2:24pm

Sun May 13, 2012
Africa

In Zimbabwe's Media, It's All About Robert Mugabe

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 1:59 pm

Zimbabwe's government has exercised control over most of the media. Here, workers sort out copies of The Daily News, one of the few independent newspapers. It was allowed to reopen in March 2011 after being shut down for years because it was critical of the government.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

When you turn on the morning news in Zimbabwe — or the afternoon news, or the evening news — there's a virtual guarantee you'll hear about President Robert Mugabe, or even his actual voice.

Even when there's a song by the Zimbabwean group Born Free Crew, it features a voice-over of none other than Mugabe, who's been leader since independence in 1980.

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2:23pm

Sun May 13, 2012
Why Music Matters

Stop The Music: A Dancer Tries Silence

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 10:24 am

Amy O'Neal, a modern dance choreographer, recently took on the challenge of performing without music.
Gabriel Bienczycki Courtesy of the artist

Weekends on All Things Considered continues its "Why Music Matters" series with stories of music fans, told in their own words. Today's story is about Amy O'Neal, a choreographer who took on the challenge of dancing in complete silence.

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10:51am

Sun May 13, 2012
Very Funny

Vaudeville Cafe hosts 'Mouth of the South' Comedy Competition

This stand-up comic competition begins May 15th and runs on Tuesday nights at Vaudeville Cafe in downtown Chattanooga.  Sixty or so comedians from the Tennessee Valley and beyond have signed up to compete.  The final round will be judged by an agent from Funny Business comedy booking agency.  For more information, click here.

Listen to the story with comics Kristine Kinsey and Chad Rosser and Vaudeville Manager Sandra Moses.  

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7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Opinion

Hillary Clinton: 'Incredible Rush' Will Have Its End

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greet each other before a meeting in Kolkata, India, on May 7.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets questioned about her political future wherever she goes. She says she plans to get off the "high-wire" of politics after she wraps up her tenure as secretary of state, but her trips sometimes feel like she's campaigning — for America's image and for her own legacy. NPR's Michele Kelemen has this behind-the-scenes reporter's notebook of Clinton's most recent swing through Asia.

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7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Words Of Wisdom Commence For 2012 Grads

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It's graduation season at colleges and universities around the country. And just as Mitt Romney addressed the students at Liberty University, other prominent politicians, entertainers and leaders are joining in that celebrated tradition. Here now, we present a composite commencement address for the class of 2012, drawn from some famous voices over the years.

(SOUNDBITE OF COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES)

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: Board of trustees, distinguished guests...

BARBARA BUSH: ...faculty, parents...

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7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Politics

Politics Wrap: From Gay Marriage To Romney's Speech

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson about Mitt Romney's commencement address and the dominant political story of the past week: President Obama's public endorsement of same-sex marriage.

7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Presidential Race

To Largest Crowd Yet, Romney Speaks Of Faith

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Sports

The NFL's Defense Against Head Injury Lawsuits

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: If life is a ball game, then Mike Pesca is the guy behind home plate helping us sort out the check swings from the foul balls. He is, of course, NPR's sports correspondent and our guide to the fascinating intersections between life and sports. He joins us, as he does every week. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey. Every once in a while you could foul a ball off a check swing.

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7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Religion

Military Chaplains Raise Gay Marriage Concerns

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Rachel Martin.

On the same day that President Obama announced that he's had a change of heart and now publicly supports same-sex marriage, there were quieter moves on Capitol Hill to protect the rights of some who do not.

On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee passed its version of a bill designed, in part, to protect military chaplains from coming under pressure to marry service members of the same sex.

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7:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Middle East

For Egyptian Candidate, Broad Appeal And Expectations

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 12:09 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Egypt, under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, was one of America's closest intelligence partners in the Middle East. And U.S. officials are watching this month's presidential election in Egypt very carefully.

A one-time leader of the Muslim Brotherhood is emerging as a leading candidate. He's considered a moderate Islamist who appeals to secular as well as religious Egyptians.

But, as we hear from reporter Merrit Kennedy in Cairo, the candidate is walking a fine line trying to stay true to his agenda.

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