Weekend Edition Saturday for October 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013 — With the drama of the 17-day government shutdown over, the spotlight this week turned to the troubled rollout of the federal health insurance exchanges. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Ron Elving about the frustrations from both parties over the crippled HealthCare.gov website.
Oct 26, 2013 — Perry is among the world's biggest pop singers, but fans know her current career is actually a second take. She speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about failing to break out as a Christian artist, and how she rose again as the star we know today.
Oct 26, 2013 — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is rejecting calls for her resignation, saying, "I don't work for" those calling the loudest for her to step down. And the government official who has become the face of the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website says she has promised the president she'll get things straightened out.
Oct 26, 2013 — Lead singer Gareth David talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his band's upcoming album, which he calls a turning point for the group. Hear the surprisingly upbeat "What Death Leaves Behind," which seems destined to be heard as a film's end credits scroll by.
Oct 26, 2013 — The Pew Research Center released a report this week that found online dating has become commonplace — 59 percent of all Internet users say they believe online dating is a sensible way to meet people. NPR's Scott Simon thinks the trend may have us changing the tune of our love songs.
Oct 26, 2013 — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for support during a keynote speech at the Iowa Republican Party's annual Reagan Dinner on Friday. That may be a tall order from the man whom many Republicans criticize for his starring role in this month's government shutdown.
Oct 26, 2013 — Photographer Jaime Moore celebrated her daughter Emma's birthday by shooting portraits of her 5-year-old posing as remarkable women, from Amelia Earhart to Jane Goodall.
Oct 26, 2013 — The new English-language cable channel, which launches Monday, aims to reach younger viewers with a Daily Show-inspired mix of news, pop culture and satire.
Oct 26, 2013 — Author Simon Singh's new book teases out the mathematical references hidden in The Simpsons. Singh tells NPR's Scott Simon that the show's writing team includes several trained mathematicians — and that the logical bends and breaks of writing comedy can be very appealing to the mathematically minded.
Oct 26, 2013 — Andy Ricker spent years eating in roadside restaurants, noodle stands and home kitchens across Thailand before opening his first restaurant, Pok Pok, in Portland, Ore. But he avoids using words like "traditional" and "authentic" when talking about this food. He'd rather call it "accurate."