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All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:03am

Though revered now, Prince's iconic 1984 film and album succeeded against daunting odds. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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Q&A: J is for Jihad

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:03am

A new book argues that education aid, when done badly, can bring the opposite of peace.

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St. Paul And The Broken Bones: Tiny Desk Concert

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:03am

The band's got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting.

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Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Players with names like Enemy, Tantrum and Blockadile Dundee are competing in this weekend's Roller Derby Blood and Thunder World Cup. The competition features teams from 30 countries.

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Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

After a rough start, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are winning. ESPN.com's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that off the court, James has been outspoken on political issues.

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NASA's Orion Capsule Looks And Acts Like Apollo

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

With the launch of a new NASA spacecraft and a probe nearing Pluto, it's been a busy week in space. NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel tells NPR's Scott Simon what's going on up there.

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In Whiter, Conservative Simi Valley, Little Sympathy For Brown

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Southern California has had its own issues between police and communities of color. Many in the Simi Valley, near LA, are watching this week's news closely. It's home to many in law enforcement.

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Recalling Rodney King Protests, LA Neighborhood Uneasy

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Many in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles are watching the news out of Ferguson and New York closely. The neighborhood saw protests and riots after the Rodney King verdict 20 years ago.

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Missing UT Brains May Have Been Destroyed

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Last week, KUT's Matt Largey reported on a collection of human brains at the University of Texas — many of which had disappeared. He tells NPR's Scott Simon we now know what may have happened.

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Rolling Stone Says Trust In Rape Accuser 'Was Misplaced'

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Rolling Stone says it should have tried harder to verify the story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Editors now say they didn't talk to the men who were accused.

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Economic Experiment Gone Wrong Leads To A Pirate's Downfall

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

The FBI says that the man behind the online drug market Silk Road who dreamed of a utopian marketplace did terrible things to protect it. This story originally ran Dec. 2 on All Things Considered.

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Obituaries tend to smooth over the failures in a long life. So, says NPR's Scott Simon, it might be nice to write one for a loved one while he or she is still alive to appreciate it.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:47am

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:28am

Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:02am

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

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