Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, November 24, 2013

Agreement Reached To Limit Iran's Nuclear Program

After marathon talks, Iran and six world powers made a deal in Geneva to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about the outcome.

Israel Slams Iran Nuclear Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program a "historic mistake."

Colorado Ads Use Sex And Alcohol To Sell Health Insurance

Young healthy people are critical to making the new insurance marketplaces work. A Colorado advertising campaign pushes the boundaries of taste as it tries to persuade young people to click on a link for the decidedly unsexy topic of health insurance.

Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls

Hondurans vote for a new president on Sunday. Crime, gangs and drug cartel violence have made it among the most dangerous countries in the world. If that weren't enough to drive voters to the polls, Honduras's economy is nearly bankrupt, and more than half of the country lives in poverty.

Afghan Assembly Approves Security Plan, But Karzai Delays

Afghanistan's Loya Jirga resoundingly approved an agreement to allow up to 9,000 U.S. troops to stay in the country after the NATO mission ends next year. But President Hamid Karzai said he won't sign the deal, at least, not yet.

Were Blackwater's 'Civilian Warriors' Unfairly Maligned?

Erik Prince, a military contractor during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, says the Blackwater firm was unjustly pegged as the face of military evil. Prince joins host Rachel Martin to talk about his new book, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.

More Kids Roll In Style In Tricked-Out Giant Wagons

A new trend has parents passing up traditional strollers in favor of big, sturdy wagons complete with canopies, coolers, storage space and other creature comforts.

We Plant The Seed, You Pick The Tree

Every answer is the name of a tree. Identify the tree name from its anagram. For example, given "has," the answer would be "ash."

Daniel Menaker's 'Mistake' Formed His Life View

Daniel Menaker rose through the ranks at The New Yorker to become the fiction editor, and later became editor in chief at Random House. He joins host Rachel Martin to talk about his new memior, My Mistake, which describes a childhood incident that resulted in the death of his brother.

For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter's Block Is A Game

Bob Schneider, a songwriter from Texas, has challenged fellow musicians to a game for 12 years: Every Friday, a closed email group submits a new song of the week. Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and Patty Griffin have all answered the call, and Schneider says the game has gotten him through five albums.

GOP Skeptical Of Iran Deal

Some Republicans said the agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some sanctions goes too easy on Iran. NPR's White House correspondent Scott Horsley talks to host Rachel Martin about the politics surrounding the deal.
Mental health is in the spotlight this week after former Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then killed himself. In the Sunday Conversation, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gary Mihelish about caring for and advocating on the behalf of a child with a severe mental illness.

Iranians Hope For Normalcy After Nuclear Agreement

Iranians are used to bad news, so word of an international deal to halt the nation's nuclear program and the lifting of some sanctions was something extraordinary. Host Rachel Martin speaks with New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink.

Syrian Human Rights Defender Honored

Hanadi Zahlout has been an activist in Syria since before the revolution began, and has been imprisoned three times for her work. The State Department awarded her its Human Rights Defenders Award last week. Zahlout tells her story to host Rachel Martin.

Remembering When A Teacher Had His Back

Friday is the National Day of Listening, a chance to sit down with a loved one, turn on a tape recorder and ask that person about his or her life. NPR's Mike Pesca chose to talk with his one of his middle school teachers, Kevin Sheehan, about lessons they learned from each other.

After Free-Diving Death, Can The Sport Be Made Safer?

Free diver Nicholas Mevoli of Brooklyn died after his event last week at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas. Host Rachel Martin talks to writer James Nestor, who is writing a book on the subject and says competitions are a bad idea.

A Couple Of Knights (And Matinees) On Broadway

Friends, X-Men, notables of the British Empire: Now Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have teamed up again on Broadway this season, performing two classic plays in repertory — Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter's No Man's Land.

Thanksgiving Dinner Deja Vu? Try French Food This Year

After years of cooking and eating the same pumpkin pies, stuffing and green bean casseroles, you might be in a Thanksgiving slump. Veteran restaurant critic Patricia Wells has a few recipes — including a spicy pumpkin soup and "intense" chocolate custards — to put a French twist on the holiday.
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