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Sports
7:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

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

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Author Interviews
7:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

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

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Asia
12:33 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

North Korea Releases Two Americans Held In Captivity

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

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Politics
10:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

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

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

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

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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StoryCorps
10:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Former Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp sat down with his father, Kirk Sharp, to talk about what happened when Ryan returned home after two tours in Iraq.
StoryCorps

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

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he didn't know he had a traumatic brain injury.

All he knew, and all his family knew, was that he was deeply depressed. He would talk about ending his life.

During a StoryCorps interview in Lincoln, Neb., his father, Kirk Sharp, asked if Ryan remembered any of those suicidal conversations.

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Space
7:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

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

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Europe
7:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Catalonia Readies For Sunday's Independence Vote

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

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Music Interviews
7:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Teacher And Prodigy Play The Blues

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

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Sports
7:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

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

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer and it is time for Sports.

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Author Interviews
2:43 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

John Cleese got his first big break in London's West End and as a script writer and performer on The Frost Report.
Andy Gotts Courtesy of Crown Publishing

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 5:40 pm

John Cleese is a big, tall, stiff-upper-lipped international symbol of British wit. He's made us laugh in Fawlty Towers and movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, A Fish Called Wanda, and, recently, as the exasperated master of spycraft — Q — who gives James Bond some of his best toys to break.

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