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Brazil Protests Continue

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota about the mass protests taking place in that country over corruption and the rising cost of living.

Brazil's Indians Reclaim Land Citing Promises, Using Force

Brazil has become a global powerhouse when it comes to agriculture. Yet there's friction in the country's rural heartland: Cattle ranchers and soybean producers are facing off with indigenous tribes over who has rights to vast tracts of land.

India Revives An Ancient University

At one time, Nalanda University was a prestigious center of learning that attracted scholars from all over Asia. But after it was destroyed in the late 1100s, it languished. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Nobel economist Amartya Sen about plans to revive the ancient university as a collaborative school between several Asian nations.

Amid Ire At U.S., Germany Does Its Own Domestic Spying

Revelations that the NSA spied on foreign Internet communications are a particularly sensitive issue in Germany, where memories of privacy intrusions under communist rule in the east remain vivid. But the German government itself is beefing up existing surveillance in the name of fighting terrorism.
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Widespread Protests In Brazil

Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest rising prices, high taxes and government corruption. What the demonstrations mean for Latin America’s biggest economy.

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Report: U.K. Spy Agency Taps Trans-Atlantic Fiber Optic Cables

The Guardian newspaper pins the revelation on more documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The paper says the British government collects a vast amount of information in an indiscriminate manner.

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Gets Two Years For Hacking And Fraud

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 28, was convicted of stealing personal information from a Swedish bank and a U.K.-based consultancy.

A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer

China's "Tianhe-2" (Milky Way 2) supercomputer took first place in one recent speed test, clocking in at 30 quadrillion calculations per second--about twice as fast as the best American machines. The U.S. still has more supercomputers than any other nation, but some experts say computer speed is a measure of a country's scientific innovation, and worry the U.S. is lagging behind.