Weekend Edition Sunday for December 15, 2013
Dec 15, 2013 — Each Lenten season, Christians travel to Rome to visit a different martyr's shrine each day. The pilgrim-worn path, which dates back to the dawn of Christianity, includes some of the city's most striking churches and historic art. Theologian George Weigel, author of Roman Pilgrimage, says the journey grounded his faith in real places and people.
Dec 15, 2013 — How does your holiday party stack up against TV's best? NPR's Rachel Martin takes a look at some of TV's most memorable parties, from Elaine's office party on Seinfeld to the Huxtable's anniversary party on The Cosby Show.
Dec 15, 2013 — It's the gift-giving season, so we asked listeners, "What's the best present you've ever received?" NPR's Rachel Martin shares three of their stories, of a poignant family heirloom, a childhood toy that opened up new worlds and a ring that was labor of love.
Dec 15, 2013 — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the winner, and how peculiar it is that one of the country's biggest athletic prizes goes to an individual, when football is a team sport.
Dec 15, 2013 — China became only the third country to land a lunar spacecraft, along with the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. NPR's Anthony Khun talks with Rachel Martin about the Jade Rabbit rover and China's space ambitions.
Dec 15, 2013 — The rising sectarian violence and general lawlessness in the Central African Republic presents a growing humanitarian concern. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Doctors Without Borders' Sylvain Groulx in the Central African Republic about the the humanitarian and security situation there.
Dec 15, 2013 — Sunday, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the rural homestead of Qunu, South Africa. NPR's Gregory Warner joins Rachel Martin to talk about the funeral of one of the world's most renown leaders.
Dec 15, 2013 — It's been 19 years since the genocide in Rwanda. The country's president, Paul Kagame, is celebrated for rebuilding the East African country's government and economy, but the younger, postreconstruction generation deserves credit for reconstructing something else: Rwanda's music scene.
Dec 15, 2013 — The StoryCorps project has collected more than 50,000 stories, many of them shared on NPR's airwaves, and it recently marked its 10th anniversary with a book: Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. David Isay, the project's creator, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that StoryCorps is like "a shake on the shoulder every week ... reminding you: this is what's important."
Dec 15, 2013 — The Cincinnati Zoo hasn't had a hippopotamus for a long time, but it's building a new exhibit and hopes to acquire a breeding pair. It'll take another $6 million to bring the hippos home, so this year, zookeepers are singing "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" to raise the money. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to zoo director Thane Maynard.