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Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program 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.

Drawing on his experience in covering 10 wars and stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Simon brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective to each show. He is as comfortable having a conversation with a major world leader as he is talking with a Hollywood celebrity or the guy next door.

Weekend Edition Saturday has a unique and entertaining roster of other regular contributors. Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, talks about music. Daniel Pinkwater, one of the biggest names in children's literature, talks about and reads stories with Simon. Financial journalist Joe Nocera follows the economy. Howard Bryant of EPSN.com and NPR's Tom Goldman chime in on sports. Keith Devlin, of Stanford University, unravels the mystery of math, and Will Grozier, a London cabbie, talks about good books that have just been released, and what well-read people leave in the back of his taxi. Simon contributes his own award-winning essays, which are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant.

Weekend Edition Saturday is heard on NPR Member stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world.

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9:55am

Sat December 13, 2014
Politics

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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8:53am

Sat December 13, 2014
Race

Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

Ollies Barbecue was a Birmingham, Ala., landmark where where white plumbers and electricians sat next to white doctors and bank presidents,” but in 1964, blacks weren't allowed to eat there.
Courtesy Ollie McClung Jr.

At Lena's, a diner in Birmingham, Ala., the cashier hands a customer a plastic bag with food which he carries out of the restaurant. There's nothing noteworthy about it now, but that action — taking out the meal — is a faint echo of the Jim Crow South.

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court effectively ended segregation in restaurants. Before that ruling, restaurants were segregated, but some white establishments would serve black customers take-out.

Washington Booker, eating breakfast at Lena's, remembers the routine.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Arts & Life

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 8:56 pm

So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters — the tackier, the better — has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season.
TheUglySweaterShop.com Flickr

Looking for a stylish sweater for the holidays? Forget cashmere. Instead, go for the light-up, dancing Santa.

This season, holiday shoppers are demanding the ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest sweaters out there. They need them for ugly sweater parties, ugly sweater fun runs — even an ugly sweater party cruise.

All that demand has had an impact on stores large and small. On the national level, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Target all sell vintage-looking sweaters with all the bells and tinsel you could want.

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7:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Movie Interviews

Finland's HIM Releases Early Work In 'Lashes to Ashes'

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:07 pm

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It is very cold and very dark in Finland this time of year - every time of year, I understand. But there's a band that finds inspiration in that dark and cold. For more than 20 years, the group HIM has been heating up Helsinki nights.

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7:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Strange News

London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

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7:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Space

Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 11:52 am

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10:51am

Sat December 6, 2014
NPR Story

Mourning Turns To Protest At Brooklyn Victim's Funeral

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 12:07 pm

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10:33am

Sat December 6, 2014
Middle East

American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:53 am

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10:33am

Sat December 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:51 am

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Valentine's Day 2013, and a world-famous athlete who inspired people around the world shot the woman he loved four times as she lay behind a bathroom door.

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6:48am

Sat December 6, 2014
Space

NASA's Orion Capsule Looks And Acts Like Apollo

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:51 am

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6:48am

Sat December 6, 2014
Sports

Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 2:03 pm

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6:48am

Sat December 6, 2014
Sports

Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:51 am

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Now it's time for Sports, which can get caught up in real life, too.

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11:05am

Sat November 29, 2014
Code Switch

A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism

Justin Hopkins sings during a tribute show for Booker Wright, who worked in a whites-only restaurant in the Mississippi Delta.
Brandall Atkinson Courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance

Editor's note: This story contains racial slurs.

A new musical work pays tribute to an unlikely and little-known civil rights activist: Booker T. Wright. You won't find his name in history textbooks. But his story is a testament to the everyday experiences of blacks in the Jim Crow South.

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10:15am

Sat November 29, 2014
History

Jesus Started A Chain Letter — And Other Hoaxes

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 1:26 pm

Published in London around 1795, this "copy" of a letter from Jesus in heaven was the imagined correspondence between Jesus and King Abgar of Edessa.
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William Shakespeare wrote in the margins of his books. Noah washed up in Vienna after the flood. Jesus sent a letter back to Earth after his ascension to heaven.

Did you miss those artifacts of history?

Of course you did. They're all frauds, concocted to convince the unsuspecting — and often they did.

These frauds are part of a new exhibit, "Fakes, Lies and Forgeries," at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore.

Curator Earle Havens says the exhibit is timely — these days, the media presents us with fakes and lies all the time.

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8:59am

Sat November 29, 2014
Around the Nation

Foreign Dollars Fuel A New Condo Boom In Miami

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:34 am

The $1 billion Brickell City Centre, currently under construction, will house condos, a hotel and a retail and entertainment complex. Condo projects are booming in Miami, financed mostly by foreign buyers.
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Few people track Miami development closer than Peter Zalewski. He runs Cranespotters.com, a business that keeps tabs on all the new construction proposed in downtown Miami.

In an area that covers less than 4 square miles, he notes, there's a lot going on. In "downtown Miami, we're looking at 69 towers, 18,400 units," all residential condominiums, Zalewski says.

If history is any guide, not all of the projects will be built. But Zalewski says there are other big projects coming that are likely to add to the total.

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