Weekend Edition Saturday
Weekend Edition Saturday

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

The World Series starts Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the unexpected stars of the series — the managers.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.

Weekend Edition Saturday

James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

A memorial for journalist James Foley will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 41st birthday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rev. Marc Montminy, who is presiding over the service.

Weekend Edition Saturday

American Soldier, Iraqi Interpreter: From Strangers To 'Brothers'

When Sgt. Paul Braun was serving in Iraq, his company was assigned an interpreter they called Philip. At first the two men were wary of each other; later, Braun worked to bring Philip to the states.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.

Weekend Edition Saturday

European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.

Weekend Edition Saturday

How To Train A Movie Star Insect

How do you get insects to "act" on camera? Entomologist Steven Kutcher tells NPR's Scott Simon about wrangling bugs for Hollywood and using the insects as living paintbrushes.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Fracking Boom Town Wary Of Pastor's 'Overnighters'

Jesse Moss tells NPR's Scott Simon about his documentary, The Overnighters. It follows a pastor in a North Dakota oil boom town whose life is upended when he opens the church to down-and-out workers.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Advice For Reporting On Detroit: Avoid 'Urban Settler' Metaphors

Detroit Metro Times Editor Michael Jackman wrote about some phrases to avoid when writing about his city. Hold the "tabula rasa" and "urban frontier," he tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

Authorities in Texas are working to limit travel by health workers who may have been exposed to Ebola. Meanwhile, the hospital at the center of the first cases in the U.S. is trying to move forward.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

The Free Syrian Army has been outgunned in the country's multi-sided civil war. But they say they have fighting experience, and if the U.S. provides arms and training they could play a key role.

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