Weekend Edition Sunday for June 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013 — From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytelling. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Jun 30, 2013 — On his latest album, the guitarist puts his funky jazz-rock stamp on compositions that nod to Al Green, Afro-pop and rhythm & blues, with a couple old collaborators in tow.
Jun 30, 2013 — A new statue outside the embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., is strikingly different from the stately gentlemen depicted in most of the embassy statuary up and down Massachusetts Avenue.
Jun 30, 2013 — The Massachusetts-born, San Francisco Bay Area-based guitarist and singer has mixed styles since he first came on the scene in the late 1960s. A new 15-CD set traces his career from the beginning; NPR's Laura Sydell visits some of his old Bay Area haunts with him.
Jun 30, 2013 — Cutlery, dishes and other inedible accoutrements to a meal can alter our perceptions of taste, according to researchers. And it might be more about our brains than our tongues.
Jun 30, 2013 — A year into his tenure as prime minister at a time of economic crisis, Harvard-educated economist Antonis Samaras is viewed with suspicion by many Greeks. "He always leaped into the unknown and usually fell in the crevice," one political analyst says.
Jun 30, 2013 — Palestinians picked a new president this week — on a reality show, that is. Meanwhile, the real political leadership in the West Bank is in disarray, even as Secretary of State John Kerry works to restart peace negotiations.
Jun 30, 2013 — HBO documentary Gideon's Army follows three public defenders working to give their clients the best representation while juggling hundreds of cases for little compensation. High-priced bail bonds and mandatory minimums make their work even more challenging.
Jun 30, 2013 — For the Sunday before the Fourth of July, every answer is the last name of a U.S. president, which comes from their anagrams. For example, "shrub" without R is "Bush."