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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.

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Hunger Strike Raises Debate About Force-Feeding In Israeli Prisons
After a Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike, Israel's parliament passed a law permitting the force-feeding of prisoners to keep them alive, but doctors made it clear they wouldn't participate
In WWII, Millions Of Indians Fought For A Britain They Abhored
As Indians struggled to break free of Britain, more than 2 million signed up to fight with the Allies, the largest volunteer force in the world. Raghu Karnad unearths the story in The Farthest Field.
Russia's War On Western Food: Detaining Cheese, Crushing Frozen Geese
Russian authorities have smashed, burned and buried more than 900 tons of allegedly contraband food. In a country that once suffered famine, many are deeply distressed to see food destroyed.
Trump Is No Conservative, Says Conservative Pundit Glenn Beck
The rise of Donald Trump as a Republican presidential candidate has surprised many pundits, but not conservative commentator Glenn Beck. "He is saying the populist things," Beck says.
Jimmy Carter Remains Stalwart In Vow To Eradicate Guinea Worm
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on former President Jimmy Carter and his decades-long fight to snuff out the disease that once afflicted an estimated 3.5 million people in Asia and Africa.
Former Attorney General Questions Clinton's Email Comments
Questions surrounding Hillary Clinton's private email server continue to dog her on the campaign trail. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey tells NPR's Scott Simon that she may have broken numerous laws.
A Hot Bath Could Help Grocery-Store Tomatoes Keep Their Flavor
Scientists have found a new way to give some taste to those bland supermarket tomatoes. NPR's Scott Simon gives the details.
Two U.S. Soldiers Help Subdue Gunman On French Train
A gunman opened fire on a high speed train that was traveling between Amsterdam and Paris. According to French officials, two Americans subdued the shooter.
Stocks Fall; Dow Down 10 Percent Since May
Stock markets around the world plunged this week as investors absorbed more evidence that China's economy is slowing. In the US, the Dow suffered its worst week since 2011.
Baylor Scandal, Dodgers Surge: The Week In Sports
It's time now for sports! NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about a sexual assault conviction for a former Baylor University linebacker, and the Philadelphia Phillies of 2008.
In Elite Schools' Vast Endowments, Malcolm Gladwell Sees 'Obscene' Inequity
In a recent op-ed, law professor Victor Fleischer accused top universities of "hoarding" billions and billions of dollars. And Gladwell, a New Yorker writer, agrees — in much harsher language.
Activists Call For An End To Deadly Syrian Barrel Bomb Attacks
Activists want more pressure on the Syrian regime to stop using the primitive and indiscriminate barrel bombs that have killed thousands in the Syrian civil war.
Austrians Support Refugees With A Profound Silence
An unusual song topped the iTunes charts in Austria earlier this week. It is one minute of silence in honor of refugees and asylum seekers. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the "creator" Raoul Haspel.
Warming The Toilet: Secret Tales Of School-Years Past
NPR's Scott Simon talks to history and trivia expert AJ Jacobs about back-to-school arcana.
U.N. Official 'Absolutely Horrified' With Conditions In Syria
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the United Nations' top humanitarian official Stephen O'Brien about his recent trip to Syria. "This will be a lost generation," O'Brien says of conditions there.

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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