Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, August 3, 2013

Zimbabwe Election Ruled Fair By African Union

Zimbabwe's presidential election was a "huge farce," according to the opposition challenger. He alleges massive vote rigging by veteran President Robert Mugabe. But the African Union said that aside from a few incidents, the voting was free and fair.

Talks In Mideast May Hinge On Two-State Solution

Israel and Palestine started another round of peace talks this week. Will this be different from past meetings between the two countries? Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Marwan Muasher of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about what these peace talks need to succeed in a changing Middle East.
Patricia Lyons Simon Newman died in Chicago, at the age of 84. Her son, NPR's Scott Simon, tweeted from her bedside in the intensive care unit as their time together came to a close. He remembers her wisdom and wit, and the lessons she taught him.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department have both delivered big crackdowns on Wall Street players in recent weeks. New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about whether the government is taking a tougher stand on financial crimes.
The labor market continues its recovery, and after a string of bad news, things would seem to be to turning around for African-American workers, too. They're finding more jobs, but at the lower end of the pay scale.

The Bob Dylan Of Iran

Singer Mohsen Namjoo was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for songs disparaging the Koran. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Namjoo on the day before Hassan Rouhani is sworn in as president.

Cow Town Opts For Funk Over Funky Smell

The stench of cattle haunts Greeley, Colo., and that's not doing the tourism industry any favors. The city, long reliant on meatpacking, is desperately trying to shake its image by constructing a new one.

The Best Audio Stories, In Three Minutes Or Less

For the Third Coast Festival's short documentary category — with pieces no longer than three minutes — the theme was "appetite." Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Julie Shapiro of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

A Clear Take On The Rebel Yell

A 1930 video from the Library of Congress records Confederate soldiers, most in their 70s and 80s, performing the rebel yell. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to historian and author Fergus Bordewich about the origins of the unusual and complex sound.
Part of understanding African sacred music means thinking about its colonial context. It's the music of oppressed people combined with the music of their oppressors. For decades, Fred Onovwerosuoke has collected and arranged this music for choral groups.

August Recess Leaves Unfinished Business

Lawmakers left spending bills undone as they left Washingon for a five-week summer recess. NPR's congressional reporter Tamara Keith joins guest host Linda Wertheimer to wrap up business on the hill.
Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin went to Republican Rep. Steve King's Iowa district on Friday to refute his statement about "Dreamers" — young people brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents — that even some top Republicans called outrageous.

Obama Warms To Speaking Personally About Race

President Obama has always been reluctant to talk about the role of race in his life and in American society. Aside from one famous 2008 speech, he had largely avoided the subject. But events this summer have pushed the nation's first black president to open up. And some expect that dialogue to continue.
The man who in 1971 went public with the comprehensive study of two decades of U.S. policy in Vietnam spoke with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.

A New Class Of Radio Rolls Into The City

Low-power FM stations were restricted to rural areas; now they'll reach thousands of new listeners when the Federal Communications Commission starts approving urban licenses in October.

Pickling Up Your Next Summer Picnic

Heat is no friend to mayonnaise. The perfect way to preserve produce for hot summer picnics is by pickling — not just cucumbers, but cherries, green tomatoes, okra, kohlrabi — all kinds of seasonal produce.

Wildlife Sound Archivist Remembered

Twenty years ago Saturday, Ted Parker, one of the world's greatest field biologists and sound archivists, died in a plane crash. He made nearly 11,000 wildlife recordings, and could identify some 4,000 different bird species by just the sound of their vocalizations. In this audio montage from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, director John Fitzpatrick offers a remembrance.

Drugs And The Future Of Baseball

Major League Baseball is expected to make an announcement soon about suspending players for using performance enhancing drugs. ESPN's Howard Bryant joins guest host Linda Wertheimer to talk sports.
The star of Memento, L.A. Confidential and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert anchors an Australian TV series based on the Peter Temple novels about a disenchanted lawyer turned PI.
On the new album Dysnomia, the band Dawn of Midi uses acoustic instruments — drums, bass and piano — to create what often sounds like looping, minimal electronic music.
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