Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cairo Mosque Is A Protest Flashpoint

Egyptian security forces stormed a Cairo mosque and cleared it of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who had holed up for hours there on Saturday. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin gets the latest from reporter Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

Attacks On Egypt's Christians Increase

Egypt's Christian communities have been targets of violence from pro-Morsi forces who are angry that Christians have been supporters of Egypt's military. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Rev. Mikhail, a pastor in Alexandria, Egypt.

Obama Struggles To Find Effective Egypt Policy

The Obama administration is deploring the military-backed interim government's use of violence against protesters, but it's not punishing the Egyptian military by cutting off aid.
In the Sunday Conversation, host Rachel Martin speaks with Sister Maxyne Schneider of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Springfield, Mass. The order, like many around the country, is facing major financial distress as the sisters age.

Quote Corrected On MLK Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will be ready for the 50th anniverary of the March on Washington after a truncated quote has been removed from the monument.

Atlanta Celebrates King's Dream

The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. commemorates the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech with a celebration at the national historic site and at the King Center in Atlanta. It's an effort to get children and families involved the history of the movement.
In the historic casino on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, a grand old organ has been entertaining theater-goers for almost 85 years.

A Matter Of Succession

You're given two words starting with the letter S. For each pair, select a third word — also starting with S — that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Hugh Laurie Puts Blues In The House

The star of the TV series House has been acting for his bread and butter. But this Oxford-born, piano-playing Brit has had a long love affair with American blues music. Host Rachel Martin talks to Laurie about his new album, Didn't It Rain. It's full of the sounds of New Orleans.

Egypt On Edge After A Week Of Deadly Violence

Clashes continue between supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and those who support the military which pushed him out of power. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about the latest news.

Executions In China Declining

Though the numbers are a state secret, it's believed that some 3,000 people were put to death last year. That's down from an average of 15,000 per year in the 1990s. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Gady Epstein, China correspondent for The Economist magazine.

Japan Seeks 'Escape From Postwar Regime'

It's been 68 years since Japan surrendered to Allied forces, bringing an end to World War II. NPR's Beijing correspondent, Anthony Kuhn, joins host Rachel Martin to discuss Japan's current military ambitions and the grave concerns in China and Korea that Japan is on the way to forgetting its wartime past.

Why The Government Blocked The Airline Merger

The Justice Department has blocked a planned merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Scott McCartney about what it might mean for travelers.

Bucking Conventional Sports Wisdom

In baseball this year, says NPR's Mike Pesca, there's very little correlation between spending and winning. Pesca speaks with host Rachel Martin.
The new book, Of Dice and Men, ventures into the world of role-play games like Dungeons and Dragons. Host Rachel Martin talks with author Dave Ewalt about the games, which enthralled him as a youth.

Kitchens Of The Future Will Really Know How To Cook

Coming soon to a kitchen near you: appliances that talk to each other, suggest recipes based on food at hand and know when to run and when to pause to let the electric car charge up.
Thanks to brand new songs by pop's shining lights, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nine Inch Nails, this midsummer week unexpectedly became the beginning of a new hit cycle.
Zachary Heinzerling's documentary captures the curious dynamics of a complicated relationship between two artists whose lives and work are inextricably intertwined. As Karen Michel reports, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara are still figuring themselves out after 40 years and more.

A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks — both blues-rock titans — about their new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Made Up Mind.
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