2:38pm

Sat October 22, 2011
Music News

How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star

Illustration of Franz Liszt. The Hungarian composer and pianist revolutionized the art of performance.

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When you think of rock n' roll, Franz Liszt might not be the first name that comes to mind. But the classical pianist, born 200 years ago today, was in many was the first rock star of all time.

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11:23am

Sat October 22, 2011
NPR Story

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Dies

Originally published on Sat October 22, 2011 11:49 am

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9:15am

Sat October 22, 2011
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: MacFarlane, Zombies, 'Snatchers'

Seth MacFarlane voices several characters on Family Guy, including Brian (left) and Stewie (right) Griffin.

Fox

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011
Simon Says

It's A Girl! The New iPhone Speaks

Siri's answer to the meaning of life is actually kind of impressive.

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Why is Siri female?

Siri is the name of a new talking virtual assistant feature on the latest iPhone that can tell you when you have an appointment, where to find a Thai restaurant and what the pollen count will be.

I have friends who have the phone and love to ask Siri, "What's the meaning of life?" She has an answer, which is impressive. Maybe it takes a circuit board to recognize the special quality of life. But frankly, her answer sounds a little robotic.

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8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Herman Cain's Tax Math

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: Lots of mail about my interview last week with Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain, especially what Mr. Cain said about the taxes paid by a family of four making $50,000 under the current tax system.

HERMAN CAIN: Based upon standard deductions and standard exemptions, they're going to pay $10,200 in taxes.

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8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011
Author Interviews

'Jane Austen Made Me Do It,' Authors Claim

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SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011
Politics

Iowa Not Primaries' End, But You Can See It From Here

Originally published on Sat October 22, 2011 11:49 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Iowa's 2012 presidential caucuses are now just about 11 weeks away and candidates are chasing after voters with increasing urgency. Tonight, a half-dozen Republican hopefuls will speak to a gathering of social conservatives, but before that there's football tailgating, pheasant hunting and more on their schedules. NPR's Don Gonyea joins us from Des Moines. Don, thanks for being with us.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: It's a pleasure.

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8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011
Middle East

With Gadhafi's Death, So Ends NATO's Campaign

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SCOTT SIMON, host: As we said, NATO is winding down its military mission in Libya and NATO ambassadors meeting in Brussels say that the air campaign will end by October 31, seven months after it began. We're joined now by the U.S. permanent representative to NATO, Ambassador Ivo Daalder, who is in Brussels. Mr. Ambassador, thanks so much for being with us.

Ambassador IVO DAALDER: It's my pleasure.

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8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011

8:00am

Sat October 22, 2011
Middle East

The Post-Gadhafi Era Begins In Libya

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SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Libyans are preparing to declare the liberation of their country two days after the death of Moammar Gadhafi. NATO plans to end its seven-month mission in the country on October 31. But the manner in which Gadhafi died remains a question that the United Nations and human rights organizations want answered. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro joins us from Tripoli. Lourdes, thanks for being with us.

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO: You're welcome.

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