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Conceived as a cross between a Sunday newspaper and CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The program has covered news events from Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from a South African prison to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

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Joy Crookes wants you to love the skin you were born in.

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JODIE COMER: (As Marguerite de Carrouges) You knew what would happen to me should you lose this duel. You knew, and you didn't tell me.

MATT DAMON: (As Sir Jean de Carrouges) God will not punish those who tell the truth.

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SCOTT SIMON, BYLINE: Hi. Scott Simon here, host of Weekend Edition Saturday. But I'm here on a Sunday because it's Lulu's last day on this show and her last day at NPR after a remarkable 17 years.

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If you haven't already watched "Squid Game," you have probably heard about it. Netflix's new survival drama is set in South Korea, and its premise is not a happy one.

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CHRIS HADFIELD: (Singing) Ground control to Major Tom.

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ISS Commander Chris Hadfield was orbiting the Earth at thousands of miles an hour as he sang David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in 2015.

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word or phrase in which the only consonants are D and T, repeated as often as necessary. All the other letters are vowels.

Example: "Same here" --> DITTO

1. Was on a weight-loss regimen
2. Surpassed in accomplishment
3. Cry of achievement
4. Behaved obsequiously
5. Checked the financial records of
6. Having an uneven number of appendages on the foot
7. Insolent manner
8. Obsolete
9. Removed from an article intended for publication

On-air challenge: I'll give you some categories and two things in each one. You name the only other thing in that category that fits between the given two alphabetically.

Example: A brother and a daughter are both members of a family. If I asked, "What member of a family fits between BROTHER and DAUGHTER alphabetically?," you'd say COUSIN

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S is for Sonia. Sonia Manzano, that is. You might know her better as Maria, the character she played on "Sesame Street" for 44 years.

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We are in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month. And the folks at NPR Music have come up with something very special this year. They are featuring nothing but Latin music on the Tiny Desk concerts for the whole month.

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But this is "The Morning Show."

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Students are used to taking tests. But lately, it's their bladders that are being tested. Linda Curtice of Tempe, Ariz., first heard about it last week when she picked up her teenager from school.

On-air challenge: The four rarest letters in English are J, Q, X, and Z — which together account for less than 1% of all use in the language. I'm going to give you some words. Change a single letter in each one to a J, Q, X, or Z to make a new word.

Example: MANOR --> MAJOR

1. SUITE
2. ENACT
3. INSECT
4. EITHER
5. CONVEY
6. DUALITY

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For a decade and a half, the band Bomba Estereo has been experimenting with a unique sonic palette that has won them critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations.

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MICHAEL CAINE: Hi, Lulu. Is that you with the glasses?

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It's me with the glasses.

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On-air Challenge: Every answer today is a word, name, or phrase in which the only consonants are N and S, repeated as often as necessary. All the other letters are vowels.

Ex. Squeak and creak --> NOISES
[Starting with six-letter answers ...]
1. Japanese auto manufacturer
2. People who live in China and India
3. Capital of the Bahamas
[Seven letters ...]
4. Jacqueline Kennedy's surname after she remarried
5. Hairstylist Vidal
6. Silly
[More than eight letters ...]

Twenty years ago this week, on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists launched coordinated attacks on the U.S. using airplanes as their weapons.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Many of those who died left behind children who were so young they never got to know their parents. A new generation has grown up over the past two decades with few if any memories of those they lost; perhaps just a hazy glimpse that continues to fade over the years, or a faint echo of a voice.

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