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The Record
4:55 am
Sun February 10, 2013

High School Marching Bands Lay Down The Beat Of Mardi Gras

The McDonogh 35 High School band marches in a parade to usher in the Carnival Season.
Keith O'Brien for NPR

Originally published on Sun February 10, 2013 9:18 am

In less than an hour, the McDonogh 35 High School marching band — including the flag girls, the dance team, the majorettes, the color guard and the actual band — needs to be on the parade route five miles away. It's the peak of Carnival season in New Orleans, and high school marching bands form the backbeat of Mardi Gras.

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Music News
2:03 am
Sun February 10, 2013

The Kentucky Fiddler Who Inspired Aaron Copland's 'Rodeo'

Fiddler Bill Stepp in Kentucky's Magoffin County in the 1930s.
Courtesy of Elsie Risner and Becky Arnett

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:29 pm

Sunday night's Grammys are an opportunity to rain accolades on pop music and perhaps witness the musical return of Justin Timberlake. But each year, the Recording Academy also honors recordings of "lasting significance" by inducting them into the Grammy Hall of Fame. One of them this year is Kentucky fiddler Bill Stepp's performance of "Bonaparte's Retreat."

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Sunday Puzzle
12:08 am
Sun February 10, 2013

The Answer Lies Within

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Originally published on Sun February 10, 2013 6:36 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a three-letter word that ends a familiar two-word phrase. You will be given the first word of the phrase. You provide the three-letter word that ends it. And the three letters in your answer will always be found, in some order, inside the first word. For example, given "Arctic," you would say "Air."

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Around the Nation
7:24 am
Sun February 3, 2013

For Returning Vets, Winning The 'Moral victory' Just As Difficult

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:17 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Here at home, a former Marine captain named Timothy Kudo left Afghanistan in 2011. But not a day goes by without remembering one, specific incident. It started like this.

TIMOTHY KUDO: These men, on a motorcycle, came up over this hill right above us - a tremendous position, tactically.

MARTIN: Capt. Kudo and his troops held their fire. They weren't sure yet if they were in danger, but it looked like the men might be holding guns.

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Middle East
6:44 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Tensions Mount Over Airstrike In Syria

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 7:24 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

There's been a lot of talk this weekend at a security conference in Germany about how to resolve the crisis in Syria. And for the first time, a leader of Syria's opposition sat down with officials from Russia and Iran, both countries are key allies of the Syrian regime.

NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.

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Sports
6:44 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Gearing Up For Super Bowl XLVII

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 7:24 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ME AND BOBBY MC GEE")

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: (Singing) Busted flat in Baton Rouge and heading for the trains./

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Do you recognize that voice? Coming up, music legend Kris Kristofferson on his new album and staying humble.

KRISTOFFERSON: To my surprise, I feel nothing but gratitude for being this, you know, old and still above-ground living with the people I love.

MARTIN: Stay tuned for Kris Kristofferson. But first, it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Around the Nation
6:44 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Mayors Of Border Cities Watching Immigration Debate Closely

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 7:24 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The fate of this round of immigration reform will be decided by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But the effects will be felt in cities and towns across all 50 states, especially those on the U.S.-Mexico border; which is why we reached out to the mayors of two cities in Texas.

John Cook is the mayor of El Paso, Texas. It is the biggest U.S. city on the border. And Raul Salinas is the mayor of Laredo, Texas. His city is the largest transit hub for goods going between Mexico and the U.S.

Thanks to both of you for joining us.

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Music Interviews
5:32 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:06 am

Kris Kristofferson writes the kind of songs that people love to sing: songs like "Help Me Make It Through The Night," from 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version, as did Joan Baez — and even Elvis.

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Afghanistan
5:21 am
Sun February 3, 2013

From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 3:49 pm

In Afghanistan, there was no sound of music when the Taliban ruled from 1996 to 2001. The Islamist militants destroyed music CDs and instruments and even jailed musicians.

Today, there are music schools and young Afghans playing in public. And, this weekend, 48 Afghan boys and girls are traveling to the U.S. to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

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National Security
5:11 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Panetta: 'My Mission Has Always Been To Keep The Country Safe'

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in London on Jan. 17. Panetta is stepping down as defense secretary as soon as the Senate confirms his successor.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 3:49 pm

For more than 40 years, Leon Panetta has split his life on two coasts: his home in California and his work in Washington, D.C. It's a career that included 16 years in Congress, stints as White House chief of staff for President Clinton, and as the head of the CIA and the Pentagon under President Obama.

As Panetta prepares to leave his job as defense secretary, he sat down with Rachel Martin, host of Weekend Edition Sunday, to talk about his years in Washington and serving in the Obama administration.

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