Sports
9:47 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Are NFL Kickers Getting Better?

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

Monday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions came down to the kicker. NPR's Rachel Martin and sports reporter Mike Pesca discuss the role of the NFL kicker and whether that job is getting more respect from fans and players.

Around the Nation
9:47 am
Sun December 22, 2013

A Big Helping Of Christmas Compassion At Joseph's House

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

Joseph's House is a hospice in Washington, D.C., for people who don't have a home. Started in 1990, it's a spot where people with end-stage AIDS and cancer can come to receive food, shelter, medication and community. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in for the holidays.

Music Lists
9:47 am
Sun December 22, 2013

The Best Latin Music Of 2013

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 9:36 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Right now, the folks at NPR Music are busy compiling their annual end of the year lists. Our regular musical aficionados from NPR's Alt.Latino are here. Felix Contreras, Jasmine Garsd to share some of their favorite music from the year 2013. Welcome back to the show, guys.

FELIX CONTRERAS, BYLINE: Good morning. Thank you.

JASMINE GARSD, BYLINE: Thank you so much for having us.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NUESTRA SENORA LA REINA DE LOS ANGELES")

LA SANTA CECILIA: (Singing in foreign language)

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Interviews
9:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

What A Top Gun Learned On Her Way To The Top Of The Pentagon

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to hear now from the woman charged with streamlining the Pentagon's roughly $700 billion annual budget.

CHRISTINE FOX: We have to curb the growth of the compensation of our force. It's grown 40 percent above inflation over the last decade. And it's fully half of our budget. So, we have to slow the growth.

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Around the Nation
9:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

'Bertha' Still Stuck In Her Tunnel Under Seattle

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The people of Seattle are puzzled by a mystery unfolding underground: the world's biggest tunneling machine is stuck about 75 feet under street level where it's digging a nearly two-mile-long highway right under downtown Seattle. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, engineers say it'll take until January to figure out what is causing the block.

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Middle East
9:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Egypt's Turbulent Year

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

It was a year of turmoil in Egypt. After being democratically elected following Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from power. The military-led government has since consolidated its power and cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood. NPR's Rachel Martin and foreign correspondent Leila Fadel review this year's tumultuous developments.

Middle East
9:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

New Agreement Could Bring Democracy Back In Tunisia

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

A deal between the ruling Islamists and the secular opposition has opened a new path for Tunisia. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a post-Arab Spring update on the country from researcher Monica Marks.

Arts & Life
9:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

How To Find A Worthy Volunteer Job On The Road

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Volunteering while traveling isn't really a novelty anymore. But sometimes that work you're doing, say, in a developing country, well, it could be doing more harm than good. On this week's travel segment, Winging It, we look at what it means to travel ethically.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Sunday Puzzle
8:38 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Follow Santa Claus' Lead

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Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which, like Santa Claus, the first word starts with the letters S-A, and the second word starts with C.

Last week's challenge from listener Pete Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich.: Name an island in which some of the letters appear more than once. Drop exactly two instances of each repeated letter. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name something to eat. What is it?

Answer: Manhattan, ham

Winner: Fred Stadler of Oshkosh, Wis.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Freed Russian Oil Tycoon Says He'll Work For Release Of Prisoners

Russian former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a press conference at the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie on Sunday in Berlin.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 12:15 pm

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon who was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday after serving a decade in prison, says he will dedicate the rest of his life working for the release of other political prisoners.

"I would like to devote this time to pay off my debt to people who are worst off," Khodorkovsky said through an interpreter provided by Russia Today, a state-funded, English language news outlet.

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