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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.

A Puzzle Worth A Fortune
Every answer is the name of a Fortune 200 company β€”that is, one of the top 200 corporations, according to the 2014 list in Fortune magazine.
Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
The Senate voted late Saturday to pass a bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the rare Saturday session.
'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'
Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.
A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25
With the holiday season, comes holiday movies, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best β€” National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages
Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it's been making a comeback β€” updated for the 21st century.
The Week In Sports: The NFL Rewrites Its Conduct Code
The rules are what make the game, and increasingly that means more and more rules off the playing field. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca of slate.com about the NFL's revised conduct policy.
Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips
It's the season of holiday cocktail parties and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast has tips for how to be a good guest and host. For instance, if you want to enjoy drinks and appetizers, buddy up.
Uber's Traffic Jammed In Netherlands, India And Spain
Uber says it's reached 52 countries since its 2010 launch, but our number cruncher Mona Chalabi tells NPR's Rachel Martin the tally is changing as some countries try to ban the ride-sharing service.
Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation
Among the thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest the police killings of unarmed black men on Saturday was a generational divide that sometimes became contentious.
Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday on the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after 9/11. The report has elicited a number of sharply differing perspectives.
A Mugging, A Marriage, A Movie: A Century Of Bus Rides
Greyhound turned 100 this year. To celebrate, Weekend Edition listeners share their most memorable bus journeys. Some are bumpy, some are smelly and some are just downright scary.
Thousands March Across U.S. Protesting Police Brutality
Tens of thousands gathered in cities across the country on Saturday to draw attention to several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.
Staff Picks: Transracial Adoptions, From The Adoptee's View
Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Jordana Hochman and producer Chris Benderev talk with NPR's Rachel Martin about a story of transracial adoption.
Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Plays Tribute To His Slain Daughter
Greene's album is dedicated to his 6-year-old daughter, Ana, killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This story first aired on Nov. 28 on All Things Considered.
Gritty Ganta: The Liberian Town That Can't Catch A Break
Bedraggled Ganta sprawls over red-dirt hills. Buildings destroyed in the civil war have not been rebuilt. And now the border town is suffering again in the battle against Ebola.

WBHM Interviews

UAB Faculty Senate Could Vote For Reassessment of Sports And "No-Confidence"on Watts
INTERVIEW: Big-Picture Perspective On Colleges Ending Football Programs
Protestors Demand Assurances UAB Football Will Not Be Cut
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

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