Weekend Edition

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Hosted by Scott Simon on Saturday and  Rachel Martin on Sunday, Weekend Edition  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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This country's last chemical weapons stockpile will be destroyed from Richmond, Ky. Stu Johnson of WEKU reports.

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And it's time now for sports.

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5 New National Monuments

Mar 16, 2019

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Beats By Arthur Dubois

Mar 9, 2019

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Let's meet Arthur Dubois. He's 72 years old, a grandfather, a resident of the great city of Chicago and a hip-hop artist.

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And I come to work every week just say it's time for sports.

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Military Seeks Tech Talent In New Ways

Mar 2, 2019

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The U.S. military needs more tech brainpower. But many techies, entrepreneurs and academics aren't interested in military life. So the Pentagon is going where they are, trying new ways to harness their skills. Jay Price reports.

The Latest Internet Hoax: 'Momo Challenge'

Mar 2, 2019

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Now a public service announcement. The Momo challenge appears to be just a hoax. Laura Hazard Owen is a reporter at Nieman Lab. She joins us now on the line. Thanks so much for being with us.

LAURA HAZARD OWEN: Thanks for having me.

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And now a sober, contemplative look at sports.

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Irvine Welsh On 'Dead Men's Trousers'

Feb 23, 2019

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As birds flitted on and off colorful feeders in a flicker of flapping feathers, and chattered in chirps — punctuated by the occasional trill — a band of birdwatchers offered a cacophony of their own.

"I heard a red-winged blackbird!"

"There's a blue jay!"

"Is that a downy woodpecker?"

Don't have a backyard? No problem. The Great Backyard Bird Count can be done anywhere, whether that's standing on a street outside an apartment, looking out a window at the office, or wandering around a park.

You might be surprised at what you find.

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In the past two weeks, high-profile politicians in Virginia including Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring have come under fire for having worn blackface decades ago. These stories have caused many people to remember their own experiences — times that people around them blithely invoked racist caricatures — and how that made them feel unwelcome, or unsafe.

NPR's Weekend Edition asked listeners to share their own stories about racism at school, be it recent or many years ago. Here's some of what people said:

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In Northern California yesterday, there was a somber community memorial for the 85 people who lost their lives in the Camp Fire.

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Horror films are not for everybody. There's usually blood, gore, fear. Tananarive Due is a writer who says that she became a fan of horror because her mother was - not a horror but a fan.

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And now, from the strains of BJ Leiderman, who writes our theme music, a little melody that says to us, time for sports.

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We're going to talk about the marginal tax rate now. Please don't turn us off. It's been in the news recently. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent during a "60 Minutes" interview.

The wriggly, pinkish gray, spineless bottom dweller known as a hagfish is both amazing and disgusting.

It's a two-foot long creature that looks a bit like an eel but unlike eels, the hagfish lacks a backbone or jaw or eyes. But for everything the hagfish lacks, it makes up for with incredible amounts of weird and unusual slime, which it uses to protect itself against predators.

Yuck.

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A controversial change in the United States asylum system was supposed to start yesterday at the San Diego port of entry. But there was no sign of change. Reporter Max Rivlin-Nadler was there just across the border.

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Now it's time for sports.

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