Weekend Edition Saturday for May 4, 2013
May 4, 2013 — It's been 70 years since the letters of John Pryor were understood in their full meaning. That's because as a British prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, Pryor's letters home to his family also included intricate codes that were recently deciphered by codebreakers for the first time since the 1940s.
May 4, 2013 — The fighting in Syria has created tens of thousands of refugees seeking shelter in neighboring Jordan. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about a refugee camp in northern Jordan that has quickly become the second largest such camp in the world. Then we hear voices from a small town in southern Lebanon, where recently arrived Syrian refugees now outnumber the Lebanese residents.
May 4, 2013 — This week, an Apple fan blog leaked word that the company will declare its first-generation iPhone "obsolete," just six years after it was introduced. Host Scott Simon contrasts that with the world's longest known ongoing experiment in a bell jar in an Australian lab.
May 4, 2013 — Your inbox overflows with spam, so what else is new? But have you ever wondered how junk email got its name? And where all of it comes from? Finn Burton, author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet describes the spam business, how it's become a criminal enterprise and how you can protect yourself online.
May 4, 2013 — While the talk inside the Texas convention hall this weekend is about keeping up the fight against gun restrictions and staying true to the Constitution, a small protest against gun violence is being held outside.
May 4, 2013 — The award-winning songwriter speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the value of melody, and writing a song about rain for a movie scene that had none.
May 3, 2013 — Stephen Johnstone started celebrating with the winning families and jockeys — uninvited — in 1963. In the 18 times he's sneaked into the festivities, he's never been caught. Once you're past the gate, he says, your job is to share the joy of the moment.
May 2, 2013 — The comedian's new book, Dad Is Fat, chronicles life in a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment with five little kids. Gaffigan says having children has made him a better comedian — and living in the city has helped him raise better kids.