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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.

A few months ago, Nathan Schram, a 23-year-old viola player, was teaching violin to elementary school kids in inner-city Brooklyn. He's a member of the Academy, a training program for young musicians, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. Now he's preparing for another facet of what the Academy has to offer.


Small insects do a lot of damage to trees and our forests.  We’ve seen what the Mountain Pine Beetle has done.  And it’s moved into the trees in our Front Range communities.

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Monday is Valentine's Day, and stores are abloom with red hearts and tubby little cupids. There are also books of love poetry, romances and cartoons.

Nick Galifianakis has a book of cartoons about love, dating and relationships, too. But if you give it to your sweetheart, you may find yourself spending Valentine's Day alone. It's called If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You.

It turns out that the classic red heart symbol we see almost everywhere around Valentine's Day doesn't look much like a real human heart at all.

"Of all the theories about where that symbol comes from, my favorite is that it is a representation of a sixth century B.C. aphrodisiac from northern Africa," says Stephen Amidon, a novelist and co-author of The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart. "And I kind of like that history because it sort of suggests that early on, people sort of understood the connection between love and the heart."

The Grammys are widely recognized as the music industry's highest honor. And Ken Ehrlich has produced every Grammy Awards telecast since 1980. He's at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he's preparing for Sunday's big show, and he joins Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon to discuss this year's nominees, performances and more.

Meeting, matching, looking for love and struggling to keep it are all subjects for songs on Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, Tell Me. Mayfield is just 21, but her songs are wry and blunt; they ring with bitter experiences. These songs are unmistakably about heartbreak, but this time around, it's not always Mayfield's heart getting broken.

Evergreens offer contrast to snowy landscapes. Spruce and pine are our green during the dry, brown winter months.