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On Sundays, Weekend Edition combines the news with colorful arts and human-interest features, appealing to the curious and eclectic. With a nod to traditional Sunday habits, the program offers a fix for diehard crossword addicts-word games and brainteasers with The Puzzlemaster, a.k.a. Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times. With Cornish on the sidelines, a caller plays the latest word game on the air while listeners compete silently at home. The NPR mailbag is proof that the competition to go head-to-head with Shortz is rather vigorous.

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NPR Story
12:01 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:45 pm

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Europe
10:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Iraq
9:57 am
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.
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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

If President Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants by bringing Iraq's Sunnis on board to fight sounds oddly familiar, that's because it is.

When the U.S. faced a raging insurgency by Sunni militants — then called al-Qaida in Iraq — seven years ago, it recruited local Sunni leaders and paid their tribesmen to fight against those militants.

The effort, dubbed the Awakening, quieted the threat — for a while. But the local leaders who led the tribesmen back then say that this time, the U.S. might have trouble convincing Sunnis to rejoin the fight.

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Strange News
8:29 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Africa
8:20 am
Sun September 14, 2014

USAID Steps Up Building Of New Ebola Treatment Units

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Asia
8:20 am
Sun September 14, 2014

As Floodwaters Recede In Kashmir Valley, Anger Grows

Small boats operated by the National Disaster Response Force ferry flood victims in Kashmir on Saturday.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 2:53 pm

The magnitude of the flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir is still unfolding. As scale of the impact becomes clear, the disaster is igniting an angry mood.

The ordeal is stirring the political cauldron of the disputed Himalayan region that is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Parts of the main city Srinagar, population 1 million, remain submerged in water, and residents are missing. Chaotic relief operations, meanwhile, have stoked public anger.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:20 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Puzzle And The Pea

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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable "pee" — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end. For example, one saying the same thing again and again would be "repeater."

Last week's challenge: Think of a word starting with T. Drop the T, and phonetically you'll get a new word that's a synonym of the first one. What words are these?

Answer: Twirl / whirl

Winner: Brian Gillis of Evanston, Ill.

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Digital Life
7:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Imagine a world 700 years into the future. Aliens are taking over the galaxy. You are on a mission to save the last city on earth. But...

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEOGAME, "DESTINY")

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Race
12:02 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

At 11, Marquis Govan Has Some Things To Say About Ferguson

Marquis Govan of St. Louis got interested in politics by going along with his great-grandmother to vote.
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:54 pm

The St. Louis County Council convened for a regular meeting on Aug. 19. It was only a day after a particularly turbulent night in Ferguson, one filled with protests, tear gas and many arrests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Only a couple dozen people showed up to the council meeting. Three spoke during the public comment section. One was Marquis Govan.

He lowered the microphone to match his 11-year-old height before speaking.

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Politics
11:23 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Cuomo Gets More Of An Opponent Than He Bargained For

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout been hammering Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegedly interfering with the work of his own anti-corruption commission earlier this year.
Mike Groll AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was supposed to cruise past next Tuesday's primary election in New York on his way to a second term.

But the powerful Democratic incumbent may have more trouble than many expected. For one thing, his main opponent, a little-known law professor named Zephyr Teachout, is mounting a respectable challenge from the left. For another, Cuomo could potentially wind up with a running mate he doesn't want.

This week, the local cable news channel NY1 tried to host a debate between Cuomo and Teachout. Teachout was the only one to show up.

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Music Interviews
10:20 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Wainwright's New Album: Death, Depression And Parking Spaces

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Author Interviews
10:20 am
Sun September 7, 2014

A Nameless Character Lost And Adrift In 'The Dog'

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Around the Nation
10:09 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Father-Daughter Travelers Return From Alaskan Wilds

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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Sunday Puzzle
8:12 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Rhyming Phrases, With Consistent Consonants

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Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the two words start with the same consonant or pair of consonants. Given rhymes for the words, you name the words.

Example: Given "stubble checker," you would say, "double decker."

Last week's challenge from listener Peter Gwinn: Think of a word that means "to come before." Replace its last letter with two new letters to get "someone who comes after you." These two words are unrelated etymologically. What words are they?

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Sports
8:00 am
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Open Surprises: Stars Djokovic And Federer Out

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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Animals
8:00 am
Sun September 7, 2014

At 60 Tons, This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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Around the Nation
1:33 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

For Their Own Good? New Curfew Sends Baltimore Kids Home Early

This hangout spot in East Baltimore — like the rest of the city's outdoor spaces — now comes with a police-enforced nighttime age limit. Children under 14 must be indoors by 9 p.m. each night, all year long. Kids age 14-16 can stay out a little later, until 10 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on other nights.
Courtesy of Brian O'Doherty

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 2:43 pm

Young people in Baltimore are adjusting to life under a tougher curfew law. For 20 years, the city has required kids to be inside at night during the summer — but now, children younger than 14 must be in by 9 p.m. every night of the year.

It's one of the strictest curfews in the country, and you can see its impact at the gym at Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore. On a recent Tuesday evening, the sun has set — and Ulysses Cofield, or Coach U, is trying to keep an eye on the time.

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Parallels
12:46 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Gaza's Shattered Airport, Once A Symbol Of Sovereignty

The destroyed and deserted main gate of the Gaza international airport in the southern city of Rafah.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 7:23 pm

It's hard to imagine a more compelling monument to the rise and fall of the Palestinian dream of statehood than the bombed-out ruins that the 1.8 million people of Gaza call their international airport.

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Food
12:19 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Oklahoma Joe's Restaurant Comes Home

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

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Sunday Puzzle
8:03 am
Sun August 31, 2014

The Same Until You Shuffle

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Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer this week is a made-up two-word phrase, in which both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.

Example: Identical line where two pieces of fabric are sewn together = SAME SEAM

Last week's challenge: Name a world leader of the 1960s (two words). Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Who is the leader, and what is the song?

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Iraq
7:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

U.S. Launches Airstrikes To Help Aid Reach Iraqi Town

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

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Iraq
7:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Syrian Crisis Complicates U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

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Africa
7:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Ebola Prevention Supplies Running Short In Liberia

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

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Music News
7:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Latin Indie Groups Cover Ricky Martin Hits

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

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Goats and Soda
11:44 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Aid Workers In Short Supply As Ebola Grips Liberia

After arriving by ambulance, people with suspected Ebola virus lie on the ground before being admitted to the Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, last week. The 120 beds in the center were filled almost immediately.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 8:51 am

Sheldon Yett is UNICEF's lead man in Liberia. Over a long career he's been in the thick of all sorts of crises — wars, earthquakes, epidemics. He's seen firsthand how, when disaster strikes a poor country, aid workers and experts from all over the world flood the zone.

But with the Ebola epidemic, almost no one is answering the call.

"I'm astounded by how difficult it has been to get the partners we need," Yett says. "People are afraid. I can't convince my own staff to come. It's extremely, extremely difficult. We need skilled, qualified people here."

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Around the Nation
11:38 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Earthquake, Aftershocks Shake Northern California

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 4:54 pm

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StoryCorps
10:11 am
Sun August 24, 2014

An Outcast Teen Attacked With Slurs, Fists, Gasoline And A Match

Darnell Moore (right) tells his friend Bryan Epps about growing up in Camden, N.J., where a group of boys once attacked him and attempted to light him on fire. Moore now mentors LGBTQ teens.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 4:55 pm

When Darnell Moore was a teenager in the late 1980s, living in Camden, N.J., he didn't know he was gay — but he did know he was an outcast.

"At 13 I was a nerd," Moore tells his friend Bryan Epps, during a visit to StoryCorps OutLoud in New York. "I took such great pride in wearing dress pants and button-up shirts, unfortunate white socks like I was a preacher."

"My grandmother would send us to the store, and I hated going to the store because I know that somewhere between my grandmama's house and the store there would be somebody wanting to pick on me for some reason."

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Code Switch
9:59 am
Sun August 24, 2014

50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S.

Police officers struggle with a man dripping wet from the blast of a fire hose during rioting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1964.
Dozier Mobley AP

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 12:02 pm

Fifty years ago this summer — a half-century before the protests in Ferguson, Mo. — riots broke out in seven cities in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania, sparked by confrontations between black residents and their predominantly white police forces.

In Philadelphia, the violence began after dark, in late August.

"It was a hot day and just wasn't too much activity in the hood, as they say," remembers Kenneth Salaam, who was 15 years old in 1964.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:27 am
Sun August 24, 2014

A Puzzle Hokey Pokey, That's What It's All About

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Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 12:13 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase, in which the first word has 5 letters. Drop its last letter and read the remaining 4 letters backward, and you'll get the second word of the phrase.

Example: A Scrabble piece used by a select group of people = ELITE TILE

Last week's challenge from American puzzlemaker Sam Lloyd: You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39 and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target?

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Sports
7:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Giants, 49ers Lack Pre-Season Spark: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 12:02 pm

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Now that rousing song was not written by BJ Liederman, but he did write our theme music. Still it's good to hear this because the drum line means that Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast from slate.com, is here to talk sports. Mike, hi.

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