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Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

The Sunni town fought back when Sunni Muslim extremists from the Islamic State tried to impose their rule. The extremists leveled the town as a warning to Sunnis who won't accept their brutal rule.

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Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment.

Weekend Edition Saturday

As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting the drug Truvada as part of the state's ambitious plan to fight AIDS. But some advocates worry it will encourage risky behavior or won't reach the most vulnerable.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon'

Marisa Ronstadt is the younger cousin of the famous singer, Linda Ronstadt. But she has her own band, and a new album. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about a life in music.

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In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here

South African writer and activist Nadine Gordimer wrote 15 books, and helped her friend Nelson Mandela edit his famous speech, "I Am Prepared To Die." She died this week at the age of 90.

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

Weekend Edition Saturday

What It Takes To Be A Champion

TED Radio Host Guy Raz speaks with science writer and Sports Illustrated contributor David Epstein about why athletes are getting faster and stronger every year.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Elaine Stritch: 'I'm Not Easy'

The legendary actress Elaine Stritch died this week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers her career and an interview he had with her earlier this year.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Malaysian Airlines Copes With A Second Tragedy

Asia correspondent Anthony Kuhn talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Kuala Lumpur about the reaction to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday, killing 298 people.

Weekend Edition Saturday

People Share Moon Landing Memories On YouTube Channel

Sunday is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Buzz Aldrin about his new YouTube channel, where anyone can share memories from the historic day.

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The Opposite Of Schadenfreude: Vicarious Embarrassment

Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman says he suffers from vicarious embarrassment, and can't watch cringe-inducing viral videos. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about what's known as fremdscham in German.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Germany Goes Low-Tech To Foil U.S. Spying

Going off the grid is one way to shake off cyberspies. Germany is thinking about doing so by bringing back the typewriter, but Spy Museum historian Vince Houghton tells NPR's Scott Simon that it's not likely to work.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Author Finds The Human Side Of The IMF

Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.

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Immigration Protests Continue In California Town

Saturday is the second day of protests by those opposed housing migrant children in their towns. Murrieta, Calif., is among those cities, but many say the protesters don't represent their city.

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