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The Record
9:54 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room We Have To Float In Like Goddessses'

Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 5:49 pm

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NPR Story
9:29 am
Sun March 17, 2013

The Beat Goes On: Titanic Band Leader's Violin Verified

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

An auction house in Britain announced this week it has authenticated a violin they believe belonged to Wallace Hartley, the band leader aboard the Titanic, who famously continued playing, even as the ship went down. Host Rachel Martin talks about the find and the seven-year process it took to authenticate it.

The Two-Way
5:56 am
Sun March 17, 2013

The War Creeps Closer To Damascus

The scene of a car bomb explosion near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party, in the center of Damascus, on Feb. 21. While the city is not involved in the fighting on a daily basis, the war is edging closer to the capital.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:59 am

Editor's Note: The author is a Syrian citizen living in Damascus and is not being further identified for safety concerns.

In Damascus, you can smell the scent of gunpowder that wafts in from shelling on the outskirts of the capital. You hear fighter jets buzzing above. Ambulance sirens wail throughout the day, and death notices are regularly plastered on city walls.

Damascus is not under direct bombardment, like many other places in Syria that have been ravaged by an uprising now two years old. But the war is creeping closer, and residents feel the heat.

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Middle East
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Fear And Daily Struggles: Reporter Reflects On Iraq War

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: It was early 2003: Doctors reported the first known case of the SARS virus; the musical "Chicago" won the Oscar for Best Picture; and Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush made their case for war.

DICK CHENEY: There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE: We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.

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Middle East
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Reframing The Argument: Brokering Middle East Peace

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:16 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi has closely watched the role of the United States as mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his new book "Brokers of Deceit," he argues that U.S. involvement has made the goal of a lasting peace less attainable than ever. Rashid Khalidi is with us now from our studios in New York.

Welcome to the program.

RASHID KHALIDI: Thank you, Rachel.

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Europe
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Maslenitsa Celebration Helps Russians Thaw From Winter

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 6:59 pm

Sunday is the final day of a week-long Russian festival that celebrates folk traditions, heroic eating and the distant promise of spring. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports on Maslenitsa, or "pancake week," the last culinary blow-out before the austerity of Lent.

Middle East
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Low Bar Set For Obama's Mideast Trip

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:15 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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

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History
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Sifting Through The World Of Locks, And Those Who Pick Them

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

Is there such a thing as a lock than cannot be picked? Host Rachel Martin talks with Tom Vanderbilt of Slate about the quest.

Religion
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

American Church Connected To Pope Through Prayer

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This past week, we spoke with spoke with father Mike McGovern. He is the pastor of the Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest, Illinois. He told us what the pope means to the church at large.

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Religion
5:52 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Nun 'Inspired' By Pope Francis' Work For Poor

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're joined now by Sister Pat Farrell, past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. It is the largest, most influential organization of American nuns. We spoke with Sister Pat recently about some of the issues facing the Catholic Church during its leadership transition and what she wants to see from a new pope. Now that a new pope has been chosen, we thought we'd check back in with her. Sister Pat Farrell joins us on the line from Clinton, Iowa. Welcome back to the program, Sister Pat.

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Sunday Puzzle
3:29 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Take Your Pics

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with the letters P-I and the second word starts with C. For example, given "One of 27 compositions by Mozart" you would say "(Pi)ano (C)oncerto."

Last week's challenge: Think of two familiar three-word sayings in which all three words are the same length. The middle word in both sayings is the same. In each saying, the first and last words rhyme with each other. What two sayings are these?

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Iraq
5:56 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

Traffic drives through Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Wednesday. Ten years after the start of the war, bullet holes still mark buildings, and towers wrecked by U.S. missiles and tank shells have not been fully rebuilt.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

Ten years ago this Tuesday, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and by any count — and there have been many — the toll has been devastating.

So far, about 4,400 U.S. troops and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and the combined costs of the war come to an astounding $2 trillion, including future commitments like veteran care.

So where do we stand today?

Stephen Hadley was the national security adviser under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and part of the White House team that helped sell the war to the public.

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All Songs Considered
5:29 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Four In Photos

Solange performs at Stubb's.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 6:44 pm

You can depend on Solange to be the best dressed anywhere — that pink suit! — but her commanding live presence at SXSW is a thing of wonder, even if her funky R&B can be quiet and unassuming. We also took in the crushing doom metal of Batillus, spazzed out to Metz, and got gloomy with Diamond Rings.

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Author Interviews
5:03 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Hatmaker Philip Treacy's Favorite Hat, And Many More

In the studio, Feb. 10, 1999
Kevin Davies Phaidon

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

In 2011, Irish milliner Philip Treacy made waves across the world when he designed 36 different hats for the royal wedding. Remember Princess Beatrice's unforgettable hat? Treacy made that.

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NPR Story
4:49 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Annual Conservative Gathering Questions GOP's Direction

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Jacki Lyden.

As we just heard, longtime Republican Senator Rob Portman's position on gay marriage has evolved. Of course, gay marriage is one of the social issues that was front and center at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, otherwise known as CPAC. It's the annual gathering of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party.

NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea has been at CPAC, and he joins me now. Hi there, Don.

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NPR Story
4:49 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Week In News: North Korea's Tough Posturing

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us, as he does most Saturdays. Hey there, Jim.

JAMES FALLOWS: Hello, Jacki.

LYDEN: You know, it's been really interesting following your blog this week about the Iraq War anniversary. You wrote about it so much in the run-up to the war's well and, you know, Jim, about your own personal regrets leading up to the war.

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Music Interviews
4:31 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music's New 'Golden' Girl

Kacey Musgraves' new album is titled Same Trailer Different Park.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

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Sports
4:16 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

From Tweeting To Meeting Lance Armstrong

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong invited sportswriter Michael McCann to his Texas home for a three-hour interview.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:34 am

Writer Michael McCann is a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated. He's been covering Lance Armstrong's legal issues for the past year, following the allegations that Armstrong doped and used performance-enhancing drugs.

McCann regularly responds to readers' questions on Twitter, too. About a month ago, he tells All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden, he had a new follower: @LanceArmstrong. It was the former cycling champion himself.

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All Songs Considered
1:14 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Four Highlights

Noise-rock band KEN mode pummeling Red 7 at SXSW 2013.
Mike Katzif WNYC

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 1:32 pm

"If you want to do something, just do it." Words of wisdom from Bob Boilen that sum up day four of South By Southwest for the All Songs Considered gang perfectly. Bob, along with Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers were joined by Mike Katzif and Will Butler, both former All Songs interns. Will's journey to Austin was inspired by Amanda Palmer's recent TED Talk.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped In India

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 7:54 am

A Swiss woman cycling with her husband in India was allegedly beaten and gang-raped, police say. It's the latest high-profile sexual assault in a nation that's facing intense pressure to increase its protections for women.

The couple was on a cycling tour from Mumbai to New Delhi when they were attacked Friday night. The New York Times continues the story:

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