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  • 11:55am Feb 23, 2013

    YouTube Era Creates New Metric For Billboard's 'Top 100'

    Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea speaks with Silvio Pietroluongo of Billboard Magazine about the recent changes to the formula for the "Hot 100" chart. Billboard now incorporates the number of views on YouTube to determine the top songs in the country.
  • 11:55am Feb 23, 2013

    Pistorius Case Puts South African Courts In Spotlight

    Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea speaks to David Smith, Africa correspondent for The Guardian, about the latest in the murder case against Olympian Oscar Pistorius. Smith has been live-tweeting updates all week as Pistorius stands accused of shooting his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine's Day.
  • 11:55am Feb 23, 2013

    Statement Over 'Three-Fifths' Creates Full Controversy

    Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea talks to Leslie Harris, associate professor of history at Emory University, about the controversy triggered by Emory President James Wagner's praise for the "three-fifths compromise" of the U.S. Constitution. The notorious measure decreed that slaves were three-fifths of a person.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voices his opposition to President Obama's choice of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as secretary of defense, on Capitol Hill last week.
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    11:55am Feb 23, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Senate Decisions Could Put Lindsey Graham's Seat At Risk

    The South Carolina Republican has been outspoken in his criticism of President Obama's administration lately, particularly his opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. But this may have to do more with a possible primary challenge than the nomination itself.
  • 10:06am Feb 16, 2013

    Is Honest Abe's Stovepipe Hat A Fake?

    State officials in Illinois want to conduct DNA tests on the top hat on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to see if he ever really wore it. Museum officials think the idea is worse than bad.
  • 10:05am Feb 16, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    New Gun Laws Still A Touchy Subject In Congress

    Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Dick Durbin about the prospects for gun control legislation. The Illinois Democrat chaired a Senate hearing on the issue of gun violence, but the congressional debate remains contentious.
  • 10:05am Feb 16, 2013
    Sports Sports

    Week In Sport: A Track Star's Fall From Grace

    The Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was charged this week with the murder of his girlfriend at his home in South Africa. His appearance in the 2012 Olympics marked the first time a double amputee had ever competed. Also, with Selection Sunday just four weeks away, no team in college basketball can hang onto the No. 1 spot. Weekend Edition Saturday Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.
  • 10:05am Feb 16, 2013
    Religion Religion

    When The Pope Speaks (Latin), Who Is Listening?

    Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation this week. He gave the announcement in Latin, but who still understands the language? Apparently there are more than 50,000 people in Finland who do. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with Finnish radio broadcaster Tuomo Pekkanen about his Latin radio show.