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Weekend counterpart to NPR's Morning Edition. Offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun December 11, 2011

What's Major League Soccer Without Beckham?

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

David Beckham - when you hear that name, you probably think of one of today's greatest soccer players.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Can he bend it? Beckham. It's in the net. Beckham is going to slide over the half-point line and he is going to (unintelligible) the net. What a goal for David Beckham.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Canada Escapes Recession's Grip

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As Europe works to solve its financial problems, closer to home - and with a little less fanfare - America's biggest trading partner is thriving. Canada has built an impressive track record throughout the recession. It's got low unemployment, little government debt, and some of the healthiest economic growth in the industrialized world. Brian Mann traveled to Toronto for WBEZ's Chicago's Front and Center project, and has this story.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Waves Of Russians Fill The Streets To Protest Putin

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 9:58 am

Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow Saturday, shouting "We exist!" against Vladimir Putin's inevitable return to the presidency. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy's Moscow correspondent, about post-election protests in Russia.

Iraq
8:00 am
Sun December 11, 2011

U.S. Moves On, But Can't Leave Iraq Behind

Nearly nine years after the Iraq war began, the U.S. is winding down its involvement there. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Stuart Bowen, the special inspector for Iraq reconstruction, about lessons learned and challenges ahead.

Politics
7:38 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Arguing Over A Tax Cut Nobody Notices

Congress and the White House continue to debate the future of a 2-percent payroll tax cut that expires at the end of the year. While both Republicans and Democrats appear interested in extending the break, party leaders have been squabbling over details.

Democrats blocked a Republican proposal to tie an extension to speeding up approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Music Interviews
6:11 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Miracles Of Modern Science: No Guitars Necessary

Miracles of Modern Science are a rock group with a love of jazz and chamber pop β€” and no need for a guitar. The band's debut album is called Dog Year.
Courtesy of the artist

A lot of rock bands visit the NPR studios with maybe a fiddle or two in tow. But Miracles of Modern Science are not a typical rock band. the group boasts a mandolin, upright bass, cello, violin, drums β€” and absolutely no electric guitar.

Evan Younger, Josh Hirshfeld, Kieran Ledwidge, Tyler Pines and Geoff McDonald met in college, where they bonded over a shared love of jazz, rock and classical music. But even more important to their chemistry, McDonald says, is a belief that those genres can play nice together, with satisfying results.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Teasing Out A New Word

On-Air Challenge: Add a letter to create new words in a series of word teasers.

Last Week's Challenge from listener Monti Montgomery of Washington, D.C.: Name a style of music. Change the middle letter to a B, and you'll name a style of cooking. What are the style of music and the style of cooking? (There are several ways to spell the cooking style, but the answer is one of them.)

Answer: "Baroque" is the style of music, and "bar-b-que" is the cooking style.

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Music Interviews
7:59 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Robin Thicke: Heart And Soul In 'Love After War'

Robin Thicke says many of the songs on Love After War were inspired by his wife, actress Paula Patton.
Anthony Mandler

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:30 am

"They used to call me Brian McWhite," Robin Thicke says, laughing.

Discovered by Brian McKnight, the singer-songwriter got a record deal at 16, and got his start writing and producing songs for artists like Brandy and Christina Aguilera. Since embarking on his solo career in 2003, Thicke has released five albums, the latest of which is titled Love After War.

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Monkey See
11:15 am
Sat December 10, 2011

Ever Wanted To Help Cover The News? Here's How You Can β€” In The UK, Anyway

I get somewhere between four and six e-mails every day from NPR's news managers, each one an update on the network's coverage plans for the day β€” and each one bearing this stern all-caps warning:

*THIS NOTE IS STRICTLY FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: INFORMATION IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, BROADCAST OR SHARING WITH THIRD PARTIES*

Like most news organizations, we keep our so-called "story budgets" close to the vest, not least out of competitiveness.

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Author Interviews
8:34 am
Sun December 4, 2011

Short And Sweet Status Updates Tell Their Own Story

Lou Beach Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Illustrator Lou Beach started practicing his writing on Facebook out of boredom in 2009.

"I was bored with what I was reading from other people's status updates, and I was bored with my own," he tells Weekend Edition host Audie Cornish.

Beach's fanciful and often surreal graphics have appeared in Wired, the New York Times and Harper's. He's done album covers for groups like Weather Report and Blink 182.

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