Weekend Edition Saturday for December 8, 2012
Dec 8, 2012 — The cheese-and-spinach-filled food called a boyo was once served on the Shabbat tables of Jews who lived in the Ottoman Empire. Today, the Turkish-style pastries are mostly reserved for the holidays.
Dec 8, 2012 — NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg tells Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about a very special encounter with jazz great Dave Brubeck, who died this week. In 1981, before NPR had a piano in the studios, Brubeck agreed to play the piano in Stamberg's home, a real thrill for her. She was so star-struck she says she didn't dust that piano for months.
Dec 8, 2012 — In many countries, the very young have zero interest in politics. After decades of conflict, however, Gaza is an intensely political place and its young people were out in force to give Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal a hero's welcome — even though many are still suffering the effects of the recent eight-day missile offensive.
Dec 8, 2012 — After an act of kindness by a New York City cop, Jeffrey Hillman went from being an anonymous, overlooked street person to a public figure whose life was dissected as if he were running for office.
Dec 8, 2012 — As its economy prospers, the country has gained an enviable reputation in its often-turbulent West African neighborhood. It's admired for being a relative oasis of stability and peace in the region — despite tensions in the build-up to the vote.
Dec 8, 2012 — The English singer and songwriter, formerly of the dance-pop duo Everything but the Girl, confronts the mixed blessings of the holiday season on her new album Tinsel and Lights.
Dec 7, 2012 — Sgt. Marilyn Gonzalez and her daughter, Spc. Jessica Pedraza, served together in Kuwait and Iraq from January until December of 2010. But they weren't supposed to go together — the daughter made it happen.
Dec 6, 2012 — The Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia was first released in theaters 50 years ago this month. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Omar Sharif about playing Sherif Ali in the film.