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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." After three missions and a total of six months in space he shares what he's learned in a book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
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Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare

As part of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the British singer-songwriter helped define a West Coast sound. Here, he discusses the influence of Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and marijuana on his career, as well as his memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.
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A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
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What A Top Gun Learned On Her Way To The Top Of The Pentagon

Christine Fox was recently named acting deputy defense secretary, making her the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the Pentagon's budget challenges, her long career in defense and about inspiring Kelly McGillis' character in the movie Top Gun.
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How To Find A Worthy Volunteer Job On The Road

If you want to give back while you travel, volunteer vacations are your best bet. Here's how to find the best and most ethical ways to volunteer when traveling. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Shannon O'Donnell of Grassroots Volunteering, a website that shares low-cost opportunities.
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Fresh Air Weekend: The Coen Brothers And 'Anchorman 2'

Filmmaking duo Joel and Ethan Coen talk about the writing process, Inside Llewyn Davis, disobedient cats, and the cult status of their 1998 film The Big Lebowski. And Adam McKay and Will Ferrell discuss Ron Burgundy, making movies, and that epic 'stache.
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And The Number Of The Year Is... The Lowly 2!

It's a small number, but it comes from a search in the world of mathematics that began looking at more digits than we know how to name. Weekend Edition's math guy, Keith Devlin, explains the number's significance with NPR's Scott Simon.
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Texas Teacher And His Groovy Shirt Retire

For 40 years in a row as a physical education teacher, Dale Irby wore the same outfit for his school photo. He explains to NPR's Scott Simon how this annual tradition got started.
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Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

The singer-songwriter earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers and The 400 Unit, but on this album — written after he got sober — Isbell finds a new level of emotional honesty. Here, he talks with Terry Gross about his life and plays songs from Southeastern.
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Nation's Report Card Shows Improvement, But Race Still Divides

Cities across the country are receiving the latest numbers on how well their 4th and 8th graders are doing in reading and math. Results are positive, but there's only been incremental changes when it comes to race, gender, and income gaps. Host Michel Martin finds out more.

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