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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.

Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain
Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.
How A Once-White Church Broke Down Racial Barriers
Fifteen years ago, Peoples Church in Cincinnati was called First Christian Assembly of God. After race riots shook the city in 2001, Pastor Chris Beard refocused the church on racial reconciliation.
Rio's Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification
Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.
A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust
Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.
Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease
A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.
NASA Scientists Simulate A Year On Mars — On Hawaii
NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a year-long NASA mission to Hawaii.
Spanish And Arabic Mixes In Accused Terrorist's Home Town
The accused terrorist in the recent foiled train attack in France is a Moroccan who lived in Algeciras, Spain. It's a diverse port city where immigrants are well integrated.
Nothing, Not Even Recovery, Moves Quickly In New Orleans
Ten years after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, former NPR correspondent Gwen Thompkins reports on the struggles of her beloved hometown, New Orleans, to rebuild lives.
College Sports Scandals Loom Over The Launch Of Football Season
Mike Pesca of Slate's podcast The Gist helps NPR's Rachel Martin assess the damage to college football inflicted by a string of scandals at universities around the country.
Marginalized Young American-Somalis Look East To Join ISIS
The Twin Cities area has the largest Somali population in America. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Minneapolis Councilman Abdi Warsame about young people arrested for allegedly conspiring to join ISIS.
Western Wildfires Outpace Weary Firefighting Crews
As Washington State's wildfires rage, high temperatures and winds threaten more land. Firefighter Renee Jack tells NPR's Rachel Martin what it's like to be on the front line.
In The Stomach Of A Seabird, A Glimpse Of An Ocean Heating Up
As the Pacific Ocean warms, the diet of Alaska's seabirds has been changing along with it. Now, on the eve of President Obama's visit to the state, researchers aren't the only ones paying attention.
Germans Impatient With Angela Merkel's Migrant Response
Germany is the number one destination for the thousands of migrants reaching Europe's shores. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a German perspective from Der Spiegel editor Maximilian Popp.
To Win An Anagrammy, Just Sing A Song Of Scrambled Letters
Given an answer, you name the song. All you have to do is anagram one word in the made-up title you're given to complete the correct title of the song.
Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters
As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.

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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