Weekend Edition Saturday for January 4, 2014
Jan 4, 2014 — After decades of war in Afghanistan, the country has thousands of orphans. One home for these children ended up with an improbable benefactor — an Iranian-American who came to Kabul to do rule of law development work, and stumbled into a side project working with disabled orphans.
Jan 4, 2014 — As much as the BCS system was criticized for using statistics instead of actual playoffs, this year's matchups were pretty interesting. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with sports reporter Tom Goldman about the end of a college football tradition, NFL playoffs and the collision of football and politics.
Jan 4, 2014 — Movie theater seats are getting more deluxe. A couple chains are installing recliners in the latest effort to give movie-goers more of the comforts of home. (This story originally aired on Nov. 29, 2013, on Morning Edition.)
Jan 4, 2014 — Hollywood set records at the box office in 2013. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Stephen Galloway of the Hollywood Reporter about the year in movies, from big budget flops to the awards season logjam, and what to expect in 2014.
Jan 4, 2014 — Female laborers are starting to speak up about the hidden price some pay to keep their jobs in the fields: enduring sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape. It can be emotionally difficult for any rape victim to press criminal charges, but female farm workers have to overcome additional cultural hurdles. (This story originally aired on Nov. 6, 2013 on All Things Considered.)
Jan 4, 2014 — Boeing machinists voted Friday to accept a slightly revised offer that union rank-and-file rejected in the fall. Union leaders say they want to preserve pay and benefits, but they feared if machinists didn't accept the offer, Boeing would consider moving production of the 777X elsewhere.
Jan 4, 2014 — The Arab Spring was a seismic event in the Arab world and beyond. But after the initial democratic shockwaves, how much has changed? A new collection of essays, Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices From Tunis to Damascus, looks back on the revolution and ahead at the ongoing struggle. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with editor Matthew Cassel and contributor Yasmine El Rashidi.
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.
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 — 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.