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A weekend morning news magazine covering hard news, a wide variety of news makers, and cultural stories. On Saturdays, Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are clever, informative exchanges, and fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon's interviews with key artists, authors, performers and personalities are always memorable.

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6:05am

Sat July 19, 2014
Theater

With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 6:40 pm

Lizan Mitchell (left) as the wealthy and crotchety Carolyn and N.L. Graham as Veronika, her nurse, in the play Dead and Breathing.
Seth Freeman

The play Dead and Breathing begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.

The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.

It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. 3.

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6:00am

Sat July 19, 2014
The Garden Report

Organic Or Not, Local Food is Better For The Environment

Buying locally grown food supports Colorado's economy and environment.
Credit Lord Mariser / Flickr - Creative Commons

Organic produce in the grocery store is labeled as good for the environment. No pesticides on the produce may reduce soil and water contamination, but organic goods that come from faraway places increase pollution and diminish the quality of those fruits and vegetables.

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12:03am

Sat July 19, 2014
Music Interviews

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:45 am

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch released his latest album, a trio recording called Floating, in July.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

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8:56am

Sat July 12, 2014
Opinion

A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:09 am

Darlena Cunha says that she wrote her essay about her family's temporary poverty so her twin daughters would learn not to judge people on government assistance.
Courtesy of Darlena Cunha

The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.

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8:18am

Sat July 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:12 am

Stressed? Try taking a fresh look at what's actually going on.
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Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.

Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.

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