8:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
Middle East

NATO Reaches A Draw In Libya

While the NATO chief claims Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could be expelled any day now, others say the situation in Libya has reached a stalemate. Host Scott Simon talks with Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government at Dartmouth, about what's led to the stalemate and the prospects for breaking it.

8:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
NPR Story

Trash Talk Makes For Bruising NHL, NBA Finals

Here's an old joke: I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. That might not be so far from the truth in the Stanley Cup series between Vancouver and Boston. There's not much love lost between the combatants in the NBA Finals, either. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about the championship series in the NHL and the NBA.

8:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
NPR Story

Once-Friendly Turkey Cools To Border Mate Syria

The once-warm relationship between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is deteriorating and could cause Syria to lose a key ally in the region. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Deborah Amos, who is monitoring the conflict in Syria from Beirut, about the effects of the dispute on the region.

7:26am

Sat June 11, 2011
Education

Professor: Value Of College Extends Beyond Paycheck

Many American families are asking whether sending their children to college is worth it if they end up in jobs that pay less than the cost of tuition.

Mike Rose, a professor of education at UCLA, says it makes complete sense for people to be concerned about the economic benefits of college.

"We respond to the threat that's most imminent, right?" Rose tells Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon.

But, he says, there are many other reasons to get a college education.

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7:21am

Sat June 11, 2011
Politics

Fla.'s Unpopular Governor Could Hinder GOP In 2012

After signing a Florida budget that cuts billions, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has seen his approval rating drop.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

In his first six months as Florida's governor, Republican Rick Scott has had a major impact on the state.

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7:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
Animals

Nerves Frayed In Toronto Over Roaming Raccoons

Toronto has a huge population of raccoons — so many, the city is known as the raccoon capital of the world.

Last week, the war between humans and raccoons got out of hand. Toronto resident Dong Nguyen was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and possession of a dangerous weapon for allegedly hitting a baby raccoon in his backyard with a shovel. That has sparked a heated debate about how to control the animals and which urban dwellers' rights come first.

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7:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
Politics

Weak Jobs Report Puts New Pressure on Obama

With job growth slowing and President Obama's poll numbers dropping, the White House is trying to stage an intervention.

All week long, the administration took pains to show that the economy remains the president's top concern and that he is doing everything possible to bring it back.

On Thursday, the White House gave the press corps about ten minutes' warning that members of the Cabinet would be coming out to speak on the White House driveway. Only three reporters made it in time.

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5:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
The Picture Show

Gertrude Stein Through Artists' Eyes

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:45 am

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Aix-les-Bains, France, circa 1927
Yale Collection of American Literature Contemporary Jewish Museum

Gertrude Stein, once one of the doyennes of American letters, is the center of two concurrent exhibitions in San Francisco. Both tread some familiar territory, like her friendship and patronage of Picasso and other artists. But the exhibitions also reveal some lesser-known sides of Stein.

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5:00am

Sat June 11, 2011
Books

For A Navy SEAL, Balance Between 'Heart' And 'Fist'

Eric Greitens in Fallujah. After he returned from Iraq, Greitens founded the nonprofit group The Mission Continues. He is author of the new book The Heart and the Fist.
Courtesy of the author

Eric Greitens was a gifted young college student when a question from a Bosnian woman changed his life. It was the summer of 1994, and he had gone to the Balkans to work in refugee camps. He was on a train when he met her, and she asked him, "Why isn't America doing anything to stop the ethnic cleansings, rapes and murders?" Greitens thought he was.

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8:54pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Politics

Zombies Walk The Halls Of Congress

 
NPR

NPR can now confirm that there are zombies in the U.S. Capitol.

OK, not the kind that pop out of graves and eat brains, but a different kind of undead — the undead political career. This week New York Rep. Anthony Weiner said he is staying put, even though some top Democrats have publicly called for him to resign.

He's not the first one to stay in politics after serious ethics violations, trying to revive a seemingly lifeless career.

In this contrived scenario, there are three categories of Congressional Zombies:

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