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7:48 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Ariel Zambelich NPR

What if the devastating drought in the western U.S. doesn't end? A few years ago, the science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi started exploring what could happen.

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Television
4:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Alfonso Ribeiro Wants To Let 'Funniest Home Videos' Shine

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will host America's Funniest Home Videos for its 26th season starting in the fall.
Sam Diephuis

America's Funniest Home Videos has a new host.

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Movie Interviews
4:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Jean and Carl Boenish in jump down a ledge towards camera.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

Two climbers died May 16 as they attempted a wing suit flight in Yosemite National Park. Dean Potter and Graham Hunter were BASE jumping, a sport that involves parachuting from a fixed structure.

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NPR Story
3:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Love — And Legalization — Is In The Eire For Irish Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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NPR Ed
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

Students walk through a gate on the Harvard University campus. In a recent complaint, dozens of groups have alleged that the school's admissions process holds Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

A group of Asian-American organizations — more than 60 in all — recently accused Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard, requiring them to score better than their African-American, Hispanic or white counterparts. The complaint was filed with the Department of Education and the Justice Department earlier this month.

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Law
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 4:30 pm

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Environment
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 5:24 pm

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Afghanistan
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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Our own producer, Rebecca Hersher, is just back from a six-week reporting trip where she was embedded with the Afghan army. Now she's back with me in the studio. Hi Becky, good...

REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: Hi.

RATH: ...To have you back.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Huge Crowd In El Salvador For Beatifcation Of Slain Archbishop

A man holds an image of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero during his beatification ceremony at El Salvador del Mundo square in San Salvador, today.
Reuters/Landov

Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country's capital today that drew at least a quarter of a million people.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

The Bank of England in London in a photograph taken in March. The central bank inadvertently revealed that it was planning for a possible withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 2:33 pm

In what is being described as an embarrassing release of a confidential email, the Bank of England may have inadvertently revealed that it is making financial plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, should that ever come to pass.

Earlier this month, the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party's commitment to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on continued membership in the EU.

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Law
10:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:13 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming — or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
Rebecca Greenfield Brooklyn Academy of Music

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
9:05 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Officer Acquitted In 2012 Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects

Michael Brelo weeps as he hears the verdict in his trial Saturday, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:23 am

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

A judge handed down a verdict of not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter against a Cleveland officer charged in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — unarmed suspects who were caught in a 137-shot hail of police gunfire following a high-speed chase.

Small protests quickly erupted in Cleveland, but they appeared to be peaceful.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:21 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:21 am

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Now time for our final game, Lighting Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:21 am

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Now, panel, what will be the solution to the California drought? Adam Felber?

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Dozens Dead In Mexican Shootout Between Gangs, Police

Vehicles burn, that authorities say caught fire during a gunbattle, in a warehouse at Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, on Friday. At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen.
Oscar Pantoja Segundo AP

Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.

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Iraq
7:00 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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Television
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

TLC's '19 Kids' Pulled For Sex-Abuse Scandal

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Economy
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Take Years

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Humans
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

At Day Center For The Elderly, 'They Have Everything'

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: How are you this morning?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Fine. Holding up.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Holding up?

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Environment
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Around the Nation
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Bikers say that most of the 170 people arrested had nothing to do with the violence.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times. More than 170 people were arrested and charged with organized crime; each is being held under a $1 million bond.

Now there's a backlash from biker groups, who claim many of the riders were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, and had nothing to do with Sunday's bloody fight.

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Asia
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

People-Smuggling Is Big Business In Myanmar

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Europe
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Ireland Appears To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Europe
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Politics
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Author Interviews
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat'

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

There is something unique about the protagonist of Sarai Walker's new novel: She's fat, a word many try to avoid using to describe a person. But not Walker.

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Author Interviews
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

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The Record
6:03 am
Sat May 23, 2015

ABBA's Essential, Influential Melancholy

The members of ABBA (from left): Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson at Waterloo station in London in 1974, the year the group won the Eurovision contest with the song "Waterloo."
John Downing Getty Images

Dressed in black and greeted by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, former ABBA members Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson took their 2010 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seriously and sincerely. While Lyngstad definitively dismissed reunion rumors, Andersson spoke of the quartet's musical roots and emotional core.

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