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Don't Be Fooled, 'The Vegetarian' Serves Up Appetites For Fright

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

In "The Vegetarian," a young woman is tormented by violent dreams that drive her to give up meat. Author Han Kang says that extremes of human behavior compelled her to write the book.

The Carpet Weaver Of Shiraz

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

A carpet weaver in the ancient city of Shiraz continues her family tradition, but doesn't earn enough to support her large family. Will the easing of economic sanctions on Iran make a difference?

This Week In Sports: NBA All-Star Game; What About NHL Concussions?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

The NBA's All Star Game starts this weekend. NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Howard Bryant of ESPN talk about the upcoming basketball exhibition, the Golden State Warriors and concussions in the NHL.

NATO, Russia Aiming For Syria Cease-Fire

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

Last year's war in Ukraine dominated the Munich Security Conference. This year, Russia's intervention in the Middle East has put the focus on Syria. Michele Kelemen speaks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

Opposition In Venezuelan Legislature Drives New Direction – And Resistance

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

There's a revolution underway in Venezuela — not on the streets, where uprisings have failed, but in the halls of Congress. For the first time in nearly two decades, the opposition is in charge.

Spectacle Of Spin: The Post-Debate Room Where The Truth Gets Dizzy

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

In the spin room, reporters clamor for quotes and candidates weave their positive narratives. It's a quite a sight, sure — but in the age of social media, has it become irrelevant?

The Man Behind The NFL Music: Sam Spence Dies At 88

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

Weekend Edition remembers Sam Spence, a longtime composer of rousing musical scores for NFL Films' documentaries and highlight reels.

Central African Republic To Elect New Leaders Amid Violent Conditions

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Hillary Margolis of Human Rights Watch about Sunday's vote and a report that says U.N. troops abused young women and girls.

For Nevada Democrats, A Lot Will Depend On Latino Voters

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

How instrumental is Nevada's Latino community in next week's race there between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? NPR's Linda Wertheimer asks Nevada state senator Ruben Kihuen.

The Last Of Nazi War Convictions Will Not End Fight Against Anti-Semitism

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

One of the last of the trials of Nazi guards has begun in Germany. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center about their future after these prosecutions end.

Don't Mind The Markets, Experts Say — Economy Not Entering Recession

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

Stock markets rallied on Friday, but it was not enough to erase the losses from earlier in the week. Investors are fretting that the recent market turmoil could mean another recession.

How Can Republicans And Democrats Win South Carolina?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

The road to the White House now turns South. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with South Carolina political scientist Scott Huffmon about what candidates from each party must do to win in his state.

Fact-Check: Could The Next President Bring Back Waterboarding?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:31am

Ted Cruz said he doesn't consider waterboarding torture, and Donald Trump said he would bring back "worse" methods. We break down whether that would be an option under the law.

Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:22am

With all the excitement over the discovery of gravitational waves, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to remember the man who first imagined a universe we couldn't yet see: Albert Einstein.

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is.

Listen: 10 World Cafe Sessions With This Year's Grammy Nominees

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

Hear in-studio performances from "Best New Artist" contender Courtney Barnett and nine other World Cafe guests who are up for Grammys this Monday.

Puzzling Proverbs: So Why Did The Goat Go Home After It Broke A Leg?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

Ghana is a land of many sayings, often starring an animal. Only the meaning is not always clear. We turned to our correspondent on the ground for answers.

In A Novel Of Frustrated Young Love, Sexuality Comes To The Forefront

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

In Tender, Irish novelist Belinda McKeon takes readers through the infatuation and obsession that comes with a lopsided love affair.

#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.

'Trapped In Time,' The Last Showgirl Revue On Vegas Strip, Will Close

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:36am

With its elaborate headdresses, colorful sequined gowns and statuesque dancers, Jubilee was the classic Las Vegas show. But times and tastes change, and the last performance will be on Feb. 11.

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