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3:55 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

'Enchantments' Of Rasputin's Lion-Taming Daughter

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Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 4:09 pm

The famed mystic Rasputin — notorious for his otherworldly powers and his sexual escapades — may not have seemed like a traditional family man, but in fact, he had a wife and three children.

His eldest daughter, Maria, is at the center of Kathryn Harrison's new novel, Enchantments, a dark fairytale mash-up of history and magical realism set during the last days of Imperial Russia.

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Around the Nation
3:25 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

After Scandal, New Rules For Juveniles In Pa. Courts

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton, Pa., in 2009. Ciavarella was convicted last year of racketeering and conspiracy for taking nearly a million dollars from the developer of two for-profit prisons.
David Kidwell AP

More than 2,000 young people in Pennsylvania are trying to put one of the nation's worst juvenile justice scandals behind them. It's been a year since a former judge was convicted in the so-called "kids for cash" scandal.

New rules intended to protect the rights of children took effect this week, but questions about Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system remain.

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Around the Nation
3:24 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes

A cross with the words "Promises Made"-- referring to statements from BP and government officials — stands in front of a pile of crosses symbolizing things that were impacted by the spill, in a front yard in Grand Isle, La.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 4:09 pm

Oil giant BP has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal was announced late Friday and prompted a federal judge in New Orleans to postpone a Monday trial, but the proposed settlement solves only one piece of BP's legal exposure from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

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Around the Nation
2:00 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Animal Disease Center's New Home Proves Difficult

The animal disease center that the Homeland Security department has maintained since Sept. 11 has fallen into disrepair. A proposed new location in Kansas has been riddled with neighborhood concerns, safety threats and escalating costs. Laura Ziegler of Harvest Public Media reports.

The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Mormon Leaders Warn Followers To Stop Controversial Baptisms

The sun sets behind the Mormon Temple, the centerpiece of Temple Square, in Salt Lake City.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 12:00 pm

Mormons around the world are getting this warning Sunday: Stop posthumous baptisms of "unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims."

"Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors," says a letter to be read in every Mormon congregation. "Those whose names are submitted for proxy [baptisms] should be related to the submitter."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Predictions

Now that Fox is developing a sitcom that takes place at an NPR station, our panelists predict what the pilot episode will be about.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Rich Man, Gaffe Man; The Next Big War; and Muggles Rejoice.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:45 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets to our shows and more information, you can go to wbez.org and you can also find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of innovations in beauty, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:45 pm

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Luke Burbank, Roxanne Roberts and Alonzo Bodden. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Shhhh!, Like Amazon For the Heartbroken, oPads.

Simon Says
7:57 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Politics Gets Dirtier: Attack Ad Goes After Cat

Not even pets can hide from the political caterwauling; a superPAC has attacked the candidacy of Hank the Cat.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 12:38 pm

If American politicians are going to quarrel like cats and dogs, why not just elect cats and dogs?

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Middle East
7:01 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Red Cross Restricted As Killing Continues In Syria

The Syrian government continued shelling the city Homs overnight. The latest United Nations report estimates 7,500 people have been killed since unrest began nearly a year ago. The government has also continued to refuse entry to the International Committee of the Red Cross. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.

NPR Story
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Ben And Jerry Raise Dough For Occupy Movement

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founder's of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, are part of a group of business leaders trying to raise money for Occupy Wall Street to help it regain its earlier momentum. Host Scott Simon talks with them about how they've already raised $300,000 and aim to raise $1.5 million more.

NPR Story
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Where GOP Women Stand On The Political Race

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 9:48 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

As the candidates battle it out, there's a key fact always worth remembering: 53 percent of those who cast votes in the last presidential election were women.

Michelle Bernard is a political analyst who studies voting trends among women. She is the founder and CEO of the conservative Bernard Center for Woman, Politics, and Public Policy. Thanks for being with us.

MICHELLE BERNARD: Thanks for having me.

SIMON: Let's try and clear this up. Is there a women's vote?

BERNARD: Yes.

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NPR Story
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

With Elections, A Look At U.S.-Russian Relations

Three years ago this month, President Obama said he hoped to promote more cooperation between the U.S. and Russia. It would be hard to see where that may have happened recently, as Vladimir Putin approaches power again. Host Scott Simon speaks with the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, about Sunday's elections in Russia.

Sports
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Bounties Uncovered: Paying For Pain In The NFL

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 9:48 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

A National Football League investigation revealed yesterday that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty program. Players were paid bonuses off the books for putting game-ending hits on opposing players. The NFL says bounties were paid for the past three seasons, including 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Defensive players were offered $1000 for a cart off - an injury so bad a player would be carted off the field - and $1,500 for a knockout, which needs no explanation.

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Presidential Race
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

In Ohio, A Battle To Prove Electability

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 9:48 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Now, to Super Tuesday. Ohio may not offer the most delegates of the ten states who will vote on Super Tuesday, but it has become the most coveted state for all the candidates of the Republican nomination for president, a microcosm of the countrywide fight for supremacy. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will all campaign there today. NPR's Tamara Keith has this campaign update from Cleveland.

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Around the Nation
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

BP Expects To Pay $7.8 Billion To Oil Spill Victims

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

BP is beginning to settle the financial bill it faces from a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of individuals and businesses who sued the company have agreed to settle for nearly $8 billion. The plaintiffs all say they were harmed when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 men, and leading to the massive spill.

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Middle East
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

The World Watches Syria: What Will It Do?

As the violence in Syria continues, the international community has been unable to do much more than continue to condemn it. Host Scott Simon talks with Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the mounting debate over intervention and the new humanitarian access to the country.

Sports
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

A Changing Season: A New Spring Training Ethos

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 9:48 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Baseball has begun its spring training season. That used to be taken as a sign of spring. Is it now a sign of ka-ching in Major League Baseball? Jim Bouton, who pitched for the New York Yankees, the Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and about a dozen other major, minor, and semi-pro teams, the man who shook up baseball 40 years ago with his classic diary, "Ball Four," so widely quoted and reissued, joins us from the studios of New England Public Radio in Amherst.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

What Does Obama's Foreign Policy Stand For?

David Rohde is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times reporter, who's now a foreign affairs columnist for Reuters and The Atlantic. He talks to host Scott Simon about what he calls the "Obama doctrine" in a piece that appears in the current issue of Foreign Policy magazine.

Television
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Actor Ciaran Hinds Takes On Crime

Ciaran Hinds seems to show up in every other movie you may have seen over the past decade, including There Will Be Blood, The Road to Perdition, Harry Potter and The Debt. He's currently starring in the hit television series Above Suspicion based on the Lynda La Plante novels. Host Scott Simon speaks with Hinds about his career.

Movies
7:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

DeVito 'Speaks For The Trees' In 'The Lorax'

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 9:48 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Danny DeVito, a short, funny guy with a long and winding career in movies, TV, on-stage and online, from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" off-Broadway and onscreen, to the TV shows "Taxi" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and online films. His latest project transports him to the land of Truffula trees and singing fish.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE LORAZ")

DANNY DEVITO: (as The Lorax) I'm playing poker. He's playing Go Fish. And I think he's hungry.

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Governing
5:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Occupy May Seem To Be Receding, But Look Closer

Occupy Wall Street protesters shout during a "Shut Down the Corporations" demonstration in New York on Wednesday.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 3, 2012 11:45 am

For people who watch TV news or read newspapers, the Occupy movement might seem to be in hibernation.

Most of the encampments are gone, and diminished numbers take part in protests.

But there's a lot of ferment behind the scenes — at least at Occupy Wall Street.

Check the Occupy Wall Street website and you'll see at least 15 events every day: meetings by working groups on arts and culture, alternative banking, media, security.

'Pop-Up' Protests

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Fresh Air Weekend
12:56 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Being Flynn,' Barry Blitt

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
12:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Tornadoes Slow, With Destruction In Their Wake

Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes cause major damage Friday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:59 am

This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.

At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)

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Around the Nation
5:33 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Storms And Tornadoes Lash Eastern U.S.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Economy
5:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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