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7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Family Reunions A First Sign Of Conciliation From North's Kim

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. After threats that they would not take place, hundreds of South Koreans are traveling to North Korea to meet with relatives six decades after their separation following the Korean War. The reunions went ahead despite tensions caused by the north's nuclear tests and the south's determination to conduct military exercises with the U.S. that begin on Monday.

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Sports
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Ukrainian Olympic Skiier Goes Home In Defense Of Freedom

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

Olympic skier Bogdana Matsotskas was scheduled to compete on Friday, but she withdrew after unrest in Ukraine took a violent turn. She hopes her absence from the slopes will draw attention home.

Europe
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Ukraine Parliament Votes President Out

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

Ukraine's parliament has voted to push the president from power. NPR's Scott Simon gets an update from correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Kiev.

Around the Nation
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Clowns Aren't Cool? Fewer Young People Don The Polka Dot Pants

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:43 pm

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Around the Nation
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Boy Builds Braille Printer Out Of Lego

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

What do you get when you put a Lego robotics kit, basic tools and a creative mind together? A Braille printer. Shubham Banerjee, 12, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his project to help the blind.

Religion
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Meet The New Pope, Mostly The Same As The Old Popes

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

So, we just heard a number of people believe Pope Francis is changing to change the tone at the Vatican. There are others who don't agree. George Weigel is a theologian at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He wrote a biography of Pope John Paul II called "Witness to Hope." And he believes that Pope Francis is remarkably similar to his predecessors, Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict.

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Politics
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

A Republican View: U.S. Military Should Play No Role In Syria

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 1:08 pm

Some in Congress believe sending aid to Syria's opposition forces will drag the U.S. into a war it can't win. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., about his adamant stance.

Politics
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Should The U.S. Choose Sides In Syria? A Democrat Says 'Yes'

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The dying and suffering in Syria gets worse every week, even as turmoil in other areas demands coverage, too. Last September 10th, President Obama seemed to make the case for U.S. involvement following Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians. This is not a world we should accept, said the president. It is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike.

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Books News & Features
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

'The Natural' Of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

There's an old baseball legend about the kid out of nowhere who boards a train for a tryout in Chicago with nothing but his toothbrush and a bat he calls Wonderboy. The kid strikes out the Whammer, the best hitter in the game, but gets to his hotel and opens his door to a pretty girl. Wham, bam, she shoots him in the stomach and he doesn't make a comeback for 15 years.

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Sports
7:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Olympics Serve Up A Surfeit Of Strife On Ice

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

While the 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, there are still opportunities to take home the gold. Reporter Tom Goldman joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about ice hockey and the speed skating.

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