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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

The fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren't just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

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Now, a story about how a high school history project ended up making history - the project, by a teenager in Nebraska, helped reunite twin brothers separated at death during World War II. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report from the American Cemetery in Normandy.

A Global Guide For Leery Travelers

Jun 23, 2018

With its tropical beaches and a memorable national park, Venezuela was a popular destination for American tourists a decade ago. But years of political and economic turmoil have left its tourism industry in tatters.

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World Health Organization recognizes gaming as addictive disorder

A new study published in the journal Science finds that methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas operations are 60 percent higher than previous estimates from the federal government.

Finding community at a rehabilitation hospital

Jun 22, 2018

This story is a part of our special on the economics of disability. Listen to the podcast here and read this glossary of terms we used in our coverage throughout the show.

AMC makes a foray into subscription service

Jun 22, 2018

AMC, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, is dipping its toe into the subscription service pond. The company announced this week that it’s kicking off the summer movie season with AMC Stubs A-List. For about $20 a month, people will be able to see three movies a week at the theater. The service is double the cost of competitor MoviePass, with less film offerings. So will one more subscription service change how movie theaters and studios make their money at the box office?

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This weekend marks two years since Britain held its referendum on exiting the European Union and voters told their leaders they want to leave the bloc. Since then, the British government has been negotiating the conditions of Brexit on issues such as the single market, customs union and movement of labor. The scheduled exit date, March 29, 2019 — is now less than a year away, and there are signs businesses are starting to get serious cold feet about what might come.

Muhammed Erdogan is six hours late for his meetings in the headquarters of his construction business in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa. He has three cell phones and they all keep ringing.

Erdogan says he’s still recovering from the previous day’s campaigning in the hot sun for his hero and namesake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Presidential and parliamentary elections are set for June 24 and Muhammed Erdogan is running as the only Syrian Turk in the race.

Peace talks between the leaders of South Sudan's warring factions have proven so far to be unfruitful, with no agreement on the table and their June 30 deadline nearing, Carolyn Thompson reports for NPR.

A spokesman for South Sudan government said Friday "we have had enough."

Your new tariff questions, answered

Jun 22, 2018

President Donald Trump drastically escalated trade tensions between the United States and China this week. On Monday, he threatened China with tariffs for $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The news came after imposing a 25 percent tax on imports of $50 billion last week. China, along with Europe and Canada, has announced taxes on American products in retaliation. As a trade war continues looms, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal asked listeners for their questions on Twitter and tracked down some answers.

The Department of Justice has asked a federal court to modify a court settlement that restricts the federal government from detaining migrant children indefinitely or in prison-like conditions.

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Inside the world of adaptive rowing

Jun 22, 2018

This story is a part of our special on the economics of disability. Listen to the podcast here and read this glossary of terms we used in our coverage throughout the show.

The total number of people apprehended for illegally crossing the southern U.S. border has been steadily falling for almost two decades. It's a long-term trend that sociologists, economists and federal officials have been tracking for years.

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After days of damaging news stories about an administration policy that separated immigrant families at the Southern border, President Trump tried to change the narrative Friday. He spoke up for grieving family members who have lost loved ones at the hands of people in the country illegally.

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Steven Spielberg's pets are off the leash again.

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The fear of family separation is not new for many immigrants already living in the U.S. In fact, that fear, heightened in recent weeks, has been forcing a tough decision for some families. Advocates say a growing number of American children are dropping out of Medicaid and other government programs because their parents are undocumented.

Marlene is an undocumented resident of Texas and has two children who are U.S. citizens. (NPR is not using Marlene's last name because of her immigration status.) One of her kids has some disabilities.

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In the image, a little girl wails in uncomprehending sadness and anxiety.

Her face flushed nearly as pink as her shirt and shoes, she stares up at her mother and a U.S. official, both too tall to be seen. The 2-year-old Honduran child's panic is so palpable, it's difficult for a viewer not to feel it, too.

It's the summer driving season, when millions of Americans take road trips to the beach, big cities, national parks and beyond.

And what goes along with an increase in road trips? A hike in gas prices.

Indeed, historically summer is the time of year gas prices go up because more people are on the road, increasing demand. Oil refineries also introduce special fuel blends during the summer, which emit fewer emissions than winter blends but are more expensive to produce.

More of your trade questions, answered

Jun 22, 2018

Amid all the chaos and controversy at the southwest border, there's still a trade war brewing on multiple fronts. Today on the show, we'll tackle more of your questions about all things tariffs and trade. Then: Street vending in Los Angeles is a half-billion-dollar industry that’s illegal. We'll look at the tangled relationship between street vendors and the law. But first, AMC's challenger to MoviePass, the latest on Mexico's elections and, of course, the Weekly Wrap.

Despite the cloudy skies that have been looming over Senegal's seaside capital of Dakar the past few days, there is plenty of sunshine in the streets.

The country's national colors, yellow, green and red, can be spotted all over the city as part of growing enthusiasm over the national team's World Cup hopes. The excitement is building as the Lions of Teranga head into their second World Cup match this weekend after their 2-1 win over Poland in Moscow on Tuesday.

On a recent afternoon in Los Angeles’ wholesale district, Ashley Roberts is crouched beside a sidewalk display of clothes, DVDs and phone accessories. What she’s doing is illegal, but Roberts said getting a good spot determines whether she’ll make enough money to eat today.

“It all depends what area you set up at, whether the cops are going to bug with you,” Roberts said.

Roberts has already received two citations in the few months she’s been street vending. She’s also regularly negotiating with businesses, like the sunglass wholesaler she sells in front of.

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