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Samantha Balaban
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Samantha Balaban

Producer, Weekend Edition

Samantha Balaban is a producer at Weekend Edition.

After receiving her M.A. in Journalism and Latin American studies from New York University, she got her start in public radio covering the James "Whitey" Bulger trial for WBUR as an intern. Since coming to NPR in 2014, she has reported on a perfume-loving tiger, traveled to Mexico to meet actor Diego Luna (and cover the elections), ridden with border patrol officers along the Rio Grande River, eaten very well in Houston, interviewed a Bangle and used her waterproof fanny pack to help keep her mic dry during hurricanes. She's also responsible for Picture This, a series of conversations with authors and illustrators.

Most days, you can find her under a pile of books and mail coordinating Weekend Edition's book coverage. On weekends, she's hanging out with her dog, Winnie.

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A kids' story unfolds without words in 'A Day For Sandcastles'

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Beach Lane Books

Behold! 'The Great Zapfino' takes a big leap to overcome his fears

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Scholastic/Kaepernick Publishing

Colin Kaepernick says 'I Color Myself Different' in his first children's book

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A kidney donor Michael Wingard is being prepared by medical professionals for kidney extraction surgery in an operation room in Houston Methodist Hospital on March 1, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura for NPR hide caption

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10 strangers come together for a life-changing kidney swap

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Donors and recipients in 10-person kidney donation chain meet in an emotional reveal

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Daniel Minter/ Alfred. A Knopf Books for Young Readers

A kids' book travels through history to ask: Where does 'Blue' come from?

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Cinco Puntos Press / Lee & Low Books

Grandma's garden of magical rocks is 'Where Wonder Grows'

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Tips to help you start training your dog — and keeping your goals realistic

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Got a dog during the pandemic? Now what? Here's a run down of dog training resources

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HarperCollins Children's Books/Balzer + Bray

WaaaAAH! Rraak! 'Everybody in the Red Brick Building' is awake!

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C. Tangana embraces tradition on his groundbreaking album, 'El Madrileño'

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Owlkids Books

In 'The Sour Cherry Tree,' a child keeps memories of her late grandfather close

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Roaring Brook Press

Return to a world of caring and kindness, in 'Amos McGee Misses the Bus'

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Anne Schwartz Books

2 cousins celebrate their childhood neighborhood in 'Dream Street'

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You can do it: Elizabeth Warren makes a pinkie promise to girls

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