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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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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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California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Farmers say they aren't using up groundwater supplies, nor are they solely to blame for the water crisis. Almond grower Dan Errotabere talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the situation on his farm.

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Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.

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Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Sir Ian McKellen made a special appearance at an English school. What special magical message did he impart? Do your homework!

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Bishops Fail To Agree On Same-Sex Unions

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Catholic bishops finished a two-week gathering at the Vatican on Saturday. Their discussions focused on the family and controversial issues, including gays and divorcees. But many were disappointed.

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The Making Of R2D2, Galaxy's Most Beloved Robot

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

A star is born! We learn how R2D2, the robot in Star Wars, got his name and why he's such a beloved character. This story originally aired May 25 on Weekend Edition Sunday.

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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

After criticism of a poor response to the Ebola crisis, the United Nations is establishing a management hub in Ghana. The head of UNMEER says the agency is in a race against the disease.

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Political Campaigns From The Ad-Maker's View

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin kicks off a special series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the ad-makers.

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ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

A decade after the U.S. took control of Fallujah, America is at war again. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with former Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose counter-insurgency manual helped shape U.S. strategy in Iraq.

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Time To Flex Those Math Muscles

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Get ready to crunch some numbers from the works of the late Martin Gardner, longtime "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American.

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Tourists Discover The Modern Attraction Of Ancient Iran

October 12, 2014 - 1:33pm

Iran is experiencing a tourism boom. Travel agencies in the U.S. say they are planning more trips to the Islamic Republic. Kamin Mohammadi, an Iranian-born travel writer, shares some favorite places.

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American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

October 12, 2014 - 12:35pm

Scotland has some of the best trout fishing in the world. Now the North American signal crayfish is taking over waterways, threatening to wipe out native populations of insects those trout eat.

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The Holidays Bring A New Season For Credit Card Breaches

October 12, 2014 - 12:26pm

Shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place. Experts say it'll be at least another year before the U.S. system moves beyond technology from the 1970s.

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Iraqis Displaced By ISIS Face Another Threat: Winter

October 12, 2014 - 10:30am

With winter approaching, most of the 1.8 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic extremists will be living outside through the winter in Iraq's north, where temperatures frequently drop below freezing.

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On The National Mall, An American Portrait In Sand And Soil

October 12, 2014 - 10:17am

This month, the National Portrait Gallery presented its largest portrait yet, a 6-acre face rendered in sand and soil on the National Mall.

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