Dr. Sandra Swain, president of the group, about CancerLinQ.

NPR Story
5:39 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Assessing Syria's Basic Health Care Needs In Wartime

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Abdulghani Sankari is a doctor who grew up in Syria. He's been living and working in Detroit now for the past 13 years. But this past January, Dr. Sankari visited his homeland and he found that the country's entire health care system has essentially been destroyed. Sankari and a team from the Syrian American Medical Society visited hospitals on the Syrian border, in Turkey and Jordan, to bring medical aid to those caught up in the war. The team also managed to get inside northwest Syria. Dr. Sankari described what he saw there.

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Health Care
5:40 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Three Years On, States Still Struggle With Health Care Law Messaging

Joy Reynolds of San Diego looks at the newspapers on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on June 29, 2012, following the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care law.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

It is hard to imagine that after three years of acrimony and debate we could still be so confused about President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Is it actually possible Americans know less about Obamacare now than they did three years ago? Apparently that is the case, and the news comes just as the most sweeping effects of the law are about to kick in.

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Remembrances
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Remembering Legendary Music Producer Phil Ramone

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Music producer Phil Ramone, who worked on albums by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, has died at the age of 72. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan looks back at some of the huge records that benefitted from his magic touch.

Analysis
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Week In News: North Korea's Posturing

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

North Korea has officially declared itself in a state of war with both the United States and with it's South Korean neighbors. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about that story and others from the past week.

Movie Interviews
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

In director Danny Boyle's upcoming film Trance, James McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer whose gambling problem pushes him into an awkward relationship with a group of criminals.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Scottish actor James McAvoy stars in the new heist thriller Trance. It's the latest film from director Danny Boyle, best known for the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

In Trance, McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer with a gambling problem who ends up mixed in with a gang of criminals.

Although the 33-year-old has been dying to work with Boyle for years, he says he almost didn't take the part.

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Author Interviews
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

'Game Over': Mixing Sports and Politics

The New Press

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:27 pm

The uneasy confluence of sports and politics is featured in a new book by The Nation's Dave Zirin, called Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

During the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, athletes routinely made their political views known. In some cases, that isolated them from sports fans. In other cases, their influence led to real change. But in recent decades, those voices fell silent. Some say the siren's call of endorsement deals made them gun-shy about speaking their minds.

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Movies I've Seen A Million Times
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Alicia Silverstone (from left), Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash in Clueless.
Elliot Marks AP

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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Around the Nation
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

For One Military Family, DOMA Decision Will Hit Close To Home

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Same-sex couples in the military will be watching closely now that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Anxiously awaiting a decision are Army lieutenant colonel Heather Mack and her wife, Ashley Broadway, who've been together for 15 years and have two children. They say repealing DOMA would help many enlisted same-sex military couples, who don't receive funds to move non-military spouses from one base to the next.

Business
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

How Samsung Became An Industry Giant

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

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LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

If you're just joining us, you're listening to WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Laura Sullivan.

Quick trivia question: Name a global superpower technology company, that is the world's biggest seller of smartphones headed by a charismatic CEO surrounded by a cult of personality. I'm guessing most of you just said Apple, right? You would be wrong. The answer is Samsung.

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The Record
3:43 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies

Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.
Ken Weingart Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:17 pm

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Hours After Expulsion, Ex-Nevada Lawmaker Forcibly Arrested In Calfornia

Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks, pictured here after his arrest in February on a charge that he attacked a family member. He's currently in a California jail, charged with resisting arrest.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police AP

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 4:05 pm

Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks is jailed in San Bernadino County, Calif., following a high-speed freeway chase with Barstow police and members of the California Highway Patrol. Just hours earlier, Brooks had been kicked out of the lower house of the Nevada State Legislature for making threats and behaving erratically.

Barstow Police Chief Albert Ramirez said the incident began when Brooks summoned a tow truck because of a flat tire, and then had a disagreement with the driver.

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Europe
6:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

German Anti-Euro Group Has Big-Name Backers

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:34 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Sports
6:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

No Longer In Disguise, Female Pakistani Keeps Up Squash

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 1:26 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Pakistan's top female squash player used to have to pretend that she was as boy. Maria Toorpakai is now 22 years old. She was born in Waziristan, that region of the country that's been called one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and home of the Pakistani Taliban. They did not like a girl running around in shorts, playing squash.

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