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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Will America Need Boots On The Ground In Syria?

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

Middle East analyst Andrew Tabler talks to Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin about the U.S.'s decision this week to arm the Syrian rebels.

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Lebanon Feels The Pain Of Syrian War Spillover

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Michael Young, the opinion page editor of the Daily Star newspaper in Beirut, about the spillover of Syria's conflict into Lebanon.

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Syria, Economy Top The G8 Agenda

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

President Obama leaves tonight on a quick trip to Europe. He'll attend a G8 summit of industrialized nations in Northern Ireland. He'll also pay a visit to Germany, where his plans include a public speech at the historic Brandenburg Gate.

NPR's Scott Horsley will be traveling with the president. He joins us now. Hi, Scott.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Rachel.

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Putting Up A Good Front For The G8

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Like a lot of Northern Ireland, County Fermanagh, where the G8 Summit is being held has been hit hard by the recession in recent years. A lot of businesses there have had to close their doors. But before world leaders started pouring in for the G8 Summit, county officials decided to give their town a bit of a facelift. With money from a government grant, they put fake storefronts on some of the shuttered businesses. Imagine big stickers plastered to store windows to make them look like thriving stores; a real butcher shop or a busy cafe.

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Baghdad Businessman Reflects On Violence In Iraq

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Ambassador Crocker is watching what's happening in Iraq with a careful eye. So are the many Iraqis who fled the country several years ago, when sectarian tensions there escalated to something close to civil war. Haider al-Jumaili was one of them. He is a mechanical engineer but he lost his job after the U.S. invasion and found work as an interpreter for U.S. organizations. Eventually, the sectarian violence started to overwhelm him.

HAIDER AL-JUMAILI: I left my country because of these two words: The Sunnis and the Shias.

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Bringing Extreme WIFI To Remote Places

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

Google scientists have been testing a way to link computers to the internet in rural, war torn or disaster areas where high speed internet does not exist. We hear from Steven Levy, a senior writer with Wired magazine who was embedded with the Google team.

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Tragedy Of The Pina Colada

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There are a lot of things that get a bad rap and then will never shake said bad rap no matter what: canned beanie-weanies come to mind, for example. They're never going to be thought of as high cuisine, let's face it. The song "Escape" by Rupert Holmes - though it has a kicking chorus - probably will not become a better song with time.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ESCAPE")

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6:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Will The NSA Rethink Its Data Collection System?

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:38 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We've started hearing from some of the Internet companies implicated in the NSA data collection scandal. On Friday, Facebook and Microsoft disclosed for the first time that last year they received thousands of requests from the government to hand over information about their users. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency is still on the defensive. The agency's head spoke on Capitol Hill last week in an effort to reassure lawmakers that the NSA is not spying on Americans.

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Music Interviews
5:25 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Hanson Offers A Bold New 'Anthem'

Brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have been playing together since 1992.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 9:36 am

Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson achieved ubiquity in 1997 with "MMMBop," the mega-hit with the wordless, sing-along hook. But the brothers — aged 16, 14 and 11 at the time — had already been playing together for years. And they're still going.

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Music Interviews
4:59 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.
Michael Ward Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 5:15 pm

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