Simon Says
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

What Black Friday Crowds Are Really Shopping For

A holiday shopper at the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square.
Andrew Burton AP

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 4:17 pm

It's hard not to look at some of the pictures of people surging into stores as they opened at the stroke of midnight for Black Friday sales and see some kind of crass, mindless mob.

The crowds in Cairo's Tahir Square clamor for democracy and free speech. Crowds in American shopping malls seem to clamor for Blu-rays, Xboxes and Wii consoles.

There were even a few reported instances of violence Friday among unruly shoppers, hell-bent for bargains.

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Food
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Turkey Feels Pressure To Act On Syria

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 1:29 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Arab League meets today in Cairo to consider imposing sanctions against Syria after Damascus rejected the League's demand that Syria allow an observer mission into the country. As protests there continue and the death toll mounts, neighboring Turkey says it's ready to join the Arab League in levying punitive measures against the government in Damascus. But as NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul, Turkey's deep reluctance to endorse a military option underscores the complex risks surrounding any foreign intervention in Syria.

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Music Interviews
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Doris Day (Yes, That Doris Day) Topping Charts

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 4:17 pm

A new name burst onto the top rungs of British pop charts this year with a song called, "My Heart." Well, maybe not a new name; it's actually one of the most famous names in musical history. Host Scott Simon speaks with screen legend Doris Day about her new album.

Commentary
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

One Last Hitchhike In A Moscow Taxi

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 4:17 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Before you hear this next story, let's offer a caution. Hitchhiking is not generally safe. But just happens to be a way of life in Moscow. That may be about to change.

NPR's David Greene sent this postcard from the Russian capital.

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Around the Nation
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Back From Iraq, A Soldier Gives Thanks With Family

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 8:48 am

Military families across the country celebrated Thanksgiving this week with loved ones who were home after being deployed to Iraq for the last time. Scores of troops are coming home as the war winds down to an end next month, but for one Kentucky National Guardsman, his commitment to family is as strong as his desire to serve. Brenna Angel of member station WUKY in Lexington has his story.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

After Supercommittee Fails, Last Year's Plan Gets New Look

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Sports
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Deal Reached; NBA Season Mostly Saved

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 4:17 pm

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Middle East
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Mubarak's Party Haunts Egyptian Elections

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Protesters across Egypt are demanding an end to military rule and they say they no longer want anyone connected to former President Hosni Mubarak's regime in power. But an Egyptian high court recently gave a green light to hundreds of former members of Mr. Mubarak's outlawed ruling party to run for parliament. With elections scheduled to begin next week, critics worry that people connected to that era might have the money and connections to win. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson...

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Around the Nation
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Down South, Surviving Christmas Trees In High Demand

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This year's Christmas Grinch may be Mother Nature. The Associated Press reports that historic droughts in Texas and Oklahoma have killed thousands of evergreen trees in those states, including trees being grown for sale at Christmas. Karen Barfield joins us now. She runs the Tinsel Time Christmas Tree Farm with her husband in New Caney, Texas.

Mrs. Barfield, thanks for being with us.

KAREN BARFIELD: You're welcome.

SIMON: What's your farm look like now after the drought?

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Business
7:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

Early Receipts Indicate A Happier Holiday Season

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 4:17 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The holiday shopping season started even earlier this year in hopes that consumers would spend more in these economic times. Macy's, Toy R Us, Target, all moved up their opening times - in some cases to Thanksgiving Day. Joining us now to talk about Black Friday is NPR correspondent Yuki Noguchi. You've been reporting the scenes in stores. What can you tell us about the volume of shopping?

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