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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 S

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Sweater Selfies: Man Knits His Way Around The World

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:17:00 -0500

Sam Barsky thinks outside the postcard: He takes photos of himself posing in front of places he visits — wearing sweaters inspired by that same place. His eccentric works of art have gone viral.

Through Organ Donation, One Woman's Death Gives Life To Others

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:06:00 -0500

When Ashley Theriot died unexpectedly at the age of 32, her friend asked her family if they'd donate Theriot's kidney. They agreed, and now that kidney — and seven more of her organs — have new lives.

A Snowstorm Didn't Stop This LeBron James Fan From Catching The Game

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman's son Max really likes LeBron James, so Goldman got the two of them tickets to see the Cleveland Caveliers play. Then a snowstorm hit.

Saturday Sports: Football Playoffs, The Australian Open

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Scott Simon speaks with Howard Bryant of about what to pay attention to this week in sports. Here's one thing: the NFL playoff game in Dallas between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.

Don't Take A Selfie With An Orangutan, Or You Might Get Slapped

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Orangutans can be all nice and friendly until one slaps you in the face for trying to take a selfie. It happened on the Sekonyer River in the Borneo jungle and was posted on YouTube.

A Mix Of Factors, Not Just Mexico, Cause Decline In U.S. Manufacturing

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

President-elect Trump has said American auto workers are losing their jobs because auto companies like General Motors are making cars in Mexico instead. GM says that it's about supply and demand.

Ahead Of Inauguration Protests, Looking At The Transition 'From Protest To Power'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Many groups will be demonstrating around the inauguration. Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin tells Scott Simon that demonstrations are a good start, but true change takes long-term effort.

Don's Johns To Go Anonymous At Inauguration

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Many port-a-potties near the Capitol are having the company name "Don's Johns" taped over for the inauguration. A company executive told the AP that they didn't ask for the cover-up.

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.

What An Obamacare Repeal Would Mean For Rural Hospitals

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Scott Simon speaks with Maggie Elehwany of the National Rural Health Association about a possible Obamacare repeal. She supports the law, but says the way it was implemented has hurt rural hospitals.

Former Government Post Nominee Says Nominees Are 'Pawns' In Partisan Fight

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Doug Wilson spent years going through a frustrating confirmation process for a job that required Senate approval. He says Republicans held up his confirmation and the confirmation of others.

'It's Better To Be An Outsider': Wolfgang Muthspiel's Global Guitar Odyssey

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

One of the most respected jazz guitarists working today, the Austrian musician has spent his career straddling borders, be they sonic or geographic.

Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.

Gen. Michael Flynn Spoke To Russian Ambassador Same Day Sanctions Were Announced

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

President-elect Trump's pick for national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, spoke with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. on the same day President Obama retaliated for alleged Russian hacking.