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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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Sat August 13, 2011

New Prose Revitalize 'Literary Brooklyn'

Sometimes, when walking Brooklyn's streets, it doesn't feel as if its literary past is haunting. Rather, its literary soul is still alive and pulsating. Brooklyn is a world unto itself and a writer's enclave.

Walt Whitman had his office at the Daily Eagle near the Fulton Ferry dock. Hart Crane wrote his masterpiece about Brooklyn's masterpiece, the bridge. Henry Miller's beloved Williamsburg is further north along the East River and has its own bridge.

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Sat August 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Tribal Rights Hinder Child Support For Mothers

Christina Brown has had little luck getting child support from her ex-husband, who is a member of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Tribal governments and any employee of a tribal firm, including casinos, are not obligated to follow state child support orders that allow the government to garnish the wages of a parent who refuses to pay.
Carlos Puma California Watch and KQED

Collecting child support can be difficult for many mothers, but if the father is Native American, it can be nearly impossible.

Tribes are sovereign nations and don't have to comply with court-ordered child support payments. But some states, including California, are beginning to work with tribes to make sure those payments get to mothers.

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Fri August 12, 2011

Fallen Soldiers Live In Memories Through The Ages

When I was a child in Delafield, Wis., I attended Cushing Elementary School. My sisters and I rolled Easter eggs in Cushing Park, and I rode horses at the edge of the old Cushing farm. But I don't remember ever learning a thing about Lt. Alonzo Cushing, a Union officer who was killed at Gettysburg after refusing to retreat in the face of Pickett's Charge.

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Fri August 12, 2011
Music News

Nashville Revisits An Unlikely Children's Classic

The original Songs of Fox Hollow was released in 1974.
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Singer Tom T. Hall earned the nickname The Storyteller for his mature, literary approach to country songwriting in the 1960s and '70s. When children figured into his songs, they were usually part of adult situations, like the girl who learns about small-town hypocrisy in "Harper Valley PTA."

But one summer in 1974, Hall found himself writing songs for children. The album that resulted, Songs of Fox Hollow, became a cult classic. Now, that record has been remade for a new generation by a group of appreciative Nashville musicians.

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Fri August 12, 2011
The Record

In New York City, Free Summer Concerts Feel The Burn

Originally published on Sat August 13, 2011 10:54 am

Patrons at a 2007 New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park. This year, the Philharmonic abruptly cancelled its annual summer concert series for the first time since 1965.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Over the next few weeks Weekend Edition Saturday will be producing stories about the business of putting on free concerts, how they work and what they bring to their communities. Last week's story was on free shows at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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