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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.

Scott Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon's interviews with key artists, authors, performers and personalities are always memorable.

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity
A century-long government assimilation program boarded children from their tribes. Now some former students are turning their old school into a Native American cultural center to play their own music.
Queen Elizabeth, The Art Critic
On a state visit to Germany, Queen Elizabeth II was given a modernist portrait. As NPR's Scott Simon notes, the queen was unimpressed.
Women's Sports News: World Cup, WNBA, Reigning Triathlete
The U.S. beat China Friday night in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup. And the WNBA season is heating up. NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman talk women's sports.
Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist
"Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.
Tunisians In Shock Following Attack That Killed Dozens
Thirty-nine people died in an attack Friday in the resort town of Sousse, Tunisia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to freelance journalist Farah Samti in Tunisia.
1 Prison Escapee Killed By Police; Manhunt For 2nd Continues
Authorities say they have shot and killed escaped convict Richard Matt three weeks after he and another inmate escaped from a prison in northern New York State. The other escapee, David Sweat, is still at large.
Bishop Opposed To Marriage Ruling On Impact On Religious Institutions
In a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Maryland Bishop Henry Jackson Jr., an opponent of the decision.
Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, where will the political battle lines be drawn next?
Native Americans Protest Proposed Copper Mine In Arizona
One of the country's largest copper deposits lies east of Phoenix. But none of that copper has been mined yet. A land swap between the federal government and a private company may change that. Some Native American residents say a holy site is at risk.
Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime.
Success For U.S.-Backed Fighters In Syria Leads To Political Complications
Along with U.S. airstrikes, Syrian Kurds pushed the Islamic State out of key turf on the Turkish border. The U.S. sees it as a model for fighting ISIS but Turkey worries the Kurds are going too far.
Greeks To Vote On Bailout On July 5
Greece's prime minister has called for a referendum that would allow Greeks to vote yes or no on the current bailout deal. NPR's Scott Simon talks to reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens.
Shock, Forgiveness, Grief: A Profound Week For South Carolina
South Carolina grieved this week for the 9 people murdered by an avowed white supremacist. But grief turned gradually to hope, as President Obama delivered a rousing eulogy for one of the deceased.
In Same-Sex Marriage Decision, Supreme Court Bitterly Divided
In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has once again changed the social fabric of America, for the first time declaring a right to marry for same sex couples.
National Cathedral Should Not Be Stained With Confederate Flag, Dean Says
The Very Rev. Gary Hall says glass windows in honor of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee need to go. "We couldn't with credibility address the race agenda" with the windows in place, he tells NPR.

WBHM Interviews

INTERVIEW: US Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan
INTERVIEW: Recovering Heroin Addict Brad Blount On A Dark Time, And How He Escaped It
INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On State Supreme Court Upholding Alabama Accountability Act
INTERVIEW: State Senator Del Marsh On New Charter School Bill
UA BOT Member On Dr. Ray Watts, UAB Football Controversy
Carsen And Lindley Talk Alabama Schools' Low Test Scores
Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Same-Sex Marriage Decision
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

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