Weekend Edition Sunday for January 19, 2014
Jan 19, 2014 — The president announced changes to the NSA surveillance program Friday, months after revelations made by Edward Snowden. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Joel Brenner, former inspector general of the NSA, about whether those steps will significantly change the nature of how we collect and analyze intelligence.
Jan 19, 2014 — President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.
Jan 19, 2014 — Political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the announcement of the potential changes to the NSA and the likely political fallout. She also gives a sneak peak of how the mid-term elections are shaping up.
Jan 19, 2014 — The Syrian National Coalition, the Western-backed opposition group, agreed Friday to attend this week's peace talks in Switzerland. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Deborah Amos about what led to the decision, and whether the talks might help resolve a raging three-year conflict.
Jan 19, 2014 — The deal is only an interim one, but it is the first step in yet another effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, who does not believe that this deal is a good one. Pletka is the co-author of Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran.
Jan 19, 2014 — For the third consecutive year, one section of the U.S.-Mexico border had a higher rate of illegal crossing than any other — the Rio Grande Valley. It's the closest crossing for Central Americans fleeing violence at home, but for them, the U.S. crossing is just the last, deadly portion of the trip.
Jan 19, 2014 — Thousands of people were killed last year and hundreds of thousands were injured in accidents involving distracted driving. It's now illegal to text and drive in 41 states. But drivers don't seem to be paying attention. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Dec. 6, 2013.)
Jan 19, 2014 — Name a word that, when combined with three words beginning with the letter B, completes a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "brew," "body" and "base," you would say "home" (home-brew, homebody, home base).
Jan 19, 2014 — Famous for a GoDaddy commercial that aired during Superbowl XLVII, Jesse Heiman says he's one of the hardest working extras in Hollywood. He's been credited in more than 70 movies since 2001. Heiman talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about trying to work his way up the call-sheet into larger, speaking roles.
Jan 19, 2014 — Paulina Garcia plays a divorced older woman looking for love in the new critically acclaimed film. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Garcia from her home in Santiago.