Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, November 10, 2013

No Deal Reached In Nuclear Talks With Iran

Skepticism from the French delegation prevented the U.S. and five other major powers to agree on a temporary freeze of Iran's nuclear program.

Saudis Plan Major Investment In Nuclear Technology

Saudi Arabia intend to build 16 nuclear power plants over the next twenty years. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to Thomas Lippman of the Middle East Institute about the Saudi's nuclear ambitions and what they mean for nuclear nonproliferation efforts.

China Plots Its Economic Future

China's leaders are meeting to plan which direction they want the country to head economically. NPR's Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt joins host Rachel Martin to discuss what is expected from the meeting.

Veterans Group Helps Troops By Helping Locals

To mark Veterans Day, host Rachel Martin talks with Chris Clary, the newest member of Spirit of America, a group of veterans who provide humanitarian aid to locals in foreign countries as a way to help U.S. troops deployed overseas.

Historic VA Buildings In Danger Of Demolition

Milwaukee is site of the oldest Soldier Home in the country, now standing vacant and in need of repair. The Veterans Administration owns and manages more than 2,000 such historic buildings across the country. A new report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation says the VA has been too quick to tear down buildings rather than renovate them.

Nazi Hunter Dedicates Career To Pursuing Justice

Eli Rosenbaum has spent much of his career at the Department of Justice, identifying and deporting Nazi war criminals. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the first time he became aware of the Nazis, the sense of duty he feels to pursue justice for the victims, and the surreal experience of questioning suspects about atrocities committed decades ago.

Billions Of Planets Could Support Life

A study released this week found there could be as many as 40 billion habitable planets in the galaxy. Host Rachel Martin talks to Mike Brown, a professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, to help digest the enormity of the finding.

Capitalize On 'This Minus That'

Every answer is the name of a state capital, to be identified from its anagram. For example, given "banally" minus the letter L, the answer would be "Albany."

Here's A Wild Idea For Shakespeare: Do It His Way

In the new Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, imported from London's Globe Theatre, the director and actors put on the shows pretty much as the Bard would have staged them — with an all-male cast and everything.

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

The Alt.Latino crew stops by Weekend Edition Sunday to talk about one of Latin music's most pervasive rhythms.

House Bill Would Combat Human Trafficking

The measure requires recruiters to register and provide detailed employment information to overseas workers. Sponsor Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, joins host Rachel Martin to explain his bill.

Trafficking Victim Now Advocates For Others

Angela Guanzon came from the Philippines to California for what she thought would be a good job. Instead, she worked 18 hours a day caring for elderly residents, slept on hallway floors and ate table scraps, all for $300 a month. Guanzon, now an advocate for victims of human trafficking, talks with host Rachel Martin about her experience.

The Big Business Of High-Seas Piracy

The World Bank released a report on the economics of piracy in Somalia. Host Rachel Martin reports that hijacking the ship is just one part of the elaborate enterprise: books are kept, expenses tallied and salaries paid.
The death toll could rise as high as 10,000 after Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to the eastern swath of the island nation. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Aaron Aspi, a communications officer with World Vision Philippines, a Christian relief organization.

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

Some three decades after the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a board was established that declassified thousands of documents. Congress hoped it would clear up lingering conspiracy theories, but it didn't.
Voters in Portland, Maine, this week passed an ordinance to legalize possession by an overwhelming margin. Legalization advocates' hopes are high for the rest of the state — and around the northeast.
EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE, MINARET and SHAMROCK are a few of the tens of thousands of code names the NSA gives everything, including programs, exercises, weapons and even its budget.
The Baylor University Bears illustrate the argument that defense is more important than offense in college football. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the Bears and other sports news of the week.

Stories Probe The Hidden Grievances Of Class

The stories in Russell Banks' new collection, A Permanent Member of the Family, all share a sense of sadness. Banks joins host Rachel Martin to talk about how he begins his tales.

Heidecker And Wood, Inspired By The '80s

Tim Heidecker is one half of the comedy team behind the absurd sketch/talk show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He and David Wood get semi-sincere on the duo's second album, Some Things Never Stay the Same, a slightly goofy but affectionate tribute to '70s and '80s soft rock. They join host Rachel Martin.
Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines with nearly 200 mile-per-hour winds. Thousands are feared dead. Save the Children's Lynette Lim was in one of the hardest hit areas, Tacloban City, Sundsay morning. She speaks with host Rachel Martin from the capital, Manila.
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