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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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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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Movie Interviews
7:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Elisabeth Moss Revels In Naive-But-Calculating Characters

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:44 pm

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Author Interviews
7:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:37 pm

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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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Arts & Life
10:56 am
Sun August 17, 2014

At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

Tammy Heinsohn (left) and Carolyn Wilson sing in the meditation room of Alive Hospice in Nashville. They're part of the Threshold Choir, which sings to the dying.
Emily Siner Nashville Public Radio

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:39 am

The Threshold Choir brings music to those on the threshold of life — people who are dying. The first group started about a decade and a half ago. Now there are choirs in 120 cities, and even a few countries.

One of the newer chapters is in Nashville. On a recent day, Tammy Heinsohn and two other choir members were going room to room at a hospice there, introducing themselves and offering to sing some lullabies.

They waited at one doorway until 86-year-old Avis Moni told them to come in, then walked to her bedside and began singing.

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Around the Nation
8:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Police And Protesters Clash Over Curfew In Ferguson

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:39 am

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Remembrances
8:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

A Video Game Tribute To Robin Williams

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:39 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF COMMERCIAL)

ZELDA WILLIAMS: Stop stealing my rubies.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: They're mine now - mine.

Z. WILLIAMS: It is not over yet.

R. WILLIAMS: What move was that? Oh, don't do that. No, no, no.

Z. WILLIAMS: It's over. You lose.

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Author Interviews
8:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:39 am

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The Sunday Conversation
10:16 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Entrepreneur Looks Beyond Africa's Problems To Focus On Solutions

Vital Sounouvou is an African entrepreneur who founded Exportunity.com, a company to help promote trade in Africa.
Courtesy of Vital Sounouvou

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:04 am

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Vital Sounouvou comes from Benin, a small country in West Africa. To help promote global trade in Africa, he founded the company Exportunity.com after some sobering advice from a college professor.

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Technology
9:43 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

Steve Cohen and his students fly a drone at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. The FAA prohibits drones from flying above 400 feet or from being used for commercial gain.
Sarah Gonzalez WNYC

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:38 pm

It's getting easier for the average civilian to own drones.

The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn't have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes.

They're available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area.

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Parallels
8:02 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to become the nation's first strong president since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded Turkey in 1923.
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 12:18 pm

The news from Turkey lately has been mostly bad: A mine disaster this spring killed more than 300 workers; a corruption probe in December raised allegations of high-level graft in the Cabinet; and resentment continues to smolder against mega-projects that are threatening Istanbul's remaining green spaces.

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National Security
7:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Air Force Sees Drones In Its Future

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 11:54 am

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Asia
7:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Why India's Modi Defied The WTO

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 11:54 am

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Books
10:51 am
Sun August 3, 2014

'Great Glass Sea' Presents A Dark Vision Of Bright Nights

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:06 pm

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Space
10:15 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:06 pm

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Afghanistan
9:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Afghanistan Officials To Audit Votes From June Election

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:07 pm

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Movies
9:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

'Calvary' Brings Murder And Other Sins To The Big Screen

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:08 pm

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In a small town in County Sligo, Ireland, a priest sits down to take confession.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CALVARY")

BRENDAN GLEESON: (As Father James) I'm here to listen to whatever you have to say.

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Music
9:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

The Latest Stop On Jazz Singer Somi's Journey

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:07 pm

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Television
9:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

A New Show About Doctors Of Old

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:07 pm

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Around the Nation
9:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:06 pm

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The Sunday Conversation
10:15 am
Sun July 27, 2014

One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents

Nora Sandigo sits with Ronald Soza and his sister Cecia in 2009, while the children were on a hunger strike to protest the deportation of their mother. Sandigo is the legal guardian of the Soza children (now 15 and 18) — and 815 other American children of undocumented immigrants.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.

If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.

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Sports
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Cooperstown Welcomes La Russa, Rest Of 2014 Hall Of Famers

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:49 am

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Movie Interviews
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

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Performing Arts
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath.

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NPR Story
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Vollmann's Ghost Stories Disappoint Instead Of Scare

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

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