Weekend Edition Sunday for December 9, 2012
Dec 9, 2012 — The British boy band is about is big as pop groups get: platinum sales, sold-out stadium shows and an army of teenaged fans who call themselves "Directioners." Members Harry Styles and Niall Horan reflect on how they got this far.
Dec 9, 2012 — For the last decade, NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into construction projects in Afghanistan. Yet with the drawdown of troops also comes a drawdown in the construction of bases and big infrastructure projects — and that's taking a big bite out of the economy and the bottom line of Afghan contractors.
Dec 9, 2012 — Across Europe, the recession has hit media companies where thousands of journalists have been fired and many work for low wages. In Spain, journalists see the cutbacks as a threat to press freedom at a time when Spaniards need to understand the financial crisis they are facing.
Dec 9, 2012 — Every answer is a six-letter word containing "QU" somewhere inside it. You'll be given anagrams of the remaining four letters. You name the words (No answer is a plural or a word formed by adding "s.").
Dec 9, 2012 — In Greece, hospital budgets have been slashed by more than half. Doctors say they lack basic supplies, including those needed to save lives. Both public and private doctors have seen their salaries cut, delayed or even frozen. Meanwhile, unemployment is taking a toll on patients' health.
Dec 9, 2012 — The next time you are about to post a scathing review of a business on a site like Yelp or Angie's List, you might want to think twice. This week, a housing contractor sued a former customer for $750,000 in defamation charges after she posted a negative review.
Dec 7, 2012 — Fellow guitarist Daniel Bachman was a teenager when he struck up a friendship with the musician, who died suddenly in 2009.
Dec 7, 2012 — The children's album was the brainchild of Emmy-winning actress Marlo Thomas and featured a bevy of celebrity voices. Today's parents love its themes of gender neutrality and individuality, though Thomas says society still hasn't completely grasped the idea.