Weekend Edition Sunday

Conceived as a cross between a Sunday newspaper and CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians.

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Author Interviews
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Exploring The Secret History Of The Cubicle

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 11:34 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now to a topic you may be intimately familiar with, the office - the paperwork, the cubicles, the potentially awkward social dynamic. It is an almost universal experience that's been baked into our pop-culture, like in the movie "Office Space."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "OFFICE SPACE")

GARY COLE: (As Bill Lumbergh) Hello, Peter. What's happening? Uh, we have sort of a problem here. Yeah, you apparently didn't put one of the new cover sheets on your TPS reports.

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Asia
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Japan's Competitive Poets Know How To Turn A Phrase

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

April is National Poetry Month here in the United States. But in Japan, poetry is also big this time of year when a popular poetry contest sweeps the country. It offers modest prizes and absolutely no fame whatsoever. Entries are by pen name only, but the event is as closely watched as a celebrity sighting or a speech by the prime minister. Competitors use a style of verse that is virtually unknown outside Japan. Lucy Craft looked for rhyme and reason behind the country's love affair with this special style of poetry.

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Food
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

So you thought smoking in restaurants was out. Well, you are right, of course. Smoking cigarettes in restaurants and bars is definitely taboo, but another kind of smoking is pretty popular in the culinary scene these days. WEEKEND EDITION food commentator Bonny Wolf tells us more.

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Education
11:32 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort

Using a projector, Jodi Doyle points out shadows on the ceiling to students in her preschool class at the Eliot School in Boston. Boston has become a beacon for the universal preschool movement, but so far it can only provide seats for about half the interested families.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 12:32 pm

It's a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes.

"What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?" she asks.

The lesson doesn't go exactly as planned. Doyle wants the kids to build their domes with wire, but she wants the children to come up with that idea themselves. The kids used wire several months ago for a related project, and she hopes they'll remember.

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The Sunday Conversation
11:29 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Caring For Wounded Vet A Burden Family Gladly Shares

Craig Remsburg (left) remembers fondly the day his son, Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg (center) received a standing ovation at the State of the Union speech in January. Cory was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 6:54 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Craig Remsburg's son, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by a roadside bomb in 2009. Earlier this year, the father and son attended the State of the Union address as guests of President Obama and the first lady.

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Music Interviews
7:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Throw-Back Harmonies Blend The Secret Sisters

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 9:34 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Laura and Lydia Rogers are from Muscle Shoals, Ala., and they go by the name The Secret Sisters. After their first album was released in 2010, the beauty and precision of their harmonies attracted comparisons with The Everly Brothers and The Andrews Sisters.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TENNESSEE ME")

THE SECRET SISTERS: (Singing) Oh, oh, Tennessee me. Tennessee me loving you. See me by the fireside light. Come and see me through the night...

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Author Interviews
7:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 6:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Pop Culture
7:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Media Should Reflect A Profane Society, Critic Says

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 6:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Author Interviews
7:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language'

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 6:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Francesca Marciano has the rare distinction of being a celebrated writer in two languages.

FRANCESCA MARCIANO: It's almost as if by now I have two brains that are running parallel to one another. One brain writes films in Italian and the other brain seems to be writing novels in English.

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Around the Nation
1:36 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 1:49 pm

The mission of the Agriculture Department's Wildlife Service is to mitigate conflict between humans and wildlife. But critics say some of its activities are cruel to animals and that it should be more transparent.

The USDA's inspector general is conducting an audit of the agency. Results are expected later this year.

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