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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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8:00am

Sat May 28, 2011
NPR Story

At The Center Of The Storm, Trackers Stay On Guard

Right in tornado alley, the staff at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. keep a constant watch on the skies. The weather experts track signs of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes and issue the first alerts. This week's harrowing weather even had some of the storm center's staff heading for shelter. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

8:00am

Sat May 28, 2011
Movies

'X-Men's' Michael Fassbender On His Magnetic Role

About to hit theaters, X-Men: First Class is a prequel to previous X-Men blockbusters, based on characters from Marvel Comics born with an X-factor gene mutation that gives them special powers. Host Scott Simon speaks to actor Michael Fassbender, who plays Magneto in the new movie.

7:24am

Sat May 28, 2011
Books News & Features

The Return Of 'Crows,' Huxley's Children's Tale

High above the ground in the branches of a cottonwood tree near the town of Pearblossom, there once lived a mother crow and a father crow — or at least the pair aspired to be parents. But a crafty snake, who lived at the bottom of the tree, showed up like clockwork every day with other plans for their eggs.

Thus goes the story of The Crows of Pearblossom, a children's book by Aldous Huxley, the novelist known to generations of high school English students as the author of Brave New World.

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7:21am

Sat May 28, 2011
The Impact of War

A Last Gift: Father Finishes Book After Son's Death

Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed in March 2007 in Iraq by a sniper.
Courtesy of Darrell Griffin Sr.

It's been more than four years since Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed while serving in Iraq. When he died, he had been collaborating with his father on a book about the war.

Standing next to his son's grave, Darrell Griffin Sr. translates the abbreviated carvings of the headstone. Etched in the white marble, they remind you of an ancient language. First are the letters B-S-M-V.

"What that stands for is bronze star metal with valor," he says. "And PH is Purple Heart, KIA is killed in action."

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4:51pm

Fri May 27, 2011
Music Interviews

A Cellist Is Chosen, And Challenged

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Jamie Jung

If there's such a thing as cello mojo, Alisa Weilerstein has it. Not only did she make her Carnegie Hall debut at age 15 and perform for President Obama in 2009, but last year she was also chosen by conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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