Weekend Edition Sunday for June 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012 — The fireworks at Saturday's Republican State Convention started early and burst throughout the day. Many longtime party activists say Rep. Ron Paul's supporters are taking over the party, and the friction showed. If the event is any indication, Mitt Romney might not get a drama-free national convention.
Jun 17, 2012 — Barack Obama got overwhelming support from Latino voters in 2008, helping him win the White House. Mitt Romney hopes to hold down that margin this year. So both campaigns are targeting Latino voters in TV ads. But how will Obama's halt to some deportations affect the campaigns' messages about immigration?
Jun 17, 2012 — The up-and-down talks appear to be in a down cycle as negotiators prepare to meet Monday in Moscow. Difficult talks in Baghdad last month were followed by contentious comments on both sides less than two weeks before new oil sanctions against Iran are due to take effect July 1.
Jun 17, 2012 — NPR's Tom Bowman is just back from a month in Afghanistan, where he went out on several missions with U.S. and Afghan security forces. Bowman speaks with host Rachel Martin about what he saw and the way ahead in the war.
Jun 17, 2012 — This Father's Day, members of the 182nd National Guard regiment are home with their families. But in the year they were in Afghanistan, there was a lot they missed. "Overnight, your lives have changed," one soldier says. "Your son has grown up one year, and you kind of have to catch up."
Jun 17, 2012 — Lynn Neary talks to three critics about books you shouldn't miss. One critic says it's a particularly rich literary summer because in election years, publishers release the juiciest books before fall.
Jun 17, 2012 — Every answer is a word, phrase or name starting with the letter "B," ending in "Y" and having "A" and "B" inside, in that order, although not necessarily consecutively. For example, the answer to "assistant to a baseball team" would be either "batboy" or "ballboy."
Jun 17, 2012 — Europe and global financial markets are watching Greece, where voters go to the polls in a rerun of the May elections that created a political stalemate. The vote could affect whether the debt-burdened country stays in the eurozone or if it becomes the first member country to leave it. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.
Jun 17, 2012 — The Socialists are poised to win a majority in the French parliament. There are high expectations for the new president, Francois Hollande, in both France and Europe. He may soon have carte blanche to implement his policies, but it won't be easy.
Jun 17, 2012 — Egyptians are voting on the second and last day of the presidential runoff to choose ousted President Hosni Mubarak's successor. One region where the vote is expected to be particularly tight is in Egypt's Nile Delta, north of Cairo.