Weekend Edition Saturday for December 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013 — For the second time in a year, the factory that makes and bottles spicy Sriracha sauce is in trouble. First, the company's Southern California plants faced a shutdown after neighbors complained about a strong odor. Now, the California Department of Public Health has placed a 30-day hold on all bottles of Sriracha produced over health concerns. Fans worry it may cause a Srirachapocolypse.
Dec 14, 2013 — The Nobel Prize-winning theory for the Higgs boson particle was developed by six scientists. But because of the Nobel Committee's rules, only Peter Higgs and Francois Englert received the Prize. Host Scott Simon speaks with one of the other contributing scientists, professor Carl Hagen, about not winning the Nobel.
Dec 14, 2013 — It's been a year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Host Scott Simon recognizes events taking place across the nation in memory of the lives lost that day.
Dec 14, 2013 — In 2012, immediately following the shooting in Newtown, Conn., host Scott Simon spoke with local Rabbi Shaul Praver. He said he wouldn't try to offer theological explanations of the horrific events, just emotional support for his congregation. A year later, Praver says the cure for hatred and violence is old-fashioned loving kindness.
Dec 14, 2013 — The ruling Parti Quebecois has proposed what it calls a Charter of Values, which would prohibit people who work in public institutions from wearing religious symbols. Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, director of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, speaks with host Scott Simon about the bill.
Dec 14, 2013 — It's against the law in dozens of states not to tell your partner you have HIV. But critics say HIV isn't a death sentence anymore, making those laws out of date and discriminatory. Host Scott Simon talks with Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware about a bill he introduced this week that aims to change that.
Dec 14, 2013 — Britt Allcroft, creator of the beloved children's television series Thomas & Friends to Shining Time Station, has a new DVD for the holidays featuring Mumfie, the animated elephant, and friends. Allcroft talks with host Scott Simon about Mumfie's White Christmas, and what's wonderful about being an oddball.
Dec 14, 2013 — Safety is the big word in sports in 2013. Major League Baseball wants to ban collisions at home plate, the NFL playoffs are as much about who's on the disabled list as anything else, and in hockey, the NHL has a decision to make about fighting. Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN about how injuries shape sports.
Dec 14, 2013 — Words are the currency of politics. But over time, the value of that currency can fluctuate. Writer Mark Forsyth tells the story of the origin of the word "president," and how its meaning has changed over time.
Dec 14, 2013 — The Salvation Army may have the most-identifiable corps of bell ringers in the country, and a number of them have been ringing their bells for days on end. For charity, of course, but also to try to set a world record. Host Scott Simon talks with Salvation Army Maj. Butch Soriano, who set a new record this week, ringing 105 hours straight.