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  • Being the Assistant is the Real Trick

    The Magic Castle in Hollywood

    As part of our Weekend Shift series, we meet a worker who spends her Saturday nights being sawed in half. What you and I call a magician's assistant, magicians actually call a box jumper. And as Weekend America reporter Nate Dimeo tells us, the world of the box jumper is changing.

  • The Tiger Woods of Tennis?

    Already a prodigous player

    Six-year-old Jan Silva is already being referred to as the Tiger Woods of tennis. A video of Jan playing tennis when he was 3 led to an invitation to move from California to live and train at one of the world's premier tennis schools in France. Already, the attention of the tennis world is riveted by the sport's next big prodigy.

  • Gay Marriage and Terrorist Donuts

    Our latest panel of non-experts weigh the week's biggest headlines: Firoozeh Dumas, author of "Laughing Without an Accent"; Gustavo Arellano, writer of the infamous "Ask a Mexican" advice column for the OC Weekly; and David Rakoff, author of "Don't Get Too Comfortable."

  • Retiring on Immigration's Front Lines

    U.S.-Mexican border in Nogales, Ariz.

    In the 1960s, David Maxon's grandfather fulfilled a dream of building a retirement community in Arizona. That development eventually became the city of Green Valley, about 40 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. But instead of peace and quiet, retirees are increasingly finding themselves in the crossfire over federal immigration policies.

  • A Ren Fair Magical History Tour

    The Don Juan and Miguel Show

    When Julia Barton was 11, she was introduced to the strange and magical world of Renaissance faires when her parents' music ensemble was invited to perform at the famed Scarborough Faire outside of Dallas. This weekend, she returned to catch up with some old characters from her youth.

  • Pushing the Ice Cream Envelope

    Karen Roberts loves her ice cream...

    On this Memorial Day Weekend, we celebrate the beginning of summer. And what summer means to Karen Roberts is ice cream -- lots and lots of ice cream. Roberts is a nurse practitioner, so you'd think she'd know her ice cream intake limits. But she and her family decided to push the ice cream envelope...

  • Fleet Week in New York City

    Opening day of Fleet Week

    It's Fleet Week in the Big Apple, the setting for the latest installment of our Weekend Pass series -- stories about time off in the military. Reporter Kelly McEvers checked out how New Yorkers take to men and women in uniform -- and found the soldiers, sailors and Marines a lot more philosophical than you might expect.

  • An Aging Indy, Paying for Luggage

    Our panel takes on the pressing issues and absurd moments of the week that was: "New Yorker" cartoonist Bob Mankoff, Yale English professor Amy Hungerford and conservative commentator Tara Setmayer.

  • Kid Poems for Summer Days

    Cover of "Whatever the Weather"

    Betsy Franco is a children's poet and author of many books. She shares some of her favorite poems about summer, and what it's like to be young and full of wonder as the days turn hot and the nights are full of stars.

  • Coping with the Summer SAD Blues

    A cool waterfall

    Most folks associate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with winter weather and dark days. But a small percentage experience the disorder in the summer -- they shun the heat and the glare of the sun, and find solace in dark, air-conditioned spaces. We talk with Saskia Smith about how she copes with summer SAD.

  • U2: Stuck in a Moment

    Julie Nicholds and her children

    We've been asking you about the music that plays in your time off -- your Weekend Soundtrack. This week's story comes from Julie Nicholds. She listens to us in Wauwatosa, Wis. The soundtrack to her weekend is "Stuck in a Moment" by U2, and she tells us how it turned her life around.

  • A Hopeful Spirit's 90th Birthday

    Daddy's girl

    Presidents Day Weekend was a big weekend for Tracy Friedman, who flew from Los Angeles to her hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate her father's 90th birthday. It was a great celebration, and Friedman reflecting on his remarkable and youthful resilience.

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