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Simon Says
9:52 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank regularly makes banned book lists, but not because it details the terror of hiding from Nazi occupiers.
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Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

Here's an idea for weekend fun: Pick up a banned book.

Look for "the good parts" — the sections of Ulysses, The Grapes of Wrath, The Color Purple, Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lolita, the Harry Potter series, Animal Farm, A Farewell to Arms or In the Night Kitchen that have scenes and language that once made people gasp, blush or shudder. The parts that made them say, "We can't let people read this!"

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Hiker Catches Volcano's Eruption On Video, And Is Overtaken By Ash

A hiker's dramatic video captured the scene as a huge cloud of ash poured down the side of Mt. Ontake in Japan Saturday.
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Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 7:08 pm

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Sports
9:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

The Week In Sports: Jeter Takes A Bow And The Ryder Cup Tees Off

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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And now it's time for Sports. Derek Jeter takes his final curtain. The Ryder Cup tees off Scotland, still part of the United Kingdom. And FIFA contends with scandalous charges and BJ Lederman writes our theme music.

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Middle East
9:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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Middle East
9:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

To Become Oil Barons, ISIS Has Sold To Neighbors And Enemies

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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Science
8:20 am
Sat September 27, 2014

India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

A member of the Indian security force keeps watch over a launch vehicle carrying the Mars Orbiter probe at the Indian Space Research Organization facility, in Sriharikota, in 2013.
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Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 9:17 am

Earlier this week, two spacecraft arrived at the planet Mars. One came from India, the other from the U.S. Both are now in orbit and collecting data. But the Indian probe is conducting its mission at a tiny fraction of the cost of its NASA counterpart.

"Some of the publicly available numbers are in the $74 million to $75 million range," says Amaresh Kollipara, a managing partner of Earth 2 Orbit, a company that pairs private satellite providers with the Indian space agency.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Catalonia Defies Spain As Leader Signs Decree For Breakaway Vote

President of Catalonia's regional government Artur Mas acknowledges cheers Saturday after signing a law setting a Nov. 9 vote on independence. At left is the president of the Catalan Parliament, Nuria de Gispert.
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Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 12:49 pm

One week after the Catalan parliament gave him the power to do so, Catalonia's leader is calling for a vote in the northeast region of Spain on whether it should become independent. The vote is set for November 9, but Spain's central government has said it won't let the vote occur.

Catalonia has already launched a website for the independence vote, referring to it with the shorthand 9N. The website includes a sample ballot that asks two questions: Should Catalonia be a state, and should that state be independent?

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All Tech Considered
7:58 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Tech Week That Was: Apple's Gaffes, Shellshock And Hello Ello

Apple CEO Tim Cook walks off stage after speaking during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
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It's time for your weekly look back at the tech headlines from NPR and beyond. Let's get to it ...

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The Salt
7:03 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Culinary Diplomacy Takes Texan Chef To The Land Of Grilled Yak

As you may have heard, America's diplomats are struggling these days with a few distracting and unpleasant events in far-off parts of the world. But they're rising to the challenge: They're sending in the chefs.

The U.S. State Department launched a Diplomatic Culinary Partnership two years ago in order to "elevate the role of culinary engagement in America's formal and public diplomacy efforts." Some of the country's most renowned chefs have volunteered to help out, joining the department's "Chef Corps."

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Denying Ebola Turns Out To Be A Very Human Response

A sign in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's capital, warns residents that "the Ebola threat is real."
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It was not a disease. It was a curse.

That's what the family of one Liberian Ebola patient told Dr. Kent Brantly after their relative died in the treatment center where he worked in July.

The logical next step, the family believed, was to seek revenge and kill the person who placed the curse.

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