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U.S. To Amp Up NATO Presence Against Russia

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

The Obama administration is planning to sharply increase spending on U.S. forces in Europe to train near NATO's eastern edge. Russia's neighbors are pleased.

A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.

A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, Barbrara Hannigan, an intrepid soprano and conductor, has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.

Adnan Syed Hearing Wrap-up

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

An update on convicted murderer Adnan Syed, whose case profiled in the "Serial" podcast. He is seeking a new trial.

After Cruz Win, How Important Is Candidate Stance On Ethanol?

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican Caucuses on a platform that included opposing ethanol, a key Iowa industry. Does this mean future presidential candidates won't have to support the corn fuel?

Former New Hampshire Governor Talks Primary Candidates

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Scott Simon talks New Hampshire politics with John Sununu, former governor and White House chief of staff.

Weekend Edition's Scott Simon Will Take A Leave Of Absence

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Scott Simon announces a leave of absence to collaborate on a book with Tony Bennett.

Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.

Would You Put Money On It? Test Your Super Bowl Trivia

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Got a football know-it-all in your crowd? A.J. Jacobs from Esquire Magazine joins Scott Simon with some trivia, from why a football's called a pigskin to which president meddled with a Super Bowl.

GOP Front-Runners Gear Up For New Hampshire Primary

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

NPR's Ron Elving gives Scott Simon a preview of Saturday night's GOP debate and an analysis of the presidential race.

Do Political TV Ads Still Work?

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

TV ads are a tried-and-true way for politicians to get their message out. But in this chaotic presidential primary, are they still effective?

DEA Arrests Connect Hezbollah Militants To South American Cartels

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Scott Simon asks scholar Matthew Levitt about links between South American drug cartels and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

New Hampshire Republican Debate: 3 Things To Watch Saturday Night

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:34am

When the remaining GOP candidates debate Saturday, several will be making their last pitch for why they should stay in the race. Meanwhile, Donald Trump returns after skipping an Iowa debate.

After Introducing Changes, Keurig Sales Continue To Fall

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:30am

Despite America's high coffee consumption, Keurig reported disappointing sales this week. Even during its popular holiday selling period, the numbers haven't perked up in recent years.

An Ode To The Also-Rans In American Politics

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:23am

Scott Simon ponders the people behind the names on buttons and bumper stickers and other political ephemera. Though they may not have been winners, he's inspired by their determination to try.

#NPRreads: 4 Winning Stories To Tackle This Weekend

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:18am

Whitney Houston's Super Bowl masterpiece, a man of many identities, the future of military food — and from The Guardian's archives, an extraordinary, gut-wrenching chronicle of the Delhi gang rape.

A Voter's Guide To The Health Law Chatter

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:00am

A law as broad and complex as the Affordable Care Act invites both criticism and praise. Here's a look at some of the claims made on the presidential campaign trail.

After Ebola, Surf's Up Again In Liberia

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:00am

Aid workers introduced kids to the support. Now there's an annual competition — canceled last year because of Ebola but back in 2016.

Profane And Pornographic, Irvine Welsh's Latest Plumbs A New Kind Of Emptiness

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:00am

A Decent Ride brings back many of Welsh's beloved characters with their ribald humor and Scottish vernacular, but now they must address a new challenge: aging.

Beyond Flint: In The South, Another Water Crisis Has Been Unfolding For Years

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 5:20am

You've heard of the water crisis in Flint, Mich. But it's not the only place with a water problem. In St. Joseph, La., the water "looks like sludge," according to Louisiana's own state health officer.

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