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Sat August 20, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Women In The Coast Guard

While a number of you wrote in praise of our reporting on the first woman to run a U.S. military academy, most people wrote in about one particular line in the piece. Guest host Jacki Lyden reads listener comments about this story and more.


Sat August 20, 2011
Movie Interviews

A Director's Take On 'One Day' (And 20 Years)

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess explore two decades' worth of friendship in One Day.
Giles Keyte

Danish director Lone Scherfig is making an international name for herself as a female director whose films tend to focus on human relationships — think of 2002's Italian for Beginners and 2009's An Education. Her latest film, One Day, is a romance based on the best-selling novel by British author David Nichols. The story chronicles one day in the life of two characters, Emma and Dexter, as it occurs over 20 years.

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Sat August 20, 2011
Author Interviews

A Frequent Flier Shares His 'Travel' Secrets

As you're finishing up your summer travel, you may find that booking a flight is like playing roulette — you never know what you'll get. Then there are the fees for everything from luggage to food to your seat assignment.

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Fri August 19, 2011
Music Interviews

Shusmo: Funky New Yorkers With Middle Eastern Roots

Tareq Abboushi leads the New York band Shusmo with his buzuq, a kind of Middle Eastern lute.
John Rogers

The Arabic word shusmo is a place holder for something whose name you can't think of, similar to the English "whatchamacallit." That makes it a good fit for the New York band Shusmo, whose combination of traditional Middle Eastern instruments and Western funk can be tough to classify.

Led by the Palestininan-born Tareq Abboushi, Shusmo has a new album titled Mumtastic. Abboushi tells Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Jacki Lyden that he grew up hearing both Western and Arabic music in his hometown, the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Fri August 19, 2011
Garden Report

Western Slope Peaches are at their Best Right Now

Peaches from Palisade, CO
lorenabuena on Flickr

I’m thinking about moving to the Western Slope.  Palisade is pretty inviting during the height of peach season.

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