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Weekend Edition Sunday debuted on January 18, 1987, with host Susan Stamberg. Two years later, Liane Hansen took over the host chair, a position she held for 22 years. In that time, Hansen interviewed movers and shakers in politics, science, business and the arts. Her reporting travels took her from the slums of Cairo to the iron mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; from the oyster beds on the bayou in Houma, La., to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park; and from the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In the fall of 2011, NPR National Desk Reporter Audie Cornish began hosting the show.

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Chris Coons Remembers John McCain

Aug 26, 2018

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On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is geographical. I'm going to give you some words and phrases. In each one, change two consecutive letters to name a country.

Example: SUDDEN --> SWEDEN

1. FRAPPE

2. GREEDY

3. ALGEBRA

4. CANARY

5. SIROCCO

6. BARGAIN

7. SERENA

8. JOBMAN

9. MALADY

10. SENSUAL

11. CAME UPON

Sen. John McCain Dies At 81

Aug 26, 2018

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Jeff Flake On John McCain

Aug 26, 2018

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And as we've been discussing, Senator John McCain has died at the age of 81. He was well-regarded in the Senate by politicians on both sides of the aisle - and perhaps none more so than his fellow Arizona Senator, Jeff Flake, who joins us now. Senator, thanks for being with us.

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Bureau Of Land Management Considers Move West

Aug 19, 2018

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And that brings us to today. This afternoon, the group behind that Charlottesville rally is expected to hold a demonstration here in Washington. NPR's Brian Mann joins us from Lafayette Square. Brian, good morning.

BRIAN MANN, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.

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Janet Clark hopes to keep her dairy farm in the family. She inherited Vision Aire Farms from her parents, and now runs it with her younger brother.

The farm is idyllic, tucked away amid rolling green hills of corn and sunflower fields. One side of the farm holds a line of calves. They are individually fed by Clark's children and their cousins, playfully holding milk bottles for them to drink.

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A Guantanamo Guard And His Detainee Reunite

Aug 12, 2018

Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Steve Wood met in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004.

At the time, Slahi had been in captivity for two years, accused of acts of terrorism.

Wood, then a member of the National Guard, was assigned to watch the Mauritania native. For nine months, they spent their days together.

After more than a decade, the two saw each other once again this spring, when Wood traveled to Slahi's home in Mauritania to see his old friend.

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This is Lulu's log - stardate August 5, 2018 - where we explore matters of space, the stars and the universe.

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Sand. It's everywhere, even in places you don't expect.

Black Pastors And Trump

Aug 5, 2018

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All Eyes In Zimbabwe On Nelson Chamisa

Jul 29, 2018

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And all eyes are on one man in Zimbabwe. Nelson Chamisa is Zimbabwe's opposition leader. He's a lawyer and a pastor and in a country where lots has changed in the past eight months. As NPR's Eyder Peralta reports, he has a chance to end 38 years of one-party rule.

What's Behind The Train Of Ducks Photo

Jul 29, 2018

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Just over four years ago, on July 17, 2014, six delegates on their way to the International AIDS Conference died in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.

The delegates were among the 298 people killed hours after their flight took off from Amsterdam.

International investigations concluded that the missile that downed the jet originated with the Russian military, which has denied involvement.

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A Honduran Family Reunited

Jul 22, 2018

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Insert the same letter in each of them to complete two things in the same category.

Example: Shots Skit --> Shorts, Skirt

1. FIE SEEN
2. MONEY SUNK
3. ETHER PALMS
4. BARE ALLEY
5. PARS SOFA
6. CURING WRESTING
7. MONTAGE CAPLET

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