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Prediction

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Our panelists predict who will steal the spotlight from Donald Trump at next week's debate.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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Limericks

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: We'll Leave The Headlights On For You; How Villains Get A Head; I'm on the Highway to Health.

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Panel Round Two

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

More questions for the panel: Leaker Of The House; The Only Thing Sinking Faster Than Congress' Approval Ratings.

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Not My Job: Chance The Rapper Gets Quizzed On Saran The Wrapper

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Chicago hip-hop superstar Chance the Rapper got his name because nobody believed a guy named Chancelor Bennett could rap.

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Bluff The Listener

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Our panelists tell three stories about an Alfred Hitchcock movie come to life, only one of which is true.

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Panel Round One

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Go For The Brown.

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Who's Bill This Time

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Playing the Trump Card; Berning Up The Campaign Trail; Slower. Lower. More Cowardly.

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A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:42am

Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.

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MLB Trade Deadline, Deflategate Fallout: The Week In Sports

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:42am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about football's deflategate fallout, baseball's trade deadline and Scott's own childhood hero.

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Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:42am

A 2001 agreement between Cincinnati police, the police union and community groups is credited with keeping protests peaceful there after the killing of an unarmed black motorist by a police officer.

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France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:42am

The dispute follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The 1.6 billion euro helicopter carriers are sitting in French dockyards.

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Boston's Ride, Or Thanks But No Thanks, Olympic Committee

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:19am

Boston has ended its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mayor Martin Walsh said the financial risk was just too great. But the episode did inspire NPR's Scott Simon to write a poem.

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'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:03am

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.

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No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn't A Natural Cause Of Death

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:03am

A doctor's mother loved medicines and their potential for miracles, but she always sought to ditch them the moment she felt better. Her mental health problems eventually overwhelmed her.

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How Sierra Leone's Most Famous Journalist Helped NPR Get The Ebola Story

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:03am

At the height of the epidemic, Umaru Fofana was our guide — and a one-man solution system. This summer, he stopped by NPR's headquarters for a reunion with our Ebola reporting team.

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Coding Camp to Baltimore Schools: Bring Us Your Bored!

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:32am

A summer program in Baltimore has black middle-schoolers coding, designing apps and altogether hooked on engineering.

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With 'Faded Gloryville,' Lindi Ortega Explores The Rougher Edges Of Fame

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:30am

It's hard to believe a sound so country and Americana is coming out of Ontario — NPR's Scott Simon speaks with singer Lindi Ortega about her new album, Faded Gloryville.

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Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:27am

Famed architect Renzo Piano is best known for his massive skyscrapers and innovative designs. But the sandcastle enthusiast also has thoughts on how to plan a building that's a bit more ephemeral.

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Israeli Officials Promise To Find Arsonists Who Killed Palestinian Child

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 3:03am

The Israeli prime minister says he's shocked and outraged at the attack. An analyst says public concern could make this a defining moment for Israelis.

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