Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, May 25, 2014

A mass killing in Isla Vista, Calif., Friday left seven people dead. Authorities are still investigating the motive behind the rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Pope Francis visits Bethlehem on Sunday in the middle of a three-day trip to the Middle East. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the significance of the pope's visit.
Shortages of basic foodstuffs have fueled months of protests against Venezuela's socialist government. Some food producers are smuggling food across the border to get higher prices.
Egyptians go to the polls this week, and the front-runner is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. His supporters say he'll bring order to the country, but others say Mohammed Morsi is still the legitimate president.
As Egyptians prepare for the presidential election Monday, Egypt's first female presidential candidate Bothaina Kamel says Egyptian women must pay a price to participate in public life.

How To Rescue 20 Million Angry Bees

What do you do when a truck hauling 20 million bees crashes on the highway? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Deborah Delaney, bee researcher and professor at the University of Delaware, to find out.

A Literal Truce Over The Misuse Of 'Literally'

Can we talk about the word "literally." NPR's Rachel Martin talks with David Haglund of Slate. (This piece originally aired March 10, 2014, on Weekend Edition.)

A Puzzle In The Merry Merry Month Of May

The theme of today's puzzle is May. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with MA and the second word ends with Y.
If you live in a big city and put an old appliance on the curb, there's a good chance it'll be gone the next day, picked up by those who collect discarded pieces of metal to recycle them for cash.
The mystic-minded songwriter spent years literally working on the railroad — and it's one reason he says he's no longer interested in making straight-ahead country music.

Should VA Secretary Shinseki Step Down?

NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about whether the FBI should be investigating alleged criminal wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting about allegations of delayed health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs and what it would take to fix it.
In World War II, letters were the only real means of communication between servicemen and women and their families. A look back at one of those men through his letters.
Correspondent Peter Kenyon tells NPR's Rachel Martin that voting is brisk in Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine — except in the east, where pro-Russian separatists have shut down polls.
Care to learn how to dock a gigantic freighter in a tight harbor? Or how to fend off pirates? There's a merchant marine simulator in Maryland where you can train for those scenarios, and more.
R2-D2, the robot in Star Wars, is the subject of an article in Smithsonian Magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to the author, Clive Thompson, about how R2-D2 became such a beloved robot.

Doing The Laundry For Social Good

"For-profit, for good" is the mantra of a handful of startups trying to make Philadelphia a social enterprise hub. One of those companies is a bike-delivery laundry service that's now expanding.
A tiny Presbyterian church in southwestern Virginia is coming back to life, thanks to a new pastor who's mixing old-time Appalachian culture with a new twist on worship.
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the irrepressible novelist about his latest book — a memoir this time, called Tibetan Peach Pie -- and why he hates being labeled as a counter-culture writer.
Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino spin some cumbia tracks for NPR's Rachel Martin.
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