May 19, 2013 — In this week's podcast of Weekends on All Things Considered: A look at the state of Rhode Island as it fights for economic stability. Also, intern rights, writer Clair Messud, and how a 1965 American novel became a hit in Europe. Plus, Amanda Knox on her new memoir, and a-capella king Deke Sharon.
May 19, 2013 — Qusair is a strategically important town that lies between Homs, where the Syrian uprising began two years ago, and the Lebanese border. If President Bashar Assad's troops - reportedly backed by Hezbollah fighters — regain the town, they would control an important route from the coast to the capital, Damascus.
May 19, 2013 — College students and recent graduates crammed the top floor of a tech hub in Nairobi for a competition built around the theme "Solutions for the Next Billion Mobile Users." Africa has more than 600 million mobile phone users (approximately 11 percent of the global total) - and the number is growing.
May 19, 2013 — President Obama delivered a rare, very personal speech during the commencement ceremony at the historically black college.
May 19, 2013 — Like the missiles on Saturday, the projectile missed neighboring countries. The U.S. called the launch "provocations."
May 19, 2013 — The iconic Industrial Trust Tower in downtown Providence is empty for the first time in 85 years. Developers want to turn it into luxury apartments — and want the state and city to pay for it. But Providence — like the rest of Rhode Island — faces its own economic problems, as well as a recent failed investment.
May 19, 2013 — The movie Pitch Perfect has plans for a sequel in 2015; NBC's reality show The Sing-Off is coming back for its fourth season after being cancelled, and Pentatonix has millions of hits on YouTube for making awesome videos like "The Evolution of Music." The father of contemporary a cappella explains the genre's appeal.
May 19, 2013 — John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
May 19, 2013 — Actor-director Katie Aselton could watch Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break a million times. "It totally scoops you up and takes you for a ride," she says.
May 19, 2013 — "Women's anger is very scary to people," author Claire Messud says. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, features a seething main character, a young woman whose anger is unsettling.