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6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Crowded Prisons: Calif. Solving Problem If Not Cause

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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Politics
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Congress Stuck With Supercommittee's Holiday Leftovers

The Congressional supercommittee, charged with coming up with a plan to cut the national deficit, had been invested with handling so many unrelated tasks that its failure last week has left Congress with a sizeable workload in its remaining weeks this year. Among them: possible extensions of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, and a continuation of the entire federal budget. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins us to set the stage for December.

Latin America
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

ICC Called To Investigate Mexican President

A group of human rights activists in Mexico has asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate President Felipe Calderon in connection with the deadly war on drug cartels. The complaint, spearheaded by human rights lawyer Netzai Sandoval, claims war crimes have occurred. The complaint was filed a day after two dozen bodies were found dumped in Guadalajara. NPR's Jason Beaubien has more.

Latin America
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Mexican Drug Violence Spilling Into Central America

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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The spillover effects of Mexico's drug war are taking a grim toll in Central America. The region has the highest homicide rate in the world, according to a new U.N. report, as traffickers move more and more U.S.-bound cocaine through Central America's struggling and weak states.

Nick Miroff has this story from Honduras, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

NICK MIROFF, BYLINE: Operation Lightning is Honduras's response to the murder problem.

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Research News
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

An Amnesia Patient's Strange Power Of Recall

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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Middle East
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Protest Roil Alexandria Before Egyptian Elections

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. In Egypt today, protests are continuing ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary elections, the first since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak and his replacement by a military council. The turmoil is not limited to Cairo. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the city of Alexandria and she joins us now. Welcome, Soraya.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Audie.

CORNISH: Describe the mood today in Alexandria.

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Middle East
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Egyptians Abroad Vote From Afar

Egyptians living abroad are eligible to vote in the upcoming election. Absentee ballots are being accepted at Egyptian embassies around the world, including Washington, D.C. Several of those voting there spoke with NPR about their hopes as well as their frustrations with the process.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Sexual Violence On The Rise In Egypt

Protestors in Egypt's Tahrir Square have called for another massive demonstration in advance of Monday's parliamentary elections, bringing on fears of renewed violence on election day. As turmoil continues, sexual violence and paranoia are on the rise. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Cairo.

Law
3:32 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Beyond Fighting Crime, FBI Reaches Out To Victims

Students sit at the Virginia Tech campus on April 18, 2007, two days after a student killed 32 people and himself. FBI victim specialists span out to help in the wake of crimes like the Virginia Tech massacre.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 3:57 pm

When FBI agents arrive at the scene of a shooting or a terrorist attack, there's often someone else standing in the background. It's a representative from the FBI's Office for Victim Assistance, there to help people suffering in the aftermath of a disaster.

The planning for those unfortunate days starts here, in a windowless conference room in the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building, where seven serious-looking people are sitting around a table.

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Education
3:31 am
Sun November 27, 2011

In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education

The typical college student today isn't "typical" anymore: Only 1 in 4 lives on campus and studies full time.

But part-timers and commuter students are much less likely to finish — most part-time students are still without a degree or a certificate after eight years. Higher education is desperately looking for strategies that improve those numbers. There might be one in Tennessee.

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Ron Paul
3:30 am
Sun November 27, 2011

New Hampshire Takes Another Look At Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Monday.
Cheryl Senter AP

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 6:58 pm

In this presidential cycle, as in the last, there is no question which Republican candidate has the most ardent supporters: Ron Paul, the 76-year-old Texas congressman whose brand of libertarianism often puts him at odds with all of his rivals. But with less than seven weeks to go for the nation's first primary, there are signs that Paul could surprise people.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is sitting pretty in New Hampshire, where he has been the front-runner all year, so whoever comes in second in the Granite State isn't doing too shabbily.

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Technology
1:17 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

War By Remote Control: Drones Make It Easy

From his spot beneath a replica of the famous Wright Military Flyer in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Peter Singer is reminded of a modern military drone.

"The story of manned airplanes is a great parallel to what's happening now with unmanned airplanes," he tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin.

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World
1:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

Alleged NATO Attack Strains U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan says 25 of its soldiers were killed in a NATO helicopter attack on a checkpoint at the Afghan border. NATO says it is investigating what happened. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Quil Lawrence about the incident, which has further exacerbated U.S.-Pakistan tensions.

Analysis
1:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

Week In News: Pakistan Rift, Egypt Protests, GOP Debate

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 5:05 pm

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With more on this story and the rest of the week's news, we're joined now by Doyle McManus. He's the Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and he has graciously agreed to stand in for our regular news analyst, James Fallows. Doyle, thanks so much for being with us.

DOYLE MCMANUS: Thank you for having me.

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Space
1:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

Cruising To Mars: The Rover's Tasks

NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday. The MSL is five times heavier than the rovers currently on Mars and has twice as many scientific instruments. It will take nine months for the spacecraft to reach the Red Planet, and there's plenty of things for it to do before then.

The Impact of War
1:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

Marine's Life Forever Altered By War

Andrew Robinson was injured by a roadside bomb during his second deployment to Iraq. Now a quadriplegic, he says he is learning how to use his limited mobility and is proud of having protected his fellow soldiers. He is especially motivated because his wife is expecting twins next month.

Author Interviews
11:23 am
Sat November 26, 2011

'Chicks With Guns': A Picture Of Gun-Toting Women

Photographer Lindsay McCrum's new book includes images of women who feel that hunting is a way to bring people and family together. Among those women is Alexandra, who poses for McCrum with her son, Truett, and her Ithaca 20-gauge side-by-side shotgun.
Lindsay McCrum

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 5:05 pm

If you turn to page 109 of Lindsay McCrum's photo book, you'll see a photo of a woman wearing jeans and a green baseball cap standing in a grassy field. She's looking straight at the camera, clutching a semi-automatic rifle as if it were a water bottle. Standing between her legs is her son, his blond hair peeking out from behind her thigh as he poses with his toy gun, a miniature of his mother's.

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Fresh Air Weekend
7:43 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Fresh Air Weekend: Coppola, The Muppets

Kermit the Frog does the backstage-chat thing with Amy Adams and Jason Segel in The Muppets.
Scott Garfield Disney

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 1:17 pm

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Turkey Feels Pressure To Act On Syria

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 12:29 pm

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The Arab League meets today in Cairo to consider imposing sanctions against Syria after Damascus rejected the League's demand that Syria allow an observer mission into the country. As protests there continue and the death toll mounts, neighboring Turkey says it's ready to join the Arab League in levying punitive measures against the government in Damascus. But as NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul, Turkey's deep reluctance to endorse a military option underscores the complex risks surrounding any foreign intervention in Syria.

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

One Last Hitchhike In A Moscow Taxi

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

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Before you hear this next story, let's offer a caution. Hitchhiking is not generally safe. But just happens to be a way of life in Moscow. That may be about to change.

NPR's David Greene sent this postcard from the Russian capital.

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Early Receipts Indicate A Happier Holiday Season

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

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The holiday shopping season started even earlier this year in hopes that consumers would spend more in these economic times. Macy's, Toy R Us, Target, all moved up their opening times - in some cases to Thanksgiving Day. Joining us now to talk about Black Friday is NPR correspondent Yuki Noguchi. You've been reporting the scenes in stores. What can you tell us about the volume of shopping?

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Sports
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Deal Reached; NBA Season Mostly Saved

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

After Supercommittee Fails, Last Year's Plan Gets New Look

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Back From Iraq, A Soldier Gives Thanks With Family

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 7:48 am

Military families across the country celebrated Thanksgiving this week with loved ones who were home after being deployed to Iraq for the last time. Scores of troops are coming home as the war winds down to an end next month, but for one Kentucky National Guardsman, his commitment to family is as strong as his desire to serve. Brenna Angel of member station WUKY in Lexington has his story.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Former LAPD Chief Predicts The Future Of Policing

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

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Bill Bratton is the former chief of police in Los Angeles, as well as Boston and New York. He helped introduced the system of predictive policing, and calls it the next era of crime prevention, and an evolution of community policing. Chief Bratton's now chairman of Kroll, a risk consulting company, and he joins us on the phone this morning. Thanks very much for being with us, chief.

BILL BRATTON: It's good to be with you, as always.

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Remembrances
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Tom Wicker Dies, Top Reporter Covered JFK Assassination

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As a young reporter, Tom Wicker covered a beaver dam for the Sandhill, North Carolina Citizen. He went on to travel the world as a White House reporter and columnist for the New York Times and was in Dallas on November 22nd, 48 years ago this week when John F. Kennedy was shot. It was in a world before cell phones and text messages.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Down South, Surviving Christmas Trees In High Demand

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This year's Christmas Grinch may be Mother Nature. The Associated Press reports that historic droughts in Texas and Oklahoma have killed thousands of evergreen trees in those states, including trees being grown for sale at Christmas. Karen Barfield joins us now. She runs the Tinsel Time Christmas Tree Farm with her husband in New Caney, Texas.

Mrs. Barfield, thanks for being with us.

KAREN BARFIELD: You're welcome.

SIMON: What's your farm look like now after the drought?

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Middle East
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Mubarak's Party Haunts Egyptian Elections

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Protesters across Egypt are demanding an end to military rule and they say they no longer want anyone connected to former President Hosni Mubarak's regime in power. But an Egyptian high court recently gave a green light to hundreds of former members of Mr. Mubarak's outlawed ruling party to run for parliament. With elections scheduled to begin next week, critics worry that people connected to that era might have the money and connections to win. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson...

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Music Interviews
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Doris Day (Yes, That Doris Day) Topping Charts

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

A new name burst onto the top rungs of British pop charts this year with a song called, "My Heart." Well, maybe not a new name; it's actually one of the most famous names in musical history. Host Scott Simon speaks with screen legend Doris Day about her new album.

Author Interviews
6:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

After NBA And Jazz, Wayman Tisdale's Story Cut Short

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Wayman Tisdale was that rare human being: a great athlete who had a great second act. But his life ended in tragedy. Wayman Tisdale was a three-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and a forward on the U.S. team that won Olympic gold, a great power forward for the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings. But music had been his first love.

WAYMAN TISDALE: OK, ready?

SIMON: And he left the NBA to become a jazz musician, and also, once again, great.

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