Linda Wertheimer http://wrvo.org en Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing http://wrvo.org/post/filmmaker-searches-white-widow-london-bombing Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>On July 7, 2005 - nine years ago tomorrow - a series of explosions in central London killed 52 people and injured over 700 others. One of the bombers, Germaine Lindsay, was married to Samantha Lewthwaite, a white, working-class girl from southern England. They had both converted to Islam. Lewthwaite denounced her husband's actions after the attacks, but then her life took another mysterious turn. She left England in 2008 and moved to South Africa and from there, to Kenya.<p>According to intelligence reports, she is now involved in terrorist activities. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 58422 at http://wrvo.org Game Developers Conference: Not Your Typical Tech Convention http://wrvo.org/post/game-developers-conference-not-your-typical-tech-convention Brian Crecente, who is covering the Game Developers Conference this week for the video game website Polygon, talks about the latest trends in the industry. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 53040 at http://wrvo.org 'Wheel Of Fortune' Player Cashes In With N And E http://wrvo.org/post/wheel-fortune-player-cashes-n-and-e A Wheel of Fortune contestant guessed a 12-letter phrase in the bonus round Wednesday night with only two letters revealed — and he won $45,000. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 53032 at http://wrvo.org A Cronut By Any Other Name Is Still A Cronut http://wrvo.org/post/cronut-any-other-name-still-cronut Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Little Big's Bakery in South Portland, Maine worked up its version of the cronut, the croissant-donut hybrid. The Mainers tried to stand out, spelling theirs C-R-A-U-X-nut. But the original New York baker sent a letter saying he has trademarked the cronut name, no matter how you spell it. So Little Big's took another stab at it. Now they call their popular pastry C-and-Ds - standing for cease and desist. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 53033 at http://wrvo.org U.N. Report: All Sides Committing Atrocities In Syria http://wrvo.org/post/un-report-all-sides-committing-atrocities-syria U.N. investigators are gathering the names of people they suspect of war crimes in Syria. In their latest report, they say all sides in the conflict are committing atrocities against civilians. We hear from Karen Abuzayd, who is with the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 53027 at http://wrvo.org Intercepted Al-Qaida Communication Prompts Warnings http://wrvo.org/post/intercepted-al-qaida-communication-prompts-warnings Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Today the State Department advised all U.S. citizens to leave Yemen because of extremely high danger for Americans there. The U.S. Air Force has flown some State Department personnel out of the capital, Sana'a. In all, 19 U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed across the Middle East and Africa because of a security threat. We're hearing more about what is causing all the concern. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:06:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 42175 at http://wrvo.org Ex-Rep. Lindy Boggs: Advocate For Women, Dedicated To Family http://wrvo.org/post/ex-rep-lindy-boggs-advocate-women-dedicated-family Lindy Boggs died Saturday morning. She was 97 years old, had served in Congress for close to 20 years and also as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, appointed by President Bill Clinton.<p>But those achievements, great as they are, do not begin to sum up the life and accomplishments of Lindy Boggs. As many of you know, she is part of our family at NPR: Her daughter is <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2101090/cokie-roberts">Cokie Roberts</a>. And she has many friends here, as she does everywhere.<p>Lindy was born in the spring of 1916. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:01:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 41740 at http://wrvo.org Ex-Rep. Lindy Boggs: Advocate For Women, Dedicated To Family Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder http://wrvo.org/post/rotenbergs-toronto-thrillers-mix-canadian-courtesy-murder Robert Rotenberg has written four legal thrillers set in Toronto, that old industrial city on the shores of Lake Ontario. He's a criminal lawyer — all his books are centered on trials — and he loves his city so much that he makes multicultural Toronto a character in his books. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 40370 at http://wrvo.org Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder Feds Buckle On Emergency Contraception Age Restrictions http://wrvo.org/post/feds-buckle-emergency-contraception-age-restrictions Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. The morning after pill is moving from behind the counter to on the shelf. Last night, the Obama administration announced it will comply with a court order that allows girls and women of any age to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription and without showing ID.<p>This decision is a sharp reversal for the administration and signals the end of a legal battle that spanned more than 12 years. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 39336 at http://wrvo.org Intelligence Community Mines Phone Records, Internet Data http://wrvo.org/post/intelligence-community-mines-phone-records-internet-data Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:09:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 39143 at http://wrvo.org National Security Adviser Donilon Resigns; Rice To Take Over http://wrvo.org/post/national-security-adviser-donilon-resigns-rice-take-over Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>The Whitehouse has announced that President Obama's National Security Advisor is resigning and he will be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. NPR's Ron Elving is here to tell us more. Ron, some months ago, Ms. Rice was rumored to be nominated Secretary of State - that, of course, did not happen. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:20:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 39010 at http://wrvo.org Venezuela, World Leaders Mourn Hugo Chavez http://wrvo.org/post/venezuela-world-leaders-mourn-hugo-chavez Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Leader from around the world have arrived in Venezuela to pay their final respects to President Hugo Chavez, who used his country's oil wealth to put in place his vision of socialism during 14 years in power. And this larger-than-life leader presumably will continue to inspire his followers. The Venezuelan government plans to embalm his body and keep it on display in a glass coffin.<p>NPR's Juan Forero is in Caracas following events there. He joins us now. Juan, it sounds like this funeral is an extraordinary event. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 34480 at http://wrvo.org Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program To Resume In April http://wrvo.org/post/talks-irans-nuclear-program-resume-april Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iran now says compromise on its nuclear program may be possible. Of course, that comes with a number of ifs. Tehran says that's if international negotiators continue to take what it calls a more realistic approach. The big question, Western officials say, is whether Iran is willing to curb its nuclear activities. That is the message, after a two-day meeting between Iran and six world powers. NPR's Peter Kenyon joins us from Almaty, Kazakhstan where the talks just concluded.<p>Peter, on the surface this sounds like progress. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:40:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 33949 at http://wrvo.org Is The Call For Universal Pre-Kindergaren Warranted? http://wrvo.org/post/call-universal-pre-kindergaren-warranted Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Providing free preschool education to children across America is a priority for President Obama's second term in office.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Every dollar we invest in high quality early childhood education can save more than seven dollars later on.<p>WERTHEIMER: The president made that case in last week's State of the Union message.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH)<p>OBAMA: In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:34:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 33509 at http://wrvo.org North Korea Admits It Carried Out Nuclear Test http://wrvo.org/post/north-korea-admits-it-carried-out-nuclear-test North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had successfully conducted a third nuclear test. It's an important step toward North Korea's goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile that could reach United States. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:47:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 33219 at http://wrvo.org Politics In The News http://wrvo.org/post/politics-news-24 Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>President Obama is traveling in Asia this week, reasserting his foreign policy role after months of focus on his re-election bid. But even as the president works to shore up relationships around the world, Republican members of Congress continue to challenge the administration's handling of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:49:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 29333 at http://wrvo.org Sports In The News http://wrvo.org/post/sports-news Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's been 24 years since Notre Dame won college football's national championships. But after a wild weekend of upsets, the Fighting Irish are the number one team in the country, following the release last night of the BCS standings. And the powerful Southeastern Conference, which appeared out of the running, is suddenly back in the picture, with several teams right behind Notre Dame in the rankings.<p>NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman is here. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:49:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 29339 at http://wrvo.org Petraeus To Testify At Closed House Hearing http://wrvo.org/post/petraeus-testify-closed-house-hearing Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Former CIA Director David Petraeus is testifying before two congressional committees today. He's been called to discuss the CIA's role in the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, back in September; an attack that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:42:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 29216 at http://wrvo.org China Charges Bo Xilai's Wife In British Man's Killing http://wrvo.org/post/china-charges-bo-xilais-wife-british-mans-killing Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>China announced today that it is prosecuting the wife of a disgraced party official for the murder of a British man. It's the latest sensational twist in the country's biggest political scandal in decades. NPR's Louisa Lim joins us now from Beijing. Louisa, could you bring us up to speed on this scandal and what the latest news is?<p>LOUISA LIM, BYLINE: Yes, Linda. Well, today we had this sudden announcement by the Xinhua news agency that Gu Kailai, the wife of this disgraced official Bo Xilai has recently been prosecuted for intentional homicide. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 23189 at http://wrvo.org Politics In The News http://wrvo.org/post/politics-news-17 On Friday, the Labor Department reported that fewer jobs had been added to the work force than economists had expected. Plus, the unemployment rate stayed stuck at 8.2 percent. Unsurprisingly, Republicans pounced on those numbers to make their case for defeating President Obama. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:55:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 22216 at http://wrvo.org Dark Doings Among The D.C. Monuments http://wrvo.org/post/dark-doings-among-dc-monuments In Washington, D.C., the glittering marble of public buildings and monuments can conceal the darkest of deeds. And in the crime novels of Mike Lawson, they do.<p>"When I started writing, the very first decision I made was, I wanted the book set in D.C.," says Lawson, who recently published his seventh Washington-based thriller, <em>House Blood</em>. "That was before I had a character, or anything else."<p>And he had a reason.<p>"It's a target-rich environment for a writer," Lawson says. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:03:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 22214 at http://wrvo.org Dark Doings Among The D.C. Monuments Physicists Find Evidence Of New Subatomic Particle http://wrvo.org/post/physicists-find-evidence-new-subatomic-particle Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>Scientists in Switzerland today say they have made a momentous discovery. They've identified a new sub-atomic particle that helps explain how our universe is put together. It appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson, also called the god particle. The announcement stirred round after round of applause among the gathered scientists, who've been waiting for this moment for decades. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:08:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 22034 at http://wrvo.org Democrats, GOP Say Health Ruling Works For Them http://wrvo.org/post/democrats-gop-say-health-ruling-works-them Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>Members of Congress have left town for the Fourth of July recess, but Washington is still reacting to the Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama's health care law. Each party is looking for ways to use the decision to its advantage in the fall campaign. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:23:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21906 at http://wrvo.org State-Run TV Station In Syria Attacked http://wrvo.org/post/state-run-tv-station-syria-attacked Over the past 24 hours, the Syrian regime has engaged in escalating fighting with rebel fighters, who took on an elite unit of the army and attacked a pro-Assad television station. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:36:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21623 at http://wrvo.org College Football Bowl Games Cap 2011 Season http://wrvo.org/post/college-football-bowl-games-cap-2011-season Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The big bowls are underway. The five games in the Bowl Championship Series stand out in the crowded college football postseason. They command the largest national television audience and pay out the most money. They also generate the most controversy, although yesterday, the first two BCS bowl games generally created nothing but thrills.<p>Oregon beat Wisconsin 45 to 38 in the Rose Bowl and Oklahoma State won a 41-38 nail-biter over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 11:26:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 12104 at http://wrvo.org Google Searches Are A Window Into Our Culture http://wrvo.org/post/google-searches-are-window-our-culture Millions of people are searching for things every day on Google. The people at the giant search engine realized that if they tracked those searches, the patterns can tell us about what's happening with people's lives. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 11:43:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 12058 at http://wrvo.org Egyptian Military Raids Foreign-Funded NGO Offices http://wrvo.org/post/egyptian-military-raids-foreign-funded-ngo-offices Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of 17 non-governmental organizations yesterday, including several American-based groups. Two of those, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, have been monitoring elections at the invitation of the Egyptian government. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:06:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 11941 at http://wrvo.org NBA Stars Didn't Disappoint In Season Openers http://wrvo.org/post/nba-stars-didnt-disappoint-season-openers Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Perhaps more than any other major professional sports league in this country, the National Basketball Association is star-driven. And yesterday, the stars did not disappoint. A Christmas slate of season-opening games featured the electric play of the league's Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, and the NBA's top scorer, Kevin Durant, and this guy named LeBron James as well. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman monitored as much as he could of 13 hours of NBA action. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 10:26:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 11711 at http://wrvo.org What's Behind House GOP's Payroll Tax Reversal? http://wrvo.org/post/whats-behind-house-gops-payroll-tax-reversal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>A bitter fight in Congress is come to an end just in time for Christmas. The House and the Senate this morning, approved an extension of payroll tax cuts for every worker and benefits for the long-term unemployed. This required a major reversal for House Republicans who, earlier this week, voted to reject a nearly identical compromise.<p>Joining us now to explain what changed is NPR congressional reporter Tamara Keith. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:50:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 11625 at http://wrvo.org NBA Kicks Off Shortened Season On Christmas Day http://wrvo.org/post/nba-kicks-shortened-season-christmas-day Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Professional basketball was on a long break because of the lockout, but on Christmas Day the NBA kicks off its shortened season with a five-game package featuring exciting games and glittering superstars. There's a rematch between defending champion Dallas and everybody's favorite team to hate, the Heat from Miami. Younger folks ready to break through playing for Chicago and Oklahoma City are in action, as are the storied Boston Celtics and the L.A. Lakers.<p>To preview these games we turn to NPR's Tom Goldman. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 11607 at http://wrvo.org