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Fresh Air Weekend
8:58 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Graham Yost, Review Of Courtney Barnett, 'American Crime'

Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which is based on a novella by Elmore Leonard. The show's creator, Graham Yost, says the only "tussle" the writers had with Leonard happened during the pilot, over which hat Raylan should wear.
Prashant Gupta FX

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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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Arab Airstrikes Against Yemen Reportedly Could Continue For Months

Yemen's President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi speaks during the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, south of Cairo, on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 9:41 am

Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi described Shiite Houthi rebels who have occupied parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa, as "puppets of Iran."

The remarks by Hadi, who was forced to flee Yemen amid the rebel onslaught, come as a Gulf diplomatic official quoted by news agencies says that Arab nations allied against the Houthis could continue their airstrikes against the Shiite militia for months.

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Amid Violence, Nigerians Go To The Polls To Choose A President

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, right, prepare to sign a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 7:54 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

Nigerians turned out in large numbers to select their next president, a contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and his rival, former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

A German police investigator carries a box after searching an apartment believed to belong to the crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Duesseldorf, on Thursday.
Wolfgang Rattay Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 9:10 am

Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET

The co-pilot who deliberately downed an airliner over the French Alps this week, killing all 150 aboard, had told a girlfriend sometime last year that he would "do something" that would make people remember his name, a German newspaper reports.

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Latin America
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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On Aging
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

At Aging Conference, Old Is The New Black

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Africa
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Middle East
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Shots - Health News
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Needle exchange programs, like this one in Portland, Maine, offer free, sterile syringes and needles to drug users. The programs save money and lives, health officials say, by curtailing the spread of bloodborne infections, such as hepatitis and HIV.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:47 am

Shane Avery practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.

After running some routine tests, Avery found out that she was positive for HIV. She was the second case he had seen in just a few weeks.

"Right then, I kind of realized, 'Wow, are we on the tip of something?' " Avery says. "But you just put it away. ... It's statistically an oddity when you're just one little doctor, you know?"

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Animals
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Europe
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Middle East
5:38 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Europe
5:38 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

Students at the University of Cape Town are demanding the removal of the statue of British colonizer Cecil Rhodes.
RODGER BOSCH AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:30 am

For more than two weeks, public debate in South Africa has been dominated by a statue. Students at the University of Cape Town have been demonstrating to have the bronze figure of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from its central position on campus.

Rhodes bequeathed the land on which the university was built, but he also slaughtered Africans by the thousands in colonial conquest and helped lay the foundations of apartheid in South Africa.

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NPR Ed
5:03 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

Jackie Zielke and eighth-grader Chartreanna Watson practice a guitar duet at Brady Middle School in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Savion Gissentaner

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:52 am

This weekend, NPR Ed is featuring dispatches from teachers about the ups and downs of their work.

Early each December, the HR department of Orange City Schools in Pepper Pike, Ohio, places a checklist in our mailboxes. It asks about our employment plans for the next school year. Choices include sabbatical leave, acquiring advanced degrees, and the one everyone dreams of checking: I will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

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The Salt
4:01 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Frito-Lay reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos, a perennial favorite among school kids, to meet new federal "Smart Snack" rules for schools.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 7:02 am

Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind.

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Law
6:43 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

After Resuming Deliberations, Jury Rules In Favor Of Kleiner Perkins

The jury said that the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not retaliate against former partner Ellen Pao by terminating her. The case has spurred conversation about gender discrimination in the tech world.

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The Two-Way
6:34 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we share with you four reads.

First, one from Camila Domonoske, a producer for NPR.org:

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Code Switch
6:32 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

Russell Moore preaching during the first plenary address, "Black, And White And Red All Over: Why Racial Reconciliation Is A Gospel Issue."
Alli Rader

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:52 pm

Southern Baptist leaders were supposed to be talking about bioethics this week at a summit in Nashville, Tenn. That changed in December after a New York grand jury declined to return an indictment in the police choking death of Eric Garner.

When Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, sent out tweets expressing his shock, there was pushback. Should the church get involved in a divisive political issue?

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

A California jury has ruled against Ellen Pao by finding that Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers did not discriminate against her because of her gender nor did the venture capital firm deny her a promotion because of her gender.

Pao's lawsuit was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley.

USA Today reports:

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Photography
4:36 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

A Photo I Love: Featuring Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

As astronaut Scott Kelly launches into space Friday for what is a planned year-long mission on the International Space Station, NPR hears from fellow astronaut Reid Wiseman who was on the space station for four months in 2014. He discusses his photo of Italy at night from space.

Movies
4:36 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

'The Breakfast Club' At 30: '80s Classic Still Relatable Today

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE BREAKFAST CLUB")

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL: (As Brian Johnson) You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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The Salt
4:05 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

A worker kicks up dust as he drives a tractor at a farm on Aug. 22, 2014 near drought-stricken Firebaugh, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Can you spend your way out of an historic drought? Not really, but the consensus in Sacramento these days seems to be that money certainly helps.

Just days after it was introduced, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill today.

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World
3:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

Daily traffic in Havana resembles a vintage car rally, even if it does share the city streets these days Hyundais and Peugeots and rattletrap Russian Ladas.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:12 pm

In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

During my reporting trip to Havana, I spoke with Julio Alvarez, the owner of Nostalgicar in Havana.

He joked that one thing Cubans should thank Fidel Castro for is all the old, majestic American cars that are now making him money.

You can listen to the story using the player above.

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NPR Story
3:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

As U.S. Energy Industry Booms, Oil Hubs Run Out Of Storage Space

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

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Europe
3:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Germanwings Co-Pilot Showed No Signs Of Mental Illness, Fellow Pilots Say

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview on Jan. 31, 2014.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:59 pm

Italy's highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of Amanda Knox.

The court's decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kirchner two years earlier. The verdict was overturned in 2011. But a year later, the Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal and sent the case back to an appeals court in Florence. Last year, that court reinstated the original guilty verdict against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

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The Two-Way
3:33 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Thai Ruler Says He's Prepared To End Martial Law

Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha attending the East Asia summit plenary session at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, in November.
Gemunu Amarasinghe AP

Thai leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army general who seized power in a coup last year, says that after 10 months of martial law, he's prepared to end it in favor of an equally draconian constitutional provision.

Prayuth says he's "thought it through" and will replace martial law by invoking a part of the the interim constitution that grants his government the same broad powers to suppress free speech and try civilians in military courts.

"[I] am prepared to use [the clause] to replace martial law. When it will be enforced depends on the situation," he says.

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The Two-Way
2:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Carlos Varela, a Cuban protest singer, poses for a picture at the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

Over the past couple of weeks — on All Things Considered, over at Parallels, on Tumblr and on this blog — we've been reporting on Cuba.

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Europe
2:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

After Apartment Search, German Investigators Say Co-Pilot Hid An Illness

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

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