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Religion
5:49 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

Visitors look at an exhibit at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.
Courtesy of the Yiiddish Book Center

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:40 am

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well.

Plays, poetry, novels, political tracts — all were published in Yiddish until the Holocaust. A great deal of these works can now be found at the National Yiddish Book Center in Western Massachusetts.

The center was founded by Aaron Lansky, who began his efforts to save Yiddish books in 1980, while enrolled in a Jewish Studies program at McGill University in Montreal.

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Parallels
5:00 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Letter From Beyond The Grave: A Tale Of Love, Murder And Brazilian Law

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Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 6:23 am

The story of Lenira de Oliveira and her dead lover's letter is a tale of Brazil. It's a story of love, jealousy, forgiveness, life after death and the criminal court system. And it's true — though it sounds like fiction.

It sounds, in particular, like the work of the late Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.

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Europe
4:51 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Hate Crimes Against Jews On The Rise In Europe

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:40 am

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Sports
4:51 am
Sat August 9, 2014

With First Female Assistant Coach, Spurs Lead A Cultural Shift

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:40 am

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LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. Time now for sports. Scott Simon is away this week so no talk of the Cubs. But B.J. Liederman still wrote our theme song.

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World
8:19 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Sanctions Target Russian Oil, But Will That Persuade Putin?

An oil refining factory owned by the Russian company Rosneft, outside the town of Achinsk, Russia, in 2013. The company says that hundreds of sites are being explored throughout the country as potential sources of oil and gas — but to tap those sites, Russia depends on Western companies.
Ilya Naymushin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 9:48 am

Both the United States and Europe announced new economic sanctions this week against Russia for its role in the conflict in Ukraine. Among other things, Western companies will no longer be able to sell Russia new technologies to develop its oil fields.

The move comes at a time when oil exports have become more important than ever for the Russian economy.

President Obama says the sanctions are meant to send a strong message:

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Music Interviews
7:15 am
Sat August 2, 2014

No Lie: Shakira's 'Hips' Gets An Oxford Makeover

The Oxford a cappella group Out of the Blue.
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Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:51 am

A group of undergraduate students in Oxford, England, must be pretty chuffed right now (that's how Brits say "pleased," by the way).

Why? They've managed to get the attention of Shakira, one of the biggest pop stars in the world:

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Middle East
5:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Egypt's Shifting Role As Mideast Mediator

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:50 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Israel and Gaza continue to exchange fire today. Another humanitarian cease-fire that was supposed to last for 72 hours fell apart after mere hours.

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Movies
5:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

What If 'Gone With The Wind' Had This Ending, Instead?

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:50 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Here's a scrap of alternative history that never came to be. "Gone With the Wind" ends with Scarlett O'Hara asking Rhett Butler, Rhett, Rhett, Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do? - and Rhett replying.

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Around the Nation
5:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Comedian Irwin Corey Turns 100

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:50 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Professor Irwin Corey is known as the world's foremost authority.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM)

IRWIN COREY: Based on the state of inertia developing a centripetal force which is used as a catalyst more than a catalytic agent.

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Author Interviews
5:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:25 am

It's hard for us to imagine now, but there was a time when people simply didn't know what was in the Arctic circle.

"Whether it was ice, whether it was sea, whether it was land, whether there was a civilization up there — there were a lot of weird theories about holes in the Earth," author Hampton Sides tells NPR's Scott Simon.

So in July 1879, more than 30 explorers set sail from San Francisco to find out. They were hoping to discover an unspoiled, verdant paradise at the top of the world which they could claim in the name of American exploration.

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