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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.

  

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Author Interviews
3:53 am
Sat October 8, 2011

The 'Blue Horse' That Inspired A Children's Book

Eric Carle Penguin Young Readers Group

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:44 pm

Even if you don't know the name Eric Carle, his work has probably made you smile. He's the author and illustrator of more than 70 children's books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? His books brim with bold and unique collages, bursting with color and clever words.

Carle has a new children's book about an artist who — like the author — enjoys stepping out of the box. It's called The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse.

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Country/Americana
3:37 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

The McClymonts: Country-Singing Sisters From Australia

The McClymonts recently moved to the country-music mecca of Nashville after topping the charts in Australia.

Courtesy of the artist

Brooke, Samantha and Mollie McClymont are three sisters from Australia who have topped the charts Down Under — singing country music. Now, they're bringing their voices topside.

As The McClymonts, the three sisters have just released their latest album, Wrapped Up Good, and recently relocated to Nashville.

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The Record
2:30 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Sloan: How To Make A Band Last 20 Years

Sloan, in a recent press shot. The band is, from left to right, Chris Murphy (bass), Andrew Scott (drums), Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson (both guitarists).

Courtesy of Yep Roc

Four guys. Ten albums. 20 years.

The unlikely story of the band Sloan starts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a college city in eastern Canada's Maritime provinces. It was there where four young musicians — Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott — met and started playing together.

"We played our very first show at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 1991," Ferguson, one of the guitarists, remembers. "We played in the cafeteria."

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NPR Story
7:00 am
Sat October 1, 2011

Pumpkins At A Premium, Thanks To Hurricane Irene

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 2:41 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

There's something missing this year from the fall scenery in the Northeast, especially in upstate New York. The state is normally a top pumpkin producer, but about a third of its crop was destroyed in the recent tropical storms.

Marie Cusick, of NPR member station WMHT in Albany, takes us to one farm that was spared.

MARIE CUSICK: There's no shortage of pumpkins at the Black Horse Farms roadside stand in Athens, New York. But some customers still aren't taking any chances.

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Television
7:00 am
Sat October 1, 2011

'Homeland' Stars Torture And Terrorism, But Truth?

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 2:41 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

"Homeland" premieres tomorrow night on Showtime. It's a psychological espionage thriller that centers on a CIA officer, played by Claire Danes, who hears about a conspiracy when she gets a tip from a terrorist who is about to be executed by the Iraqi government.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SERIES, "HOMELAND")

CLAIRE DANES: (as Carrie Anderson) You said you were an important man. You said you had information about an attack on Abu Nasir.

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Europe
7:00 am
Sat October 1, 2011

Fat Tax Lands On Denmark's Favorite Foods

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Times are tough in Europe these days. But if you crave comfort food in Denmark to lift your mood, it'll cost you. Starting today, shoppers in Denmark will pay extra kroner, according to the saturated fat levels of certain foods. Not just potato chips, ice cream, sweet rolls and candy bars, but famously clean, creamy Danish butter.

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Simon Says
7:00 am
Sat October 1, 2011

White House Visit No Happy Ending For '85 Bears

The Chicago Bears showed some skills off the field and on the stage in 1985 when they recorded the "Super Bowl Shuffle."
Paul Natkin NFL via Getty

Next week, the Chicago Bears, who won the 1985 Super Bowl, will finally be received at the White House — now that a Bears fan lives there. Their original visit was canceled when the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded in January 1986.

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Art & Design
2:33 am
Sat October 1, 2011

Pacific Standard Time: An L.A. Art Story

Made of glazed stoneware, Dora De Lario's Mother and Child (1968) is part of a collection of works that reflect on the history of Mexican-American artists in Southern California.
Autry National Center

The story of America's rise on the global art scene has mostly taken place in New York — but now Los Angeles wants in on the narrative.

Over the past 10 years, the wealthy L.A.-based Getty Foundation has doled out about $10 million in grants to help launch Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented collaboration between more than 60 cultural institutions with one grand theme in mind: the birth of the L.A. art scene from 1945 to 1980.

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Music News
3:33 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

A Singular Guitarist Emerges From John Fahey's Shadow

A friend and protege of the late John Fahey, Glenn Jones steps out of the shadow of the master on his new album, The Wanting.
Tim Bugbee

There's a restless quality to Glenn Jones' music that starts with the guitarist himself. Jones doesn't just write songs; he makes up a new way of tuning the guitar for each one.

"For me, inventing a new tuning goes with inventing a new song," Jones says. "The song is a way to navigate a tuning that I'm not yet familiar with. It kind of forces me to explore or dig into a tuning in ways that are atypical — kind of forces me to think."

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Music Interviews
2:50 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Johnny Winter: A Blues Legend's Texas 'Roots'

Johnny Winter's new album is called Roots.
Paul Natkin Getty Images

In the late 1960s, Columbia Records won a bidding war to sign a young blues-rocker. More than 40 years and countless recording sessions later, Johnny Winter is still playing the blues.

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Simon Says
8:23 am
Sat September 24, 2011

Canceling The School Play Won't Avoid 'Kismet'

There will be no Kismet in Johnstown, Pa. This week the Richland School District canceled February's high school student production of the play.

The 1953 musical is the story of a wily beggar-poet; his unruly, beautiful daughter; and the handsome caliph who falls in love with her at first glance.

Kismet is adapted from that collection of folk tales known as Arabian Nights, with a score drawn from the music of Alexander Borodin.

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Author Interviews
7:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

Between China And India Lies Myanmar's Future

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Fine Art
7:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

The News, As Reported By Andy Warhol

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SCOTT SIMON, host: Tomorrow, the National Gallery of Art opens "Warhol: Headlines" an exhibit of the late artists' works depicting the news industry in America. Andy Warhol would recreate front pages of New York newspapers in the way he did Campbell's soup cans, occasionally adding a change or flourish.

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NPR Story
7:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

'Book Of CIA Humor' Declassifies Top-Secret Jokes

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SCOTT SIMON, host: A man named Ed Mickolus joins us now. Two spies walk into a bar. One spy says to the other...

ED MICKOLUS: I'm sorry, Scott. You're not cleared for that punchline.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SIMON: Mr. Mickolus is a 33-year veteran of the CIA and a former stand-up comic. He's now written a new book called "The Secret Book of CIA Humor."

Thanks so much for being with us

MICKOLUS: Hey, just delighted to be here.

SIMON: Is that a smile face on your CIA I.D.?

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NPR Story
7:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

Out Of Economic Chaos, A New Order May Be Rising

Every week it seems there are more people looking for work, more companies laying people off, and more nations teetering at the edge of unrecoverable debt. But beyond the latest headlines of gloom, there is a fundamental shift going on in our economy and our world. Host Scott Simon talks with Mike Hawley, formerly of MIT's Media Lab, who says that shift may also hold great promise.

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