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  • 9:26am Mar 24, 2013
    World News World News National Politics & Government

    Obama Leaves Middle East With Mixed Reviews

    President Obama heads home from the Middle East Saturday, after a mixed reception to his four-day visit. Obama spent much of that time in Israel, trying to lay the groundwork to revive the long-stalled peace process with the Palestinians. He also traveled to the West Bank and met with Jordan's King Abdullah. NPR's Scott Horsley has a recap from Amman, Jordan.
  • Anti-riot police face off with protesters in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Qatif on March 11, 2011. Despite bans on the demonstrations, Shiite Muslims in the eastern part of the country have continued to stage protests, demanding political changes.
    Reuters /Landov
    4:27pm Mar 23, 2013
    World News World News

    In Saudi Arabia, Shiite Muslims Challenge Ban On Protests

    When demonstrators began rising up against Arab governments in 2011, Saudi authorities responded with large spending projects and with tough actions against protesters. However, the Shiite minority in eastern Saudi Arabia persists with regular demonstrations.
  • 9:57am Mar 17, 2013
    World News World News National Politics & Government

    Reading The Tea Leaves Of Obama's Mideast Trip

    President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when he travels to the Middle East next week. Host Scott Simon talks with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View about the president's upcoming trip.
  • 7:46am Mar 16, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    What's Changed: From Brady Bill To Current Gun Control Push

    Host Scott Simon speaks with Sarah Brady about current attempts to pass gun control legislation. Brady has been active in promoting additional gun control since her husband, former presidential press secretary James Brady, was shot in the head during the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
  • 7:46am Mar 16, 2013
    Sports Sports

    Bright Beginnings, Sad Endings In Sports News

    Spring's around the corner, and baseball's back in full swing with spring training and the World Baseball Classic entering the elimination stage. While the Miami Heat have been on a tear, Grambling State just completed the opposite: a winless season at 0-28. Host Scott Simon is joined by Howard Bryant of ESPN.
  • The noisy film is mostly wordless, with animals and nature filling in the blanks between its strangely stark images.
    The Cinema Guild
    7:46am Mar 16, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Leviathan': The Fishing Life, From 360 Degrees

    Leviathan is a new film that's a documentary, and yet not quite a documentary. The mostly wordless art piece uses tiny cameras and dramatic soundscaping to probe the edges of human-animal interaction off the coast of New England. The filmmakers explain their unusual production process.
  • 8:47am Mar 10, 2013
    World News World News

    When Insects Go Biblical: Swarms Head Toward Israel

    A plague of locusts has recently moved from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Larry Abramson about the swarms that have arrived just a few weeks ahead of the Passover holiday.