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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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Aid Workers In Short Supply As Ebola Grips Liberia

August 24, 2014 - 11:44am

When disaster strikes a poor country, aid workers from all over the world normally flood the zone. This time, fear of the virus is keeping experts from answering West Africa's calls for help.

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Earthquake, Aftershocks Shake Northern California

August 24, 2014 - 11:38am

Dozens of people were injured Sunday morning when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit northern California. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Craig Miller of member station KQED about the situation in Napa.

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An Outcast Teen Attacked With Slurs, Fists, Gasoline And A Match

August 24, 2014 - 10:11am

When Darnell Moore was a teenager in the late '80s, a group of boys doused him in gasoline and tried to light him on fire. One of his attackers was his next-door neighbor.

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50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S.

August 24, 2014 - 9:57am

In the summer of 1964, violent demonstrations spread across seven cities, each sparked by confrontations between black residents and their predominantly white police forces.

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A Puzzle Hokey Pokey, That's What It's All About

August 24, 2014 - 8:02am

Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase, in which the first word has 5 letters. Drop its last letter and read the remaining 4 letters backward, and you'll get the second word of the phrase.

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Giants, 49ers Lack Pre-Season Spark: The Week In Sports

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Mike Pesca of Slate.com about the week's sports news.

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Feiffer Draws On 1930s Noir In 'Kill My Mother'

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. At age 85, he's written his first graphic novel, Kill My Mother.

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Leading Ferguson's Faithful Through Turmoil And Beyond

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

As things calm down after dramatic weeks in Ferguson, Mo., Rev. Carlton Lee will address his congregation in St. Louis. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about how the city can begin to heal.

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Elisabeth Moss Revels In Naive-But-Calculating Characters

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

The One I Love is a time-shifting, cosmic romantic comedy starring Elisabeth Moss. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Mad Men star about her new film and her impressive career.

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Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

Chief Inspector Gamache is back in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.

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South Africa Makes A Plan To Protect Rhinos From Poachers

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Jo Shaw, rhino program manager at the World Wildlife Fund in Cape Town, South Africa, about the country's new rhino conservation plan.

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University Tackles Sexual Assault Before The Parties Start

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

Students entering the University of New Hampshire will be required to complete an online seminar about sexual assault and are urged to talk with their parents about it before arriving on campus.

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Journalist: It's Not Islam That Inspires U.K.'s Young Jihadis

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

The killing of reporter James Foley has brought to light the trend of radicalized U.K. citizens going to fight in Syria and Iraq. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to the Huffington Post UK's Mehdi Hasan.

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In The Midst Of War, Ukraine Marks Its Independence

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

Ukraine marks 23 years of independence from the former Soviet Union on Sunday, but with a war going on in the east, there seems to be little for Ukrainians to celebrate.

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Son Records A Testimonial To Muddy Water's Electric Blues

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks Mud Morganfield, son of blues legend Muddy Waters, along with harmonica great Kim Wilson, about their new album of Muddy music, For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters.

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At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

August 17, 2014 - 10:55am

At a hospice in Nashville, volunteers sing hymns and lullabies to the dying. They're part of a national organization that uses music to soothe life's final passage.

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A Video Game Tribute To Robin Williams

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Robin Williams' love of video games was well known in the gaming community. After his death, gamers started a petition asking World of Warcraft to memorialize the actor in the game.

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Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine'

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.

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