Weekend Edition Sunday for January 5, 2014
Jan 5, 2014 — Senate Democrats will ring in the New Year with a vote on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Benefits for those jobless for more than six months expired on Dec. 28. Prospects for a revival of benefits are uncertain at best in the Senate, and the measure faces even bigger hurdles in the House.
Jan 5, 2014 — Say so long to chia seeds and cronuts — so 2013 — and get ready to welcome freekeh, an ancient, fiber-rich grain. Eating local goes into overdrive, and cauliflower is poised to become the new Brussels sprout.
Jan 5, 2014 — While the East Coast is digging out from a major winter storm, California is praying for rain. The state just finished one of the driest years on record, and that has water managers, farmers and others worried.
Jan 5, 2014 — Phil Everly, half of the record-setting sibling duo The Everly Brothers, died on Friday. Legendary musicians Graham Nash and Linda Ronstadt offer remembrances of Phil Everly, and explain why the Everly Brothers had such a profound influence on their music.
Jan 5, 2014 — Say a child has memories of being a Hollywood extra in the 1930s. Is it just an active imagination, or actual evidence of reincarnation? Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia studies hundreds of cases like this and joins NPR's Rachel Martin to share his research on the science behind reincarnation.
Jan 5, 2014 — The Internet Archive has made hundreds of classic video games available for free play, right in your browser. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Casey Johnston, writer for Ars Technica, about the re-release of the vintage games, and one she tried playing called Karateka.
Jan 5, 2014 — It's culling time in the NFL — coaches who have not performed up to par this season are out and new coaches are starting to step in. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest hirings and firings, as well as this week's wild-card games.
Jan 5, 2014 — The GED test is getting an overhaul. The exam has historically served adults who have fallen through the cracks of the educational system. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, about the impact of the new GED exams.
Jan 5, 2014 — Ever dream of moving to a foreign country and becoming a journalist? Anjan Sundaram did just that. He left a life as a mathematician in America, bought a one-way ticket to the Congo, and started writing. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Sundaram about his book, Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo, which chronicles what he saw there.
Jan 5, 2014 — After a short delay, peace talks between mediators and delegates for the warring parties in South Sudan have opened in Ethiopia. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with The New York Times' Nicholas Kulish about the violence there and prospects for the negotiations.