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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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NPR Story
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
7:38 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.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

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
7:22 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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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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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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NPR Story
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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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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Music Interviews
6:25 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Hanson Offers A Bold New 'Anthem'

Brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have been playing together since 1992.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 10:36 am

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Music Interviews
6:25 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.
Michael Ward Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:15 pm

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The Sunday Conversation
5:06 am
Sun June 16, 2013

U.S. Diplomat Reflects On A Life Lived In Other Lands

Then-U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker (left) shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2011. During his 37 years as a diplomat, Crocker served as ambassador to six Muslim countries.
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Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 10:20 am

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Ryan Crocker is a long-time U.S. diplomat who served as ambassador in six Muslim countries. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, from President George W. Bush.

Born into a military family, Crocker says he was drawn to the foreign service because he grew up overseas and spent time traveling in the Middle East.

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News
5:05 am
Sun June 16, 2013

My Father, The Pilot

Louis Parsons in his late teens, circa 1946, standing beside an Aeronca Champion airplane, a typical trainer plane for aspiring post-war private pilots.
Parsons Family Photograph

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 10:38 pm

My dad was a mild-mannered guy. Never bragged. Hated sports. Mom won the arguments. He was an avocado farmer near Santa Barbara, but being dad was his No. 1 job.

He read me bedtime stories, never missed a piano recital or a family dinner. And he played it safe: Dad's idea of adventure was driving his Ford Taurus to town without the wiper fluid filled to the top.

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Author Interviews
5:05 am
Sun June 16, 2013

'Children' Of Iran's Activists Inherit Love, Loss And Longing

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 2:41 pm

In the late 1970s, activists in Iran had a brief moment of hope. The revolution had succeeded; the shah's repressive regime had been overthrown. But things quickly turned for the worse. The newly formed Islamic Republic threw vocal dissenters in prison, and in 1988, it quietly executed thousands of them.

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Sunday Puzzle
3:02 am
Sun June 16, 2013

You'd Better Sit Tight For This One

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Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 2:08 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts SI and the second word starts with T. For example, given "unadorned set of facts," you would say, "simple truth."

Last week's challenge: Name a movie in two words — five letters in each word. Both words start with vowels. Take one letter in the first word, move it two spaces later in the alphabet, and rearrange the result. You'll get the second word in the movie's title. What movie is it?

Answer: After Earth

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Author Interviews
2:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Flying High And Low In 'Full Upright And Locked Position'

In Full Upright and Locked Position aviation consultant Mark Gerchick looks at post-Sept. 11 air travel.
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No, you aren't imagining it: There is indeed less leg room on some airplanes than there used to be.

"Back in the old days, probably 20 years ago, the tendency was to have about 34 inches," says Mark Gerchick, a former chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration. "Now the standard is about 31 inches in the United States. ... Some of the low-cost airlines have tightened that up to about 28 inches, which is now approaching the limits of anatomical possibility."

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
6:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Same-Sex Couple Seeks Immigration Relief From High Court

Kelly Costello, 31, (left) and her wife, Fabiola Morales, 39, walk their 4-year-old dog, Blue Elizabeth, around their neighborhood in Potomac, Md. The two have been married since 2012.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

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

The Sunday morning party in suburban Washington, D.C., had all the trappings of anticipation.

A lace-trimmed bassinet, a jumble of gifts tied with pink and blue ribbons, a "diaper cake" on the table. And chatter about babies, diets, new spring outfits and the coming end of the school year.

But for Sue Costello, the grandmother-in-waiting, the happy cacophony of the baby shower masked an abiding anxiety about the future of her daughter's family and the twins — a boy and a girl — who are due before June's end.

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Europe
12:58 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Turks Worry Leader's Response To Protests Hurt Economy

Pedestrians pass a barricade outside a hotel at Taksim Square, Istanbul. Business people say they are nervous that protests are cutting deep into tourism.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Turkey's protests come at a sensitive moment for the country's economy, long considered a regional bright spot.

If there is a jewel in the crown of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decade in power, it's the enviable record of growth that has tripled the average Turk's per capita income and brought in a flood of foreign investment.

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NPR Story
11:36 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Ex-NSA Head Hayden: Surveillance Balances Security, Privacy

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 8:39 pm

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National Security
6:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

NSA Director Denies Data Mining

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

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Music
6:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Jack White Rescues Legendary Detroit Theater

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

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Middle East
6:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Syria Conflict Targets Schools

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

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Sports
6:50 am
Sun June 9, 2013

In First Game Of NBA Finals, The Heat Goes Cold

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

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Time now for sports.

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MARTIN: Every once in a while, the intrepid Mike Pesca has to take one for the team, go out in the field for a tough assignment. You know, watch some basketball, work on his tan. He is in Miami covering the NBA finals.

Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I don't work on the tan. It just comes to me.

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MARTIN: You know, it's no work. It's just easy.

PESCA: It's just the sun remembers my Mediterranean the roots and, bam, I'm dark.

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Around the Nation
6:39 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Now Legal, Washington State Ponders Regulating Pot

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

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In Colorado, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal. Those statutes which were approved by voters last fall were just signed into law. Voters in Washington state also approved recreational pot and that state is now in the process of formulating just how the drug will be regulated.

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at UCLA. And he's heading up the team advising Washington on implementing its marijuana laws. He says that state's rules will be based on its alcohol and tobacco laws.

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