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Government Reveals The Secret Of Area 51

The CIA has officially acknowledged that Area 51 exists. Host Scott Simon investigates.

What's Wrong Mandatory Sentencing?

Mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes have had a devastating impact on communities. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Marc Levin, director of the conservative Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation about the Justice Department's push toward reforming sentencing standards.

To Care For U.S. Kids, Filipinas Leave Their Own Behind

Tens of thousands of Filipinas work as nannies in U.S. households. Many leave their own children in the care of relatives back home, a wrenching but often unavoidable decision in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.

Immigration Reform Activists March To Calif. Farm Country

Bakersfield is conservative, with a large immigrant and farm labor population. Protesters are pushing the city's Republican congressman to adopt the Senate-passed immigration reform bill — and they've got the support of local Republican leaders.

N.J. Governor Gives Provisional OK to Medical Pot For Kids

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has approved a broad measure to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like.

N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

The carvings etched into limestone boulders near Pyramid Lake in western Nevada show that the early North Americans were surprisingly creative artists. The carvings, which are at least 10,000 years old, are abstract, geometric designs including shapes that look like diamonds and trees.

In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina has a new law to require photo ID at the polls and to shorten early voting. Proponents say the law will stave off voter fraud. Opponents say it will effectively quash the vote of many poor minorities.

Marion Bartoli Retires From Tennis At The Top Of Her Game

Just 40 days after winning the women's single title at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of France announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from tennis at age 28. Bartoli joins a relatively short list of top athletes who decided to call it quits in their prime. Audie Cornish talks to Stefan Fatsis for more.

Summer Nights: Dancing In Chicago

If you want to learn to samba, tango, waltz or get jiggy, all you have to do is wander into a Chicago park. The city of Chicago hosts the largest annual outdoor dance series.

Why Do Cargo Planes Have Spottier Safety Records?

Audie Cornish talks with Alan Levin, a Bloomberg News reporter covering aviation safety and the Federal Aviation Administration, about cargo plane safety and why cargo plane accidents appear to be increasing worldwide