Weekend Edition Saturday for July 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013 — Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, a former adviser to President Obama, says the president's statement Friday was the "most amazing comment I've ever heard him make in the 25 years I've known him on the issue of race." Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Ogletree about the significance of Obama's words.
Jul 20, 2013 — In his speech addressing the Trayvon Martin case, President Obama encouraged everyone to ask the question, "Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?" Guest host Linda Wertheimer remembers the first time she caught herself having "terrible little thoughts," and worked to change them.
Jul 20, 2013 — This week, Democrats dropped their threat to change Senate rules and strip the GOP minority of its right to filibuster executive branch nominees, and Republicans allowed up-or-down confirmation votes on several stalled appointments of President Obama. Here's how it happened, and why some think it might not last.
Jul 20, 2013 — The Cuban vessel, intercepted by Panama, was carrying missile parts and disassembled fighter planes to North Korea. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Frank Mora, director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, about the historic relationship between Cuba and North Korea.
Jul 20, 2013 — A Spaniard born to privilege, Alejandro Cao de Benos is now a staunch defender of North Korea, where he lives half the year and works to promote its ideology.
Jul 20, 2013 — The government says the largest exercises since Soviet days are to test Russian readiness. Some analysts think it is to remind China and Japan that Russia remains powerful.
Jul 20, 2013 — Is it possible that pasta originated in China and traveled west to Italy? Author Jen Lin-Liu travels the historic Silk Road from Beijing to Rome, tracing the evolution of pasta and sampling the offerings along the way.
May 29, 2013 — In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.
Jul 20, 2013 — Formed by friends attending college in Durham, N.C., the indie-folk outfit nearly fell apart several years ago, when one member found himself suddenly unable to play his instrument.
Jul 20, 2013 — In Syria, the army of President Bashar Assad appears to be gaining the upper hand on the battlefield, as rebels wait for military assistance from Western allies that has yet to arrive. Guest host Linda Wertheimer examines the simmering conflict with NPR's Kelly McEvers.