Weekend Edition Sunday for January 1, 2012
Jan 1, 2012 — It's been only three days since the funeral for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. In that time, his son, Kim Jung Un, has been elevated to the rank of supreme commander of the North Korean army. Meanwhile, North Korea has issued a series of scathing attacks on the government of South Korea. NPR's Mike Shuster reports it all looks like business as usual.
Jan 1, 2012 — 2011 was a year of protest across the Middle East and North Africa. Amid each uprising, women were visible, fighting not just for the rights of their country, but often for rights of their own. Host Audie Cornish talks with Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations about women in the Arab uprising and their role going forward.
Jan 1, 2012 — Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have devised a different way to count our days — with a leap week every few years to keep the calendar on track.
Jan 1, 2012 — One of the biggest political question marks going into 2012 is the fate of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Audie Cornish speaks with Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times about what's ahead for Americans in terms of health care in the new year, including a constitutional challenge to the law's mandatory health care provision.
Jan 1, 2012 — Native American tribes in Eastern Oregon recently marked kimtee inmewit, a ceremony that welcomes the sacred new foods of the new year. The tribes see these foods not just as nourishment, but as a connection to ancestors.
Dec 18, 2011 — Objects excavated from the Machu Picchu ruins in the early 1900s have finally come home. The artifacts were taken by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III. After 100 years, an international custody battle and an angry letter from Yale alumni, they're are back on display in their country of origin.
Jan 1, 2012 — Each Jan. 1, Haitians commemorate independence by eating soup joumou — a dish their former French rulers considered too good for them. The soup is so beloved that it can land some in the hospital.
Jan 1, 2012 — In our annual year-end news quiz, you are given new names in the news — people you probably never heard of before 2011, but who became famous during the past 12 months. Explain why they're famous.
Dec 7, 2011 — These character-driven novels featuring fracturing families, intrepid scientists and one very plucky early American heroine will spark lively debate on everything from the unreliability of memory to scientific ethics.
Jan 1, 2012 — The hosts of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast offer their picks and predictions for 2012.