Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, November 3, 2013

The legal battle over the New York City Police Department's controversial policy took a dramatic turn last week. A federal judge had ruled the practice unconstitutional, but an appeals court put that order on hold. What will happen next will partly depend on who New York's next mayor is.

Listeners Share Stories Of Profiling

New York is the flashpoint in the debate over racial profiling, but it happens in all different pockets of America. We asked our listeners to share some of their experiences.
Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates grew up in Baltimore, and it was there, as a teenager, that he first felt he was being singled out for his race. Coates joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about his personal experiences with racial profiling, from his first experience in a store through the concerns he has for his own son.
Latinos are three times as likely to be uninsured than white Minnesota residents, making them a key demographic for the state's new online health insurance marketplace. Health workers hope to encourage questions and provide answers by heading out onto the streets — and even into hair salons.

Some Amish Opt Out Of Government-Sponsored Insurance

The new health care law states that all individuals must have some kind of health insurance. But what happens when groups oppose insurance on religious grounds? Host Rachel Martin speaks with Dennis Lehman, an Amish man who is the president of an Amish health clinic in Indiana, and Chris Roberson, an attorney in Indianapolis, about how the Amish are dealing with the Affordable Care Act.

Can A World Series Win Help Boston's Healing?

Sports commentators linked Boston's victory to the recovery from the Boston Marathon bombing. NPR's Mike Pesca is skeptical. He joins host Rachel Martin to talk about what the Red Sox game did and did not achieve for Boston.
Huge audiences are tuning in to Norway's Slow TV, which broadcasts ordinary activities — like a seven-hour train journey, an eight-hour fire — in real time. Creating a sweater on air, from shearing to spinning to knitting, could set a world speed record — but then the segment would be too short. Host Rachel Martin speaks with programming director Rune Moklebust about the Slow TV movement.

Regardless Of The Answer, Stay Staid

Each answer is a two-word phrase consisting of two homophones starting with the letter S. For example, given the clue "remained dignified," the answer would be, "stayed staid."

Putting Bro Hugs In The Crossword

Crossword puzzles have a bit of a stodgy reputation. But in the last decade a new crop of young crossword makers has arrived on the scene, using contemporary clues and everyday language.
When he turned 18, Steve Lickteig learned that the woman he knew as his older sister was actually his mother, a secret his other siblings and most of his small Kansas town had known and kept from him. In a new documentary, Lickteig tries to understand how he was left in the dark for so long.

U.S. Drone Strike Rankles Pakistani Government

The Pakistani Taliban was forced to name a new leader after its chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a U.S. drone attack on Friday. The Pakistani government called the strike "counter-productive" to peace and stability. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Harris Khalique, a columnist for the Pakistani newspaper The News International.

Morsi Trial May Reignite Anger, Violence In Egypt

Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was Egypt's first-ever democratically elected president. A year after he was elected, he was ousted by the military following massive protests against him. Morsi goes on trial Monday, accused of inciting violence against protesters.

McAuliffe Holds Lead In Va. Governor Contest

Tuesday's election is seen as a key off-year contest, and a test of strength for both parties leading up to the 2014 elections. But it's beginning to look like a rout. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by as much as 12 points. The race appears to have turned into a referendum on Cuccinelli's conservative views.

Run For Coroner, No Medical Training Necessary

Depending on where you live, you might be able to vote for your local coroner this election season. About 1,600 counties across the U.S. still elect coroners, and that means candidates have to be popular before they can start signing death certificates.

Paul Theroux Aims To Go Off The Beaten Southern Path

One of America's best-known and most prolific travel writers, who has taken his readers around the world for nearly 40 years, has yet to write about the American South. That's about to change, and Paul Theroux needs the help of Weekend Edition listeners. Theroux speaks with host Rachel Martin about his new project.

Giving Counsel For The President's Soul

Joshua Dubois, the former head of President Obama's Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has been sending daily inspirational missives to the president since Obama was a senator working on his first presidential campaign. Dubois speaks to host Rachel Martin about the almost-accidental way he got the job.

What Happens When You Touch A Stranger

In a series called "Touching Strangers," the photographer Richard Renaldi asked complete strangers walking down the streets of New York City to pose together, making it look like they were family members, friends or lovers. Renaldi speaks with host Rachel Martin about the project.
On Sept. 1, 1944, a B-24 bomber went down in the South Pacific. The wreckage, and the airmen, seemed to disappear. Almost 50 years later, a scientist on vacation in Palau found an airplane wing and went on an obsessive, decade-long quest to find what happened to the plane. Author Wil S. Hylton joins NPR to discuss his new book on the mystery.
As a way to bring new people to the chuch, a few mainline churches are experimenting with informal services centered around craft beer. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an attempt to do church differently.
Still only in the early stages of her career, Monroe has already collaborated with Jack White, Wanda Jackson and Miranda Lambert. She speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her latest album, Like a Rose.
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