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Eerie Echoes From The First State Of The Union

What were the issues George Washington raised in the State of the Union address 223 years ago? Some of the same ones you're likely to hear from President Obama on Tuesday night.

Bloomingdale's Lays Out Welcome Mat To Chinese Shoppers

Decades ago, Bloomingdale's sold goods from China to intrigued American buyers. Today, to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the store is doing the opposite: selling goods that cater to the interests of affluent visitors from Asia.

The Pups Are Prepped, Bring On The Westminster Ribbons

It's that time of year when dogs put on their best smiles for the judges at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with David Frei, the official commentator at the show. Frie has been the official announcer for more than 20 years and certainly knows his boxers from his bulldogs. The 137th annual dog show starts on Monday, Feb. 11 at Madison Square Garden.

Gun Control Debate Remains Stunted In Congress

Gun violence and gun control are the topics of a series of hearings currently being held in the U.S. Senate. Since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the White House and gun control advocates have pushed for stricter gun laws to help reduce gun violence, but many congressional Republicans remain skeptical. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Residents Begin Cleanup After Massive Snowstorm

As the Northeast digs out from a record-breaking snowstorm, some coastal residents also have to contend with flooding. NPR's Jeff Brady visits the small town of Scituate, Mass., to get an update on cleanup efforts there.

First Lady Among Mourners At Funeral For Slain Chicago Teen

Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death just days after she and her high school band performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington. Her death brought new attention to often-overlooked urban violence and the debate over gun violence.