8:05am

Sat April 12, 2014
Food

School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

8:02am

Sat April 12, 2014
Africa

Pentecostal Churches Accused Of Exploiting Cameroon's Poor

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing Christian denomination in the world. It has spread swiftly through sub-Saharan Africa, which is now home to nearly 45 percent of all of Pentecostals. In Cameroon, a mainly Christian nation that sits in the crook of West Africa, the church's explosive growth has attracted government attention and ire. Andres Caballero reports.

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7:56am

Sat April 12, 2014
Africa

Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves.

7:54am

Sat April 12, 2014
Latin America

Jailed In Cuba Since 2009, USAID Contractor On Hunger Strike

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Alan Gross is already in frail health after spending more than four years in a Cuban prison. This week, he went on a hunger strike, but ended it after a few days. Mr. Gross is the USAID contractor who was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and accused of espionage. He was working to provide Internet access to Cuba's Jewish community. Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View has been reporting on the Alan Gross story, joins us in our studios. Jeff, thanks so much for being with us.

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7:43am

Sat April 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:33 am

Pakistani toddler Mohammad Musa, seen here sitting in his grandfather Muhammad Yasin's lap after a court hearing in Lahore. A court threw out charges of attempted murder against the toddler Saturday.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

Weeks after he was fingerprinted and appeared in court on an attempted murder charge, baby Mohammad Musa Khan is no longer living under the shadow of a criminal conviction. His case has been termed absurd, ridiculous and a sign of a justice system in need of reform.

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7:21am

Sat April 12, 2014
Your Money

IRS Chasing Children For Dead Parents' Debts

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

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7:20am

Sat April 12, 2014
Economy

After Austerity, British Economy Declared World's Fastest-Growing

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

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Sometimes economics are turned on their head. Now, for years, Britain has had controversial austerity measures in place. Olivier Blanchard, the International Monetary Fund's chief economist, likened them to playing with fire. This past week, the IMF published its World Economic Forecast and concluded the fastest-growing economy of any rich country in the world is Britain's. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, led the U.K.'s austerity measures.

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7:04am

Sat April 12, 2014
Around the Nation

A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

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7:04am

Sat April 12, 2014
Parallels

Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:49 am

Members of the Iranian band Accolade perform in an unauthorized stage performance in the capital Tehran in January 2013. Those seeking greater social freedoms are often testing the limits in Iran.
Vahid Salemi AP

In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms.

The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. He has the backing of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to continue the nuclear discussions, but cultural hardliners are stepping up the domestic pressure.

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7:04am

Sat April 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:42 am

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the McCutcheon v. FEC case.

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