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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.

When I met Tom Railsback a few years ago, he told me he'd worried about going to a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Peoria in the fall of 1974.

Tom Railsback of Illinois was a middle-aged Republican congressman from a state in the middle of America when he was on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 that heard the case for impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

Mr. Railsback greatly admired President Nixon. "His opening of the door to China," he told me, "had to be the most brilliant foreign policy move ever."

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No Women Nominated For Best Director Oscar

Jan 18, 2020

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Long-Shot Candidates Bet On New Hampshire

Jan 18, 2020

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Facing Harassment As A Female Mayor

Jan 18, 2020

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The new film, Les Misérables, is not another adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel and it's definitely not a musical. It is set in the same Paris suburb that inspired part of the 19th-century classic, and it is about that neighborhood's impoverished residents. But this film is a modern-day cop thriller — and it's France's entry to the Oscars.

Author Meng Jin On 'Little Gods'

Jan 11, 2020

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The toll of the Australian bush fires is staggering. 27 people have died, more than 2,000 homes destroyed and 18 million acres have burned. A billion animals may have been killed.

Try to hold that horrifying number in your mind a moment: a billion animals.

Iran Admits To Shooting Down Plane

Jan 11, 2020

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Ofra Bloch On 'Afterward'

Jan 4, 2020

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In her new documentary, "Afterword," Ofra Bloch chose to examine what had always been a given in her home growing up. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and an Israeli Jew, she was taught Germans were bad. So she decided to examine that belief.

T.S. Eliot's Love Letters Unsealed

Jan 4, 2020

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Iraqi Protester On Iran-U.S. Tensions

Jan 4, 2020

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Iraq's Position Between The U.S. And Iran

Jan 4, 2020

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Global and regional powers are on edge as a conflict between Iran and the United States boils over. The U.S. assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani took place on Iraqi soil, a nation where the U.S. and Iran's escalating battle is playing out.

Evangelicals Rally For Trump

Jan 4, 2020

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Don Imus Dies At 79

Dec 28, 2019

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Longtime radio show host Don Imus died yesterday. He was 79 years old. According to a statement from his family, he'd been in the hospital since Christmas Eve, though no cause of death was given. Imus was equal parts influential and controversial.

Lost In 2019: Cody The Black Lab

Dec 28, 2019

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This weekend, we're remembering loved ones who passed away in 2019 who lived exceptional lives out of the spotlight.

JODI FREEDMAN: He was kind of unbridled. He just wanted to go and run and play. And I was so happy to do that. I'm kind of a big, sloppy dog myself.

The 2010s: The Influence Of The Kardashians

Dec 28, 2019

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We're ending a celebrity decade. From "Real Housewives" to viral moments to electing a celebrity president, the 2010s have been propelled by reality-star power. And no one exemplifies that more than Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, Khloe, Kendall and Kris.

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Minnesota County Votes Yes To More Refugees

Dec 21, 2019

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Former Google Engineer On Her Firing

Dec 21, 2019

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Kathryn Spiers worked as an internal security engineer at Google for two years. Part of her job was to write browser notifications that notify co-workers of employee guidelines and company policies, like not uploading proprietary documents while they surf the web.

Opinion: A Ye Olde Holiday Tale For 2019

Dec 21, 2019

There are scores of holiday stories on streaming services this season, and a lot of them seem rolled out of the same candy cane factory: snow, smiles and the real meaning of love.

As an aficionado of the form, I've tried to sketch out my own version:

Charlayne had an exciting life as managing editor of a Manhattan fashion magazine. But something was missing.

Kacey Musgraves, the Grammy award-winning country music star, released a Christmas special last month on Amazon Prime's video streaming service. It features Musgraves and with her band, along with special guests including Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, the Radio City Rockettes and so many more.

Saturday Sports: James Wiseman, Junior Johnson

Dec 21, 2019

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Opinion: Should It Be Illegal To Sleep Outside?

Dec 14, 2019

A woman lived in her car in front of our apartment building for a couple of weeks. Our family brought down some food, clothing and a blanket, but the woman hesitated to open her door when we knocked and smiled.

After all, who were we? Why should she trust us?

We did not call police or a city agency to say, "There's a woman living in a car on our street." I've reported stories where I've spent the night in city homeless shelters. They can feel crowded and unsafe, and have little privacy. I can see why someone would choose to stay on the street or in their car.

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Ronny Chieng has a Netflix comedy special, "Asian Comedian Destroys America!" It launches globally on Netflix next week in which he holds forth about coming to America, being amazed, agog and occasionally appalled, all at the same time.

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