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Putting Up A Good Front For The G8
County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland is hosting this year's G8 Summit. To spruce up the recession-hit area, the county has created some fake storefronts. Host Rachel Martin speaks with District Council member Brendan Hegarty.
Will The NSA Rethink Its Data Collection System?
Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Joel Brenner, former senior counsel at the National Security Agency, about whether the NSA can protect Americans' privacy while also collecting foreign intelligence through its surveillance programs.
Baghdad Businessman Reflects On Violence In Iraq
Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Baghdad businessman Haider al-Jumaili about the growing violence in Iraq, where more than a thousand people died in May.
Economy Was Key In Iranian Election
Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to learn more about new Iran's president-elect, cleric Hassan Rouhani.
Bringing Extreme WIFI To Remote Places
Google scientists have been testing a way to link computers to the internet in rural, war torn or disaster areas where high speed internet does not exist. We hear from Steven Levy, a senior writer with Wired magazine who was embedded with the Google team.
Will America Need Boots On The Ground In Syria?
Middle East analyst Andrew Tabler talks to Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin about the U.S.'s decision this week to arm the Syrian rebels.
Police Clear Protesters In Istanbul Park
Turkish riot police have cleared protesters from Gezi park and Taksim Square in Istanbul. The move ends the 19-day occupation of the spaces. But as NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, protesters are saying they will return.
Lebanon Feels The Pain Of Syrian War Spillover
Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Michael Young, the opinion page editor of the Daily Star newspaper in Beirut, about the spillover of Syria's conflict into Lebanon.
When Should The Majors Pull Talent From The Minors?
Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about sports news of the past week.
Colorado Springs Learns To Live With Fire
For the second year in a row, Colorado Springs has been beset by wildfire. As NPR's Kirk Siegler reports, the city and its emergency response crews are doing their best to take the threat in stride.