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News, analysis, essays, and features for your weekend, anchored by Scott Simon on Saturdays, NPR's Peabody Award-winning host and correspondent. Sundays are hosted by NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and feature The New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz offering a challenging puzzle each week. 

On-air challenge: This week's puzzle is a variation on last week's. It's more like a quiz. I'm going to give four words. Three of them have something in common. I'll tell you what that something in common is. You tell me which word is the odd one out.

1. Words that are both flowers and girls' names: Violet, Lily, Iris, Cowslip

2. Words that start the names of state capitals: Big, Rich, Mad, Tall

3. Adjectives that are the titles of well-known movies: Frozen, Notorious, Sweet, Unforgiven

Watching The Unstreamable Christmas Movies

Dec 15, 2019

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Evanston, Ill., Has A Reparations Plan

Dec 8, 2019

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Managing Misinformation On Reddit

Dec 8, 2019

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Sunday Politics

Dec 8, 2019

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The impeachment of President Trump is now inevitable. The House Judiciary Committee released a report yesterday outlining what the Constitution defines as impeachable offenses. And this week, Democrats are expected to begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president.

On-air challenge: Every answer is a word, name or phrase in which the only consonants are B and L, repeated as often as necessary. All the other letters are vowels.

Ex. Tell a secret --> BLAB

1. Holy book

2. Reason why you couldn't have committed the crime

3. Record company

4. "The Hobbit" hero ___ Baggins

5. Tower of ___

6. Talk rapidly and foolishly

7. Move up and down, as a doll's head

8. Air-filled sphere sometimes made by soap

9. Legally obligated

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Jimmy Kimmel wants parents to know one thing about his debut children's book: It takes just five minutes to read.

At a recent election campaign event in Taiwan, a procession of women beat ceremonial drums, dance and wave lotus-shaped umbrellas in celebration. But beyond the slogans promising national security and prosperity, the topic on everyone's mind is what to do about China.

The star of the event is Han Kuo-yu, a pro-Beijing candidate running for president with the opposition Kuomintang, who poses a stark contrast with the current leaders.

Why Mumbai Needs More Mangroves

Nov 24, 2019

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Beck Talks 'Hyperspace'

Nov 24, 2019

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Beck Hansen's 14th studio album has a whole new sound - perhaps in part because he has a whole new life. His 15-year marriage ended earlier this year. And maybe not coincidentally, this new music has an element of escapism, which is what I began asking him about in our interview.

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a made-up two-word phrase in which the first word starts with the letter C, and the second word is the same as the first but without the C.

Ex. A painting of a golfer's vehicle --> CART ART

1. A Scottish boy wearing clothing

2. Pile that doesn't cost much

3. Security device for a timepiece

4. Where a group of witches bakes a cake

5. One who assesses the quality of a feature of the lunar surface

6. Black bird that is cowardly

7. Wifey's mate who's a little overweight

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Amélie Wen Zhao On 'Blood Heir'

Nov 17, 2019

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Imagine you're a first-time author. Your wildest dreams come true, and there's a bidding war over your first book. It gets snapped up for big bucks, but then there are some objections to how race is represented in your novel. A Twitter storm ensues.

Living With Bears In Asheville

Nov 17, 2019

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A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack.

Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Every week, NPR Music's Alt.Latino publishes a playlist of new music that you can stream. And every month, Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras joins us here on WEEKEND EDITION. So let's take an opportunity now to enjoy some of the music on those playlists.

Hi, Felix.

On-air challenge: Here's a list of seven-letter words. For each one, change the first and last letters — but only the first and last letters — to make a new, uncapitalized seven-letter word. Both the first and last letters have to change.

Ex. TOURISM --> NOURISH

1. PARTOOK

2. TERSELY

3. GUNROOM

4. HELLISH

5. LORELEI

6. CARCASS

7. GORDIAN

8. LIGNITE

9. PARTING

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In Baghdad, a major crackdown on anti-government protesters calling for political reforms and an end to corruption.

(SOUNDBITE OF BOOM)

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Happy birthday to one of the most famous streets in America.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET?")

THE KIDS: (Singing) Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

Lauren Michele Jackson On 'White Negroes'

Nov 10, 2019

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In the new romantic comedy Last Christmas, Emilia Clarke plays Kate. She dresses like an elf, she works in a year-round Christmas-ornament shop and her life is a mess.

Enter the dashing Tom, played by Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians). He's handsome, kind and quirky — but, of course, there is something elusive about him.

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Harriet Tubman was a real-life superhero. And this weekend, the new movie "Harriet" opens. And it tells her story.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HARRIET")

CYNTHIA ERIVO: (As Harriet) I would give every last drop of blood in my veins...

(SOUNDBITE OF GUN RELOADING)

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