Weekend Edition Saturday for January 18, 2014
Jan 18, 2014 — Intelligence officials, civil libertarians, technology executives, and foreign leaders: All of them had something at stake Friday when President Obama laid out his ideas for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The president sought to balance security and privacy concerns in his speech.
Jan 18, 2014 — President Obama's proposed changes for NSA surveillance rules include some that would need congressional approval. But that could prove a challenge, with members of Congress divided about the spy agency's activities.
Jan 18, 2014 — This week, President Obama gathered the heads of 100 colleges and universities to discuss how to get more smart, low-income students into higher education. But calculating the real cost to send a child to college can be a challenge for anyone.
Jan 18, 2014 — When a chemical spill leaked into West Virginia's Elk River last week, people were warned not to drink, cook or even wash their clothes in the water. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with James Salzman, author of the book Drinking Water: A History, about the fairly recent history of the government regulating drinking water.
Jan 18, 2014 — Silicon Valley multimillionaire Ron Unz is sponsoring a ballot initiative to raise California's minimum wage to $12 an hour, up from $8. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with the multimillionaire conservative, the former publisher of the American Conservative magazine, about why.
Jan 18, 2014 — NPR's Pam Fessler was told that Eastern Kentuckians would be reluctant to talk because they were tired of being depicted as the poster children of the War on Poverty. Instead, she got an earful.
Jan 18, 2014 — A new report says instant messaging is surpassing old-fashioned texting in Britain. It may seem too soon to talk about the good old days of texting, but technological turnover is another sign of the times. Also on the decline: phone numbers.
Jan 18, 2014 — The Sundance Film Festival is celebrating its 30th year this week. NPR's Lynn Neary commemorates the anniversary with Eric Kohn, the chief film critic for Indiewire, an independent film news site.
Jan 18, 2014 — India's Film Federation chose a movie called The Good Road to submit at this year's Oscars — but many say another picture, the film-festival favorite The Lunchbox, should have been chosen.
Jan 18, 2014 — Armistead Maupin's famous series Tales of the City winds down with one last story about Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane. Maupin tells NPR the series originally grew out of his attempts to write a nonfiction piece about the heterosexual pickup scene at his local Safeway.