All Things Considered for Saturday, February 1, 2014

There is an oil rush in North Dakota right now. The state is pumping out 10 times the crude oil it did a decade ago. Fortunes are being made, and once-sleepy towns are now bursting at the seams.
This past week, the U.S. Air Force announced that a cheating scandal among nuclear launch officers had grown. Now, the military says, more than 90 missile launch officers have been involved with cheating on monthly proficiency exams. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with former Air Force officer Brian Weeden, who thinks the missileer culture needs to change.

Drought Forces Calif. Farmers To Cut Back On Planting

In California, agriculture is a $44.7 billion industry and the ongoing drought has many farmers worried. Some already have cut back on planting crops and some banks are withholding loans.

Battles And Bashes: What's News In Sports

From the NFL's ban on head-to-head hits, the change in the playoff structure and predictions for the Super Bowl, A. Martinez from member station KPCC joins NPR's Arun Rath to discuss the latest in sports news.
Washington, D.C., is preparing for the return of streetcars to the nation's capital. It's been decades since the system shut down and workers have been laying new tracks. This week, hundreds of people lined up for a chance at a job on the line.
An accidental flash of skin during the 2004 Super Bowl contributed to the birth of YouTube. In another bid for eyeballs, Super Bowl ads are increasingly geared toward female fans.

Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music)

Sound designer Steven Baber challenged himself to create a piece of music using only bicycle parts. The result is "Bespoken," an atmospheric piece of music that is all the more beautiful considering the unlikely instrumentation.

Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.
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