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Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

John Abdallah Wambere applied for asylum in the U.S. after Uganda passed a harsh anti-gay law earlier this year. His application has now been recommended for approval, pending a background check.

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Mission To Study Mars' Climate Set To Enter Red Planet's Orbit

Scientists hope NASA's MAVEN probe, arriving Sunday night, will provide insight into why the Martian climate changed drastically billions of years ago. It may help explain Earth's climate changes too.

Thousands Of Refugees Flee Syria In Chaotic Scene At Turkey's Border

While a U.N. agency reported about 70,000 refugees this weekend, a Turkish official says 100,000 Syrians have entered Turkey in the past week. Fighters from ISIS are closing in on the border.

Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.

For Oktoberfest-Goers In Munich, A Parade And A Party

Munich kicked off this year's Oktoberfest Saturday, beginning festivities in which the city expects to host 6 million visitors. For the first time, beer prices are above 10 euros per liter.

One Year After Kenyan Mall Attack, Few Answers Have Emerged

The people behind a vicious attack were identified as Islamist militants from Somalia, but few other details about the incident have been made public.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

Afghan Presidential Rivals End Dispute — And A Long Election Season

The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan shake hands and sign a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.

Large Protests In Hundreds Of Cities Vent Ire Over Climate Change

The People's Climate March was timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week's U.N. Climate Summit in New York.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Lodging Like A High-End Health Club

In Norwalk, Conn., a new hotel focusing on fitness targets business travelers who want to stick to healthy routines while on the road. It's a new niche for the hospitality industry.

Naomi Klein On ‘Capitalism Vs. The Climate’

September 22, 2014
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

Big climate protests in New York before a big UN summit. Activist and author Naomi Klein says change the economy or die. She’s with us.

Paige Rawl Remains ‘Positive’ While Living With HIV

September 19, 2014
Paige Rawl writes about growing up and living with HIV in the new memoir, "Positive." (Polina Osherov)

Paige Rawl grew up enduring intense bullying due to her HIV status. Her new memoir recounts the journey.

Author Joseph O’Neill On His New Novel ‘The Dog’

September 19, 2014
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Author of “Netherland,” novelist Joseph O’Neill is back, with “The Dog,” on globalization, capitalism, and self-discovery in Dubai.

9 Things You Didn't Know About New England’s Favorite Autumn Fruit

September 18, 2014
McIntosh apples hang from a tree at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, Mass., in October 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

We bite into the history of America’s founding fruit: the apple.

How Billionaires Are Remaking The World

September 18, 2014
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Billionaires. We’ll look at the super super rich, and their global shaping of our world.

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

September 17, 2014
Students at the Wellspring Academy in Reedley, CA, pictured on Oct. 19, 2009. Wellspring Academy is a special school that offers academic courses while helping students with weight loss. Sarah Varney documents the effects the obesity epidemic has on romance in her new book. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.

An Insider’s View Of The Bob Dylan Story

September 17, 2014
Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)

A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.”

How The NFL Became King: A Look Back At The League’s Evolution

September 13, 2014
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In his new book “NFL Football: A History Of America’s New National Pastime,” Richard Crepeau examines a time when the league was not always front and center in popular cultures. He joins Bill Littlefield to explore the game’s evolution.

‘Gaddafi’s Harem’ Chronicles Former Dictator’s Unspoken Atrocity

September 12, 2014
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi says he does not fear death and the battle against crusaders would continue. (AP)

Hardly a word was said about Gaddafi’s harem when the Libyan dictator was killed by rebels in 2011.

Prestigious Yet Little Known Literary Prize To Be Awarded

September 11, 2014
Adrian Matejka is the 2014 poetry winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. (David C Barnett/WCPN)

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize writers for their contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity. The awards ceremony is tonight.

Dennis Lehane Takes ‘The Drop’ From Screen To Page

September 11, 2014
James Gandolfini (L) and Tom Hardy (R) star in "The Drop" -- an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane short story. Lehane has adapted the screenplay into a novel. (Fox Searchlight)

Author Dennis Lehane discusses adapting a screenplay into a novel.

Why Bees Matter: Changing Our Perspective About Honey Bees

September 9, 2014
A bee collects pollen in a sunflower field, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, near Lawrence, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Boston’s bee-vangelist explains why bees might hold the solution to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Psst! Your Data’s Showing

September 8, 2014
Online dating is as much a matter of online data collection as it is online matchmaking. (Don Hankins / Flickr)

We’ll talk to the co-founder of dating site OkCupid about human nature, love and the future of big data.

Back To Benghazi

September 8, 2014
This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after a deadly attack two days earlier. (AP)

Investigative reporter Mitch Zuckoff goes deep on Benghazi. What really happened. What it could mean.

‘Club Soccer 101′ Highlights Sports’ Best Stories

September 6, 2014
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Need an introduction to soccer beyond MLS? Luke Dempsey’s got you covered with ‘Club Soccer 101: The Essential Guide to the Stars, Stats, and Stories of 101 of the Greatest Teams in the World.’ Dempsey spoke with Bill Littlefield.

The Transforming Power Of A Dog Park

September 5, 2014
Visitors and their dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/AP)

Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert talks about his book “Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park.”

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