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Weekend Edition Sunday premiered on Jan. 18, 1987. Since then, Weekend Edition Sunday has covered newsmakers and artists, scientists and politicans, music makers of all kinds, writers, thinkers, theologians and all manner of news events. Originally hosted by Susan Stamberg, the show was anchored by Liane Hansen for 22 years.
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At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

August 17, 2014 - 10:55am

At a hospice in Nashville, volunteers sing hymns and lullabies to the dying. They're part of a national organization that uses music to soothe life's final passage.

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A Video Game Tribute To Robin Williams

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Robin Williams' love of video games was well known in the gaming community. After his death, gamers started a petition asking World of Warcraft to memorialize the actor in the game.

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Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine'

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.

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Power: Leaders In South Sudan Disengaged Despite Crisis

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power about her recent trip to South Sudan.

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Police And Protesters Clash Over Curfew In Ferguson

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson on Saturday and enforced a five-hour curfew. The night ended with tear gas and arrests of some protesters.

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Couple Runs A Ring Around Australia

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray spent 2013 running around the perimeter of Australia. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Murrays about the epic trip that took them more than 10,000 miles.

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Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

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Why This Ebola Outbreak Is Different Than Earlier Versions

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

In 1976, Dr. David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine helped curb the first Ebola outbreak in what was then Zaire. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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'Times' Reporter In Iraq Recovering After Helicopter Crash

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

New York Times journalist Alissa Rubin was injured in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq last week. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has an update on her recovery.

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Islamic Militants Kill Dozens Of Yazidis In Northern Iraq

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.

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Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Israel forbids Gazan boats from going more than a few miles from shore, where the fish are few and small. Israel says the blockade is for security; Palestinians say it's illegal.

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Kidnapped Russian Journalist: No One Is Paying Attention

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Fatima Tlisova is a reporter from the North Caucasus region, one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists. In 2005, she says, she was abducted and tortured.

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Is There An Echo In Here?

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Every answer is made up of a two-word phrase, in which the second word has three syllables, and the first word sounds like the last two of these syllables.

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Entrepreneur Looks Beyond Africa's Problems To Focus On Solutions

August 10, 2014 - 10:16am

To promote global trade, Vital Sounouvou founded a company that connects producers with traders, allowing a farmer in Benin to sell products to a buyer in South Africa — with just a cellphone.

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

August 10, 2014 - 9:43am

Buying a drone is easy, but few federal regulations are designed to cover civilians operating drones. And some rules, like the FAA prohibition on flying drones in urban areas, are often ignored.

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Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President

August 10, 2014 - 8:02am

After 12 years as Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is poised to jump to the president's office in Sunday's election. Secular Turks fear he will push the nation toward autocracy.

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Negotiations In Tatters As Gaza Clashes Continue

August 10, 2014 - 7:39am

Cross-border attacks continued over the weekend between Israel and Gaza as talks aimed to end the fighting appeared to stall in Cairo.

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In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors

August 10, 2014 - 7:39am

It's a mystery how butterflies manage to make their brilliant wing colors, but Yale physicists got a glimpse when they took the question to the lab, breeding dull brown butterflies into purple ones.

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