Weekend Edition http://wesa.fm en Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick http://wesa.fm/post/kicking-can-down-road-habit-thats-hard-kick The Senate is expected to vote on a temporary transportation spending bill later this week — with an emphasis on the word <em>temporary</em>.<p>The bill would keep highway funding flowing through May of next year, and avert a looming infrastructure crisis. Without congressional action, the highway trust fund would run out of cash in August.<p>The short-term fix follows a familiar pattern. It goes something like this:<p>First, panic erupts because the government is going to shut down — or a program is going to run out of money — or a tax will automatically rise. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 32914 at http://wesa.fm Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight http://wesa.fm/post/monty-python-reunion-show-circus-makes-one-last-flight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlBUglE6Hc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Rich Preston 32915 at http://wesa.fm At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wesa.fm/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32913 at http://wesa.fm Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86 http://wesa.fm/post/james-garner-rockford-files-and-maverick-dies-86 Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 editor 32906 at http://wesa.fm 'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists http://wesa.fm/post/transformers-inspires-chinese-farmerartists Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>And while we are celebrating zombies who shuffle from movies into comic book, what about the toy robots that became a cartoon that then became a movie series and now have inspired Chinese farmers to become master replica robot builders?<p>(SOUNDBITE OF "TRANSFORMERS" THEME SONG)<p>UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Transformers, more than meets the eye.<p>RATH: For those of you who don't know, Transformers are robots. There are good ones, the Autobots, and bad ones, the Decepticons. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 editor 32904 at http://wesa.fm As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://wesa.fm/post/polar-icebox-shrinks-infectious-pathogens-move-north Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Infectious diseases may be spreading more quickly, thanks to global warming. Viruses that were kept in check by the polar ice box are being released. And as some animals move north to keep cool, they're bringing all sorts of parasites with them, from microbes to ticks. Christopher Solomon has written about this in the August issue of "Scientific American." And he joins me now from Montana Public Radio in Missoula. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 editor 32905 at http://wesa.fm Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools http://wesa.fm/post/cars-and-carts-people-flee-gaza Residents in Northern Gaza have been fleeing their homes in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/13/331122214/palestinians-flee-gaza-after-israel-drops-warning-leaflets">anticipation of a new Israeli assault</a>, as the exchange of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes enters its sixth day. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Emily Harris 32539 at http://wesa.fm Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools People Evacuate Gaza Strip As Tensions Increase http://wesa.fm/post/people-evacuate-gaza-strip-tensions-increase Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is a WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath in for Rachel Martin. The international community is trying to resolve the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Yet today, the crisis is getting worse, not better. People are evacuating the Gaza Strip and Israel has made its first ground incursion. NPR's Ari Shapiro's in Jerusalem and joins us with the latest. Hi Ari.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hey, Arun.<p>RATH: So we've seen Israeli tanks and troops gathering along the Gaza border for the last few days. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 editor 32540 at http://wesa.fm Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life http://wesa.fm/post/charlie-hadens-lessons-music-and-life Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>We take a moment now to remember jazz musician and composer Charlie Haden, who died Friday at the age of 76. Haden was one of the most respected and admired musicians in jazz. His fierce commitment to the music was matched by his intense belief in the rights of all human beings, and he spoke out for those rights verbally and musically around the world. As a young singer, Charlie Haden was struck by polio which foiled that career. So he switched to the acoustic bass where he developed a signature sound. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 editor 32545 at http://wesa.fm Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God' http://wesa.fm/post/founders-claimed-subversive-right-natures-god The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 32533 at http://wesa.fm Jihadi Videos Push Islamic Music's Austere Boundaries http://wesa.fm/post/jihadi-videos-push-islamic-musics-austere-boundaries Islamist militants have stepped up their game when it comes to the music and visuals in their videos. NPR's Arun Rath talks to scholar Peter Neumann about today's tech-savvy jihadists. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 32534 at http://wesa.fm 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' http://wesa.fm/post/rock-icon-tommy-ramone-was-ahead-his-time Punk rock music has lost one of its earliest pioneers.<p>Tommy Ramone <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/12/330893277/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-of-the-ramones-dies-at-62">died of cancer on Friday</a> at his home in Queens, N.Y. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 32535 at http://wesa.fm 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' Soccer Biter Will Return From His Ban To Play For A New Club http://wesa.fm/post/soccer-biter-will-return-his-ban-play-new-club Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Soccer is most egregious masticator has a new home club in Spain. Since 2010, the star Uruguayan footballer, Luis Suarez, has played for Liverpool. In that time, he's been disciplined more than once for biting an opponent. Most recently, FIFA suspended Suarez for four months after he chomped Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, during the World Cup. But this week the Barcelona Football Club welcomed Suarez with open arms and a transfer fee reported at $128 million. Suarez says he's wanted to transfer to Barcelona for some time. His wife's family lives there. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 32537 at http://wesa.fm Germany And Argentina To Finish Up World Cup http://wesa.fm/post/germany-and-argentina-finish-world-cup Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>You're listening to NPR News. This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm a Arun Rath.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MIKE PESCA THEME SONG)<p>RATH: That triumphant fight song means it's time to talk sports with slate.com's Mike Pesca, host of the podcast, The Gist. Hi Mike. Good to talk to you.<p>MIKE PESCA: Triumphant, yes.<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>RATH: So what a day for soccer fans - the World Cup final this afternoon, Germany vs. Argentina. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 32538 at http://wesa.fm Quebec Town Honors Train Derailment Victims, One Year Later http://wesa.fm/post/quebec-town-honors-train-derailment-victims-one-year-later Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Thousands of residents of a small town in eastern Canada attended a vigil just after midnight this morning. They were honoring victims of one of North America's deadliest train accidents. One year ago, an American-owned tanker train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic and erupted into flames. Forty-seven people died when the fire incinerated the community's downtown. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann is in Lac-Megantic, located - which is located just an hour from the border with Main. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:46:00 +0000 editor 32143 at http://wesa.fm If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line http://wesa.fm/post/if-you-cut-middle-go-end-line <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324333349/oh-you-know-the-answer">created a previous challenge</a>. Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Will Shortz 32137 at http://wesa.fm If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice http://wesa.fm/post/study-shows-penguins-endangered-waning-antarctic-ice Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" says, the population of Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in danger. Hal Caswell is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He co-authored the report. And he joins us from Amsterdam. Welcome.<p>HAL CASWELL: Thank you.<p>WERTHEIMER: You've been studying the Emperor penguin population in Antarctica. What's happening to them?<p>CASWELL: The Emperor penguin is affected by changes in the sea ice conditions. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 32128 at http://wesa.fm Keeping Time By Rubidium At The Naval Observatory http://wesa.fm/post/keeping-time-rubidium-naval-observatory Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>We're spending part of our summer stargazing. And this week, as part of our series looking at the heavens, we went to the U.S. Naval Observatory, which sits on high ground, overlooking most of Washington. You're probably already familiar with what it does.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF RECORDED MESSAGE)<p>FRED COVINGTON: U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock. At the tone, the Eastern daylight time - 14 hours, 20 minutes exactly. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 32138 at http://wesa.fm 'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked http://wesa.fm/post/coffee-roses-and-other-garden-myths-debunked Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's summer time, when all that hard work putting in the garden really pays off. But some of the hard work might've been for nothing. The garden is a place filled with old wives tales and unscientific advice. For instance, have you ever been told that rusty nails planted with hydrangeas will turn the flowers blue? That myth is busted in a new book by horticulturalist C. L. Fornari. It's called "Coffee For Roses And 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening." C. L. Fornari, welcome to our program.<p>C. L. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 32139 at http://wesa.fm In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wesa.fm/post/paris-training-wheels-littlest-riders A bike rental scheme in Paris that began seven years ago has been such a success, the city has launched a version for children. Parents can now rent bikes for tots up to 8 years old at locations across the city.<p>Officials say the program won't cost Paris a cent and might help build a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens — or perhaps inspire a few future Tour de France champions.<p>The original, adult enterprise is named Velib, which stands for <em>velo </em>— or bicycle — <em>Liberte. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 31771 at http://wesa.fm In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists http://wesa.fm/post/housing-market-fake-outs-stump-economists Many homebuyers have been throwing down cold hard cash for their entire house purchase in recent years. Some are baby-boomers who sold a bigger house and are downsizing. Some are investors. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 31772 at http://wesa.fm Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists How George Lucas Transformed The Modern Fairy Tale http://wesa.fm/post/how-george-lucas-transformed-modern-fairy-tale Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>This week, a battle over which American city would become the home to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was settled. Chicago won out over San Francisco and Los Angeles. And the $1 billion museum named for its founder, George Lucas, will open its doors on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive in 2018.<p>We thought this announcement about what will be the world's largest interactive museum was a good reason to reflect on the great filmmaker George Lucas's career. For that, I'm joined by Melanie McFarland. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:23:00 +0000 editor 31770 at http://wesa.fm How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar http://wesa.fm/post/how-professor-godzilla-learned-roar Hendrix College, a small school outside of Little Rock, Ark., is about to get a new president. His name is William Tsutsui, a Princeton-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated economist, but he's best known for a certain expertise that has landed him the nickname Professor Godzilla.<p>Tsutsui first heard the infamous roar of the radioactive monster lizard when he was 8 years old, living in the tiny college town of Bryan, Texas.<p>"Unlike many Japanese-Americans, I've not ever had the experience of living in a place with a large Asian-American community," Tsutsui says. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:46:00 +0000 editor 31769 at http://wesa.fm How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers http://wesa.fm/post/advertisers-come-out-closet-openly-courting-gay-consumers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks-SgE_waSo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSjDX9e2EOE</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 31768 at http://wesa.fm Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes http://wesa.fm/post/die-hards-fans-still-fill-grids-balls-and-strikes Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>And before R. A. Dickey headed off to the ballpark, I tossed him one more question about a decades-old baseball ritual - following the game with a pencil and a scorecard - keeping score.<p>R. A. DICKEY: I grew up watching WGN and TBS from my living room and having a scorebook there and, like, keeping score off the television. At the end of it, it's like you've put together this really neat puzzle and woven this story, and you've somehow played a part in it.<p>I'll never forget watching WGN and trying to get Shawon Dunston over 300 for the year. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31764 at http://wesa.fm