10:05am

Sat December 17, 2011
Latin America

Paroled U.S. Activist Says Peru Won't Let Her Leave

Paroled U.S. activist Lori Berenson said Saturday that she and her toddler son were not permitted to leave Peru despite being granted permission in court to spend the holidays in New York with her family.

"They didn't let me leave and they're putting out this version that I arrived late," she said in a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press, referring to media reports citing unnamed airport officials.

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Media

The Truth Squad Reports On The GOP Debates

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 8:24 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week the Republican presidential hopefuls squared off in the last debate before the Iowa caucuses on January 3rd. There have been 16 debates this election cycle and the assertions have been flying.

We're joined now by Bill Adair, who is editor of the non-partisan fact-checking website PolitiFact.com, to look at some of the noteworthy half-truths, maybe outright falsehoods that may have been uttered.

Bill, thanks for being back with us.

BILL ADAIR: Thanks for having me.

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Iraq

Five Big Moments In The Iraq War

With the Iraq war officially over and the pullout of U.S. forces nearly complete, host Scott Simon talks with Tom Ricks, author of The Best Defense blog, and Jon Lee Anderson from The New Yorker about the most influential turning points of the war.

6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Technology

Top Gadgets And 'Best Innovations' Of The Year

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 8:24 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Popular Science magazine is out with its 100 best innovations issue. If you've got hard-to-please family members on your holiday shopping lists, maybe you want to consider something like an inflatable wetsuit for big-wave surfing. That's just one of the year's top gadgets. Tell us a little more about some of the noteworthy innovations, we have Mark Jannot in our New York studios. He's the editor-in-chief of Popular Science. Thanks for being with us.

MARK JANNOT: It's always fun, Scott.

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Officials Face Trial In Sex Abuse Case

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 8:24 am

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Politics

A Freshman's Year In A Dysfunctional Congress

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 8:24 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We're going to go to a Republican member of the House, Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan. He represents the 2nd district in western Michigan. We check in with him from time to time throughout his first year in Congress. Congressman, welcome back.

REPRESENTATIVE BILL HUIZENGA: Hey. Good to be with you, Scott.

SIMON: Now, let me ask about - are these stop-gap measures just the new way of doing business in Congress, and does that just kick the can down the road a couple of months?

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Sports

Barry Bonds Under House Arrest Plus Probation

Former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest and two years probation on Friday for his federal conviction of obstruction of justice. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Politics

In Congress, Short-Term Compromise At 11th Hour

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 8:24 am

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
Sports

Sports: Patriots Vs. Tebow's Faith; Bonds Sentenced

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 8:24 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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6:00am

Sat December 17, 2011
National Security

Soldier's Hearing Weighs Harm From Wikileaks

Military prosecutors say Army Pvt. Bradley Manning downloaded troves of secret documents from a computer station in Baghdad and passed them to Wikileaks. If investigators recommend that Manning face court martial, it could land him in prison for the rest of his life. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

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