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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.

In South Carolina, Sanders Discusses Race, Courts Black Voters
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, drew big crowds again this weekend, but they may not be the right kind of crowd if he hopes to win South Carolina's primary.
Tianjin Tragedy Is A Painful Reflection Of How China Largely Works
A massive explosion in Tianjin, China killed more than 100 people earlier this month. Correspondent Frank Langfitt says the country's corruption and a lack of accountability have endangered lives.
Ravages Of Heroin Addiction Haunt Friends, Families And Whole Towns
Deaths from heroin nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013, and demand for the drug isn't dropping. Towns across the U.S. are grappling with the deadly epidemic — including a once-idyllic town in Ohio.
Ben Lecomte Swam Across The Atlantic; Next He Tries The Pacific
In 1998, Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean. The 47-year-old athlete is planning another historic plunge — this time swimming across the ocean on the other side of the country.
Hard To Categorize: Joseph C. Phillips' Album 'Changing Same' Is Out Tuesday
Joseph C. Phillips Jr. creates music that sounds classical, funky and sometimes cinematic. He deconstructs his compositions for NPR's Rachel Martin.
Pasaquan, Eccentric Artist's Georgia Home, Gets A Sprucing Up
Tucked away in rural southwest Georgia, a phantasmagorical home is under restoration. The compound, named Pasaquon, is the life's work of visionary artist Eddie Owens Martin.
German College Student Ditches Apartment To Ride The Rails
NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a young woman who has given up her home and is spending a year living on trains, criss-crossing Germany. She plans to turn her experience into a college thesis.
Alex Potter's Photos Bear Witness To Yemen's Civil War
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Alex Potter, a young American photographer in Yemen's largest city Sanaa. She is bearing witness to the terrible human toll of Yemen's civil war.
'Science Of Mom': Scientist Sorts Through Studies So Parents Don't Have To
Alice Callahan uses her background in nutritional biology and fetal physiology to help new parents tell fact from fiction in her new book The Science of Mom. She gives tips to NPR's Rachel Martin.
Police In Macedonia Fire Stun Grenades At Refugees Who Storm Border
Thousands of migrants broke through police lines and crossed the border from Greece into Macedonia, hoping to continue northward to new lives in northern Europe. Macedonian police fired stun grenades.
Southern Poverty Law Center Remembers Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond
Mourners turned out in Montgomery, Ala., to remember civil rights pioneer Julian Bond, who died Aug. 15. In 1971, he became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery.
Rape Case Raises Troubling Issues At St. Paul's School, Sociologist Says
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to sociologist Michael Kimmel about the male culture at prep schools that may contribute to sexual assaults, like a recent alleged rape at the elite St. Paul's School.
Italy, Land Of Pizza And Pasta, Is Gluten-Free Friendly
Only 1 percent of Italians have celiac disease, similar to the rest of the world. But since gluten is everywhere, there's high public awareness about it and more than 4,000 gluten-free eateries.
New York City Struggles To Keep Up With High Homeless Numbers
The number of people sleeping in New York's shelters has been slow to fall after hitting a record high of 59,000 last year. Advocates for the homeless say more New Yorkers are living on the streets.
In Spain, Entire Villages Are Up For Sale — And They're Going Cheap
As Spaniards migrate from villages to cities for work, education and access to health care, rural hamlets are ending up on the auction block. Foreigners are in the market for these properties.

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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