5:35pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Education

Help For The Economy? Not From Debt-Bound Grads

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 8:39 am

Gan Golan of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt during Occupy D.C. activities in Washington. Average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose an additional $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared with a year ago.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

In a little more than 10 years, the total amount of student loan debt in this country has doubled to more than $1 trillion. In the not too-distant-future, student loan debt will eclipse the amount of money Americans owe on their cars and credit cards.

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5:17pm

Sat April 28, 2012
History

Operation Tiger: D-Day's Disastrous Rehearsal

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:12 pm

A disastrous rehearsal for D-Day took place on Slapton Sands in southwestern England.
Terry Smith Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Sixty-eight years ago today, the Allies launched a massive dress rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy — the famous D-Day landings that would happen five weeks later. But that rehearsal turned into one of the war's biggest fiascos.

It took place on Slapton Sands, a beach in southwestern England. British historian Giles Milton wrote about the rehearsal on his blog last week.

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5:15pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Asia

Seeking Refuge, Blind Chinese Activist Flees

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

It's been more than a day now since news broke of a blind Chinese dissident's dramatic escape from house arrest. It's now thought that Chen Guangcheng secretly traveled 300 miles to the capital, Beijing, and is being sheltered on the grounds of the U.S. embassy there.

NPR's Beijing bureau chief is Louisa Lim, and she joins me now from there. Louisa, first off, is it clear that he is actually on embassy grounds?

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4:34pm

Sat April 28, 2012
National Security

Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

The FlyRights mobile app, created by The Sikh Coalition, will be available for download on Androids and iPhones starting Monday, April 30.
Courtesy of The Sikh Coalition

More than a decade after 9/11, heightened security at U.S. airports has become routine, yet some religious and minority groups say they're unfairly singled out for even more screening. Well, now there's an app for that.

The mobile app is called FlyRights. Travelers who suspect they have been profiled take out their smartphone, tap a finger on the app and answer about a dozen questions. Then they hit "submit" and an official complaint is filed immediately with the Transportation Security Administration.

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3:49pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Music Interviews

Carrie Underwood: Country's 'Good Girl' Goes Dark

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Carrie Underwood's new album is Blown Away.
Courtesy of the artist

Since winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has become one of the most popular country artists in the business. At the age of 29, she is tied with country legend Reba McEntire as the Female Country Artist with the most number one hits on the Billboard charts. Not bad for a girl from Checotah, Okla.

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2:13pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Religion

Pastor Joel Osteen: An Everyday Message, Magnified

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Joel Osteen's television program is seen in more than 100 nations and reaches more than 10 million U.S. households each week. He has four No. 1 New York Times bestselling books, a top-ten weekly podcast and sells out stadium-sized worship events across the U.S. and abroad.
Joel Osteen Ministries

Joel Osteen is one of the most influential religious figures in the world.

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9:53am

Sat April 28, 2012
Asia

Blind Chinese Activist Reported Under U.S. Protection

A blind legal activist who fled house arrest in his Chinese village is under the protection of American officials, overseas activists said Saturday, putting the U.S. in a difficult position days ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Chen Guangcheng, who has exposed forced abortions and sterilizations in villages as a result of China's one-child policy, escaped a week ago from his guarded home in Shandong province in eastern China. Chinese-based activists say he was driven away by supporters and then handed over to others who brought him to Beijing.

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8:03am

Sat April 28, 2012
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Veterans And Record Nostalgia

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for Your Letters.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: Many of you were moved by our story about the Soldier Ride, a four-day cycling event organized by the Wounded Warriors Project. Iraq War veteran Sergeant Michael Owens spoke about why he rides.

SERGEANT MICHAEL SULLIVAN: I think it's really important for warriors and veterans like myself to be able to know that we can still do the same things we did before, or new things that we never tried before.

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8:03am

Sat April 28, 2012
Europe

Europe's Crisis May Put Politicians Out Of Work

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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8:03am

Sat April 28, 2012
Africa

Political Tensions Mount Between Sudans

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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