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Weekend counterpart to NPR's Morning Edition. Offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AILSA CHANG, HOST: The death toll from Friday's fire at an Oakland, Calif. warehouse has risen to 24. Melinda Drayton of the Oakland Fire Department described the ongoing search for bodies in the remains of the building. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MELINDA DRAYTON: I can tell you when I was in there throughout the evening the somber approach that our firefighters and Alameda County Sheriff Department members took to this search...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AILSA CHANG, HOST: Nestle wants to fool your taste buds. The Swiss chocolate behemoth says it has made a scientific breakthrough that will allow it to use 40 percent less sugar in its candy bars without affecting the taste. Fat chance - pun intended. The company claims its scientists have altered the structure of sugar so that it dissolves more quickly. This tricks your tongue into perceiving extra sweetness. Of course, if you know...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AILSA CHANG, HOST: Time now for sports. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) CHANG: This NBA season is playing out in some expected ways. The Golden State Warriors are racking up wins. The Philadelphia 76ers are not. But the Thunder have been just jaw-dropping. Russell Westbrook is carrying his team to win after win with impressive performances on both ends of the court. Mike Pesca, host of "The Gist" podcast for Slate, joins us now. Hey, Mike. MIKE...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: Fidel Castro is being remembered all over the world, as far afield as the Lebanese capital Beirut. There, NPR's Alison Meuse found a shrine to the heyday of Lebanon's Communist Party. UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Hello. ALISON MEUSE, BYLINE: When you walk into the hole-in-the-wall that is Abu Elie, you feel nostalgia. The playlist hasn't changed in years, maybe decades. Neither has the decor. The walls are lined with...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: Victoria, queen and empress, once held the record as the longest-serving British monarch - 63 years on the throne. She was surpassed last year by her great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Though Victoria is often remembered as a dumpy little woman in perpetual mourning, biographer Julia Baird presents her differently. In her new book, "Victoria: The Queen," Victoria is a hardworking, power-loving...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: Just a few days before the election, a popular Washington, D.C. pizza joint became the victim of a political fake news attack. The restaurant received death threats and accusations. Before long, there were hundreds of those threats and frightening messages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter directed not only to the restaurant and its owner, but also to the wait staff and other workers at the restaurant. James...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: When I was young, I wanted to be a cantor. It didn't matter that I was a Presbyterian girl from Idaho. I saw Neil Diamond in the movie "The Jazz Singer," and that was it. I wanted to grow up and be a cantor. I didn't know what those prayers meant. I did not understand Hebrew. I just wanted to learn what it was all about. And that started something for me - asking questions about people who weren't like me, who...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Simone Biles performed a staggering sweep at this year's Rio Olympics, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to win four gold medals at a single games. In her new autobiography, "Courage To Soar," she writes that as much as she loves gymnastics, the pathway to Olympic gold is hard. In one chapter, she describes trying to learn a routine on the bars, and she falls. She's crying and telling her coaches she doesn't want...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: For a month, Iraqi forces have been pressing an offensive against ISIS in the city of Mosul. As NPR's Alice Fordham reports, one elite group is bearing much of that burden. ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: As an array of Iraqi security forces converge on Mosul, some are moving faster than others. Meet the Iraqi Special Operations Forces. (SOUNDBITE OF TRUCK ENGINES) FORDHAM: At one of their bases, three black Humvees full...

Copyright 2016 KUER-FM. To see more, visit KUER-FM . RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The conservative Mormon town of Provo, Utah will soon open its first LGBT resource center. It stands directly across the street from a church temple. It's been a fraught year for relations between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and LGBT people. Organizers hope this new center will bring Provo together to help youth in need. Here's Andrea Smardon. ANDREA SMARDON, BYLINE: Volunteers are planting trees...

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