Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, December 29, 2013

On Wednesday, Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. New York Times Middle East reporter Kareem Fahim speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden on the latest developments from Cairo.
The end of December is a crucial deadline for removing chemical weapons from Syria. Now the OPCW, the international organization overseeing that transfer, is backing away from that deadline. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses the plan for chemical weapons removal and disposal, and why it's been so hard.

John Kerry's Ambitious First Year

The secretary of state set big goals this year, from restarting the Mideast peace process to ending the civil war in Syria and curbing Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post about how much progress Kerry has made this year.

Task Force Recommends Changes At Maryland's Prisons

The panel has approved 18 recommendations it hopes will make things safer at the state's prisons. The proposals come on the heels of recent indictments of corrections officers and inmates at a Baltimore jail that involved drug smuggling and sexual impropriety.
Ten cities and states have passed laws guaranteeing access to some kind of family leave this year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with director Vicki Shabo about efforts to make family leave mandatory.

Labor Department Picks Books That Shaped American Jobs

For the Department of Labor's centennial celebration, Carl Fillichio thought outside the box and asked the public for books that influenced work in America. The usual suspects are there — Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and What Color is Your Parachute — but also some oddball choices from children's literature and poetry. Fillichio gives NPR's Jennifer Ludden highlights from the ongoing project.
Archaeologists are now mapping a wall in eastern China that is as much as 15 feet tall in some places, and predates the more famous barrier by 300 years. Hundreds of miles long, it was likely erected to keep neighboring Chinese dynasties from invading each other, historians say.

Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Bandmate

Carlos Santana was recently reunited with one of the original members of his band. Conga player Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone was discovered homeless on the streets of Oakland by KRON-TV reporter Stanley Roberts. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with Roberts about how he came upon Malone and facilitated a reunion with Santana.

Now You Know Them

You will be given some names that you probably never heard of before 2013, but that were in the news during the past 12 months. You name who the people are.

Taking The Snobbery Out Of Studying Wine

Talking about wine can be a bit intimidating, rife with terms like tannin and terroir. Master Sommelier Richard Betts is on a mission to help people enjoy wine as a grocery, not a luxury. Betts talks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden about his book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.
A new generation is looking to dominate Jamaica's music scene with a fresh take on an old-school sound. NPR's Baz Dreisinger looks further into the musical resurgence and the artists leading the charge.

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

Children in low-income families hear dramatically fewer words, which often sets them back in school and later life. The gap was officially documented in the 1990s, but has persisted. Now an entire city is trying to close the divide.
The glossy images on admissions brochures don't always paint an accurate picture of campus diversity — which could lead some students to show up at very different colleges than they'd imagined.
Despite news that hackers stole PIN data from the giant retailer Target during prime buying season, shoppers say they will still use their cards to ring up purchases there. Target says the PINs are encrypted, but security experts say that given time, hackers could still outwit the system.
Activists across the nation want to counter the onslaught of regulations that limit abortions and regulate clinics with new laws that protect access to abortion.

Quitting Wall Street To Tell A Prostitute's Story

Disillusioned by corporate greed and his life as a Wall Street financier, Chris Arnade quit his job and devoted his time to photographing drug addicts and prostitutes in the South Bronx. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with him about his new mission among the street people he now counts as some of his best friends.
Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, but the Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off a permit to hunt one down. It says the controversial fundraiser is a conservation effort.

A Year Of Surprises In Pro Sports

As the new year approaches, we take a look back at sports this past year. From fake girlfriends to NFL bullying, concussion lawsuits to doping scandals, NPR's Mike Pesca watched it all, and brings us his list of greatest sports moments of 2013.

Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

In laid-back Key West, most people get around by bike. Which meant that NPR's Petra Mayer had to — finally — learn to ride one for her vacation this year. And with the help of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, she did it.

9-Year-Old Climbs Tallest Mountain In The Americas

On Christmas Eve, Tyler Armstrong became the youngest person to ever reach the summit of Argentina's Mt. Aconcagua, at 22,841 feet. NPR's Jennifer Ludden takes note of the young climber's feat, which raised money for muscular dystrophy research.

Giorgio Moroder On Dance Music's Present And Future

One of the most influential electronic producers in the world, Moroder spent 2013 back in the spotlight. Here, he discusses his work with Daft Punk and Donna Summer, the return of disco and the rise of the DJ.
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