Weekend Edition Saturday http://wrvo.org en Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://wrvo.org/post/extremists-leave-violent-message-small-iraqi-town A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.<p>The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.<p>The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.<p>"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 59133 at http://wrvo.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site http://wrvo.org/post/inspectors-struggle-collect-evidence-mh17-crash-site At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:45:00 +0000 editor 59131 at http://wrvo.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-embraces-hiv-preventing-pill-some-voice-doubts AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Joel Rose 59130 at http://wrvo.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts No bones about it, Utica College students learn more than anthropology in Albania http://wrvo.org/post/no-bones-about-it-utica-college-students-learn-more-anthropology-albania <p></p><p>The shade of a palm tree is an unusual place for students from Utica College to take a class, but that’s where Tom Crist teaches his summer course in osteology -- the &nbsp;study of bones. &nbsp;</p><p>Standing at the head of a concrete picnic table recently, Crist carefully lifted a cranium—a human skull—from a plastic Ziploc bag.</p><p>“So you are meeting your first Butrint individual,” Crist told the students.&nbsp; “This is from burial 1250 from area 19. You can see some of the orbital bone is broken away here. That is post-mortem loss."</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:34:00 +0000 David Chanatry 59092 at http://wrvo.org No bones about it, Utica College students learn more than anthropology in Albania Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza http://wrvo.org/post/israel-intensifies-ground-war-gaza International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 editor 59119 at http://wrvo.org In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable http://wrvo.org/post/tracking-bats-it-helps-find-them-adorable Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This summer, we're hearing from young people who've landed unusual jobs - sometimes really unusual jobs. Today, we meet 27-year-old Julia Hoeh. Her job is downright batty. Reporter Daniel Potter caught up with her in the mountains of Tennessee and sent us this story.<p>DANIEL POTTER, BYLINE: Julia Hoeh works late - past midnight - and doesn't get done until around three a.m.<p>JULIA HOEH: We typically lead kind of the same nocturnal life that bats do.<p>POTTER: Hoeh's working as a bat field technician. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 editor 59127 at http://wrvo.org Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon' http://wrvo.org/post/marisa-ronstadt-cousin-linda-spans-genres-moon Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Marisa Ronstadt bears a musical name but she has her own style, which seems to be a mix of Mariachi, Classic Rock, Soul, R&B, Indie Pop - maybe she'll fill in any that we've missed. She's played music since she was seven and has her own band now "Marisa Ronstadt And The Know-It-All's." Their debut album is "Blueberry Moon." It's out now - let's hear a little.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLUEBERRY MOON")<p>MARISA RONSTADT AND THE KNOW-IT-ALLS: (Singing) Baby you're on your way. Ain't no stopping you, your here to stay. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 editor 59128 at http://wrvo.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://wrvo.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 58781 at http://wrvo.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://wrvo.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58782 at http://wrvo.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://wrvo.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Joel Rose 58779 at http://wrvo.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory http://wrvo.org/post/financial-scandals-tarnish-spanish-soccer-glory Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top <em>Forbes</em> magazine's list of<a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2014/05/forbes-names-real-madrid-as-the-most-valuable-sports-club-in-the-world-for-the-second-year-running"> the world's richest sports franchises</a>. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.<p>This, in a country with roughly one-sixth of the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 58775 at http://wrvo.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys http://wrvo.org/post/cavalier-fans-can-finally-make-peace-their-old-lebron-jerseys From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 58778 at http://wrvo.org Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan http://wrvo.org/post/kerry-struggles-resolve-election-crisis-afghanistan Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 58767 at http://wrvo.org Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire' http://wrvo.org/post/jack-antonoff-takes-break-fun-release-desire Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>You may or may not recognize the name. But I'm pretty confident you already know our next guest - Jack Antonoff. Two summers ago, if you had a radio or a phone or just went outside anywhere where speakers exist, you heard Jack Antonoff. He was playing an extra distorted guitar for a band called Fun.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE ARE YOUNG")<p>FUN: (Singing) Tonight we are young. So let's set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.<p>KEITH: He's Fun's lead guitar but he also seems to be a workaholic. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 58772 at http://wrvo.org Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood' http://wrvo.org/post/ellar-coltrane-speaks-growing-screen-boyhood Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The film "Boyhood," which opened last night in LA and New York, was shot over 12 years. The result is a time lapse of childhood. No special effects, just the sometimes dramatic changes that can take place from year to year - both physically and emotionally. We are joined now by Ellar Coltrane who plays Mason, Jr. - the boy of "Boyhood" - the main character who we see grow up on screen. And let's get something out of the way. This is not a documentary, right?<p>ELLAR COLTRANE: Yeah, that's correct. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 58773 at http://wrvo.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://wrvo.org/post/want-eat-brazilian-food-world-cup-please-step-outside The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.<p>Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 58410 at http://wrvo.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' http://wrvo.org/post/noodle-makers-daughter-falls-ballroom-dancing-mambo Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The novel "Mambo in Chinatown" takes readers from the grungy kitchen at the back of a not-so-nice Chinese restaurant in New York City to the seemingly glamorous world of professional ballroom dancing. And in the middle of it all, is the book's narrator, 22-year-old Charlie Wong, who describes herself in the opening lines as the daughter of a dancer and a noodle maker. Charlie finds herself torn between two cultures trying to hold her family together. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58406 at http://wrvo.org A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito http://wrvo.org/post/hunt-nations-best-burrito Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>And now I'm feeling hungry, maybe for a breakfast burrito. It would have to be a really good one, though. I can't settle for a subpar tortilla stuffed with dried out beans and rice. If only there were a burrito correspondent who could give me some tips. Well, NPR doesn't have anyone staffing that important beat so we'll have to borrow Anna Maria Barry-Jester. She's traveling the country for the website FiveThirtyEight, eating her way through a definitive burrito bracket. Anna Maria Barry-Jester joins us now from San Francisco. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 editor 58407 at http://wrvo.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wrvo.org/post/cleaner-tour-de-france-kicks-nod-wwi Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 58404 at http://wrvo.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock http://wrvo.org/post/quiet-sound-luluc-sparked-punk-rock Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>Quiet, introspective with haunting melodies. Those are trademarks of the music of the Australian folk duo Luluc.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)<p>LULUC: (Singing) Flying over Chicago. There trees line the white snow.<p>KEITH: This week, I spoke with band members Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett about their new album called "Passerby" out July 15.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)<p>LULUC: (Singing) Across the night in red and gold.<p>KEITH: Can you tell about the name of your group, Luluc? What does it mean? Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 58398 at http://wrvo.org Here's Why You Should Still Care About The World Cup http://wrvo.org/post/heres-why-you-should-still-care-about-world-cup Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith. And it's time now for sports. A high-stakes game for Brazil yesterday against Columbia. The home team won, sending them to the semifinal round against Germany. But now they'll have to do it without one of their best players, Neymar - like Madonna, I guess - who fractured a vertebrae in the match yesterday. Joining me now is NPR's Tom Goldman who is in Brazil. Good morning, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi Tamara. How are you?<p>KEITH: I'm good. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 58399 at http://wrvo.org Farm Commune Founder Stephen Gaskin Dies At 79 http://wrvo.org/post/farm-commune-founder-stephen-gaskin-dies-79 Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>Back in 1971, psychedelic school buses were the mode of transportation for Stephen Gaskin and his followers. He led them from California to Tennessee, where they founded what was known as the farm, a commune that still exists today. The charismatic leader of the collective died this week at the age of 79 in Summertown, Tennessee. At its peak, the farm boasted 1,500 members. Today, according to the New York Times, some 200 people live there - most attracted by Mr. Gaskins' message of spiritual awakening, communal living and helping others. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 58400 at http://wrvo.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://wrvo.org/post/western-fighters-answer-mideast-extremists-clarion-call This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.<p>Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 58066 at http://wrvo.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure http://wrvo.org/post/yosemite-park-turns-150-charms-and-challenges-endure Yosemite National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that preserved it — and planted the seeds for the National Park system. At the same time, the park faces the challenge of protecting the natural wonders from their own popularity.<p>Since President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1864 law that protected this land, visitors have been enjoying the park's spectacular features, from Half Dome to the giant sequoia grove — and the moonbow at Yosemite Falls.<p>The moonbow is like a rainbow, but at night. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:33:00 +0000 editor 58064 at http://wrvo.org As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure Region's Leaders Promise To Protect Iraq's Holy Sites http://wrvo.org/post/regions-leaders-promise-protect-iraqs-holy-sites Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>One of the things many countries can agree on is the importance of protecting Iraq's cultural and religious heritage in the midst of this conflict. There are holy sites in the country that have existed for thousands of years.<p>Last week, Iran's president vowed to cross the border to defend Shiite shrines in Iraq. And thousands of Shia Muslims in India have said they'll do the same. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 58053 at http://wrvo.org Kerry Urges Mideast Leaders To Contain ISIS http://wrvo.org/post/kerry-urges-mideast-leaders-contain-isis Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Secretary of State John Kerry is a ending week-long diplomatic trip through Europe and the Mideast. Secretary Kerry went from Baghdad to Erbil and then on to Brussels and Paris. He finally ended up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he warned that the Sunni Muslim group ISIS is a threat to the whole region, not just Iraq.<p>NPR's Jackie Northam has been traveling with Secretary Kerry. She joins us from the last stop on his journey in Shannon, Ireland. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 58054 at http://wrvo.org World Cup Round Of 16 Dominated By South American Teams http://wrvo.org/post/world-cup-round-16-dominated-south-american-teams Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.<p>The knockout round of the World Cup - maybe want to make that the South American Cup, since so many of the teams left standing are from the home hemisphere.<p>Team USA is there, too, even after it lost to Germany on Thursday. We're joined now by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN The Magazine. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 58058 at http://wrvo.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://wrvo.org/post/talks-yield-possible-framework-iran-nuclear-deal Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 57709 at http://wrvo.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://wrvo.org/post/buried-picasso-man-beneath-blue-room-tells-story What's behind the man who is below <em>The Blue Room</em>?<p>This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting <em>The Blue Room </em>is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.<p>Experts have long suspected something more must be below, as there were brushstrokes that didn't match the composition of the nude, bluish woman. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Scott Simon 57703 at http://wrvo.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story An Urban Stonehenge For The New World http://wrvo.org/post/urban-stonehenge-new-world Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Today's the start of a new series on WEEKEND EDITION - Summer Stargazing. What better way to begin than with the summer solstice? Early this morning in England, pagans and non-pagans rose to watch the sunrise in perfect alignment with the ancient pillars of Stonehenge.<p>But what if you don't happen to be in Britain? What if your Druid costume is at the dry cleaners? Then, welcome to Manhattanhenge. Mystically, twice a year, the sun aligns with the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 editor 57693 at http://wrvo.org