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Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

With the basketball season underway, NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN.com's Howard Bryant talk about how the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers are doing so far.

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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then.

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Asians Benefit, Not Just Latinos, From Obama's Immigration Action

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

President Obama used executive action this week to reshape the country's immigration system. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California about the new policies.

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What We Learn When Find Silence

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

From NPR's Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.

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Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

Desert Bus, a parody game invented by magicians Penn and Teller, consists of driving a bus on a featureless road for hours. A comedy troupe in Canada has turned that monotony into money for charity.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

While snowed-in Buffalo, N.Y. digs out, some Buffaloans are trying to figure out how to get home for Thanksgiving. That includes college students preparing for a difficult drive.

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Another Deadline Looms in Iran Nuclear Talks

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

As the deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal nears, NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

President Obama has begun to try to sell the American public on his controversial executive action on immigration. He started Friday, with a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

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Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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Tensions In Ferguson Simmer As Grand Jury Meets

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. may be near. The grand jury met behind closed doors Friday.

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National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:50am

It's illegal to dig wild ginseng out of national park land. But it sells for thousands of dollars overseas, so poachers find it hard to resist.

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Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:49am

Uber's CEO apologizes after a senior executive suggested the company would dig up dirt on journalists critical of the booming ride-sharing firm. And we give the new Android OS a close look.

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Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:48am

NPR's Scott Simon remembers actor, director, and comedian Mike Nichols. Critics sometimes carped that they couldn't find a unifying theme to his work, but Nichols had fun doing different things.

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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:33am

Ebola has made us all obsessed with body temperature. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal, right? But what about 98.2? Or 99? And how high and low can you go on the thermometer and survive?

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:32am

The Houbara bustard, a large bird whose numbers are declining, migrates to Pakistan every winter. Rich Arabs follow close behind and hunt them in large numbers. Some Pakistanis say this must stop.

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In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:03am

Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. "We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it," Tommy Lee Jones says.

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Bryan Adams Celebrates The Classics On New Covers Album

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:03am

The Canadian musician leaves the singing of his songs to karaoke stars around the world, and instead goes for hits by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and others on Tracks Of My Years.

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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:22pm

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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