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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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Quebec Town Honors Train Derailment Victims, One Year Later

July 6, 2014 - 10:46am

Thousands of locals gathered early Sunday morning in Lac-Megantic to mark one year since a deadly train explosion in the small Eastern Canadian city killed 47 people.

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If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line

July 6, 2014 - 8:10am

Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer.

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Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

A new study argues emperor penguins should be classified as an endangered species because of shrinking ice. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with scientist Hal Caswell, who co-authored the study.

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Argentina Squabbles Over Juan Peron Statue

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to note that 40 years after his death, former Argentine President Juan Peron still can't manage to get a statue erected in his honor.

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Keeping Time By Rubidium At The Naval Observatory

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a tour.

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'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.

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In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

One of the few piano teachers in Pakistan's capital is determined to keep his art alive. To avoid being victimized by hard-line Islamists, he teaches on digital keyboards with the volume dialed down.

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Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

Documentarian Adam Wishart has spent the last year trying to find Samantha Lewthwaite, who is believed to be involved in terrorist activities. He talks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his search.

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New IRS Chief John Koskinen: 'I Enjoy A Crisis'

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

Koskinen is a professional fixer. He has helmed a mortgage lending giant, a city and now the IRS through scandals and disasters — to varying degrees of success, as he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

One year after an oil train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, some firemen and first responders say they still don't have the training or manpower to handle a similar disaster.

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Last-Minute Audits Build Little Confidence In Afghan Elections

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

The election impasse continues in Afghanistan. Preliminary results are due on Monday, following an audit of ballots, but Abdullah Abdullah, who is trailing his rival, says he won't accept the results.

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From Expensive To Unholy, Mistakes Are 'Just My Typo'

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

"Sinning with the choir" is one of many errors featured in a new book called Just My Typo. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Drummond Moir, who compiled the collection of funny misspellings.

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Pope Francis To Meet With Victims Of Clerical Sex Abuse

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

The pontiff will meet with six survivors Monday. Correspondent Sylvia Poggioli tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer the pope has been criticized for being slow to address the issue of sex abuse by priests.

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Iran's Surveillance Drones Over Iraq Make U.S. Military Wary

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

As Iran helps Iraqi government forces fight rebels pushing through Iraq, the use of unarmed Iranian drones has U.S. officials on edge, as analyst Anthony Cordesman explains to NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government

July 6, 2014 - 7:53am

As Iraq continues to fracture along along ethnosectarian lines, its newly elected parliament doesn't appear to be rushing to form a government to address the dire situation.

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In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders

June 29, 2014 - 12:57pm

Paris streets are often too dangerous for kids to learn to ride, and most parents have no room to store bikes in their apartments. So the city has started renting bikes for the smallest Parisians.

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Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists

June 29, 2014 - 12:31pm

More than six years after the housing crash, the housing market may be better-than-dismal, but the slog back to normal is still disappointingly long and slow.

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How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar

June 29, 2014 - 11:42am

Hendrix College's new president is an Ivy League economist who's better known for his obsession with a certain giant lizard.

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Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

June 29, 2014 - 10:37am

Decades ago, commercials left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly marketing campaigns don't need to be as covert.

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How George Lucas Transformed The Modern Fairy Tale

June 29, 2014 - 7:58am

Star Wars superfan and IMDb critic Melanie McFarland tells NPR's Don Gonyea why George Lucas's career is worthy of a $1 billion museum on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.

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