Weekend Edition

Saturday and Sunday 8am
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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

Weekend Edition Sunday includes the popular Puzzler segment with Will Shorts.  The program is hosted by Rachel Martin.

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In NPR's 50th anniversary year, one of the ways we celebrated was through stories - under the banner We Hold These Truths. How have Americans learned about democracy? Well, lots of our notions and beliefs first flickered before us at the movies.

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Merry Christmas. And nothing says Christmas like, it's time for sports.

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The most sophisticated space telescope ever built was launched today from the European Space Agency's spaceport in French Guiana.

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I saw a picture this week that arrested my attention.

It's a drawing in old, dark ink of woman with curly hair, in a loose gown with a baby balanced in her lap. He is also curly-haired, and the ringlets make his little head look almost like an aura of the sun. The child stands on two plump, tiny legs, and the mother tucks him against her right arm, steadying his bottom with her left hand.

The curly-haired woman smiles. Not as if she doesn't have a care in the world, but as if all she really cares about in this world is the child in her arms.

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The Sour Cherry Tree is a story about a little girl the day after her grandfather died. She's walking through his house, trying on his slippers, searching his pockets for mints, remembering his favorite tea and the fig cookies they used to share — finding comfort in her memories of her grandfather.

"She's sort of cherishing each moment," says author Naseem Hrab, who based The Sour Cherry Tree on memories of her own grandparents.

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George and Clarence, mean Mr. Potter, Zuzu and her petals - and never forget...

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KAROLYN GRIMES: (As Zuzu Bailey) Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

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And as the T-shirt says, and now it's time for sports.

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