Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, November 9, 2013

Deadly Typhoon Churns Toward Vietnam

Giant Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines on Friday, leaving more than 100 dead. Joining Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Don Gonyea from the Philippines is Nichola Jones, spokesperson for the International Red Cross.

Iran Nuclear Talks Reach 'Critical Stage'

High-level diplomats from several world powers are meeting in Geneva to get an agreement to halt Iran's nuclear progress. But as talks stretch on, optimism seems to be faltering. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon, who is in Geneva covering the negotiations.
Detroit this week elected Mike Duggan as its new mayor. The longtime county official and successful businessman, hard-charging and pugnacious, will lead a city rich in history and culture — and which just filed for bankruptcy. Don Gonyea, who calls the city home, ponders the challenges facing Duggan and Detroit.
The head of Naval intelligence and the director of intelligence operations have been placed on leave and their access to classified information suspended after they were swept up in the investigation of a foreign defense contractor. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells guest host Don Gonyea what the allegations mean.
California public health officials have allowed abuse complaints against nurse assistants and home health aides to linger for years, even when they involve severe injuries or deaths.
Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica, had to rebuild their lives after an explosion almost killed Anthony in Afghanistan. "I didn't even recognize myself," Anthony says, though his new wife was determined to be there for him throughout the painful process.
A cast of lawyers and a federal judge in New York City perform dramatic re-enactments of historic trials involving Asian-Americans. Their latest production, 22 Lewd Chinese Women, focuses on a 19th-century Supreme Court case with parallels to present-day immigration debates.
Most people know Stein as the author of experimental fiction and the host of salons for the great artists of her time. But in 1939, Stein also became a children's book author. The World Is Round — a collaboration with illustrator Clement Hurd, of Goodnight Moon fame — follows the adventures of a young girl named Rose.

Five Things That Have Gone The Way Of Blockbuster

As the video rental store closes its last doors, Weekend Edition takes a look at other once-ubiquitous things that have disappeared, or are well on their way.

Garland Jeffreys Applies His 'Truth Serum'

Jeffreys has gone as long as 13 years between releases, but now he's back in full force and recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with New York rocker Garland Jeffreys about his new album, Truth Serum.

Job Creation Surpasses Expectations

The U.S. economy gained 204,000 jobs in October, nearly twice what most economists predicted. The unemployment rate figure went up, but that number was distorted because the Labor Department did its sampling during the federal government shutdown.

What Do Tuesday's Election Results Really Mean?

Elections this week provided mixed messages to the Republican Party about its political strategy moving into the 2014 midterms and beyond. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with NPR politics editor Charlie Mahtesian about the lessons for the GOP.

Democrats Try To Tweak Health Care Law

Senate Democrats who supported passage of the Affordable Care Act have grown increasingly frustrated with the bumpy rollout of HealthCare.gov, the site Americans use to sign up for insurance. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who introduced the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act to address concerns about about the law.
On Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis burned down synagogues, destroyed Jewish businesses and arrested more than 26,000 Jews. Germans and Jews alike are still grappling with the legacy, 75 years later. Margot Friedlander is one survivor, who has returned to Berlin after decades of exile.

Stash Of Nazi-Looted Art Is Discovered

This week, a German magazine broke the story of a billion dollars worth of art that was found in a Munich apartment. It's the largest discovery ever of Nazi-looted artwork. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with Alexander Forbes from the website BlouinArtinfo.com about the discovery.

Lessons From The NFL Bullying Scandal

Is the verbal abuse and hazing of Jonathan Martin by Richie Incognito of the Miami Dolphins is all about the male code and what it means to be a man in the locker room? Howard Bryant of ESPN talks with guest host Don Gonyea about whether the scandal is actually about bullying, or about harassment.

The Losingest Texas Football Team

The Scarborough High School football team has lost 45 games in a row, in a streak stretching back to September of 2009. If they lose Saturday, the seniors will graduate without having won a single game. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with coach Jayson Merren and senior Justin Steward about persevering when winning is a long shot.

'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical

A musical featuring songs by the British rock band Queen, about a post-rock 'n' roll world where half-remembered hits have a mythical force, is beginning its first North American tour. Queen guitarist Brian May says the show's anti-corporate message brings the power of rock back to the people.
Did you know that the average Brit says "sorry" eight times per day? Sorry! The English and Their Manners traces the roots of polite behavior from the medieval "Which orifice can I stick my finger into?" — answer: none of them -- to today's "Can I throw a temper tantrum at a tennis match?"

Brazil's 91-Year-Old Leading Lady Still Shines

Bibí Ferreira can channel Piaf and Sinatra in a heartbeat — and, six decades into her career, the actress and singer continues to captivate audiences on stages around the world. Betto Arcos caught up with Ferreira in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of her trip to New York for a performance at Town Hall.
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