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2:25pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 4:16 pm

Surveillance team member Osman Sow washes his boots after working in a potentially contaminated area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Survey teams are sent out every day to assess sick people and dispatch burial teams to collect the dead.
David Gilkey NPR

Ebola is on the rise in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown. Just this week, 234 new confirmed infections were reported, and every day hundreds of residents call the emergency line to report more possible cases in their neighborhoods.

To deal with the surge, the nation sends health surveillance teams into the community to investigate the alerts, visiting up to five homes a day to check on residents.

The junior member of one team is Osman Sow, a young man with a wisp of a beard and a serious manner.

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2:06pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Parallels

Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:54 pm

Civilians who had just recently arrived in Yola prepare to flee again, this time in a large open-top truck headed to the city of Jos.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

As Nigeria's military continues to battle Boko Haram fighters for control of towns and territory in the turbulent northeast, fearful residents are leaving — or being driven out of town. More than 200 schoolgirls, abducted by the Islamist extremists in April, are still missing.

Hoisting the black flag of al-Qaida, the insurgents have imposed strict Islamic law in areas under their control, vowing to establish a caliphate.

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12:05pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Parallels

In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:28 am

After Palestinian Abdel Rahman Shaludi killed two people with a car in an attack last month, Israel destroyed his family's apartment in East Jerusalem by blowing up the front outside and most internal walls. Israel says the aim is deterrence, while the Palestinians call it collective punishment.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

After a spate of deadly violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to speed up home demolitions of attackers as a punishment and deterrent.

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10:15am

Sat November 22, 2014
Environment

What We Learn When Find Silence

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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7:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Middle East

Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 4:46 pm

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 19, 2014.

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7:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Governing

Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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7:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Sports

Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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4:29pm

Sat November 15, 2014
Around the Nation

For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 5:30 pm

A 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.
Paul Sancya AP

The first 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line this week, and it is no normal truck. The new F-150 pickup is the first with an aluminum body, making it hundreds of pounds lighter than its predecessors.

Ford isn't taking this gamble on just any truck — the F-150 is the company's most important vehicle. Morgan Stanley estimates the F-Series truck line and SUV derivatives represent 90 percent of Ford's global profits.

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8:12am

Sat November 15, 2014
Simon Says

Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 10:21 am

Onlookers take cell phone pictures of stranded window washers hanging from scaffolding on the side of One World Trade Center.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Everyone has days in which we wonder if much of anything works. Websites crash. Screens blink, go blank, or taunt: I'm sorry. Try later. We have an unusually high volume of calls. Download to update. Click here if you've forgotten your password.

But for a couple of hours on an afternoon this week, people got glimpses of excellence.

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
World

Ukraine Conflict Disturbs G-20 Summit

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:55 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Remembrances

Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 10:21 am

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Sports

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 10:21 am

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Author Interviews

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 10:21 am

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12:33pm

Sat November 8, 2014
Asia

North Korea Releases Two Americans Held In Captivity

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 1:09 pm

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10:38am

Sat November 8, 2014
Politics

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:33 pm

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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