Weekend Edition Sunday for February 12, 2012
Feb 12, 2012 — The pop diva was discovered dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday, the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards. When she burst upon the music world in 1985, there was no doubt in anyone's mind the willowy beauty was a star. Houston's music was stellar, but her personal life was chaotic.
Feb 12, 2012 — After American Pamela Druckerman had a daughter in France, she uncovered a surprising aspect of French life. Wherever she looked, the French seemed to be able to make their kids behave better than American children. Host Rachel Martin talks with Druckerman, whose new book is called Bringing Up Bebe.
Feb 12, 2012 — Though Joyner has chosen to remain under the radar, the Omaha songwriter has had a huge influence; Beck and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes have both cited him among their favorites. Joyner's latest project is a fan-funded double vinyl LP that will be out later this year.
Feb 12, 2012 — Syl Johnson's box set, which his producer calls a labor of love, is nominated for two awards: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.
Feb 12, 2012 — In just the last year, 96-year-old sculptor Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. She broke through barriers of race and gender, yet remains unknown to all but the artists she inspires.
Feb 12, 2012 — The country is a major stop for drug traffickers and corruption is rampant. Many experts say things got markedly worse after democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by the military in 2009.
Feb 12, 2012 — President Obama is scheduled Monday to release his proposed federal budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. House Republican leaders are likely to release their version in the coming days. Neither is likely to pass. Not that it matters — the spending level for the year was set in last summer's bill that settled the debt ceiling crisis.
Feb 12, 2012 — Bu the GOP presidential hopeful walked away without delegates in the nonbinding caucuses and tallied fewer votes in the state than he did four years ago. This time, he barely beat rival Ron Paul.
Feb 12, 2012 — Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase, name or title in which each word has five letters — for example, "Royal Opera House."
Feb 11, 2012 — For the month of February, a tiny village south of Madrid is running its economy on pesetas, which hasn't been used since 2002. It's a bit of a gimmick to lure older consumers who have piles of unused currency in their closets to spend it, but it's worked, bringing more trade to to town.