Weekend Edition

Scott Simon

From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations, and America's backyards, National Public Radio's Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition

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Law
7:53 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Inside Clinton Correctional: Power Tools And Barbecue Grills

Clinton Correctional Facility, where two prisoners escaped last week, was built in the 1840s in Dannemora, N.Y. The prison historian says inmates have frequent access to tools, supplies, and information about how the prison works.
Chris Wattie Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 12:04 pm

The first time I went inside Clinton Correctional Facility was more than a decade ago.

I was there to do a story about the architecture and history of this maximum security prison, built in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York in the 1840s. It was a rare glimpse of a world and a culture few people ever see.

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Around the Nation
7:33 am
Sat June 13, 2015

When Feeding The Homeless Runs Afoul Of The Law

Cheever stands with Mundo, one of her regular homeless clients.
David Martin Davies TPR

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:50 am

Every Tuesday night, Joan Cheever hits the streets of San Antonio to feed the homeless. In a decade, she's rarely missed a night. But on a recent, windy Tuesday, something new happens.

The police show up.

"He says we have to have a permit," Cheever says. "We have a permit. We are a licensed nonprofit food truck."

Cheever runs a nonprofit called the Chow Train. Her food truck is licensed by the city. On this night, she has loaded the back of a pickup with catering equipment and hot meals and driven to San Antonio's Maverick Park, near a noisy downtown highway.

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Around the Nation
7:04 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Gunman Attacks Dallas Police Headquarters

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 9:46 am

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Sports
6:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Hoops And World Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 9:46 am

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Finally, time for sports.

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Politics
6:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Chicago Democrats Make Appeal To Republican Candidates

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 9:46 am

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Around the Nation
6:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

The Duffel Blog: Like 'The Onion' In Camo

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 9:59 am

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Sports
6:00 am
Sat June 6, 2015

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah plays with hot walker Juan Ramirez during a bath Friday at Belmont Park.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 10:44 am

The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult tests in sports: Three horse races over the course of just five weeks, culminating with the Belmont Stakes Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

American Pharoah is favored to win, which would make him the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 37 years. But his rivals have a key advantage: They've had extra time to rest, and that's led to some grumbling inside the sport.

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The Salt
5:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Salt appears in white clumps in a newly sprouted chile field in Garfield, N.M.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe KJZZ

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 10:44 am

For some people, too much salt is bad for health. Too much salt is also bad for growing most crops.

Salty soil is a common problem for farmers in the arid West and it's gotten worse because of the ongoing drought. Water is necessary to flush salts out; without it, salt builds up over time.

In New Mexico, one crop that's suffering is the state's beloved chile pepper.

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Sports
5:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Triple Championships: The Weekend In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 10:44 am

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Sports
8:00 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Newly Re-Elected, FIFA's Sepp Blatter Denies Ties To Corruption

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 9:14 am

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