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A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack.

Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

On-air challenge: Here's a list of seven-letter words. For each one, change the first and last letters — but only the first and last letters — to make a new, uncapitalized seven-letter word. Both the first and last letters have to change.

Ex. TOURISM --> NOURISH

1. PARTOOK

2. TERSELY

3. GUNROOM

4. HELLISH

5. LORELEI

6. CARCASS

7. GORDIAN

8. LIGNITE

9. PARTING

Lauren Michele Jackson On 'White Negroes'

Nov 10, 2019

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In Baghdad, a major crackdown on anti-government protesters calling for political reforms and an end to corruption.

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Happy birthday to one of the most famous streets in America.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET?")

THE KIDS: (Singing) Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

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Every week, NPR Music's Alt.Latino publishes a playlist of new music that you can stream. And every month, Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras joins us here on WEEKEND EDITION. So let's take an opportunity now to enjoy some of the music on those playlists.

Hi, Felix.

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Harriet Tubman was a real-life superhero. And this weekend, the new movie "Harriet" opens. And it tells her story.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HARRIET")

CYNTHIA ERIVO: (As Harriet) I would give every last drop of blood in my veins...

(SOUNDBITE OF GUN RELOADING)

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Closing The Open Skies

Nov 3, 2019

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Sunday Puzzle: Cocoa

Nov 3, 2019

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is called "Cocoa." Every answer is a word or name in which an interior syllable is pronounced "co" — in any spelling.

Example: Phoenix, Arizona's county --> MARICOPA

1. City in Washington state that shares an airport with Seattle.

2. Device that helps you read secret writing.

3. Cause of gradual loss of eyesight.

4. Symbol of plenty, or an abundant supply of good things.

5. Territory that broke into two states in 1889.

6. Giant corporation in the metals industry.

"I speak into the silence. I toss the stone of my story into a vast crevice; measure the emptiness by its small sound."

That's a line from the opening chapters of In the Dream House, a new memoir by Carmen Maria Machado. It's an examination of sexuality and a haunting account of a physically and emotionally abusive relationship with her then girlfriend. Machado — whose first book, Her Body and Other Parties, was nominated for the National Book Award — met the woman at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

On-air challenge: The three B's in classical music are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. But in this puzzle they're three words starting with B. Each set can be followed by a fourth word to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Example: Baseball Bathing Bottle --> CAP (baseball cap, bathing cap, bottle cap)

1. Bow Black Bolo

2. Bar Bell Bunny

3. Boom Ballot Bread

4. Brick Berlin Border

5. Building Bar Binary

6. Big Bank Booster

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Spark

Oct 27, 2019

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Special Coverage: Trump Makes Announcement

Oct 27, 2019

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Spiritualism In 'The In-Betweens'

Oct 27, 2019

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Nike's Controversially Fast New Shoes

Oct 27, 2019

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Jackie Cruz On 'Hija De Chavez'

Oct 20, 2019

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Singer and actress Jackie Cruz tried on lots of different identities breaking into the entertainment industry. The one you might be most familiar with is fictional, as the convict Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales from the Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black."

In 1619, the first Africans are believed to have arrived in America. Destined for a life of slavery in the New World, 350 people were taken from Angola and stuffed onto a ship named the San Juan Bautista.

Phoenix resident Wanda Tucker believes her family may have been descended from the survivors of that journey.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is something you see in a hotel room — always, or at least often. Name these things from their anagrams, minus one letter.

Example: BOXER – X --> ROBE

1. DEBT – T

2. MAPLE – E

3. OPALS – L

4. FEAST – T

5. ROBIN – B

6. ACHIER – E

7. LOWEST – S

8. NIBBLE – N

9. HOWLERS – L

10. MIDBRAIN – D

11. TEAMSTERS – E

12. LONGEVITIES – G

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It's breast cancer awareness month, and today is metastatic breast cancer awareness day. And in honor of Cokie Roberts, who had breast cancer and died last month, we're going to talk about metastatic breast cancer with a woman who has it.

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There's food that's old. Then there's food that's gone bad. And then there's beef soup that's been simmering for 45 years. At one Bangkok eatery, customers can't get enough. Michael Sullivan reports.

Sunday Puzzle: Fill In The Blank

Oct 13, 2019

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a familiar phrase in the form "___ to the ___." I'll give you the first word of the phrase. You fill in the end.

Example: Play --> GALLERY (play to the gallery)

First answers are all four letters long

1. Word

2. Key

3. Exception

4. Talk

The next answers are five letters long

5. Cut

6. Off

7. Hail

8. Pedal

9. Dressed

10. Preach

Now six letters

11. Back

12. Heir

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A powerful typhoon has killed at least 19 people and left a dozen missing in Japan. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports that it's thought to be the strongest storm to hit the country in six decades.

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LARCH HANSON: I tore down a barn and recycled it. I have a cabin with a glass wall to the south.

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