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Weekend Edition Sunday

As In Greece, Voters In Spain Appear Ready To Oust Conservatives

Thousands of supporters of the Spanish anti-austerity party, Podemos, marched through Madrid on Saturday. Polls show they could defeat Spain's mainstream parties in elections this year.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Democrat Seeks Limits On Operations Against ISIS

Rep. Adam Schiff of California plans to introduce a bill that would authorize military operations against ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Schiff about the new legislation.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Ex-Secret Service Agent: Management Should Be More Proactive

Former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow spent five years on President Obama's detail. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the problems that have led to the agency's current scandals.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Family Struggles With Father's Wish To Die If Pain Overwhelms

Robert Schwimmer, 66, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013; he wants to hasten his death if he finds himself in agonizing pain. But assisted suicide is illegal in his family's home state.

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In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality

Sweden is the first country in the world to use new technology to land passenger airplanes remotely. At an airport in a tiny town, flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

Weekend Edition Sunday

A Crossroads At The End Of College: Introducing 'The Howard Project'

NPR's Weekend Edition will spend a few months following four seniors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., to tap into the challenges and preoccupations of soon-to-be college graduates.

College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.

At Long Last: It's Super Sunday

The pre-Super Bowl week of hype — which ran the gamut from frivolous to ominous — finally ends and we can turn to what could be one of the closest, most exciting championship games ever.

Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

In a commercial, the comedian pretends no one can see her. One Indian journalist says there's more to the ad than selling insurance. Being visible comes with a risk of violence for women in India.

All Things Considered

After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.

Promise And Problems In Personalized Medicine

February 2, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks during a new conference in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Washington, calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. (AP)

Precision medicine, tailored to your genes. President Obama announces a big push. We’ll take a look at the track record and potential.

Mother Of Slain Student Pushes To Expand DNA Databases

January 30, 2015
Morgan Harrington's mother, Gil, is pictured next to a self-portrait by her daughter. (The Hook/Wikimedia Commons)

Gil Harrington wants Virginia’s DNA database to include people convicted of Class 1 misdemeanors.

Arctic Drilling Restrictions Strike A Nerve In Alaska

January 30, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

Alaska Governor Bill Walker argues the president’s proposed drilling ban would harm the state’s economy.

Week In The News: Northeast Blizzard, Greek Shakeup, GOP Preps For 2016

January 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

$25 A Month: Closing The Community College Tuition Gap, Even If It’s ‘Free’

January 30, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., about new initiatives to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

President Obama’s proposal to offer free community college is a good start, but students and their families still need incentives to save.

Jorge Ramos: Republicans Have An Immigration Problem

January 29, 2015
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos is pictured in the studio in Miami, Florida on Dec. 14, 2011. (Alan Diaz/AP)

The Univision and Fusion anchor has been warning Republicans that playing politics with immigration risks losing the Latino vote.

Making Black Lives – And Black Homicides – Matter

January 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

Harvard Professor Says Focus On Admissions Testing Damages Higher Education Mission

January 28, 2015
Harvard University in Cambridge in 2012. (AP)

For years, SAT critics have argued the test disadvantages poor students, but now, Lani Guinier is saying the test has hurt the mission of higher education. She outlines that position in her new book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America.”

Disability Advocates Fight Disabled Governor

January 28, 2015
Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott listens to questions from the press after a meeting at the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Bob Kafka of ADAPT says that despite the governor’s own paralysis, he has gutted programs for disabled people.

Arizona Town Tries To Fund New Border Crossing

January 28, 2015
There has been a push for several years to renovate the Douglas port of entry because it is unable to handle its current level of traffic. (Jude Joffe-Block)

Federal funds aren’t available, but the small city of Douglas says it needs to upgrade its congested port of entry.

Disagreement Brewing Over Earned Sick Time

January 27, 2015

An effort to make business-friendly changes to the earned sick time law passed by voters in November has encountered opposition from the organization that led the push for the ballot law.

Proposal Could Open Parts Of Atlantic, Close Parts Of Arctic To Drilling

January 27, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

We take a look at the proposal, which is a win and a loss each for environmentalists and the oil industry.

Report: All 50 States Failing To Help Abused And Neglected Kids

January 27, 2015

The Children’s Advocacy Institute says every state has failed to meet minimum federal requirements for the care of abused children.

Anti-Austerity Gains Steam In Europe

January 27, 2015
Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. (AP)

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We’ll ask where this goes.

To Rebuild The Middle Class, Don’t Stop With Free Community College

January 27, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at Boise State University, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, about the themes in his State of the Union address. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Northeastern University’s Joseph Aoun says President Obama’s plan to offer two years of free community college tuition for students doesn’t go far enough.

Suffolk Law Professor Says Intellectual Property Law Founded On ‘Eureka Myth’

January 26, 2015
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference in 2011. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Professor Jessica Silbey argues most inventions are more collaborative and rely on a foundation of work done by many others, which is why intellectual property law can be so tricky.

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