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.

Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan
A 250-year-old oak tree once stood in the way of the University of Michigan's new business school — until it was moved this weekend. It wasn't easy, though, and definitely not cheap.
Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs
As alternative medical treatments gain traction in the U.S. and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.
World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise
In last night's Game 4, the San Francisco Giants pummeled the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory. The win has tied the World series with two games apiece.
Celebrating One Of Music's Most Gifted Bassists
The rock bass player Jack Bruce has passed away at age 71. The Scottish musician was best known for his work with the 1960s band Cream, one of the greatest rock trios of all time.
Mayor Reflects On Washington State School Shooting
Marysville, Wash., is reeling from the recent school shooting that left two people dead. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring about the shooting and its effect on the community.
Sting's 'Last Ship' Explores His Shipyard Youth
Sting's musical, The Last Ship, revisits his childhood neighborhood in the shadow of the shipyards in Newcastle, U.K. He and director Joe Mantello tell NPR's Rachel Martin about getting it on stage.
The Merciless Battles Of Tiny, Barbarous Bees
Researcher Paul Cunningham tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the epic battle between warring honey bee colonies in Australia, which he recently studied.
Toronto Votes Monday To Replace Its Mayor
Toronto mayor Rob Ford will not seek re-election, but his brother hopes to take his seat. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Chris Selley, a columnist for the National Post, about the mayoral race.
An Ebola Success Story In Northern Liberia
The town of Foya, Liberia, was hit hard by the Ebola epidemic. But correspondent Jon Hamilton tells NPR's Rachel Martin that with education and precautionary measures, the virus has nearly been wiped out.
Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?
In war zones, private contractors can outnumber U.S. troops, but who controls them? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Stanford's Joseph Felter and journalist Pratap Chatterjee about current safeguards.
Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends
Renee Zellweger's new look provoked much conversation this past week. Data journalist Mona Chalabi of fivethirtyeight.com digs into who is having cosmetic procedures, why, and at what cost.
Oligarchs Still Hold Sway In Ukraine Elections
Ukraine's parliament election is tapping into the raw frustrations of a country ripped apart by war. In the first ballot since the Moscow-backed president was removed, can the damage be repaired?
Opposition Researchers, Stirring Up Daily Brushfires
The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin continues the series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the opposition researchers.
An Unlikely Friday Night Pizza Cafe Has A Big Heart
One night a week, Erin and Robert Lockridge serve homemade pizza out of an empty corner cafe in Cincinnati, and diners pay what they can. The couple sees their work as God's mission in the community.
Take This Job And Puzzle It
A series of sentences will be given; each one contains a blank. Put the name of an occupation in the blank to complete the sentence in a punny way.

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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