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Fresh Air Weekend
11:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris

John Oliver's new political satire Last Week Tonight airs on HBO. Oliver says the network gives him an almost "confusing amount of freedom."
Eric Liebowitz Courtesy of HBO

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:

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show: The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

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Middle East
10:52 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.

As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. and Iranian negotiators also spent time fending off questions about the crisis in Iraq.

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Courtesy of the ASARB

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:30 am

Glance at the map above, Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.

No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. 2 tradition in Arizona and Delaware, and that Baha'i (green) ranks second in South Carolina?

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The Salt
9:48 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Science Of Stink: Blame Sulfur Compounds For Your Garlic Breath

It makes our mouth water, but it makes our breath stink.

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:12 pm

Garlic is delicious. But if you consume enough of it, its stench can repel not only vampires but any person within a 5-foot radius.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Revelers Greet The Solstice Sunrise At Stonehenge

The sun rises as thousands of revelers gathered at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice on Saturday.
Sang Tan AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 9:47 am

Thousands danced and sang and celebrated the sunrise at Stonehenge on Saturday on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The Associated Press said the site was filled with new-agers, revelers practicing yoga, pagans and modern-day Druids — what the Guardian calls a "bogus deep-time tradition."

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