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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

North Vs South: Carolinas Seek To Redraw Border

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 10:55 am

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

On L.A. Streets, It's Not Easy Being Green (For Bikes)

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Paul Audley, the president of Film L.A., about the new bright green bike lane on Spring Street in Los Angeles. The shade of green, and the placement of the bike lane have angered film crews, who normally use the street as a stand-in for metropolitan areas around the country, and for several eras.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

In Kabul, First Hints Of Reconciliation Efforts

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence in Kabul about efforts at reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Economy
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Rising Gas Prices Could Put Sting On Summer

The national average for unleaded gas has risen to $3.50 a gallon only three times in history. This year's rise to that threshold is the earliest ever, and the Department of Energy suggests that prices could near $5 a gallon by the start of the summer driving season. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Phil Flynn of the futures brokerage PFGBEST.

Movie Interviews
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

'Tinkering' With A Spy Classic Gets Oscar Nod

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks to Peter Straughan, one of the screenwriters of the film, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The current remake of John le Carre's spy novel is nominated for a best-adapted screenplay Oscar.

Middle East
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

What's At Stake In U.S.-Taliban Reconciliation?

The United States has reportedly started talks with the Taliban about reconciling before the 2014 NATO pullout from Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government is involved, a claim the Taliban deny. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

What's Behind The Rise Of College Tuition?

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to NPR education reporter Claudio Sanchez about the huge rise in public college tuition as states face a budget squeeze.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Providence Seeks Aid From Ivy League Resident

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 10:55 am

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Brown University, a private school in Providence, Rhode Island, is being asked to do more for its hometown. The city is almost in the red and the mayor is calling on the tax exempt colleges and hospitals to help out. As Ian Donnis of Rhode Island Public Radio reporters, all of this has triggered some tension between Providence and its Ivy League school.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Two States Enter, One Four-Letter Word Leaves

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer consists of two adjoining U.S. states. Each clue is a four-letter word formed by one or more letters starting one of the state names plus one or more letters starting the other state name. For example, given "mist," the answer would be "Mississippi" and "Tennessee," or "Missouri" and "Tennessee."

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Music Interviews
4:00 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Sleigh Bells: Something To Shout About

Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells. The duo's new album is Reign of Terror.
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When Derek Miller moved to Brooklyn in 2008, he'd already written most of the songs that would become Treats, the first album by his band Sleigh Bells. But the guitarist and producer says he needed one thing to bring the songs to life.

"Female vocalists have always appealed to me, ever since I was a little kid," Miller says. "My mom was super into Madonna and Belinda Carlisle and Janet Jackson, so I was always surrounded by female voices."

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