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Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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

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Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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Bishops Fail To Agree On Gay Marriage And Homosexuality

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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

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UN Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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Nagl: ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying'

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."

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The Making Of R2D2, Galaxy's Most Beloved Robot

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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Time To Flex Those Math Muscles

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

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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The Right Way To Complain About The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:05am

There are plenty of things about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction process that are worthy of complaint, but the most common gripe isn't one of them.

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The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:33am

In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river's waters still face an uncertain future.

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Amid The Chaos Of Debt Collection, 'Bad Paper' Offers A Riveting Roadmap

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:32am

It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.

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9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:32am

In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.

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After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:00am

On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.

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One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:23pm

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.

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Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

A new group called Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has formed to find solutions to gun violence in the U.S. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with attorneys and co-chairs Cyrus Vance Jr. and Mike Feuer.

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Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.

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