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Digital Life
6:55 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Wikipedia Holds An Edit-A-Thon To Draw Women Editors

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:27 am

A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is designed to encourage women to contribute to the online encyclopedia. Sara Snyder of the Smithsonian American Art Museum tells NPR's Scott Simon why.

Politics
6:55 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Activists Push Public Financing Of N.Y. Political Campaigns

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:27 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court could deliver a new ruling as early as next week that could undo existing limits on regulating political money. But on the other hand, a coalition of liberal groups has started pushing for the public finance of elections. They essentially want to give money to candidates so they don't have to chase big donors. And the current fight is going on in New York's state capitol, Albany. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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Middle East
6:55 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Egypt's Death Penalties Set New Standard Of Severity

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:27 am

This week an Egyptian court sentenced over 500 people to death. NPR's Leila Fadel tells NPR's Scott Simon that it was one of the harshest verdicts ever imposed in modern Egypt.

Religion
6:55 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Pope And Obama Share A Knack For Inspiring The Young

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:27 am

President Obama met with Pope Francis this week at the Vatican. Among those watching most closely were young American Catholics.

Middle East
6:55 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Obama Holds Talks With King Abdullah In Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:27 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. And President Obama is on his way home on Air Force One after a quick trip to Saudi Arabia. The president met with Saudi Arabia's aging monarch, King Abdullah. Last night and today he met with the Saudi woman who won a U.S. State Department Women of Courage Award. We're going to turn now to Ellen Knickmeyer, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She's in Riyad. Thanks so much for being with us.

ELLEN KNICKMEYER: Yeah. It's my pleasure, Scott.

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