Weekend Edition Sunday
Weekend Edition Sunday

South Carolina Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

A company called Terressentia that uses a chemical process to age bourbon not in years — but in hours — is unsettling an industry that is long-soaked in history and tradition.

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After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

This week, the ensemble became the first professional U.S. orchestra since 1999 to play in Cuba — 86 years after its first visit to Havana.

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'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers

The world of The Gracekeepers has two types of people — those of the land and those of the sea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Kirsty Logan about her novel, set in a future enveloped by water.

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Blogging In Bangladesh Is A Deadly Occupation

Last week men with machetes brutally attacked a blogger on his way to work in Bangladesh. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rafida Ahmed, who was attacked in February.

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As Amtrak's Train Cars Age, Ridership Skew Young

The number this week is 750,000. That's how many passengers travel Amtrak's Northeast Corridor daily. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi about facts and figures of rail travel.

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Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

The Oak Ridge Boys are still at it, with a new CD of hymns and gospels called Rock of Ages. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban about Bonsall's new book and their latest CD.

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Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the Americans who contracted Ebola last year, was invited back to his medical school to deliver the commencement address. NPR's Rachel Martin highlights some of his speech.

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Learning To Live With A Void In Her Brain In 'Head Case'

Cole Cohen struggled with math, keeping time, getting lost. Eventually she found out she had a hole in her brain the size of a lemon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Cole about her new memoir, Head Case.

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Centenarian Among The Oldest Ever To Earn A Ph.D.

At age 102, Ingeborg Rapoport finally got to defend her doctoral thesis, 77 years after she was prevented from doing so by the Nazis. NPR's Rachel Martin takes note of the milestone.

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Train Engineer: You Have To Be 'Ready To Act'

Investigators are still investigating what caused the Amtrak train to derail in Philadelphia. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with engineer John Wright about the challenges of working on the railroad.

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Prepares For World Cup

All eyes will be on the U.S. team, which won the cup in 1991 and 1999 and is ranked second in the world. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to team member Megan Rapinoe, a midfielder for the Seattle Reign.

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GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

The 2016 presidential race is off to a slow start compared to the last two cycles. But the activity is starting to heat up in Iowa, where official and potential candidates spoke at a GOP dinner.

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What Does Death Of Commander Mean For ISIS?

A leader of the so-called Islamic State has been killed by U.S. special operations forces. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation about the implications for ISIS.

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Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

The tiny nation has some of Latin America's highest rates of obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The capital Montevideo has tried to intervene by making salt on the table illegal.

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'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

"They're very much in their own lives," says Semi Chellas, who is also the show's co-executive producer. The AMC period drama ends its seventh and final season on Sunday.

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A Puzzle That Takes You Around The Globe

Every answer is the name of a country. For each word given, ignore the vowels. The consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country.

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