Weekend Edition Saturday for July 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014 — More than 120 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since the current Israeli military operation began, and nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza.
Jul 12, 2014 — For the third time in five years, Israel has bombed Gaza in response to Hamas rocket fire. As Israel considers a ground invasion, Israelis note the grisly repetition, skeptical things will change.
Jul 12, 2014 — When her once-middle-class family suddenly needed help, Darlena Cunha drove a Mercedes to enroll in the federal nutrition program. "The most embarrassing part was how I felt about myself," she writes.
Jul 12, 2014 — District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he will stop prosecuting some people arrested for low-level marijuana possession. But that won't stop the New York Police Department from making arrests.
Jul 12, 2014 — The Battle of Fort Stevens took place 150 years ago in Washington, D.C. It's mostly forgotten now, but it was a crucial battle for the Union, and President Lincoln was almost killed by enemy fire.
Jul 12, 2014 — NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to a refuge in New Jersey.
Jul 12, 2014 — NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Jordan Ellenberg about his part-serious, part-playful Hawking Index, which is an e-book-era mathematical measurement of how far readers get into books before giving up.
Jul 12, 2014 — In Los Angeles on Saturday, the Decoders, along with a 20-piece band and a dozen vocalists, will perform a tribute concert to late soul singer.
Jul 12, 2014 — Film director Richard Linklater's latest movie, Boyhood, was shot over 12 years. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who spent over a decade shooting the movie.
Jul 12, 2014 — Yankovic says the new digital democracy has forced him to focus his craft and reconsider his release strategy — but where pop parody is concerned, "as long as people don't mind, I'll keep doing it."