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Sat May 14, 2011
NPR Story

Another Flood That Gave Us The 'Broken Levee Blues'

Most people who live along the Mississippi today weren't around to see the great Mississippi Flood of 1927, but it is the flood that they grew up hearing about. Host Scott Simon recounts the story and the Lonnie Johnson song it inspired.

8:00am

Sat May 14, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Protests Endure Despite Brutal Retaliation

At least six protesters were killed Friday in Syria. The protest movement there is two months old now, despite the most deadly government crackdown in the region since the Arab uprisings began. The United Nations says at least 850 people have been killed and thousands have been detained since the protests began. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Kelly McEvers, who is monitoring the situation from Beirut, Lebanon.

8:00am

Sat May 14, 2011
Middle East

Will The Arab Spring See The Summer?

The demonstrations against repressive regimes throughout the Middle East have become known as the Arab Spring. While it has meant more political freedoms for some, it has meant prison, torture and death for many others. Host Scott Simon talks with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Beirut newspaper Daily Star, about where the movement is headed.

8:00am

Sat May 14, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: End Time Nigh; Guns And Doctors

There was a huge response to a piece last week by NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who reported that a group of Christians believe May 21 will be the biblical Judgment Day. NPR's Greg Allen also reported that Florida is expected to be the first state to ban doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun. We also spoke with Shania Twain about her new memoir. Host Scott Simon reads listeners' e-mails and comments.

7:52am

Sat May 14, 2011
Simon Says

Inspiration In 140 Characters, Long Before Twitter

Newt Gingrich announced that he is running for president this week in a tweet: a short message on Twitter, where all messages can't be longer than 140 characters. Mr. Gingrich included a link to a YouTube video.

Tweets and other social media platforms have become their own media. Jokes and gossip, to be sure, built a lot of Twitter followings. But reporters and politicians now use it because tweets can reach millions of people almost as quickly, and more directly, than even radio or TV can.

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