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4:16 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Thousands Of Children As Young As 6 Work In Bolivia's Mines

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Remember those Chilean miners who spent more than two months trapped underground? What if I told you they were the lucky ones?

Many miners in South America work in conditions far more dangerous, and some of them are as young as 6 years old. Their daily travails would shock Charles Dickens. But now, some children in Bolivia are unionizing and asking the government to lower the working age.

Wes Enzinna went into the mines in the city of Potosi to understand why. And he writes about the experience for VICE magazine.

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World
4:15 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Nairobi Seeks Answers 2 Months After 'Kenya's 9/11'

On Sept. 21, terrorists attacked the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people. Despite early reports of as many as 15 gunmen, Kenyan police now know that the attack was the work of only four terrorist, all of whom died in the suicide mission. But some other very important questions remain unanswered.

Pop Culture
4:08 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

In The World Of Podcasts, Judge John Hodgman Rules

In addition to Hodgman's work on Judge John Hodgman, he has contributed pieces toΓ‚ This American LifeΓ‚ andΓ‚ Wiretap. His most recent book,Γ‚ That Is All, was published in 2011.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of Maximum Fun

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 5:08 pm

Should the kitchen sink's built-in dispenser be filled with dish soap or hand soap?

Can you stop family members from using your childhood nickname?

Is a machine gun a robot?

These are the kinds of pressing decisions before the court on the podcast, Judge John Hodgman.

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History
4:08 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

'Project Unspeakable' Asks The Big Questions

A group of people inspired by a book on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are creating theater around the idea that his death could have been part of a conspiracy. And the questions don't stop there.

Health Care
4:08 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

White House Optimistic At Deadline To Fix Obamacare

The Obama administration set a self-imposed deadline of the end of November to have the major kinks worked out in HealthCare.gov, the website at the center of implementation for the Affordable Care Act. In the hours before its deadline, the site was taken offline for repairs. But the White House says the site is in much better shape than it was two months ago, when it launched and promptly failed to work for most users.

Business
4:08 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Boston Says It Has A Plan To Erase The Gender Wage Gap

It doesn't matter if you're a surgeon, a banker or a fisherman β€” if you're a woman in the United States, you're probably paid less than a man. That hasn't changed with federal laws or the feminist movement.

But now, Boston thinks it has a solution to completely erase the gender wage gap.

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Science
4:08 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Putting A Price On 'Dueling Dinosaur' Fossils

What would you pay for a fossil of two complete dinosaurs locked in what seems to be a fight to the death? An auction house put that question to the test with the dinosaurs, discovered in 2006 in the Hell Creek formation of Montana. It got an unexpected answer.

U.S.
4:08 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Women Still Make Less Than Men For Same Work

Despite a host of local and state laws meant to create gender parity in the workplace, women of all education levels continue to be paid less than men for the same work. Heather Boushey, an economist with the Center for American Progress, talks about why the gender gap persists.

The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Paul Crouch, Co-Founder Of Trinity Broadcasting Network, Dies

Paul Crouch during one of his shows on TBN.
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Paul Crouch, who along with his wife Jan, founded a TV network that went on to become the largest Christian television network in the world, died on Saturday, the network announced.

Trinity Broadcasting Network said it is believed that he died from on-going heart problems. He was 79.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

AP Poll: 'Americans Are A Mistrustful Bunch'

Most bikers don't trust cars.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 2:26 pm

Picking up on an interesting finding from the General Social Survey, the Associated Press conducted a national poll on Americans and trust.

The General Social Survey found that the number of Americans who say most people can be trusted has plummeted. Back in 1972, when the GSS first asked the question, half of respondents said most people can be trusted. These days, it's down to one-third.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Sat November 30, 2013

U.S. Offers To Destroy Some Of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 2:53 pm

The United States has offered to destroy some of Syria's chemical weapons, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement on Friday.

The U.S. plans to destroy the chemicals aboard a U.S. vessel at sea using a process called hydrolysis, in which chemical agents are neutralized using hot water plus other chemicals.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Sat November 30, 2013

North Korea Says Detained American Has 'Apologized'

This photo taken on Nov. 9 and released on Nov. 30 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows American Merrill Newman inking his thumbprint onto a written apology for his alleged crimes both as a tourist and during his participation in the Korean War.
KCNA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 1:43 pm

North Korea says a U.S. veteran, who has been detained for more than a month, has apologized for committing "indelible crimes against" the country in the past and during his current trip.

The North Korean government released an edited video of 85-year-old Merrill Newman reading a handwritten apology.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Jason Kidd Says He Spilled His Drink In An Attempt To Win

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd yells to his team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, on Nov. 24 in New York.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 1:57 pm

Jason Kidd, the first-year coach for the Brooklyn Nets, admitted that he spilled a drink on purpose in attempt to win a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

By Thursday, the league had reviewed video and fined him $50,000 for the stunt and last night, Kidd finally talked about the incident.

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Favorite Sessions
9:02 am
Sat November 30, 2013

opbmusic Presents: Aaradhna

Aaradhna Patel performed live for OPB in Portland, Ore.
Kathryn Boyd-Batstone OPB

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:18 am

One of the big winners in last week's New Zealand Music Awards was the singer Aaradhna. She took home three "Tuis" awards β€” Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb, Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album. Treble and Reverb was released in the U.S. in October.

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Fresh Air Weekend
8:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Fresh Air Weekend: Anjelica Huston, 'Nebraska' And Turkey Tips

In a new memoir, Anjelica Huston recounts her childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London and her coming of age in New York.
Robert Fleischauer Courtesy of Scribner

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 11:44 am

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
7:47 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Police Helicopter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub; At Least 8 Dead

Glasgow resident Paul Watt, 48, crouches near a police cordon in Glasgow on Saturday. Watt was a regular patron of the pub hit by an out-of-control police helicopter.
Andy Buchanan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 2:04 pm

(This post was last updated at 11:42 a.m. ET.)

A police helicopter crashed into a bar in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday night, leaving at least eight dead and an unknown number of patrons trapped inside the building.

Throughout this morning, emergency crews have been sifting through the wreckage in search for survivors.

During a press conference in this afternoon, Scotland police said the three people aboard the helicopter were killed and five others in the club also died as a result of the crash.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Single Muslim Hipster Seeking Same? You May Be In Luck.

HipsterShaadi.com

Since moving to Canada four years ago, Annie Idris has tried her fair share of Muslim matrimonial sites. Four or five, by her guess. "But I haven't been lucky," she says.

The 31-year-old, whose parents are from Pakistan and who grew up mostly in Saudi Arabia, says it's mostly cultural differences getting in the way β€” the men are sometimes too conservative for her taste, or they don't share her interests. She's talked to plenty of eligible bachelors, but none have been The One.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Odds Favor White Men, Asian Women On Dating App

A recent study on data from a dating app found all women except black women were most drawn to white men, and men of all races (with one notable exception) prefer Asian women.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Researchers recently took data from the Facebook app Are You Interested and found that not only is race a factor in our online dating interests, but particular races get disproportionately high β€” and low β€” amounts of interest.

Of the 2.4 million heterosexual interactions researchers reviewed, the findings show:

  • Women get three times the interactions men do.
  • All men seemed to be more interested in people outside their race.
  • Black men and women get the lowest response rates to their messages.
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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

U.S. Urges Commercial Airlines To Comply With New Chinese Air Zone

Japanese Coast Guard vessels sail alongside Japanese activists' fishing boat, not in photo, warning the activists away from a group of disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan.
Emily Wang AP

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 1:42 pm

While saying that it is still "deeply concerned" by China's broadening of its air defense zone, the U.S. State Department urged commercial airlines to abide by the new zone and give Chinese authorities advance notice if they planned to fly over a set of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

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Author Interviews
6:31 am
Sat November 30, 2013

'Gold' Ponders The Glittering Metal's Allure

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 3:53 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Health Care
6:31 am
Sat November 30, 2013

3 Stories From HealthCare.gov Users

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 9:21 am

The experience has been mixed for three people who signed on to the website to buy insurance. Scott Simon asks an office manager, a family therapist and a social media manager if they think the process has improved.

Health Care
6:31 am
Sat November 30, 2013

How Will We Know If HealthCare.gov Is Fixed?

Health care specialist Stacy Chagolla helps William Bishop compare plans at an Affordable Care Act enrollment fair in Pasadena, Calif., this month.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 2:51 pm

Saturday is the day the Obama administration set as its deadline for making HealthCare.gov a "smooth experience" for most users.

A tech-savvy team of engineers, database architects and contractors has been working through the holiday to ensure the White House makes good on that promise, but judging the success of their efforts may take some time.

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Music Interviews
6:31 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Herb Alpert Steps Out With A Little Latin, A Little Piaf

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 9:37 am

Jazz legend Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are both Grammy winners, and Alpert, who co-founded A&M Records, has sold over 75 million albums in a career that dates back to the late 1950s. They join host Scott Simon to talk about their new album, Steppin' Out.

Books News & Features
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Sherman Alexie Wants You To Be A 'Superhero' For Indie Bookstores

Sherman Alexie models an Indies First tote bag. He plans to put in shifts at five Seattle bookstores this Saturday.
American Booksellers Association

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 3:18 pm

Back in September, poet and novelist Sherman Alexie wrote an open letter to a group of people whom he called the "gorgeous book nerds" of the world, asking them to become "superheroes" for independent bookstores.

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Health Care
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act

Insurance companies say they are finding numerous mistakes on a digital form that's essential for signing up through HealthCare.gov.
AP

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 2:13 pm

Saturday is the day the Obama administration promised it would have HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the majority of people who need to sign up for health insurance.

As the Obama administration scrambles to fix the glitch-plagued site, experts are beginning to worry about another problem that may further impair the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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Economy
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd

President Obama shopped with daughter Malia at One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Small Business Saturday last year.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 2:09 pm

After Black Friday has come and gone, a new shopping day arrives: Small Business Saturday.

Small-business owners hope that after you've spent time at the big-box stores and the mall, you'll spend money with the mom-and-pops in your neighborhood.

The idea for the day came out of a committee at American Express in 2010, after the depths of the recession. AmEx President Ed Gilligan loved the idea of creating a new holiday.

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NPR Story
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Tony Joe White's Steamy 'Hoodoo' Rock

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 9:54 am

Even if you haven't heard of Tony Joe White, you've probably heard his music. His songs have been performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. He's even been sampled by Kanye West. Host Scott Simon talks with White about his distinctive swamp rock sound, and his new album, Hoodoo.

NPR Story
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

A London Cabbie's Guide To Lit Gifts

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 6:31 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. No way around it. It's shopping season and for many people there's nothing like giving a book as a holiday gift. A book is not only a fine companion, it reflect something about both the giver and the receiver. And you don't have to change the batteries.

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NPR Story
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

The Case Against Big Data In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 6:31 am

University of Miami professor Robert Plant is starting to wonder if big data is ruining sports. He talks with host Scott Simon about how crunching the numbers is changing β€” and has already changed β€” the games we love to watch.

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