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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 newsmagazine covers hard news, a wide variety of newsmakers, and cultural stories with care, accuracy, and a wink of humor, courtesy of hosts Scott Simon and Liane Hansen.

On Saturdays, 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.

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12:23pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Law

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 1:23 pm

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling.

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9:29am

Sat May 23, 2015
Iraq

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:45 am

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Around the Nation

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 1:53 pm

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Bikers say that most of the 170 people arrested had nothing to do with the violence.
Jerry Larson AP

Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times. More than 170 people were arrested and charged with organized crime; each is being held under a $1 million bond.

Now there's a backlash from biker groups, who claim many of the riders were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, and had nothing to do with Sunday's bloody fight.

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Europe

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 10:18 am

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Author Interviews

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 10:18 am

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10:14am

Sat May 16, 2015
Around the Nation

Water Logged: Firm Reclaims Timber Lost To Maine's Frigid Rivers

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 11:55 am

Four lumberjacks stand on a logjam in a river, using sticks to break up the mass of lumber, Maine, circa 1930.
Lass Getty Images

In the north woods of Maine, Tom Shafer is bumping along on a rutted trail in his four-wheel drive truck. Ahead are mounds of maple, pine, oak and birch trees, all cut a century or more ago and pulled from the bottom of a lake.

Clumped together in the muck, the logs wouldn't look like much to most people.

"The wood comes out and it looks like that, in those piles of mud," Shafer says. "It looks like construction debris."

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8:53am

Sat May 16, 2015
Middle East

Senior ISIS Commander In Syria Killed By U.S. Troops

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 3:00 pm

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8:53am

Sat May 16, 2015
Religion

Losing Faith: A Religious Leader On America's Disillusionment With Church

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, stands outside the church in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
Evan Vucci AP

The U.S. is less Christian than it used to be, and fewer Americans choose to be a part of any religion, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Of the more than 35,000 people surveyed, 70 percent say they are Christian — but the number of people who call themselves atheist and agnostic has nearly doubled in the last seven years.

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Dance

American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Asia

'Nepali Times' Editor: After Quakes, Nepalese Surprisingly Upbeat

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Politics

Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Sports

Basketball Playoffs And Preakness: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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2:14pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Middle East

Americans Among The Many Families Escaping Chaos In Yemen

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:14 pm

The Amiri Red Sea was one of many boats ferrying refugees, including some Americans, escaping fighting in Yemen to nearby Djibouti, across the Gulf.
Gregory Warner NPR

Traveling with the State Department in Africa, you feel like you're traveling in countries without people. Traffic-clogged roads are cleared in advance by security services. The two-hour drive from downtown Nairobi to the airport takes a beautiful 12 minutes.

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10:32am

Sat May 9, 2015
It's All Politics

Las Vegas High School Has A Proud History Of Political Involvement

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:29 am

Students at Rancho High School wait for Hillary Clinton to visit last week. The school is 70 percent Hispanic, and two-thirds of students are economically disadvantaged, but it has a proud history of political involvement.
John Locher AP

When Hillary Clinton's campaign was looking for a place for her to make an announcement this week about immigration policy, it chose Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Clinton visited this school in 2007, when she was running for president the first time. Barack Obama visited the campus twice during that campaign season. The backdrop wasn't a coincidence.

Rancho High School's population is 70 percent Hispanic, and it has a proud history of political involvement.

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10:19am

Sat May 9, 2015
The Salt

Seattle Restaurants Scramble To Pay A Higher Minimum Wage

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:26 pm

Carter Jorgensen, with head chef Zephyr Paquette in the background, at Seattle's Coastal Kitchen. Restaurants are one of the largest employers of low-wage workers in the city.
Deborah Wang KUOW

In the rough and tumble world of restaurants, Jeremy Hardy considers himself something of a survivor.

Hardy's restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, has been a fixture of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood for 20 years. Notoriously low-margin businesses, restaurants have a high failure rate. Hardy says even in good times, running one is like juggling with clubs.

"With the labor pressures that are coming from this $15 eventual minimum-wage increase, we are juggling with razor-sharp daggers," Hardy says. "And if you don't get it right, it's really going to hurt."

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8:03am

Sat May 9, 2015
Sports

A Cup's Adventures And Oddities On Ice: 140 Years Of Hockey Trivia

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:31 pm

An ice hockey match between the U.S.A. and Canada in February 1936, during the Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Central Press Getty Images

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are well underway. Fans of the Winnipeg Jets are heartbroken; Chicago Blackhawk lovers are feeling great.

But you don't need to be an NHL superfan to find something fascinating about hockey. A.J. Jacobs, an editor-at-large for Esquire and a professional know-it-all, joined NPR's Scott Simon to talk about quirky facts from the sport's past and present.

How much hockey trivia do you know? Take a guess at which of the facts below are true, then hit "play" to see if you were right.

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8:00am

Sat May 9, 2015
Europe

Three Generations Of Le Pens Fight For Party's Future

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:29 am

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8:00am

Sat May 9, 2015
Arts & Life

TV And Hollywood Pattern-Maker Sells A Three-Decades Cache

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:29 am

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10:26am

Sat May 2, 2015
Around the Nation

All Tapped Out In A Tiny California Town

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:34 am

Thelma Williams' Fairmead home has been without running water for seven years. She showers at her parents' home nearby and fills up eight five-gallon jugs to bring home.
Ezra David Romero KVPR

Around the tiny rural community of Fairmead, Calif., about an hour north of Fresno on Highway 99, hundreds of one-story houses on small ranches stretch out for miles.

The ground is mostly brown, parched by California's recent drought. But beneath the surface, this mostly African-American community in the San Joaquin Valley has been going dry for years.

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7:59am

Sat May 2, 2015
Sports

A Boxing Match And A Derby: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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7:59am

Sat May 2, 2015
Music Interviews

Actor Alicia Witt Turns Musician With 'Revisionary History'

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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In "Mr. Holland's Opus," a young actress named Alicia Witt played a high school student who's struggling to play the clarinet.

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RICHARD DREYFUSS: (As Glenn Holland) Why are you crying?

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7:59am

Sat May 2, 2015
Media

For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PENNIES FROM HEAVEN")

LOUIS PRIMA: (Singing) Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven...

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10:15am

Sat April 25, 2015
Author Interviews

Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 3:04 pm

Emily Jan NPR

Victorine Meurent was just 17 years old when she met the great Impressionist painter Edouard Manet on a Paris street in 1862. The young, poverty-stricken redhead became his favorite model, and Manet painted her reclining nude in Olympia — a work that scandalized the Paris art world in 1865 and now hangs in the Musée d'Orsay.

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9:33am

Sat April 25, 2015
Business

Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 2:15 pm

A reporter stands outside the front door of a house registered to a trading company operated by Navinder Singh Sarao in Hounslow, west of London. on April 22, 2015. Sarao was arrested in connection with the Wall Street flash crash of 2010.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

It has been five years since the so-called flash crash on Wall Street raised big questions about computerized trading. What caused the flash crash has been a topic of debate ever since. U.S. officials revived the debate this week by arresting a little-known trader in London.

May 6, 2010 started out as an ordinary trading day on Wall Street. Then, at around 2:45 in the afternoon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged nearly 600 points within the space of a few minutes, before correcting itself.

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8:10am

Sat April 25, 2015
The Two-Way

There's A Sad Reason 'Migrants,' Not 'Immigrants,' Is The Word Being Used

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 2:55 pm

Near Valletta, Malta, on Thursday there was a funeral service for 24 of the hundreds of migrants who died earlier in the week when the ship they were on capsized and sank.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

As NPR and other news outlets report about the hundreds of people killed this month when the ship they were on went down off the Libyan coast, the stories are referring to those who died as "migrants."

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8:07am

Sat April 25, 2015
NPR Story

'I Lost A Hand And This Is Workman's Comp. ... I Didn't Lose A Hook!'

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 2:58 pm

Dennis Whedbee, of Homer City, Pa., lost half of his left arm in a drilling accident in North Dakota in September 2012.
Jeff Swensen for ProPublica

The tattoos on Dennis Whedbee's left arm describe what he lost when the North Dakota oil rig where he was working blew out in 2012. There's an image of a severed hand spurting blood, framed by the word "LOST" in block letters and the date: "9-23-12."

The message underscores Whedbee's frustration with a workers' compensation system in which benefits and access to benefits have changed in North Dakota and across the country.

"I lost a hand at work and this is workman's comp," Whedbee, 53, says at his home in Pennsylvania. "Give me what I deserve. I deserve a hand."

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7:43am

Sat April 25, 2015
Race

To West Baltimoreans, 'The Largest Gang Is The ... Police'

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 12:36 pm

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7:43am

Sat April 25, 2015
Race

Protesters Plan To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Saturday

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 12:36 pm

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7:43am

Sat April 25, 2015
Sports

Kansas City Royals Break Bad: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:33 pm

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And now it's time for sports.

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9:10am

Sat April 18, 2015
Commentary

Advice For Beleaguered Battleground State Residents: Leave Town

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:59 am

Declared and potential candidates are already in New Hampshire. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and others spoke at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit this week in Nashua.
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We are moving into the election season — feels like we're moving faster and faster, candidates are already in the early states — notably the newly announced Hillary Clinton. She headed right to Iowa for some close encounters with voters. Republicans, reportedly a score or so, are in New Hampshire this weekend, taking turns shaking hands with voters,

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