Weekend Edition Saturday

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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 weekend morning newsmagazine covers hard news, a wide variety of newsmakers, and cultural stories with care, accuracy, and a wink of humor.

Weekend Edition Saturday wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories. The two-hour program is hosted by NPR's Peabody Award-winning Scott Simon.

The posts below are some of the highlights from Weekend Edition SaturdayVisit the program page on NPR to see a full list of stories.

  

On an overcast late-spring afternoon, a group of bird lovers from the Earth Conservation Corps are in a boat on Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia River, and point out an osprey circling overhead. "This is like their summer vacation spot and where they have their young," says Bob Nixon, in the boat. "Then they spend most of their lives in the Amazon."

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a brilliant, scalding and essential play that is often revived. But the Complete Works Project in Oregon won't present the play this fall because the estate of the playwright, Edward Albee, won't give permission for them to cast an African-American actor in the featured role of Nick, a young professor.

The play's director, Michael Streeter, refuses to fire an actor for the color of his skin.

"I am furious and dumbfounded," he wrote on Facebook.

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Putin Plays Hockey, And Wins, Of Course

May 13, 2017

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Hashtag #AuntyMaxine is having a real moment. For those of you who may not know what that moment is, that's Congresswoman Maxine Waters who's developed a passionate fan base as NPR's Vanessa Romo reports.

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And now it's time for sports.

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The Risks Of An Underfunded Census

May 13, 2017

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Every month, we at NPR Music convene a panel of hosts and music directors from the public-radio family across the country. Their objective: to share the new songs they simply can't get enough of. Some of our panelists delight in the surprise of a well-established band's latest offering; others shine a spotlight on a younger, local artist on the verge of breaking out nationally. Either way, it's a singular opportunity to discover something new.

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Finally, it's time for sports.

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And it's time for sports.

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Emily Nussbaum On The 'Girls' Finale

Apr 15, 2017

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For those of you who are not caught up on "Girls," spoilers ahead. When we last saw the girls of "Girls" on Sunday...

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ZOSIA MAMET: (As Shoshanna Shapiro) We can't hang out together anymore.

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer, and time for sports.

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On a winter night back in the 1980s, Louis Sarno heard strange and beguiling sounds on the radio.

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UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS #1: (Singing in foreign language).

Anita Hill On Workplace Harassment

Apr 8, 2017

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It's time for sports.

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Syria Overshadows Meeting Of Trump And Xi

Apr 8, 2017

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Finding FBI Files Of The Dead

Apr 1, 2017

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We don't know what happens to us when we die, except maybe for one thing we learned this week. If we have an FBI file, it's entered into the public record. Anyone who asks for it can see it. Though, the request can take while.

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And, boy, do we have a sports story today.

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