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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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The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

September 28, 2014 - 12:54pm

The scientists who study humans and their cultures could help health care professionals treat people who are reasonably, desperately afraid, they argue.

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With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

September 28, 2014 - 10:53am

Daniel Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He's toned down the rhetoric and his wife runs day-to-day operations. Critics say it's not unlike the regime he toppled 30 years ago.

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With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

September 28, 2014 - 10:12am

Attorney General Eric Holder tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that he's sorry his parents couldn't see Obama's tribute to him on Thursday — and that his greatest regret hit home on a visit to Newtown.

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A Puzzle Cheer: Give Me An 'A'!

September 28, 2014 - 8:03am

This week, we've got clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to phonetically get the second one.

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Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

New businesses in Detroit are helping revitalize the economy. One of those new businesses is the Social Club Grooming Company, a barbershop/salon that promotes sustainability.

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'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.

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Obama Gets A Political Boost From ISIS Strikes

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

President Obama's approval rating ticked up slightly after launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Mara Liasson about what this could mean for the midterm elections.

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Some Democrats At Odds Over Obama's Claim To Airstrike Authority

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

President Obama did not seek permission from Congress to launch airstrikes last week. Legal experts and some lawmakers question how valid his claims for action are.

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Album Takes Marty Stuart From Saturday Rock To Sunday Gospel

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

From the honky-tonk to the house of worship, country music legend Marty Stuart's got you covered. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Stuart about his new double album, Saturday Night And Sunday Morning.

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A Jetpack That Keeps Its Wearer On The Ground

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

Engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes helped build a jetpack that would make it easier for soldiers to run a four-minute mile. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the project.

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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.

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Russia Moves To Protect Its 'Information Sovereignty'

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

Russia's parliament, the Duma, approved a bill on Friday that would limit foreign ownership of Russian media to less than 20 percent.

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Refugees Find Afghanistan Less Than Hospitable

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

Currently, there are about 100 refugees living in Afghanistan. But the country has no asylum laws, and the refugees are fighting for legal status or resettlement elsewhere.

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The Uncertain Nature Of Obama's Arab Coalition

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

A coalition of Arab countries has joined in the U.S. fight against the Islamic State. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera about how effective the coalition can be.

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The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

September 28, 2014 - 7:35am

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was supposed to open its fall season last week but, in a scenario that has become familiar, contentious contract negotiations led to a lockout of musicians.

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Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

September 21, 2014 - 11:10am

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

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MLB Division-Clinchers, NCAA Football Trouble: The Week In Sports

September 21, 2014 - 9:46am

As the MLB enters the home stretch, four divisions have winners. In NCAA football, Slate.com's Mike Pesca tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Florida looks good in spite of Jameis Winston's suspension.

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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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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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