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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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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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Politics
11:49 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick

President Obama speaks in front of the Interstate 495 bridge near Wilmington, Del., on Thursday. Obama said he supports the temporary highway bill passed by the House last week — but he doesn't like it.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 1:55 pm

The Senate is expected to vote on a temporary transportation spending bill later this week — with an emphasis on the word temporary.

The bill would keep highway funding flowing through May of next year, and avert a looming infrastructure crisis. Without congressional action, the highway trust fund would run out of cash in August.

The short-term fix follows a familiar pattern. It goes something like this:

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Performing Arts
11:40 am
Sun July 20, 2014

At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Michael Palin, left, and Terry Gilliam perform on the opening night of Monty Python Live (Mostly). The final performance of the reunion show, on Sunday, will be live-streamed at theaters around the world.
Dave J Hogan Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:08 pm

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The Sunday Conversation
11:13 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

During the Apollo 12 mission, astronaut Alan Bean holds a container of lunar soil. The astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad, who took the photograph, is reflected in Bean's faceshield. Bean says he used to think that in his lifetime, we'd build a base on the moon and start preparing to travel to Mars.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 2:20 pm

In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.

Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Bean, with fellow astronauts Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon, sat inside the spacecraft while the bad weather threatened the operation.

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Television
10:48 am
Sun July 20, 2014

James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:09 pm

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

NPR Story
10:14 am
Sun July 20, 2014

'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:08 pm

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And while we are celebrating zombies who shuffle from movies into comic book, what about the toy robots that became a cartoon that then became a movie series and now have inspired Chinese farmers to become master replica robot builders?

(SOUNDBITE OF "TRANSFORMERS" THEME SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Transformers, more than meets the eye.

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