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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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Stuck In The Middle With Clues

September 21, 2014 - 8:06am

Given a five-letter word, insert two new letters between the second and third letters of the given word to complete a common seven-letter word.

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Womack Returns To The Spotlight With 'The Way I'm Livin' '

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Grammy-winning country singer Lee Ann Womack has a new album. NPR's Wade Goodwyn, a fellow Texan, speaks with her about The Way I'm Livin'.

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She Found Love, But Still Seeks A Storybook Ending

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Storycorps' Outloud series tells stories from the LGBT community. We hear about one woman in Alabama who left her husband for another woman. She was cast out of her church and lost her children.

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Lodging Like A High-End Health Club

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

In Norwalk, Conn., a new hotel focusing on fitness targets business travelers who want to stick to healthy routines while on the road. It's a new niche for the hospitality industry.

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Climate Marchers Will Try To Build Momentum For 2015

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Tens of thousands of people demanding action on with climate change are expected to march in New York City, ahead of the UN Climate Summit. Joel Rose speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn, live, from the protests.

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Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Power-Sharing Agreement

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

When the Afghan presidential elections were held, each candidates proclaimed himself the winner. Correspondent Sean Carberry tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn a power-sharing deal has been hammered out.

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Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State militants. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks to correspondent Deb Amos from the border about the crisis.

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Study Pits Head Strength Of Crossworders And Scrabblers

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Michael Toma of Claremont University has looked into the differing cognitive abilities of crossword puzzle experts versus Scrabble aficionados. NPR's Wade Goodwyn discovers the differences.

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How Drones Changed Modern Warfare

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to retired Air Force Gen. David Deptula and author Richard Whittle about Whittle's new book, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.

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Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.

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Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.

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U.S. Launches Media Campaign To Counter ISIS Videos

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

The Islamic State is posting graphic violent images on social media to recruit fighters. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with the State Department's Alberto Fernandez about the U.S.'s aggressive response.

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Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.

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For This Job, You Need A Creepy Voice And A Fabulous Scream

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Halloween may seem like it's a long ways away, but haunted houses around the country are already getting ready, and they are looking for aspiring actors who can make the hair on your neck stand up.

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Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.

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Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

September 14, 2014 - 11:54am

The Islamic State militant group released a video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with the BBC's Gordon Corera about the reaction in the U.K.

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

September 14, 2014 - 10:26am

It could be the next big spy movie: an Estonian intelligence agent nabbed by Russia on spy charges. Russia says he was spying on them; Estonia says he was kidnapped in a cross-border raid.

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

September 14, 2014 - 9:52am

President Obama wants Sunnis to join the battle against the Islamic State. But those who helped fight al-Qaida several years ago feel abused by the Iraqi military, and now are not so eager to sign up.

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The Puzzle And The Pea

September 14, 2014 - 8:01am

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.

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Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers

September 14, 2014 - 7:48am

NPR's Lynn Neary ponders the plunder of a preschool pumpkin patch.

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