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Rachel Martin

Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. Every week listeners tune in to hear a unique blend of news, features and the regularly scheduled puzzle segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times.

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National Security
5:34 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

If The NSA Can't Keep Call Records, Should Phone Companies Do It?

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questioned whether phone companies would retain calling data.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Perhaps the most controversial spying program revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was the agency's hoarding of Americans' phone records.

Congress wants to change that program.

The House has passed legislation that would end the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' calling data and let phone companies hold the records instead.

As a Senate panel found last week, that proposal could run into trouble.

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Middle East
11:47 am
Sun June 1, 2014

What Elections? Syrian Opposition Rejects Assad's Expected Win

A mock election poster depicts Syrian President Bashar Assad as Mafia boss Don Corleone, with token candidates kissing his hand.
Ahmed Jalal/Kafranbel Syrian Revolution

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:02 pm

Tuesday's elections in Syria are sure to result in another term for President Bashar Assad, even as the international community says his regime is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians.

The opposition is railing against his inevitable triumph.

At a demonstration Friday by some of the 1 million Syrians who have fled into neighboring Lebanon, the view on the election was clear.

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National Security
11:10 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Was Negotiating With The Taliban The Only Way To Free Bergdahl?

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:47 am

Rep. Mike Rogers is critical of negotiating with the Taliban, but an exchange took place to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The Sunday Conversation
10:58 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Tiananmen Survivor Looks Back At China's 'Lost Opportunity'

Shen Tong was a 20-year-old student in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Courtesy of Teresa Lin

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:47 am

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

This week marks 25 years since the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In 1989, Chinese security forces conducted a widespread crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left hundreds — some say thousands — dead. But months before the standoff, protesters saw no sign of coming violence.

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Sports
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Favela Experience, For A Taste Of Authentic Brazilian Slum Living

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you're planning to go to Brazil for the World Cup, and you don't have your hotel yet, you're probably out of luck unless you're willing to stay off the beaten path in a favela, which is the Portuguese word for slum.

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Europe
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Obama's Europe Trip To Mark Poland, D-Day Anniversaries

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. President Obama wrapped up a big week full of highs and lows - from his foreign policy speech at West Point to the resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki, and the news that the sole American POW from the Afghan war has been released.

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Sports
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Why Cities Find The Olympics Games Are Losing Their Appeal

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:47 am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Slate.com's Mike Pesca about the record $2 billion purchase of the LA Clippers, and about why no one wants to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Author Interviews
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Rick Springfield On Divorce, God And The Loch Ness Monster

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 5:09 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Sunday Puzzle
7:37 am
Sun May 25, 2014

A Puzzle In The Merry Merry Month Of May

NPR

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

On-air challenge: The theme of today's puzzle is May. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with MA and the second word ends with Y. Example: Alcoholic beverage made from fermented mash: Malt Whiskey

Last Week's Challenge: Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically. The result will name an ailment. What is it?

Answer: Sarah Bernhardt — heart burn

Winner: David Hodges of Collingswood, N.J.

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Music Lists
7:37 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Alt.Latino: Cumbia Tracks With Surf Guitars And Theramin

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SERENATA GUAJIRA")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are raising the energy level a little bit this morning with cumbia, old-school cumbia. It's a track brought in by our friends at Alt.Latino, NPR Music's show about Latin music.

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