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Sat July 9, 2011

A Taste Of Space Life: Urine Recycling

There is an experiment aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis: an osmotic bag to turn urine into something drinkable. Host Scott Simon has more.


Sat July 9, 2011

Paul Provenza And The Art Of Stand-Up


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

Comedians don't like to talk about comedy any more than magicians like to talk about their tricks. Comedy isn't chemistry. You can't put laughs together like some kind of recipe. Sometimes, you can do everything that seems right and fall flat or do everything wrong, but still win a laugh.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Music News

Peter Tosh: Reclaiming A Wailer

Peter Tosh performs at the University of Miami in 1976.
Lee Jaffe Courtesy of Sony Music

This story contains language that may be objectionable to readers.

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The two names are practically inseparable. But in the years since they became the most prominent reggae band of all time, another name has diminished in history: Peter Tosh.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Music News

'The Magic Flute,' Distilled To An Essence

Abdou Ouologuem, Dima Bawab, Thomas Doliz and William Nadylam in a scene from director Peter Brook's A Magic Flute.
Courtesy of Lincoln Center

Legendary British stage director Peter Brook has made a career of deconstructing and reinvestigating the classics. He rearranged the soliloquies in Shakespeare's Hamlet, and cut the chorus from Bizet's Carmen and set it in a bullring. Now, at 86, Brook is taking on one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's best-loved works, The Magic Flute.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Middle East

Poppy Crops Set To Bloom If Afghanistan Aid Withers

Originally published on Wed July 13, 2011 12:01 am

An Afghan holds a bouquet of poppies near the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Majid Saeedi Getty Images

In case you missed it, June 26 was the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Afghanistan, the world's largest provider of opium poppy, did mark the occasion — with a bonfire.

Standing near an 11-ton mountain of seized opium, hashish and alcohol on the outskirts of Kabul, Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi welcomed officials to the drug-burning ceremony.

Ahmadi, the country's deputy minister for counternarcotics, appealed for a strong international effort against narcotrafficking. He also asked for more cooperation from his own government on the issue.

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