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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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Disney's new live action version of "Beauty And The Beast" opened this weekend. NPR's Lynn Neary wanted to know just how far back that story really goes.

St. Joseph's Day Means Pastry Day In Providence

Mar 19, 2017

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We continue our remembrance of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry. He died on Saturday at the age of 90. And to talk more about his influence on American music, we turn now to music historian Chuck Granata. He joins us on the line. Good morning.

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When I was down in Texas, I met a man who can be found singing over the sound of his blow dryer.

ALBERTO ESCOBEDO: (Singing in Spanish).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Alberto Escobedo owns a salon in Rio Grande City, and he's always loved music, especially opera.

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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Life As A Transgender Intelligence Analyst

Mar 5, 2017

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Like most comedians, Cristela Alonzo draws upon her own experiences for her source material. That means, as a first-generation American, Alonzo has also always tackled challenging topics in her comedy. She now lives in California, but she grew up just 9 miles from the Mexico border, in San Juan, Texas.

Is it possible to write a coming of age novel when your main character is 39 years old? Jami Attenberg attempts just that in her new novel All Grown Up.

Protagonist Andrea Bern is about to turn 40 — she lives in Brooklyn, working as a graphic designer in advertising. She's a failed artist, and she's trying to figure out a path to happiness.

New Robot Patrols Chinese Airport

Feb 26, 2017

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Bullying And Stereotypes In The WNBA

Feb 26, 2017

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The new WNBA season is approaching. And the good news - viewership is up.

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UNIDENTIFIED COMMENTATOR #1: Hodges to get it in; Angel for the win.

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Rio de Janeiro's carnival is like one of those lavish parties where all the guests show up early and start guzzling away while you're still upstairs, trimming your eyebrows.

Is there another city on earth that tosses aside its troubles with such gusto, and then dives into the dressing-up box with all the wild-eyed relish of The Cat in the Hat?

The carnival hasn't even officially opened, but this weekend several hundred thousand people were already out parading and partying beneath a steaming tropical sun.

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A Foster Parent For Terminally Ill Children

Feb 19, 2017

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Valentine's Day is this week. And in most ways, Eve Pell's romance is like any other love story. She met a guy named Sam. She found him charming. And then she asked her friend to invite both of them to a movie.

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We all know Mr. Darcy, whether it's from the 2005 movie version of Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice," where he's played by Matthew MacFadyen - tall, dark and handsome...

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The Politics Of The Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2017

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It's Super Bowl Sunday, as if you didn't know. More than 100 million people are expected to watch the Atlanta Falcons with quarterback Matt Ryan face off against the New England Patriots and superstar quarterback Tom Brady. And you thought this would be an escape from politics?

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When I told folks in Kansas that I was going to be in the southeastern corner of the state, everybody said, you've got to go see Big Brutus. What's Big Brutus? It is the world's largest electric shovel.

So we headed to West Mineral, Kan.

You can see it on the horizon from miles away. At the very top, it's 160 feet, or like a 16-story building.

Our guide is Betty Becker, 75. She's the manager of Big Brutus and the mining museum — and she's been working here since the place opened in 1985.

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Crowds In Boston Protest Immigration Ban

Jan 29, 2017

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Charley Pride is the first African-American country singer to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry. In total, he's sold some 70 million records and recorded dozens of No. 1 hits — and in two weeks, Pride will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys. Pretty extraordinary for a man born and raised in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made up two-word phrase, in which the first word has six letters. Its last three letters spell the second word that will complete the phrase.

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