Weekend Edition Saturday for January 4, 2014
Jan 4, 2014 — The Supreme Court resumes hearing oral arguments this month. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Tom Goldstein, co-founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog, about the court's term so far and the cases to be decided in the New Year.
Jan 4, 2014 — Some gay and lesbian activists say 2013 was "the gayest year ever," but as 2014 opens, another issue is gaining traction — transgender rights.
Jan 4, 2014 — Jan. 8 is the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty. NPR's Linda Wertheimer reflects on whether Johnson succeeded in his goal.
Jan 4, 2014 — Life is getting back to normal in the Northeast as residents finish cleaning up from a major storm that dropped plenty of snow and forced the closure of highways and schools. Thousands of flights were canceled.
Jan 4, 2014 — Michael Bloomberg has stepped down after 12 years as mayor of New York City, leaving a big imprint on the city. Errol Louis, the host of Inside City Hall on NY1, speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about Bloomberg's legacy.
Jan 4, 2014 — The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades.
Jan 4, 2014 — What happens when you cross thesis research-induced delirium, a sardonic sense of humor and Tumblr? LOLmythesis, a pithy collection of one-line summaries of academic theses. Angie Frankel, the creator of LOLmythesis, speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the funny, sometimes depressing submissions.
Jan 4, 2014 — Americans buy about 30 million live trees every year. Many end up as mulch, but in some communities they help rebuild dunes, create fish habitat and feed zoo animals. Hear the story of arborial resurrection in anapestic tetrameter.
Jan 4, 2014 — With the New Year and so many resolutions upon us, we wanted to know how you might reinvent yourself in 2014 — or how you already did at any point in the past. We put out a call for any big changes you've made at work, home or life. NPR's Linda Wertheimer shares your responses.
Jan 4, 2014 — Paul Bragiel is a successful venture capitalist in San Francisco. Early last year he realized he needed to participate in the Olympics at least once in his life. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Bragiel from Finland, where he's training to go from "chunky computer nerd" to Olympic cross-country skier.