Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, August 4, 2013

U.S. Embassies In The Muslim World Closed Sunday

The Department of State has issued a travel alert over the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about the threat of more attacks.

Senate Democrats Proposa FISA Court Reform

New legislation would reform the FISA court, the secret court that rules on whether the government can pursue certain surveillance activities — including the NSA spying programs that have caused recent controversy. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, who co-sponsored the bill.
At peak deployment, 20,000 Marines were stationed in Helmand Province. Now there are only 8,000, and that number will drop further as Regimental Combat Team 7 heads home. Its commander says too many Afghans are dying in fighting there, but the local troops are still better than the Taliban.

Nidal Hasan Murder Trial To Start This Week

Hasan allegedly murdered 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009. Intelligence officials say Hassan was inspired by Anwar al Awlaki the leader of Al Qaeda's affiliate network in Yemen. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Daniel Zwerdling, who covered the story.

Winging It:: How To Travel Alone

Traveling solo can be an intimidating experience. For Weekend Edition Sunday's regular travel segment, host Rachel Martin speaks with Janice Waugh, author of the Solo Traveler's Handbook.

When Comedians Cross Borders

Ryan Ha, a Chinese-American and CEO of the Comedy Club China in Beijing, is bringing stand-up comedy to China. Host Rachel Martin asks him what's funny in Beijing.

Cash's Burning 'Ring Of Fire' Turns 50

The strange and wondrous song was one of Johnny Cash's biggest hits. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Noah Berlatsky, who wrote an article for the Atlantic and says that it was Cash's love song to himself.

First Names First

Every answer consists of the names of two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last person. Given the non-anagram parts of the names, you identify the people.

New Dr. Who To Be Revealed Today

The new Doctor on the British sci fi show "Dr. Who" will be announced in a live BBC broadcast at 2 p.m. ET. Host Rachel Martin tells us about the cult BBC TV show about a doctor who travels though time and space.

'The Weatherman': A Rambler's Folky Manifesto

Songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov grew up bouncing from city to city, and it shows in his music. He and his band visit Weekend Edition Sunday to perform songs from his latest album.

Sex-Trafficking Sting Covers 76 Cities

One hundred children were rescued in the recent three-day sting. Host Rachel Martin talks with Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigations division, about child sex trafficking the U.S.

Former Child Trafficking Victim Now Mentors Others

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Sheila White, who was trafficked into sex work as a teenager. White shares her experience of sexual exploitation, the challenges she faced, and her current work as an advocate for victims.

Musharraf's Return Fuels Chaos In Pakistan

The former president will be charged with the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed at a rally in 2007. Host Rachel Martin talks to Hameed Gul, former director general of the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence service, about the political deterioration in Pakistan.

Activists Fight Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

The measure is one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Gregory Warner about the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill."

Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

Rob Sheffield had his life pulled out from him 16 years ago when his wife died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. He overcame his grief through singing karaoke, and tells about it in his new book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke."

Pro-Bowl Struggles To Gain Popularity

The NFL's version of the all-star game has trouble finding an audience. Will a handful of rules changes turn things around? NPR's Mike Pesca talks with host Rachel Martin about the game.

Jack Handey Revels In 'The Stench of Honolulu'

"Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey was an icon of Saturday Night Live in the 1990's. Now Jack Handey has written a novel, "The Stench of Honolulu." He talks to host Rachel Martin about the book, his time on SNL, and his philosophy on comedy.
The Scottish singer's latest, "Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon," was recorded in two sessions, which fell on either side of a life-changing summer.
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