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Middle East
5:23 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Lack In Leadership Hurts Palestinian Peace Prospects

Palestinians wait for Mohammed Assaf, the first Palestinian winner of the Arab Idol contest, in front of his family home in the southern Gaza Strip last Tuesday. The cheering for Assaf crossed political and ideological divides.
Adel Hana AP

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 8:14 am

Shortly before midnight last Thursday, in front of a cheering crowd, 31-year-old Hussein al-Deik was picked as the president of Palestine.

It wasn't a real election; just the grand finale of a TV reality series, shot in front of a live audience. Suheir Rasul, co-director of the Jerusalem office of Search for Common Ground, the organization that put on the show, said the goal is to get young people excited about the democratic process.

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Sunday Puzzle
4:25 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Turn That Shrub Into Something Presidential

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Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:36 pm

On-air challenge: For the Sunday before the Fourth of July weekend, every answer is the last name of a U.S. president, which comes from their anagrams. For example, "shrub" without R is "Bush."

Last week's challenge: Write down these five words: "aide," "heart," "tough," "gelatin" and "emanate." There is something very unusual they have in common. What is it? And what's another word with this property?

Answer: mite, item

Winner: Gig Moineau of Newton, Mass.

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NPR Story
11:19 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Hope Strained For Afghanistan Peace Talks

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

NATO allies officially handed over responsibility to the Afghanistan security forces this past week. President Obama has said that all U.S. combat troops will be out by the end of 2014. In this hour, we'll get several perspectives on what that means for Afghanistan. In a moment, we'll hear from one American businesswoman who left her Kabul business behind after five years.

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NPR Story
11:19 am
Sun June 23, 2013

What Does The Taliban Want From Peace Talks?

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Michael Semple has been working in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. He is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. And he joins us now from the studios of WGBH in Boston.

Welcome to the program, Mr. Semple.

MICHAEL SEMPLE: Hello.

MARTIN: So, what does the United States want from talks with the Taliban?

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NPR Story
11:13 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Winging It! Traveling By Cargo Ship

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

WEEKEND EDITION's travel segment Winging It aims to bring you advice and ideas about different ways to spend your free time. Winging It also gives you the chance to get on the air, to share your own personal experiences with the more unusual and innovative ways you spend your vacation time.

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Music News
9:06 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.
Will Figg for NPR

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:13 pm

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NPR Story
7:37 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Keeping Track Of Your Digital Footprints

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

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NPR Story
7:37 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Army Assault Prosecutors Regroup

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

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A couple of weeks ago, a group of lawyers gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia for some extra legal training. Not unusual, you might say, but this wasn't your every day legal training. These are Army lawyers getting training on what they can do to help the Pentagon fight sexual assault in the military.

NPR's Larry Abramson was in the room for some of that training, and he's here with us now in the studio. Hi, Larry.

LARRY ABRAMSON: Hi there, Rachel.

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NPR Story
7:37 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Going Political In Istanbul

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

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The protests that started almost a month ago in Istanbul's Gezi Park have brought all different kinds of people out onto the streets. Most of the protesters are young and many have described themselves as being previously apolitical. Ayse Ozdel is a 21-year-old college student who grew up in Istanbul. Ayse, thanks so much for being with us.

AYSE OZDEL: You're welcome.

MARTIN: When did you first get involved in these protests and what triggered your involvement?

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NPR Story
7:37 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Every Pitch Counts In College Baseball

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

College players are throwing lots more pitches per game than Major Leaguers. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca on baseball and other sports news of the week.

NPR Story
6:58 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Obama Promises To Address Climate Change

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

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NPR Story
6:58 am
Sun June 23, 2013

An American Considers Her Business Prospects In Kabul

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 11:19 am

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In the years following the U.S. invasion, the Afghan capital teemed with Americans and Europeans. Most of them moved in with the security forces and the United Nations. Others, like Sarah Takesh, came to Kabul for a very different reason - to start businesses. In 2003, just a year after the U.S. invasion, Takesh set up a clothing company, employing Afghan women to embroider skirts and tops. She was optimistic about Afghanistan, as were most Afghans. But by 2008, it felt dangerous.

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NPR Story
6:58 am
Sun June 23, 2013

President To Visit Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 6:24 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

For more about the president's upcoming trip to Africa, NPR's Africa correspondent Gregory Warner joins us from Nairobi. Hi, Gregory.

GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, as we heard Mara say, this is the trip of the first African-American president to Africa. He'll be visiting Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. Why those three countries?

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NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Tragedy Of The Pina Colada

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There are a lot of things that get a bad rap and then will never shake said bad rap no matter what: canned beanie-weanies come to mind, for example. They're never going to be thought of as high cuisine, let's face it. The song "Escape" by Rupert Holmes - though it has a kicking chorus - probably will not become a better song with time.

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NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

When Should The Majors Pull Talent From The Minors?

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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MARTIN: Time for sports, and we're talking baseball this morning because it is an important time of year for aspiring major leaguers - time when the biggest stars from the minor leagues get called up to the big leagues. But, like most things in baseball, it's full of complicated twists and crazy rules, which means we need to call in Mike Pesca to explain. Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hi. Thanks for the call-up.

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NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Colorado Springs Learns To Live With Fire

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Colorado is often the site of devastating forest fires, but the city of Colorado Springs has been hit particularly hard as of late. In the span of just one year, more than 800 homes have been destroyed from wildfires in and around the city. This time last year, it was the Waldo Canyon fire, and now it's the Black Forest fire. NPR's Kirk Siegler spent the week in Colorado Springs and sent this report.

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NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Syria, Economy Top The G8 Agenda

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

President Obama leaves tonight on a quick trip to Europe. He'll attend a G8 summit of industrialized nations in Northern Ireland. He'll also pay a visit to Germany, where his plans include a public speech at the historic Brandenburg Gate.

NPR's Scott Horsley will be traveling with the president. He joins us now. Hi, Scott.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Rachel.

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NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Bringing Extreme WIFI To Remote Places

Google scientists have been testing a way to link computers to the internet in rural, war torn or disaster areas where high speed internet does not exist. We hear from Steven Levy, a senior writer with Wired magazine who was embedded with the Google team.

NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Economy Was Key In Iranian Election

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 9:27 am

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7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Police Clear Protesters In Istanbul Park

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 10:40 pm

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NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Lebanon Feels The Pain Of Syrian War Spillover

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Michael Young, the opinion page editor of the Daily Star newspaper in Beirut, about the spillover of Syria's conflict into Lebanon.

NPR Story
7:38 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Will America Need Boots On The Ground In Syria?

Middle East analyst Andrew Tabler talks to Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin about the U.S.'s decision this week to arm the Syrian rebels.

NPR Story
7:22 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Putting Up A Good Front For The G8

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 7:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Like a lot of Northern Ireland, County Fermanagh, where the G8 Summit is being held has been hit hard by the recession in recent years. A lot of businesses there have had to close their doors. But before world leaders started pouring in for the G8 Summit, county officials decided to give their town a bit of a facelift. With money from a government grant, they put fake storefronts on some of the shuttered businesses. Imagine big stickers plastered to store windows to make them look like thriving stores; a real butcher shop or a busy cafe.

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NPR Story
7:22 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Will The NSA Rethink Its Data Collection System?

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 7:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We've started hearing from some of the Internet companies implicated in the NSA data collection scandal. On Friday, Facebook and Microsoft disclosed for the first time that last year they received thousands of requests from the government to hand over information about their users. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency is still on the defensive. The agency's head spoke on Capitol Hill last week in an effort to reassure lawmakers that the NSA is not spying on Americans.

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7:22 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Violence Rages In Iraq

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 7:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Ambassador Crocker is watching what's happening in Iraq with a careful eye. So are the many Iraqis who fled the country several years ago, when sectarian tensions there escalated to something close to civil war. Haider al-Jumaili was one of them. He is a mechanical engineer but he lost his job after the U.S. invasion and found work as an interpreter for U.S. organizations. Eventually, the sectarian violence started to overwhelm him.

HAIDER AL-JUMAILI: I left my country because of these two words: The Sunnis and the Shias.

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