Weekend Edition Sunday http://wuis.org en Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort http://wuis.org/post/boston-finds-quality-preschool-worth-effort It's a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes.<p>"What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?" she asks.<p>The lesson doesn't go exactly as planned. Doyle wants the kids to build their domes with wire, but she wants the children to come up with that idea themselves. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 editor 22931 at http://wuis.org Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort Caring For Wounded Vet A Burden Family Gladly Shares http://wuis.org/post/caring-wounded-vet-burden-family-gladly-shares <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday <em>brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>Craig Remsburg's son, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by a roadside bomb in 2009. Earlier this year, the father and son attended the State of the Union address as guests of President Obama and the first lady.<p>This past week, Michelle Obama hosted an event at the White House to highlight the sacrifices of those taking care of wounded vets. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:29:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22934 at http://wuis.org Caring For Wounded Vet A Burden Family Gladly Shares Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous http://wuis.org/post/book-tells-life-perennial-co-star-almost-famous Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Judy Greer's name might be unfamiliar, but her face, you'd probably recognize. Over the course of her 20-year career, she's been 40 movies and dozens of TV shows. Maybe you know her as Katherine Heigl's best friend in "27 Dresses," George Bluth's assistant in "Arrested Development" or the voice of Cheryl Tunt in the animated series "Archer." Then again, maybe you don't. In her new memoir "I Don't Know What You Know Me From," Greer gives us a glimpse into what life is like when you are a perennial costar who's kind of famous. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 22914 at http://wuis.org Media Should Reflect A Profane Society, Critic Says http://wuis.org/post/media-should-reflect-profane-society-critic-says Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>There are certain words that we're not used to reading in the newspaper or hearing on the radio, for that matter, like [bleep], [bleep] and [bleep]. Those are some of a few taboo words when it comes to proper news etiquette. But Jesse Sheidlower, who is the author of a book called "The F-Word," thinks we could actually hear more obscenities in our daily lives. He joins us from our studios in New York City to tell us why. So break this down for me, Jesse. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 22915 at http://wuis.org Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language' http://wuis.org/post/characters-try-different-cultures-other-language Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Francesca Marciano has the rare distinction of being a celebrated writer in two languages.<p>FRANCESCA MARCIANO: It's almost as if by now I have two brains that are running parallel to one another. One brain writes films in Italian and the other brain seems to be writing novels in English.<p>MARTIN: Her new story collection "The Other Language" introduces us to a host of characters who are also somehow out of their element, trying on new cultures, languages, or identities. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 22916 at http://wuis.org Throw-Back Harmonies Blend The Secret Sisters http://wuis.org/post/throw-back-harmonies-blend-secret-sisters Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Laura and Lydia Rogers are from Muscle Shoals, Ala., and they go by the name The Secret Sisters. After their first album was released in 2010, the beauty and precision of their harmonies attracted comparisons with The Everly Brothers and The Andrews Sisters.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TENNESSEE ME")<p>THE SECRET SISTERS: (Singing) Oh, oh, Tennessee me. Tennessee me loving you. See me by the fireside light. Come and see me through the night...<p>MARTIN: The Secret Sisters' music is a nostalgic blend of country, folk, blues and rockabilly. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 22919 at http://wuis.org As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://wuis.org/post/man-faces-nature-more-often-us-agency-scrutinized <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ju2e0InMus</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:36:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 22433 at http://wuis.org Since Genocide, Rwanda's Women Have Helped Lead The Recovery http://wuis.org/post/genocide-rwandas-women-have-helped-lead-recovery The Rwandan genocide left a deep and profound wound. It not only decimated the Rwandan people, it destroyed the nation's political and social structures.<p>In 1994, after the killing stopped, women made up 70 percent of the population.<p>They were needed to lead Rwanda's recovery. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22431 at http://wuis.org Since Genocide, Rwanda's Women Have Helped Lead The Recovery It's Kentucky Vs. UConn For NCAA Championship http://wuis.org/post/its-kentucky-vs-uconn-ncaa-championship Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The college basketball season has come down to one final winner take all game. And unless you are a bit of a bracketology genius, your NCAA bracket was long gone before Kentucky and Connecticut won their way to the title game. How unlikely is this year's championship pairing? On ESPN's bracket challenge, 1,780 brackets picked these two to be in the finals. So just to put it into context, that is out of more than 11 million entrants, and that is .0002 percent. Just for the record. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 editor 22423 at http://wuis.org In Uganda, The Fastest Public Transport Is DIY http://wuis.org/post/uganda-fastest-public-transport-diy Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Stand on almost any corner in Kampala, Uganda and you'll be swarmed by a buzzing throng of men on motorcycles. These are the bota botas, the country's DIY public transportation system. Hop on and for a dollar or two you can go pretty much anywhere you want. During a recent visit to Uganda, Julie Caine of member station KALW, took a ride.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC)<p>JULIE CAINE, BYLINE: In Kampala it's hard to cross the road, let alone cross town. Cars, trucks, minivans and the occasional cow compete with a constant crush of pedestrians. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 editor 22430 at http://wuis.org Born A Slave, Street Performer Was First Black Recording Artist http://wuis.org/post/born-slave-street-performer-was-first-black-recording-artist In 1890, George Washington Johnson became the first African-American to make commercial records. The Library of Congress is now adding Johnson's "The Laughing Song" to the National Recording Registry. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:44:00 +0000 editor 22420 at http://wuis.org Global Grannies Don't Sweat Travel Headaches http://wuis.org/post/global-grannies-dont-sweat-travel-headaches Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Over the past year we've brought you many adventure stories - the world's most traveled man, a journey by cargo ship and an octogenarian sailing to Antarctica.<p>(MUSIC)<p>MARTIN: On this week's Winging It, we introduce you to three adventurers who have dubbed themselves the Global Grannies. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:44:00 +0000 editor 22418 at http://wuis.org Fort Hood Shooting Reopened Wounds At Trauma Unit http://wuis.org/post/ft-hood-shooting-reopened-wounds-trauma-unit Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. U.S. Army officials are saying that an argument may have set off Specialist Ivan Lopez, who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood this past week. He killed four people, including himself, and injured 16 others. Those who survived were taken to Baylor Scott and White Hospital nearby in Temple, Texas. Dr. Matthew Davis is the head of the trauma program there. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:44:00 +0000 editor 22419 at http://wuis.org By Any Other Name, Does Vermont's Maple Syrup Taste As Sweet? http://wuis.org/post/any-other-name-does-vermonts-maple-syrup-taste-sweet At Green's Sugarhouse in Poultney, Vt., visitors are gathered around four squeeze bottles of maple syrup, sampling the each under brand-new labels.<p>Vermont recently replaced its syrup grading system and now uses new names that make different syrups sound more like wine or expensive coffee.<p>Gone is the former system, with names like "Fancy," "Grade A Dark Amber" and "Grade B." The new labels give both the color — "Golden," "Amber" or "Dark" — and a flavor description: "Delicate," "Rich," "Robust" or "Strong."<p>Green's is holding a tasting to help get customers familiar with the new system, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 21935 at http://wuis.org By Any Other Name, Does Vermont's Maple Syrup Taste As Sweet? Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry http://wuis.org/post/caught-between-russia-and-ukraine-border-cities-share-only-worry The deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops along their country's western border with Ukraine worries the new government in Kiev and its Western allies, including President Obama.<p>In a phone call Friday, he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull those forces back, a demand likely to be repeated by Secretary of State John Kerry when he meets with his Russian counterpart in Paris Sunday.<p>But people in the Russian border city of Belgorod, one of the places where troops have been gathering, say they can't understand why the U.S. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 21937 at http://wuis.org Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry What A Small Town's Teen Pregnancy Turnaround Can Teach The U.S. http://wuis.org/post/what-small-towns-teen-pregnancy-turnaround-can-teach-us Thirty years ago, the small town of Denmark, S.C., had one of the state's highest teen pregnancy rates.<p>"We had very young grandparents, grandparents were maybe [in their] 30s," says Michelle Nimmons, who has worked for the past 30 years on the issue of teen pregnancy. "Great-grandmamas were in their 40s, and parents were in their teens, so a lot of education had to happen."<p>Efforts like hers have paid off in Denmark and around the country in the past couple of decades. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 21931 at http://wuis.org What A Small Town's Teen Pregnancy Turnaround Can Teach The U.S. 'A Small Player' On The Brink Of Self-Destruction http://wuis.org/post/small-player-brink-self-destruction Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Lawrence Osborne's new novel is about what happens to one man on the precipice of self-destruction. And honestly, if you pressed him about it, he'd probably admit that he actually enjoyed being there. The character's name is Lord Doyle - at least that's what the casino workers in Macau call him. Osborne uses Doyle to spin a captivating story about the nature of addiction, the power of the supernatural and the freedom that may come from throwing everything to chance. Lawrence Osborne joins me from the studios of the BBC in Bangkok, Thailand. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 21918 at http://wuis.org Strategic Seating: How To Elicit The Optimal Dinner Conversation http://wuis.org/post/strategic-seating-how-elicit-optimal-dinner-conversation Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Alex Cornell does not like dinner parties or overly chatty commuters who insist upon talking to him on the bus. So, he created a new app called Tickle, which helps you escape awkward public situations. By simply touching the phone, you can generate a fake phone call, allowing you to politely excuse yourself. The app isn't out yet, but it reminded us of another one of Alex Cornell's attempts to avoid awkward conversations. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 21919 at http://wuis.org Warren Buffett Gets To Keep His Perfect-Bracket Billion http://wuis.org/post/warren-buffet-gets-keep-his-perfect-bracket-billion Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Speaking of the laws of mathematics, the Sweet Sixteen is now the Elite Eight. And by later today, the NCAA basketball tournament will have been winnowed down to that illustrious Final Four. So, the big question. How is your bracket doing? You had San Diego State winning it all, right? Don't despair your ill-fated choices because you are not alone. It's a rare fan who can pick all the winners in the tournament. How rare you say? Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 21928 at http://wuis.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://wuis.org/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 21458 at http://wuis.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea 1994 Colosio Assasination Was Start Of Mexico's Catastrophic Year http://wuis.org/post/1994-colosio-assasination-was-start-mexicos-catastrophic-year In late March of 1994, Mexico's leading presidential candidate was assassinated by a gunman. Conspiracy theories about his death still abound. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 editor 21447 at http://wuis.org New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs http://wuis.org/post/new-test-improves-detection-performance-enhancing-drugs A group of scientists has developed a doping test 1,000 times more sensitive than those currently used. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead researcher Daniel Armstrong about how the test works. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 editor 21446 at http://wuis.org The Upsetting Nature Of March Madness http://wuis.org/post/upsetting-nature-march-madness It's March Madness — college basketball playoffs! NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate.com's Mike Pesca for his take on the week in sports. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 editor 21455 at http://wuis.org New York Ukrainians Worry About 'Evil' Happenings at Home http://wuis.org/post/new-york-ukrainians-worry-about-evil-happenings-home Yonkers, N.Y., is home to many Ukrainian immigrants and home to the Ukrainian Youth Center, which, despite its name, also has a full bar. It's where Rostyslaw Slabicky is glued to the news.<p>"The mood right now is extremely apprehensive," Slabicky says. "There's part that's <em>fait accomplis</em>, that Putin is basically doing what he wants and the entire world is basically standing by, not doing anything."<p>Around the corner at a Ukrainian credit union, branch manager Maria Zakotiria says the U.S. must help Ukraine. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 20972 at http://wuis.org New York Ukrainians Worry About 'Evil' Happenings at Home Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers http://wuis.org/post/venezuela-turmoil-lack-flour-milk-and-diapers Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket.<p>Today, he's looking for sugar, and he's asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the kitchen.<p>There are 10 mouths to feed every day in this family — five of them children. The two youngest are still in diapers.<p>"The things that are the scarcest are actually what we need the most," Nello says. "Flour, cooking oil, butter, milk, diapers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 20973 at http://wuis.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers Saudi Aid Boost To Syrian Rebels Puts Jordan At Risk http://wuis.org/post/saudi-aid-boost-syrian-rebels-puts-jordan-risk For months, a military stalemate has defined the war in Syria. Now, a new strategy is emerging as Western allies and Gulf states step up support for rebels in southern Syria.<p>Along Jordan's northern border, Syrian rebels say they are unifying their fractious ranks, urged to unite by Western and Arab intelligence operatives who work in a covert command center in Jordan's capital.<p>Rebel sources confirm pledges of stepped-up deliveries of arms and intelligence sharing. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 20969 at http://wuis.org Saudi Aid Boost To Syrian Rebels Puts Jordan At Risk Making Your Device Your Best Travel Companion http://wuis.org/post/making-your-device-your-best-travel-companion Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Spring break is not far away. So, it's time to start planning that trip, if you haven't booked it already. This is when those smartphones and tablets come in handy, right? I mean, they are supposed to help us be more organized. It's not really working for me. On this week's Wingin' It, though, we're going to attempt to help you make best use of your digital devices when traveling.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MARTIN: Here to help us out is Tom Samiljan. He is the tech correspondent for Travel and Leisure magazine. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 20965 at http://wuis.org Authors Tighten Up Their Stories For Twitter Fiction Festival http://wuis.org/post/authors-tighten-their-stories-twitter-fiction-festival Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I will now attempt to introduce this story in 140 characters or less. This week, two best-selling authors - Brad Meltzer and AJ Jacobs - teamed up to tweet a story for the second-annual Twitter Fiction Festival - #TwitterFiction. There are a lot of people who've become really good at writing fiction in the form of tweets - also known as twitterature, seriously. The online festival for Twitter writers wraps up today. Famous authors, like RL Stein and Alexander McCall Smith, along with a couple of dozen amateurs, took part. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 20956 at http://wuis.org Tsunami's Ghosts Haunt Japanese Earthquake Survivors http://wuis.org/post/tsunamis-ghosts-haunt-japanese-earthquake-survivors Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>It's been a little more than three years since the biggest earthquake in Japan's history, a quake that caused an unforgettable tsunami that killed some 20,000 people.<p>But the earthquake also had quieter consequences that didn't make headlines. In the London Review of Books, Richard Lloyd Parry investigates a peculiar phenomenon revealed in the aftermath of the storm. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 20957 at http://wuis.org Black GOP Stars Rise In A Party That's Still Awkwardly White http://wuis.org/post/black-gop-stars-rise-party-thats-still-awkwardly-white Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's straw poll victory at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference wasn't unexpected for the presidential contender. In third place, however, was a surprise finisher.<p>Dr. Ben Carson is one of a handful of black Republicans that conservatives are buzzing about this year. While the GOP has made strides in cultivating viable black candidates, the party still has difficulty resonating with black voters.<p>He may not have the rock-star status of top conservatives like Paul or Sen. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Brakkton Booker 20485 at http://wuis.org Black GOP Stars Rise In A Party That's Still Awkwardly White