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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.

All Tapped Out In A Tiny California Town
The years-long drought in California has taken a severe toll on the rural, mainly African-American community of Fairmead, where water drawn for agriculture has left wells dry.
Actor Alicia Witt Turns Musician With 'Revisionary History'
In lean years she played piano in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Otherwise she's acted in roles for Justified and Mr. Holland's Opus. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Alicia Witt about her debut album.
A Boxing Match And A Derby: The Week In Sports
NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman chat about tonight's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; the Kentucky Derby; and the NBA match-up between the Clippers and Spurs.
For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight
Baby boomers account for about half of all consumer spending, yet only 10 percent of marketing dollars are aimed their way. Correspondent Ina Jaffe talks advertising strategy with NPR's Scott Simon.
Councilwoman: Police Can Get A Fair Trial In Baltimore
Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton tells NPR's Scott Simon she's celebrating the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters
Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.
Above The Fray: Mafate Offers A Roadless, Island Isolation
On La Réunion, a remote Indian Ocean island, one community lives in a collapsed volcanic crater, reachable only by foot or helicopter. We bring you an audio postcard.
Georgia Settles Case Alleging Assembly-Line Justice For Children
After the Justice Department filed a statement of interest in the case, the state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit accusing it of providing inadequate representation to poor young people.
Conditions Slowly Improve After Nepal Quake
Power is on in most areas of Kathmandu and the Internet is working, but tens of thousands are homeless. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Russell Lewis in Nepal about earthquake recovery.
Author: Clinton Foundation Disclosures 'Sloppy At The Very Least'
NPR's Scott Simon talks with Joshua Green of Bloomberg News about the Clinton Foundation and its apparent lack of transparency over donors.
Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges
Protests turned to celebrations in Baltimore after a prosecutor announced charges against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The police union is crying foul.
'Louie Louie': Indecipherable, Or Indecent? An FBI Investigation
The Kingsmen's 1963 version of the song was a huge hit — though no one could make out the words. Some fevered imaginations and misheard lines led to an FBI investigation into alleged obscenity.
In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded
U.S. Marines were deployed to the coastal Vietnamese city 50 years ago last month. Now, 40 years after the war's end and amid great change, former Viet Cong and an American reflect on that time.
Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards
A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.
A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'
Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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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