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8:00am

Sat July 16, 2011
Books

Examining 'Rage And Rebellion' In The Islamic World

Syria is just one of the many countries across the Arab world where citizens have taken to the streets for change, often at great cost to themselves. A book out this coming week looks at what may be roiling in the Middle East, from Tunisia to Tehran. It's called Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. Host Scott Simon speaks with journalist and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright about her book.

8:00am

Sat July 16, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Casey Anthony; The 10-Millionth Mile

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Time now for your letters. Plenty of reaction to my essay last week about the jury that acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her two-year-old daughter. The case was the subject of national attention and lots of public anger. I said justice is served when juries know that if they take their responsibilities seriously, they're free to reach decisions they know may be unpopular.

Jeanne Lynch Nelson writes on Facebook: Thank you for bringing some sanity to the discussion.

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8:00am

Sat July 16, 2011
Movies

A Cheat Sheet For The Casual Harry Potter Fan

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Now from a man of numbers to a beloved boy wizard, the eight and final Harry Potter movie hits theaters this week. Each of these extravagantly successful films brought certain excitement to fans. But for those unacquainted with Hogworts and Horcruxes, NPR's Sami Yenigun has a cheat sheet.

(SOUNDBITE OF HARRY POTTER MOVIE MUSIC)

SAMI YENIGUN: All right you Muggles, lets take this thing from the top.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE")

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7:51am

Sat July 16, 2011
Music News

Music In Space

Musical wake-up calls have long been part of the space program — but some astronauts also take it upon themselves to make their own music.
Dieter Spears Inhaus Creative

All week, the astronauts of space shuttle Atlantis have been serenaded with music from stars back on Earth. Elton John, Michael Stipe and Paul McCartney have all recorded messages for the crew.

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5:22pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Music Interviews

The Gerald Wilson Orchestra: A Living 'Legacy'

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At the age of almost 93, Gerald Wilson keeps adding to his own legacy. In fact, the latest album from his ensemble, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, is called Legacy, and it features the composer, trumpeter and bandleader's takes on Stravinsky, Debussy and Chicago — his adopted hometown.

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