Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kerry Brokers Deal To End Afghan Election Crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry has helped the candidates in Afghanistan's contested election work out a formula to resolve their dispute over the runoff election results. All votes will be audited.
NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.

U.S. Tries To Slow Migrant Flow From Honduras

In an effort to stem the flow of children to the U.S., the State Department is funding media campaigns in Honduras. Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the tactic.
The World Cup ends Sunday with the Germany-Argentina match. Brazil finished its run in the tournament Saturday after two consecutive losses that have set off some national soccer soul-searching.
Francisco Goldman has written a kind of love letter to the Mexican capital in his new book, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle. He talks with NPR's Arun Rath about this nonfiction work.
Analyzing records from London's oldest criminal court reveals how Western society has viewed violent crime over time. Science writer Jennifer Ouellette discusses the findings with NPR's Arun Rath.

Like Humans, Chimps Fall For Fashion Trends

It's long been known that chimps learn from each other to make useful tools. Now researchers have seen them copy each other's "fashion statement," Dr. Katherine Cronin tells NPR's Arun Rath.

A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes

Every answer is a word starting with "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.

The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited

The long-defunct Impulse Records is staking its future on pianist Henry Butler. The label relaunches this month, for a second time, with a collaboration between Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein.

Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life

American bass player, composer and band leader Charlie Haden passed away Friday at age 76. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Haden in 2012. (This interview originally aired in January 2012.)

People Evacuate Gaza Strip As Tensions Increase

International efforts are underway to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, even as Israel seems to take steps toward a ground invasion. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Ari Shapiro in Jerusalem.
Thousands of residents of Northern Gaza are heeding Israeli warnings and leaving their homes in anticipation of a new assault. U.N.-run schools expect to shelter tens of thousands of evacuees.

Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking

Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.

Germany And Argentina To Finish Up World Cup

Mike Pesca of Slate.com and NPR's Arun Rath discuss Sunday's World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina, and why luck plays an outsize role in soccer.
NPR's Arun Rath takes a moment to note that notorious World Cup soccer biter Luis Suarez has been traded to a new professional club, Barcelona.

Soccer's Racism Problem In Need Of Follow-Through

Retired U.K. player Jason Roberts grew up facing racism on and off the pitch. More recently there have been efforts to combat discrimination, including at the World Cup, but he says it's not enough.

'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones'

Drummer Tommy Ramone died at the age of 65 on Friday. He was the last original member of the punk band that gave him his name. Their music was influential, but ahead of its time.
Islamist militants have stepped up their game when it comes to the music and visuals in their videos. NPR's Arun Rath talks to scholar Peter Neumann about today's tech-savvy jihadists.
The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.
On the Arcade Fire member's solo classical debut, the body drives the beat — not the other way around.
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