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Weekend Edition Sunday

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.

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After Two Months, Hong Kong Residents Want Protesters To Head Home

More than 2,000 tents still occupy city streets. The longer the pro-democracy demonstration goes on, the more unwelcome it becomes.

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Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. He talked with several experts and got some answers to his questions.

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Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category.

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MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

New York's MTA is planning a new campaign to encourage courtesy on subways. NPR's Rachel Martin gets dos and don'ts from Jake Dobkin, who writes Gothamist.com's Ask A Native New Yorker column.

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WWI YouTube Series Builds A Week-By-Week Horror Story

Indy Neidell's four-year series of videos takes a week-by-week look at World War I. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Neidell about his project, called The Great War.

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Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

Religious leaders await a grand jury's decision in St. Louis. Many of them have been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

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How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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The Day The Niagara Stopped Falling

Last week brought frigid weather to much of the country. Nate DiMeo, creator of The Memory Palace podcast, tells a story of another cold snap more than a century ago that stopped a town in its tracks.

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U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his trip to Turkey, where he held talks on the fight against ISIS. The U.S. and Turkey disagree on how to deal with the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

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Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

The deal that lifted some economic sanctions in return for inspections of Iran's nuclear program expires Monday. Intense negotiations are underway this weekend to reach a more permanent agreement.

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Tunisian Election Completes Its Transition To Democracy

Thousands of Tunisians called for an end to dictatorship in 2011. Now the country will hold its first democratic presidential election. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to journalist Naveena Kottoor.

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Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

After President Obama announced his immigration plan this week, communities across the country began making preparations for immigrants who are here illegally to apply for work permits.

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Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

As Ferguson, Mo., braces for the grand jury decision on whether police officer Darren Wilson should face charges, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Rasheen Aldridge, a community activist.

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Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

The Marine Corps is running a test to see if women can serve in ground combat. "A lot of people think that we can't do it," says one Marine who's trying to make the cut. "I don't think the same."

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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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