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4:21 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

First He Invented The Phone. Then, Bell Left A Voice Message

Though the quality of the sound recordings is poor, we know what Alexander Graham Bell was saying because he left transcripts.
Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 4:28 pm

As the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell is credited with bringing countless voices to our ears. And now, for the first time, here he is imploring us to hear his own voice:

The sound is scratchy. You have to strain to decipher it, but the words are clear. They're from Bell's lips, recorded in 1885 but unveiled just last week by the Smithsonian.

"It lets us know what the past was really like. It fills in a gap for people," says Shari Stout, collections manager at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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Sunday Puzzle
4:01 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

As You Know, Puzzles Are A Pastime

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Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 6:40 pm

On-air challenge: For each given category, name something in the category where the first letter is also the first letter of the category. For example, given "Military Ranks," you would say "Major."

Last week's challenge: Name a geographical location in two words — nine letters altogether — that, when spoken aloud, sounds roughly like four letters of the alphabet. What is it?

Answer: Aegean Sea; Indian Cay

Winner: Terry Thacker, Greenville, S.C.

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Poetry
4:01 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Dilruba Ahmed: An Outsider Turns To Poetry

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Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 6:40 pm

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, Weekend Edition is talking with younger poets about why they chose to write poetry and why it's still important in our everyday lives. This week, we spoke to Bangladeshi-American poet Dilruba Ahmed.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
4:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

She Works: The Only Woman in the Room

Nina Totenberg's signature style of legal affairs reporting has been described as the "creme de la creme" of NPR. In 1991, her groundbreaking report about law professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to reopen Thomas' confirmation hearings to consider Hill's charges.
Courtesy of Nina Totenberg

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 6:01 pm

Over the next few weeks we'll be asking NPR women about their careers — and inviting you to join the conversation. This question goes to Nina Totenberg, NPR's intrepid legal affairs correspondent.

Question: When have you been the only woman in the room?

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Japan Marks 'Restoration Of Sovereignty' For The First Time

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech Sunday in Tokyo as Emperor Akihito, third from right, and Empress Michiko, second from right, listen during a ceremony marking the day Japan recovered its sovereignty under the San Francisco Peace treaty in 1952.
Itsuo Inouye AP

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 6:06 am

Japan marked for the first time Sunday the end of the allied occupation of the country following its defeat in World War II.

"We have a responsibility to make Japan a strong and resolute country that others across the world can rely on," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a ceremony in Tokyo that was attended by dignitaries, including Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Iraq Pulls 10 Broadcasters' Licenses Over Sectarian Violence

Iraqi officials have suspended the right of 10 satellite TV channels to operate in the country, as media regulators say the stations' coverage of sectarian conflicts incites more violence.

"Most of the channels, including local stations such as 'Baghdad' and 'al-Sharqiya,' are pro-Sunni and often critical of the Shi'ite-led government," Reuters reports. "Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, a Sunni-ruled kingdom."

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Music Interviews
2:08 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Michael Bublé On Fishing, Sinatra And Auto-Tune

Michael Bublé's latest studio album, his eighth, is called To Be Loved.
Warwick Saint Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 6:40 pm

In some ways, Michael Bublé is just of a different time. The songs the Canadian crooner sings are the Motown, jazz and swing classics he grew up listening to with his grandfather. Bublé says he misses the pure, unadulterated sound of music made back then — though he is willing to use a little Auto-Tune once in a while.

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Code Switch
2:08 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

For Some Young Latinos: Donkey Jaws And Latino Roots

Marco Santiago plays a quijada in his home.
Farida Jhabvala Romero Radio Bilingue

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 2:40 pm

We love hearing stories of how you straddle all the different cultures in your life. That's why we're sharing this report, about retro-acculturation, from our friends at Latino USA.

The process of integrating into mainstream America is a complex one if you are an immigrant. Often, people lose touch with their country of origin.

But for people like Marco Polo Santiago, the reverse is also true. Second, third and fourth-generation immigrants are seeking out their roots and creating a trend of their own.

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Deadly Bangladesh Collapse: Building Owner Arrested

Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally constructed building that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, killing some 377 people, is paraded by Rapid Action Battalion commandoes for the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday.
Palash Khan AP

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 1:56 pm

Bangladeshi authorities arrested Sunday the owner of the building that collapsed last week outside the capital, Dhaka, killing more than 300 people.

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Obama And O'Brien Take Jabs At Politics And Media (Highlights)

President Obama joked at the White House Correspondents' Dinner that he had experimented with bangs to liven up his second term, stealing a fashion tip from the first lady, Michelle Obama.
CSPAN

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 2:38 pm

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