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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 with host Lulu Garcia-Navarro combines the news with colorful arts and human-interest features, appealing to the curious and eclectic. The show features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. And the highlight for many listeners is the puzzle segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times.

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two 4-letter words. Rearrange the letters in each of them to make two new words that rhyme.

Example: CAFE, SAVE --> FACE, VASE

1. COLA, LOSE

2. NEAR, RENT

3. LIVE, LIMA

4. DAIS, DEAL

5. SING, DENY

6. EACH, BEAK

7. OPUS, POLO

8. PALE, KEEN

9. RELY, RITE

10. ONCE, NEWS

11. OARS, OGRE

12. WENT, ROTO

13, THAW, THUS

14. ISLE, ZEAL

A Special Tune Marked Apollo 11

5 hours ago

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Examining Biden's Health Care Pitch

5 hours ago

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A little over three months after Paris' Notre Dame caught fire, French officials say the cathedral is still in a precarious state and needs to be stabilized. Ultimately, they aim to restore the monument, a process that will take years.

When that work begins, there will be a new demand for experts who have the same skills required to build Notre Dame 900 years ago. In the workshops of the Hector Guimard high school, less than three miles from the cathedral, young stone carvers are training for that task.

Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago on July 20. Former astronaut Michael Collins was a member of the historic mission.

: 7/20/19

In an early version of the audio, we incorrectly referred to the far side of the moon as the dark side of the moon.

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Now, time for sports.

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An NPR Listener Shares His Signature Song

Jul 20, 2019

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This summer, we're hearing about your signature song, a song that's become almost a part of you, like BJ Leiderman, who writes our theme music. Today, we hear from one man about a song he calls the warmest blanket that exists.

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Should Republicans still call themselves the Party of Lincoln?

Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, declared, "We are the party of Lincoln," as he contended President Trump was not racist for suggesting four Democratic representatives, US citizens who are also women of color, should "go back" to the places they came from.

What Could Come At The Mueller Hearings

Jul 20, 2019

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Fresh hell ignited social media this week, or was it heaven?

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SIMON: It took form with claws and whiskers and scampered across a dark London alley before...

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Rural southern Utah is cowboy country, and with it comes a deserved reputation of being a meat and potatoes kind of place. So after a recent three-day hiking trip in Bryce Canyon National Park, when Kim Johnson saw a sign advertising a Tandoori Taqueria, she pulled over immediately.

Johnson and her family, who live in Salt Lake City, are vegetarian.

"We've eaten a lot of Subway sandwiches [this trip]," she says, laughing. "And a lot of large side salads because it's a pretty meaty environment here."

The Potential Causes Of Odd Plane Behavior

Jul 14, 2019

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Airlines say a record number of people are traveling this summer. Packing, getting to the airport and through security - it can be stressful. And that doesn't stop at the gate.

Sunday Puzzle: Lucky Number 7

Jul 14, 2019

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words and phrases. Each conceals the name of something in left-to-right order, although not consecutively. Hint: Every answer has exactly 7 letters.

Example: SANCTIMONIOUS — Shakespeare character --> ANTONIO

1. REVERSE SPLIT — Mountain

2. AFFRANCHISE — Pope

3. CROSS-TRAINING — Italian composer

4. SERVICE STATION — Norse explorer

5. CARDIAC ARREST — South American capital

6. MOTOR CONTROL — Canadian city

7. TIME INTERVAL — Roman goddess

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Wimbledon Update

Jul 14, 2019

Sunday Politics

Jul 14, 2019

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NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is with us on the line this morning, and she was listening in.

What strikes you about the political effect of these raids?

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