Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, August 10, 2013

Obama Outlines Surveillance Proposal

In a wide-ranging news conference before summer vacation, President Obama announced a series of steps designed to boost confidence that government surveillance efforts are not trampling Americans' privacy.

Housing Market Shows More Signs Of Life

New reports showed that home sales and prices are rising despite the recent rise in interest rates. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to NPR's Chris Arnold about the housing market and and proposed changes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The Doctor, An Utterly Millennial Hero

Doctor Who fans waited with bated breath this summer for the announcement of the latest actor to play the Doctor. But the Doctor is more than a character on a show that millions love, he's arguably the chosen hero of the millennial generation.

Rise Of The New American Barons

Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, Sergay Brin funded test tube beef burgers — all in one week. It begs the question: Are we seeing a new rise of influential U.S. moguls? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Daniel Alef, author and publisher of the "Titans of Fortune" series, about the parallels between now and the Gilded Age.
If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.
Both Paul Wayman and Nathanael Roberti found it difficult to return to civilian life after serving in combat. They ended up in front of a special veterans court and were given a choice: Go to prison, or enroll in a program that helps veterans readjust to civilian life.

Clarification: Third Coast Documentary Festival

Last week on this program we featured a segment on the best short radio documentary, Blackbird Pot Pie: Noth the Pie Unami Made. In our excitement, however, we neglected to give credit to the winning producer, New Jersey-based independent producer Mary T. Diorio Schilling.

Man Survives Attack By Shark, Snake, Lightning ...

Erik Norrie was on vacation in the Bahamas when a shark bit into his leg. He fought it off and survived after massive surgery this week. This was not his first brush with brutal forces of nature, though. Guest host Celeste Headlee explains.
When classes began at the Augusta Heritage Center in the early 1970s, the idea of creating workshops to preserve traditional culture in an institutional setting was still a bit of a novelty. Today, the center's music camps are internationally recognized.
More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools. A good recording, he says, isn't just a matter of fidelity — as with good food, it's all about what you like.
The Storied South is a new book by folklorist William Ferris, collecting 40 years worth of oral histories from Southern writers and artists. Ferris tells NPR's Celeste Headlee that the book was a way of getting everyone from Eudora Welty to Bobby Rush to a "common table of conversation."

Obama Reaffirms Support Of NSA Programs

Speaking at a White House press conference, the president acknowledged that some Americans might believe that the government can read their emails or listen to their phone calls. But President Obama insisted the programs are conducted lawfully, don't violate privacy rights and are critical to national security.

Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met their Russian counterparts for a day of talks in Washington on Friday. They hope to find common ground despite U.S.-Russian friction over the Edward Snowden asylum case.

Beneath The Surface Of U.S.-Russian Relations

President Obama canceled his scheduled trip to Russia to meet with President Putin in September. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about why and what will have to change for the relations to improve between these two countries.

Detroit's Uneasy Relations With Michigan

The city has an uncomfortable and sometimes adversarial relationship with the rest of the state. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Reynolds Farley, author of Detroit Divided, about how Michigan is dealing with Detroit's financial troubles.

A Taste Of The Future Of Food

This week, the first lab-grown meat was cooked and eaten. The scientific experiment cost more than $300,000 — a bit more than a Big Mac. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with food futurologist Morgaine Gaye about what food of the future may be.

Small-Market Teams Leading MLB Standings

The baseball season heads into its home stretch, and it looks like the year of the little guy: The Pirates, Royals, Orioles and Tigers are contending for championship spots. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to ESPN's Howard Bryant about Major League Baseball.

TED Radio Hour: The Hackers

What if there were a way to hack into your brain and make your life better?Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano is doing just that. He told TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz how.
Guest-host Celeste Headlee speaks with Scottish actor David Tennant about his role as brooding detective in Broadchurch. The moody BBC crime drama follows a mismatched cop duo investigating the murder of a young boy in a British seaside town.
Up until recently, the likely composers of the great American symphony looked remarkably similar: all white, overwhelmingly male. But recent developments have opened up the doors to composers who were once lost to history.
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