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12:57 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Giants Pound Royals 11-4 To Tie World Series

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
David J. Phillip AP

The San Francisco Giants came roaring back Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 11-4 before a thundering crowd at AT&T Park in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Giants Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the team and charged up the crowd to tie the series at two apiece. Pence got three hits, drove in three runs, scored twice and made a nimble sliding catch in right field in the ninth.

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Music Interviews
6:54 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Messing With Perfection: Why The Flaming Lips Took On 'Sgt. Pepper'

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips speaks to NPR's Arun Rath about his band's new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends.
Courtesy of the artist

Rolling Stone called it the greatest album of all time — and for some, that's an understatement. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, raising the standard of rock 'n' roll and challenging their peers to catch up. For just about anyone who cares about rock music, this album is unassailable. And yet, one band — with a reputation for being contrarian — is testing the waters.

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Parallels
6:24 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Israel's Solar-Powered 'Trees': For Smartphones And Community

A small solar-powered tree, invented by Israeli energy entrepreneur Michael Lasry, stands at the edge of natural greenery.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 7:35 pm

There are plenty of real trees in Ramat HaNadiv. Oaks, pine and willow line the trails that circle through this nature park near Mount Carmel in northern Israel.

And planted in the gravel at the edge of one clearing is a new species, the solar powered tree.

Biologically speaking, of course, all trees are powered by the sun. But this is different.

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Europe
6:21 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Ukrainians Going To The Polls Amid Conflict And Corruption

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

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Around the Nation
6:21 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

'Ole Miss' Debates Campus Traditions With Confederate Roots

Mississippi Rebels fans cheer for their team prior to their game on October 18. The University of Mississippi has been in an ongoing effort to distance the state's flagship academic institution from its segregationist history.
Michael Chang Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

University of Mississippi football is riding high these days; they're undefeated and one of the top three teams in the nation.

But as Ole Miss fans come together to root for their team, many other traditions are coming under scrutiny. The school's been engaged in a long-running effort to remove potentially divisive, and racially charged symbols, to try and make the campus more "welcoming."

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Sports
6:21 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

From The Stadium To Your Stereo: Behind Baseball's Biggest Sounds

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit this solo home run to lead off the World Series' second game, three big parabolic microphones arranged around home plate captured the crack of his bat.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit a home run to lead off the second game of the World Series, millions of viewers heard that satisfying crack of the bat well before watching the ball fall into the Royals' bullpen.

It's baseball's most iconic sound, and it's the No. 1 job for Fox's baseball audio engineer-in-chief, Joe Carpenter.

"The bat crack is really kinda where everything starts for us," Carpenter tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Iran Executes Woman Who Said She Stabbed Man Who Attacked Her

Reyhaneh Jabbari, seen here during a 2008 court date in Tehran, was executed in Iran Saturday. She had said she acted to defend herself from a potential rapist.
GOLARA SAJADIAN AFP/Getty Images

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed by hanging in Tehran today, despite her appeals and calls from international activists for a new trial. Jabbari had said she acted in self-defense when she stabbed a man who was trying to sexually abuse her. Her execution had been postponed several times since her sentence was first announced in 2009.

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World
5:10 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

After Shootings, Canada Takes Steps To Balance Security With Tradition

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

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My Big Break
5:10 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

Charlotte Hornets guard Muggsy Bogues (left) works his way around New York Knicks guard Chris Childs in the first half of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on April 24, 1997.
Bill Kostroun AP

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

At 5 feet 3 inches, Tyrone Bogues, better known as Muggsy Bogues, holds the record as the shortest player in NBA history.

He was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1987, but he's best known for playing with the Charlotte Hornets alongside Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson.

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The Two-Way
4:10 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Federal Agencies Recognize Gay Marriages In 6 More States

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 4:32 pm

The federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage in 32 states and the capital, after Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that federal agencies will now recognize same-sex married couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce, Bassist And Singer For Cream, Dies At 71

Jack Bruce, left, seen here with fellow Cream members Ginger Baker (center) and Eric Clapton in 1967, has died. The bassist sang such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love."
George Stroud Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 2:33 pm

Scottish musician Jack Bruce, who co-founded the rock band Cream and created seminal music in the 1960s, has died, his family has confirmed. Bruce played bass in the trio that included Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums. He sang such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free."

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Parallels
1:58 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

Companies from Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran were among the more than 100 Internet startups at this year's Startup Istanbul event on Sept. 30. It was Iranian entrepreneurs' first time competing on an international stage.
Courtesy of Startup Istanbul

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 3:06 pm

Imagine this: You have a great idea for an Internet startup. You're sure it will work. You are ready to be part of the global market. There's one big problem: You live in Iran, a country facing some of the most extensive financial sanctions imposed on any country in the world.

That was the challenge for a team of young Iranian entrepreneurs competing in the recent Startup Istanbul, where aspiring entrepreneurs got to pitch ideas to the founders of successful tech companies and venture capitalists at a conference in Turkey.

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It's All Politics
1:57 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
Seth Perlman AP

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

Google vice president Alan Eustace is lifted by a balloon into the stratosphere, in a record-breaking skydive over New Mexico Friday.
Paragon Space Development Corporation Reuters /Landov

Only two years after it was broken, the world record for the highest skydive has been rewritten. Google executive Alan Eustace set a new mark Friday when he fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting in a free-fall for about 5 minutes before deploying his parachute. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.

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Fresh Air Weekend
1:30 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: Ed Norton, Nostaglic DVD Releases, America's Test Kitchen

In Birdman, Ed Norton (right) plays a talented but pretentious actor in a Broadway play being directed by an actor he disrespects (Michael Keaton, left) for having starred in a series of Birdman superhero films.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:45 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:45 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Filled in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:45 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who will be the next czar at the White House? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be Florence Henderson, and she will be the MILF czar.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: We will leave that undefined. Amy Dickinson.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Sat October 25, 2014

New Incan Find One-Ups Peru's Famous 12 Angle Stone

With 13 angles, a stone has been found by researchers in Peru that could undermine the famous 12-Angle Stone that has drawn thousands of tourists.
Peru's Ministry of Culture

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 1:26 pm

Hundreds of years after it was precisely carved and placed into a wall, a stone has been found in Peru that could undermine the country's famous 12 Angle Stone.

Researchers say the stone is part of "a hydraulic system built at the archaeological site Inkawasi in Huancavelica," hundreds of miles from the other stone that has long been revered as a paragon of the Inca's intricate masonry.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Details Emerge About Washington State High School Shooting

Community members and students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School gather for a vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday night. Two students died in the violence, including the gunman. Several more were wounded.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 1:33 pm

One day after gun violence took two lives and wounded four other people in Marysville, Wash., we're learning more about the gunman and the scene of panic that erupted in a high school cafeteria Friday morning. Students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School describe a desperate scene — and a member of the school's staff is being credited with helping to prevent more killing.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Health Care Worker Tests Negative For Ebola In NJ, Stays In Quarantine

A nurse has been quarantined at University Hospital in Newark for the possibility of Ebola has tested negative in a preliminary test, authorities said early this morning.
Patti Sapone NJ Advance Media /Landov

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 4:33 pm

A woman who was put in isolation at Newark Liberty International Airport remains under quarantine, despite a preliminary test that found she did not have the deadly Ebola virus.

The health care worker was isolated Friday as she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She had no symptoms of the disease, but after she developed a fever, she was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

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An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

Yet what's really important about the ensemble is how they play — and judging from this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, these Nordic lads possess warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none.

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Music Interviews
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Middle East
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Line Between Islamists And ISIS Blurs In Egypt

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Politics
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:39 pm

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Shots - Health News
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

Doctors rarely talk about death.

Mostly it's because we're in the business of trying to help people prolong their lives, which almost always makes death an unwelcome topic of discussion.

Too often, death is seen as failure, though it shouldn't be. Death is a natural part of the cycle of our lives.

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Global Health
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

New Mandatory Quarantines May Drive Away Ebola Volunteers

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Iraq
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Turkey Is A 'High-Maintenance Ally' In Fight With ISIS

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

I'm Scott Simon. Perhaps the most confounding element in the fight against the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS, is Turkey - a U.S. ally. Or is it really? Or at least do the interests of Turkey match up with those of the United States?

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Global Health
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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

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Sports
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Royals Take Game 3; Cowboys Surge: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Now why don't we turn to sports?

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