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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.

South Carolina Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker
A company called Terressentia that uses a chemical process to age bourbon not in years — but in hours — is unsettling an industry that is long-soaked in history and tradition.
After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba
This week, the ensemble became the first professional U.S. orchestra since 1999 to play in Cuba — 86 years after its first visit to Havana.
'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers
The world of The Gracekeepers has two types of people — those of the land and those of the sea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Kirsty Logan about her novel, set in a future enveloped by water.
Blogging In Bangladesh Is A Deadly Occupation
Last week men with machetes brutally attacked a blogger on his way to work in Bangladesh. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rafida Ahmed, who was attacked in February.
As Amtrak's Train Cars Age, Ridership Skew Young
The number this week is 750,000. That's how many passengers travel Amtrak's Northeast Corridor daily. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi about facts and figures of rail travel.
Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'
The Oak Ridge Boys are still at it, with a new CD of hymns and gospels called Rock of Ages. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban about Bonsall's new book and their latest CD.
Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others
Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the Americans who contracted Ebola last year, was invited back to his medical school to deliver the commencement address. NPR's Rachel Martin highlights some of his speech.
Learning To Live With A Void In Her Brain In 'Head Case'
Cole Cohen struggled with math, keeping time, getting lost. Eventually she found out she had a hole in her brain the size of a lemon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Cole about her new memoir, Head Case.
Centenarian Among The Oldest Ever To Earn A Ph.D.
At age 102, Ingeborg Rapoport finally got to defend her doctoral thesis, 77 years after she was prevented from doing so by the Nazis. NPR's Rachel Martin takes note of the milestone.
Train Engineer: You Have To Be 'Ready To Act'
Investigators are still investigating what caused the Amtrak train to derail in Philadelphia. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with engineer John Wright about the challenges of working on the railroad.
U.S. Women's Soccer Team Prepares For World Cup
All eyes will be on the U.S. team, which won the cup in 1991 and 1999 and is ranked second in the world. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to team member Megan Rapinoe, a midfielder for the Seattle Reign.
GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner
The 2016 presidential race is off to a slow start compared to the last two cycles. But the activity is starting to heat up in Iowa, where official and potential candidates spoke at a GOP dinner.
What Does Death Of Commander Mean For ISIS?
A leader of the so-called Islamic State has been killed by U.S. special operations forces. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation about the implications for ISIS.
Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools
The tiny nation has some of Latin America's highest rates of obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The capital Montevideo has tried to intervene by making salt on the table illegal.
'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism
"They're very much in their own lives," says Semi Chellas, who is also the show's co-executive producer. The AMC period drama ends its seventh and final season on Sunday.

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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