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Missed All Things Considered this weekend? Don't sweat it! While you were out enjoying your weekend, the team was putting together a killer set of Saturday and Sunday shows. Here's the best of what you might've missed, from in-depth cover stories to quirky science, from thought-provoking author interviews to rockin' performance chats. 

Not long ago, Denver Public Schools nurse Rebecca Sposato was packing up her office at the end of a difficult school year. She remembers looking around at all her cleaning supplies and extra masks and thinking, "What am I going to do with all this stuff?"

It was May, when vaccine appointments were opening up for the majority of adults and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were loosening mask guidance.

"I honestly thought we were trending down in our COVID numbers, trending up in our vaccine numbers," she says. "And I thought the worst was over."

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While the U.S. air lift out of Kabul has ended efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans in the U.S., well, that's only just begun. And already they're facing some very big obstacles. NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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People in Philadelphia are taking stock of damage today after rain from Hurricane Ida sent floodwaters rushing into their homes and businesses. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports from the Manayunk neighborhood that was especially hard-hit.

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Currently, more than 100,000 Americans are in the hospital with COVID-19, and that's not so far below the all-time hospitalization peak in January. NPR's Will Stone reports that has some states talking about rationing care.

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Updated September 3, 2021 at 3:14 PM ET

The Texas abortion law that went into effect this week reads: "A physician may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman if the physician detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child."

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Today at the White House, there was a meeting in the Oval Office that has been two years in the making. It started with a phone call, July 2019.

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All around the world, there seem to be signs that immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, doesn't last very long after you're vaccinated.

Israel is now having one of the world's worst COVID-19 surges about five months after vaccinating a majority of its population. And in the U.S., health officials are recommending a booster shot eight months after the original vaccine course.

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Updated August 31, 2021 at 9:50 AM ET

On a recent afternoon outside a McDonald's in central London, customer Alon Williams considers indulging in a milkshake, likely chocolate or vanilla.

He is about to be disappointed. The American fast food chain has been out of milkshakes for most of the week.

When a familiar staple on the menu is suddenly missing, it's a big deal.

"It's a real shame you can't get a milkshake if you need one because McDonald's are the best at milkshakes," Williams said.

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The war in Afghanistan ended quietly today with military transport planes flying the last remaining soldiers out of Hamid Karzai International Airport a few hours before dawn.

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