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Liane Hansen

Washington, DC
Host, Weekend Edition Sunday — NPR
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Host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday

Pasties: The Meaty Center Of 'Yooper' Food — Miners have hearty appetites. They work hard during cold Michigan mornings. So, when the whistle blows for lunch, it's time for a pasty. The meat turnover was brought to Michigan's Upper Peninsula by immigrant miners from Cornwall, England, and "Yoopers" - the local population - are very opinionated about them.

P.F. Sloan's Long Road Back from 'Destruction' — In 1965, P.F. Sloan's heartfelt song "Eve of Destruction," performed by Barry McGuire, became a Billboard No. 1 hit. The anti-war anthem was one of the first protest songs to make the pop charts. It became the rallying cry for supporters of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which changed the voting age from 21 to 18.

Comprehensive Biography: 'Alexander Hamilton' — Author Ron Chernow releases Alexander Hamilton, his new biography of the first secretary of the Treasury. The book traces Hamilton's life from his childhood on the West Indies island of Nevis to his early designs for the American economy and his death in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.

'Amazing Grace' : NPR — While "Amazing Grace" is among America's most well-known and oft-recorded pieces of music, the song's history is as remarkable as its popularity. Steve Turner's book Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Most Beloved Song tells the story of composer John Newton's conversion from slave trader to abolitionist, and traces the evolution of the song from its composition in 1772 as a hymn with no set tune to the version familiar today.

Professional Apologist in Novel 'Eating Crow' — NPR's Liane Hansen interviews author and journalist Jay Rayner about his new book Eating Crow, a political satire about a restaurant critic whose review results in the suicide of a prominent British chef. When the critic is made to apologize to the chef's family, the world takes notice.

'To Tulsa and Back' with J.J. Cale — Since the mid-1960s, songwriter J.J. Cale has been writing southern-style rock hits for Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. He talks with NPR's Liane Hansen about his first collection of new songs in eight years, To Tulsa and Back.

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