Weekend Edition Sunday

Whether revealing events in small-town America or overseas, or profiling notable personalities, Weekend Edition from NPR News appreciates the extraordinary details that make up every story. This two-hour morning news magazine covers hard news, a wide variety of news makers, and cultural stories with care, accuracy, and a wink of humor.

Audie Cornish combines the news with colorful arts and human-interest features, appealing to the curious and eclectic. With a nod to traditional Sunday habits, the program offers a fix for diehard crossword addicts - word games and brainteasers with The Puzzlemaster, a.k.a. Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times.

Google Asks Users To Help Fight Ebola — And They Answer With Cash
For the first time ever, Google reached out to users in a matching campaign to help fund Ebola treatment and prevention. The company's philanthropic director explains why.
Words Fail When It Comes To Aromas
It's easy to describe what something looks like, but a lot harder to describe how something smells. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Jay Gottfried, a neuroscientist who investigates this conundrum.
Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades
A stretch of unusually warm water is lingering off of the West Coast. Scientists are calling it "the blob." Fishermen are calling it the best the thing to happen to their industry in 20 years.
Why Are So Many Jewelry Stores Being Robbed?
A Manhattan jewelry store was robbed last week — in broad daylight! NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to numbers expert Mona Chalabi, who says the statistics on jewelry store heists will surprise you.
New Congress, New Laws: New Life For Lobbyists
Politicians from both parties have promised to be productive in the upcoming term. Republican lobbyist Marc Lampkin tells NPR's Rachel Martin that more legislation is good news for K St.
Jacobson And Glazer Take 'Broad City' On The Road
Real-life friends and comedians Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer star in Broad City, about two flawed women navigating New York City in their 20s. NPR's Rachel Martin caught up with them on tour.
The Case For — And Against — Gambling On NBA Games
Only in Nevada is it legal to bet on games. The NBA commissioner says its time to legalize sports gambling. Slate.com's Mike Pesca talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the odds of that happening.
After G-20 Summit In Brisbane, Obama Focuses On Domestic Issues
Leaders who attended the summit in Australia headed home after mixed results. Correspondent Mara Liasson speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about President Obama's final press conference before leaving.
Why Women Get The Worst Of Internet Bullying
Life online can be brutal, especially for women. In this For the Record segment, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with three women who have been harassed and threatened on the Internet.
The King Of Housewives Dishes Pop Culture's Delightful Dirt
Pop culture juggernaut Andy Cohen has written a new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries. He speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about why celebrity fascinates him and how he went from journalism to reality TV.
Fines Don't Appear To Deter Mine Safety Violations
An NPR investigation found that mine workers are at greater risk of injury in mines that are able to avoid paying safety fines. Changes in mine safety enforcement could make penalties more effective.
ISIS Claims Beheading Of American Aid Worker
The so-called Islamic State has released a video claiming the beheading of another American hostage. Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about ISIS's strategy.
For One Artist, Colorblindness Opened Up A World Of Black And White
After his diagnosis, Peter Milton wasn't about to abandon art; but he did feel he had to abandon color. Today he says he finds black and white to be "fully more elegant than color."
Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing
Evil figures prominently in favorite bedtime stories. But a new translation of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how unsanitized and murderous these stories once were.
Don't Get Dizzy While You're Busy
Every answer today is a rhyming two-word phrase in which each word has two syllables and the first word ends with a doubled consonant plus the letter Y.

WBHM Interviews

A College For Inmates, And An Interview With Its President
INTERVIEW: Inmate And Horticulture Student Timothy Brown
INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On Alabama's Low NAEP Ranks
INTERVIEWS With "Make Them Listen" Anti-Illegal-Immigration Protesters
Interview: Nick Patterson, Author of "Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement"
INTERVIEW: New Jefferson County Schools Chief Craig Pouncey
Life After Prison: Interview With Robin, Student And Tutwiler Inmate
Interview: U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Alabama's Heroin Problem
Interview: Reporter Alex Walsh on Alabama's Prison Budget
"Coming Back With Wes Moore" Explores the Struggles of Returning Combat Veterans
Interview: Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power's New CEO
INTERVIEW: James Willig On The "Gamification" Of Medical Education
AL.com, WBHM Event Yields Frank Talk On Hoover School Bus Fees
INTERVIEW: Rick Vest, Counseling Coordinator Of Two-Year College For Prisoners
Interview: Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Biologist and Alabama Native
Tornado Slams Small Alabama Town
Interview: Reporter Brian Lawson Discusses Inmate Healthcare
Interview: Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson
INTERVIEW: Arnold Shober On The Importance Of School Board Leadership
Folk Singer Willie Watson Brings Classic Folk and Blues to Birmingham
Going Natural: It's Not Just a Hairstyle, It's a Lifestyle
Birmingham Native Callie Courter's New Album 'Love is for the Brave'
Interview: Reporter Kelsey Stein on Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women
Interview: Michael Saag, M.D., Discusses His New Book
Sustainability: Birmingham Mayor William Bell
SUSTAINABILITY: Grant Brigham Of Jones Valley Teaching Farm
INTERVIEW: AdvancED CEO Mark Elgart
INTERVIEW: Anne-Marie Slaughter
INTERVIEW: Controversial Comedian (And More) Bill Maher

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