Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, August 10, 2014

U.S. Continues Airstrikes In Northern Iraq

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Nickolay Mladenov, U.N. special envoy to Iraq, about the situation in northern Iraq, where the Islamic State is fighting for control.

Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President

After 12 years as Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is poised to jump to the president's office in Sunday's election. Secular Turks fear he will push the nation toward autocracy.

Homicide Ruling In Brady Death Called Unprecedented

The death Monday of former presidential press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Paul Rothstein about the many legal questions raised by the finding.
Liberia and Sierra Leone have deployed troops to try to isolate areas hardest-hit by the Ebola virus. Nigeria announced a state of emergency as new cases of the disease are reported there.
To promote global trade, Vital Sounouvou founded a company that connects producers with traders, allowing a farmer in Benin to sell products to a buyer in South Africa — with just a cellphone.
In one of the world's poorest countries, where many women still wear head-to-toe burqas, lavish spending and competition among brides is fueling a boom in shops selling pricey and glamorous dresses.
It's a mystery how butterflies manage to make their brilliant wing colors, but Yale physicists got a glimpse when they took the question to the lab, breeding dull brown butterflies into purple ones.

Getting Thick In The Midsection

For each four-letter word given, insert two letters exactly in the middle to complete a common, uncaplitalized six-letter word.

These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

Sharks are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, thanks to certain receptors in their snouts. Surfers, divers and others nervous about attacks can strap on field-generating devices for peace of mind.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Richard Flanagan, author of the new book The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Negotiations In Tatters As Gaza Clashes Continue

Cross-border attacks continued over the weekend between Israel and Gaza as talks aimed to end the fighting appeared to stall in Cairo.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with George Mitchell, former U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace, about what it's like to try to negotiate a peace deal in the troubled region.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Gilad Lotan, a data scientist who studies social media echo chambers. He looked at how news about the Israel-Gaza conflict has been disseminated.

Why India's Modi Defied The WTO

India recently reneged on a World Trade Organization trade deal years in the making. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he broke the deal to protect his country's poor.

Air Force Sees Drones In Its Future

The U.S. Air Force just released a strategy for the future, involving hypersonics and unmanned systems. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks about the plan with Air Force Maj. Gen. David Allvin.
In spring 2001, Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton signed up for the National Guard expecting just a few days of drills each month. Soldier Girls tells the stories of their deployments.

A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

This year's Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.

Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

Buying a drone is easy, but few federal regulations are designed to cover civilians operating drones. And some rules, like the FAA prohibition on flying drones in urban areas, are often ignored.

Federal Ruling May Mean Big Changes For NCAA Players

College athletes might begin to see some financial return for their efforts on the court. Mike Pesca of Slate.com discusses the week's sports news with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

Who's The Boss? Sinead O'Connor Has A New Answer

In an extended interview, the singer addresses exploitation in the music industry, her own troubled childhood and what she's learned from Beyoncé, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin.
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