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emWeekend Edition Sunday/em 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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In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Granted Only By Husband's Permission

March 1, 2015 - 8:17am

An Israeli film playing in the U.S. shows how rabbinical rules regulating Jewish divorces in Israel can trap women. Rabbinical judges have taken the highly unusual step of seeing the film themselves.

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Watermelon Wedge Issue Ripens In Oklahoma

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

The watermelon has been Oklahoma's state vegetable — not fruit — for nearly a decade. The poor melon has become a political football, as some lawmakers now want to repeal the its title.

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Thousands March In Moscow In Memory Of Murdered Putin Critic

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Thousands of people gathered on Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed on Friday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Corey Flintoff, who was at the march.

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Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress just before Israeli elections. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Chemi Shalev, the U.S. editor of Haartz, about how the controversial visit is playing back home.

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'The Last Man': An Odd Premise, Says Its Creator, But Oddly Relatable

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

A new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, features your average guy who becomes humanity's last hope. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.

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Actor And Director Finds His Roots In Travel Writing

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Andrew McCarthy may be best known for his acting roles, but he's also an accomplished travel writer. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with McCarthy about travel writing and discovering his roots in Ireland.

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Coming To Terms With The Pressure Of Weight

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight. In this week's For the Record, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with people about how weight shapes their identities and what it means to be healthy.

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Alt.Latino: Mixing Genres With Chicano Batman, Los Cenzontles

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

What happens when Mexican folk music meets Cajun Zydeco? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's Alt.Latino about some musical mash-ups.

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Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

The number of dollars of unpaid child support each year in the U.S. is well into the billions. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight.com about the numbers.

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After Delays, Jury Selection To Wrap Up In Boston Bombing Trial

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Jury selection in the trial of the Boston marathon bomber is expected to finish on Tuesday. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Boston correspondent Tovia Smith about the start of Dzokhar Tsarnaev's trial.

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Play Depicts Scalia As Supreme Court's 'Originalist'

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is portrayed on stage in John Strand's new play, The Originalist. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Strand and the actor who plays Scalia, Edward Gero.

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In Fourth Year Of Drought, Many Calif. Farms Won't Get Federal Water

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday that for the second straight year, many California farmers will not be getting federal water imports because of the ongoing drought.

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ISIS Destroys Objects That Record Region's History Of Cultural Diversity

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Video has surfaced of ISIS militants smashing ancient artifacts on display in the Mosul, Iraq, museum. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Axel Plathe, UNESCO's Iraq director, on the huge loss.

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4 Out Of 5 Puzzlers Say These Things Are The Same

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given "time" and "night," you would say "item" and "thing."

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Spain's Muslim Business Owners Feel Squeezed By New Zoning Proposals

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Catalonia is home to mainland Spain's largest Muslim population. But politicians in one area are proposing laws to "protect traditional Spanish businesses" that Muslim leaders say are discriminatory.

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Imagining The Future: 'Howard Project' Students Look Forward

February 22, 2015 - 8:25am

A high school teacher, a lawyer, a nurse, a minister: Four college seniors at Howard University in Washington, D.C., describe their career ambitions and how they feel as graduation grows closer.

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Imagining The Future: 'Howard Project' Students Look Forward

February 22, 2015 - 8:25am

A high school teacher, a lawyer, a nurse, a minister: Four college seniors at Howard University in Washington, D.C., describe their career ambitions and how they feel as graduation grows closer.

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And The Oscar Goes To ...

February 22, 2015 - 8:01am

In this week's puzzle, every answer is the name of an Academy Award winner or nominee for best picture. Using a given anagram, decipher the title of the film. The films will go from oldest to newest.

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And The Oscar Goes To ...

February 22, 2015 - 8:01am

In this week's puzzle, every answer is the name of an Academy Award winner or nominee for best picture. Using a given anagram, decipher the title of the film. The films will go from oldest to newest.

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Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

February 22, 2015 - 7:51am

Turkish troops crossed into northern Syria overnight. Turkey's prime minister says they successfully evacuated Turkish soldiers who had been guarding a tomb near Aleppo that many Turks hold sacred.

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