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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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Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan

October 26, 2014 - 12:29pm

A 250-year-old oak tree once stood in the way of the University of Michigan's new business school — until it was moved this weekend. It wasn't easy, though, and definitely not cheap.

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Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

October 26, 2014 - 12:13pm

As alternative medical treatments gain traction in the U.S. and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

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World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

In last night's Game 4, the San Francisco Giants pummeled the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory. The win has tied the World series with two games apiece.

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Celebrating One Of Music's Most Gifted Bassists

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

The rock bass player Jack Bruce has passed away at age 71. The Scottish musician was best known for his work with the 1960s band Cream, one of the greatest rock trios of all time.

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Mayor Reflects On Washington State School Shooting

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

Marysville, Wash., is reeling from the recent school shooting that left two people dead. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring about the shooting and its effect on the community.

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Sting's 'Last Ship' Explores His Shipyard Youth

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

Sting's musical, The Last Ship, revisits his childhood neighborhood in the shadow of the shipyards in Newcastle, U.K. He and director Joe Mantello tell NPR's Rachel Martin about getting it on stage.

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The Merciless Battles Of Tiny, Barbarous Bees

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

Researcher Paul Cunningham tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the epic battle between warring honey bee colonies in Australia, which he recently studied.

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Toronto Votes Monday To Replace Its Mayor

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

Toronto mayor Rob Ford will not seek re-election, but his brother hopes to take his seat. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Chris Selley, a columnist for the National Post, about the mayoral race.

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An Ebola Success Story In Northern Liberia

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

The town of Foya, Liberia, was hit hard by the Ebola epidemic. But correspondent Jon Hamilton tells NPR's Rachel Martin that with education and precautionary measures, the virus has nearly been wiped out.

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Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

In war zones, private contractors can outnumber U.S. troops, but who controls them? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Stanford's Joseph Felter and journalist Pratap Chatterjee about current safeguards.

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Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

Renee Zellweger's new look provoked much conversation this past week. Data journalist Mona Chalabi of fivethirtyeight.com digs into who is having cosmetic procedures, why, and at what cost.

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Oligarchs Still Hold Sway In Ukraine Elections

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

Ukraine's parliament election is tapping into the raw frustrations of a country ripped apart by war. In the first ballot since the Moscow-backed president was removed, can the damage be repaired?

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Opposition Researchers, Stirring Up Daily Brushfires

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin continues the series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the opposition researchers.

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An Unlikely Friday Night Pizza Cafe Has A Big Heart

October 26, 2014 - 10:08am

One night a week, Erin and Robert Lockridge serve homemade pizza out of an empty corner cafe in Cincinnati, and diners pay what they can. The couple sees their work as God's mission in the community.

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Take This Job And Puzzle It

October 26, 2014 - 8:02am

A series of sentences will be given; each one contains a blank. Put the name of an occupation in the blank to complete the sentence in a punny way.

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As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

October 19, 2014 - 11:42am

Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.

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An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

October 19, 2014 - 11:06am

What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches and even a free library.

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Are The Royals Just Lucky? The Week In Sports

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants are coming to a head in the upcoming World Series. Slate.com's Mike Pesca takes a look at the odds.

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Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

In 1856, Mormons walking to Salt Lake City, dragging wooden carts, got stuck in a blizzard. Each year, thousands of Mormon teenagers return to that site to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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