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Spirituality And Sprite, Aisle 1? What An Artist Sees In Wal-Mart

Artist Brendan O'Connell's paintings find beauty in a cathedral of American consumerism. His thoughtful, unironic paintings of life inside Wal-Mart stores reflect on our relationship to brands and the search for "transcendence" in a shopping cart.

An Exploration Of The Changing Lives Of Women

In the coming decade, another 1 billion women will enter the global workforce, with most moving from farms to service jobs. The workplace is changing women — and they are changing the world.

Tragedy In Real Time: Living A Terrible Week, Vicariously

The Boston Marathon bombings. The fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The defeat of gun control legislation. We absorbed these past six days in an instantaneous, nonstop, firsthand-but-once-removed way that now defines our communal experiences.

Miranda Rights And Tsarnaev: Ex-U.S. Attorney General Weighs In

John Ashcroft, who helped create the legal framework during the most recent Bush administration for prosecuting those accused of terrorism. He says U.S. officials are correct to invoke a public safety exception and not read Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights.

Boston Update: Officials Wait To Question Suspect; Memorial Held Sunday

As investigators wait to interview wounded Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the site of the twin attacks is still being processed for evidence. Nearby, mourners and well-wishers have left a pile of flowers, notes and mementoes in the days since the attack.

Boston, Bombs And Lessons From Israel

The Boston bombings rocked the nation, making it hard to remember that the country has been largely terror-free at home for more than a decade. In comparison, Israel endured the equivalent of a Boston Marathon bombing every week in 2002.

Amid Terror, Congress Stumbles On Legislative Battles

Last week began with President Obama hopeful about prospects for gun control and immigration legislation to advance, but the President's focus quickly turned to terrorism and consoling a shaken nation, as gun control legislation floundered in the Senate. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

Runners Honor Victims Of Marathon Bombing

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin takes a moment to note how racers around the country honored the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in their races on Saturday.