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Asia
4:04 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Online, Chinese Spin English Words For New Meaning

An unusual list of words popped up recently on China's Twitter equivalent, Weibo. The words are in English, but they've gone viral on the Chinese Twittersphere. Chinese "netizens" have come up with satirical misspellings of "democrazy" and "freedamn."

Economy
4:04 am
Sun November 18, 2012

An Evolutionary Explanation For The Fiscal Cliff

Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology behind the fiscal cliff negotiations. Vedantam says humans evolved as short-term thinkers, which makes dealing with the long-term problem of the national debt particularly difficult.

Asia
4:04 am
Sun November 18, 2012

With Obama's Asia Trip, An Attempted Focus Shift

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:45 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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

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Politics
3:41 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Evangelical Leader Suggests It's Time To Collaborate

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:04 am

The election has also triggered some soul searching among evangelical Christian voters. Now, one of the movement's top leaders says it's time to stop the war rhetoric and start reaching out for compromise. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jim Daly, the president and CEO of Focus on the Family, about the post-election direction of the conservative evangelical movement.

Sports
3:41 am
Sun November 18, 2012

What's The Beef With College Football Rankings

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 5:03 am

College football bowl season is just around the corner, and with it comes the seemingly perennial controversy around the bowl game selection process. Rachel Martin and NPR's Mike Pesca discuss the vagaries of the Bowl Championship Series ranking system, and why you can't just blame it on computers.

Author Interviews
3:41 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Relationships, Short And Sweet, In 'Married Love'

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:04 am

Host Rachel Martin speaks with British writer Tessa Hadley about her new collection of short stories, Married Love and Other Stories. Hadley teaches creative writing at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and her stories regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine.

The Two-Way
3:24 am
Sun November 18, 2012

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A ... Guy In A Giraffe Suit?

Armstrong Baillie, in costume.
YouTube

"Scotland Is Growing To Love The Good Giraffe's High Ideals:

"A Dundee man who carries out random acts of kindness while dressed as a giraffe admits the bizarre wheeze came to him during a trip to the toilet."

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NWPR Books
3:08 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Inspecting The Trend Of Autistic-Spectrum Characters

Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are the authors of Colin Fischer.
Doug Hac

Tasha Robinson is the national associate editor for The A.V. Club.

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Music Interviews
2:52 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts

Willie Nelson has recorded more than 100 albums and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
David McClister Courtesy of William Morrow

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 4:04 am

At nearly 80, Willie Nelson remains impressively prolific: lots of songs, lots of kids and, fittingly, lots of autobiographies. The country singer's latest memoir is called Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, after a song on his Heroes album, released earlier this year. Nelson says those seeking earth-shattering revelations about his life should look elsewhere; that wasn't his intention in writing the book.

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Food
2:52 am
Sun November 18, 2012

The Veggieducken: A Meatless Dish With Gravitas

The Sporkful

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:45 am

Vegetarians don't need your sympathy on Thanksgiving, says Dan Pashman, host of a food podcast and blog called The Sporkful. Pashman is an omnivore, but he spoke to vegetarians and found "it actually makes them feel uncomfortable when a host goes to extreme lengths to make something special just for them."

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