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  • 11:08am Apr 07, 2013

    Dissecting New York's Mayoral Race Scandal

    Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Errol Louis, host of NY1's Inside City Hall, about the latest in the New York City mayoral race bribe scheme. A Democratic New York state senator is charged with trying to buy a spot on the Republican ticket.
  • Tracy K. Smith was NPR's first NewsPoet.
    Tina Chang
    11:08am Apr 07, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Does Poetry Still Matter? Yes Indeed, Says NPR NewsPoet

    April is famously the cruelest month — according to the poem — but it's also the month we celebrate poetry. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith says we all need poetry, and even those of us who don't write poems can still learn how to see and hear the world through poetry.
  • The iconic Chicago photographer Art Shay took portraits of presidents, prizefighters, prose poets — and in the person of Roger Ebert, at least one Pulitzer-winning critic.
    Art Shay
    11:08am Apr 07, 2013

    Roger Ebert: Elegance And Empathy

    Roger Ebert wrote simply, abundantly, gorgeously — and on deadline for 46 years at the Chicago Sun-Times. Over the years, his work reminded us that empathy is the grace note of a good life, not just great art.
  • Willemjin Verkaik is the latest leading lady to play Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl who grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West in Broadway's long-running Wicked. She has also played the role in Dutch and German in Europe.
    Bankhoff-Mogenburg
    11:08am Apr 07, 2013
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    On Broadway, Old Shows And New Tricks

    These days, a hit show can run not just for years but for decades. So how do you keep it fresh for new audiences? Reporter Jeff Lunden talks to people who work on three of Broadway's biggest hits to find out.
  • 10:34am Mar 30, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Gay Marriage Recap: Will Justices Rule On Constitutionality?

    It was a busy week in the debate over gay marriage, with two Supreme Court cases and a number of members of Congress moving from opposition to endorsement. NPR's Nina Totenberg and NPR political editor Ron Elving join host Scott Simon for a recap.
  • 1:37pm Mar 25, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Gay Lobbying On The Hill Has Short Yet Strong History

    One argument used by conservatives in the Supreme Court cases is that gay Americans have become so politically powerful that they don't need special attention from the courts. Whether or not that's true, it's clear that advocacy groups for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have built a strong network of lobbyists and political activists in Washington.
  • 9:26am Mar 24, 2013
    World News World News National Politics & Government

    Obama Leaves Middle East With Mixed Reviews

    President Obama heads home from the Middle East Saturday, after a mixed reception to his four-day visit. Obama spent much of that time in Israel, trying to lay the groundwork to revive the long-stalled peace process with the Palestinians. He also traveled to the West Bank and met with Jordan's King Abdullah. NPR's Scott Horsley has a recap from Amman, Jordan.
  • Anti-riot police face off with protesters in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Qatif on March 11, 2011. Despite bans on the demonstrations, Shiite Muslims in the eastern part of the country have continued to stage protests, demanding political changes.
    Reuters /Landov
    4:27pm Mar 23, 2013
    World News World News

    In Saudi Arabia, Shiite Muslims Challenge Ban On Protests

    When demonstrators began rising up against Arab governments in 2011, Saudi authorities responded with large spending projects and with tough actions against protesters. However, the Shiite minority in eastern Saudi Arabia persists with regular demonstrations.