Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, November 16, 2013

Typhoon Death Toll Continues To Climb

International relief efforts struggle to reach victims of Typhoon Haiyan. NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Don Gonyea with the latest from the Philippines.

Doctoring Amid Typhoon Haiyan's Ruins

Homes and businesses in the Philippines weren't the only buildings destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan last week. Hospitals in the city of Tacloban also took a direct hit. Doctors are doing what they can in their shattered buildings to aid the thousands of typhoon victims.

2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter

A recent email sent to Don Gonyea announced that Chris Christie trails Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 race for the presidency. As a political reporter for NPR, Gonyea loves the campaign trail. But this early in the game, he wonders if there aren't more important things to talk about.
Winston and Pansy Greene are getting on with their lives despite Pansy's Alzheimer's disease. In the three years since her diagnosis, little has changed, though the couple is starting to have different takes on the future. Pansy has remained positive; Winston says with no cure, he has to be realistic.

How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign

Candidate John F. Kennedy was young, energetic and handsome, and he knew how to harness the power of mass media. Fifty years after the president's death, candidates are still following his lead.

'Huh': A Word Uttered By The Bewildered, Worldwide

A new study from the Netherlands suggests that all languages share one word: "Huh?" Guest host Don Gonyea talks with linguistic anthropologist Nick Enfield about how "huh" sounds around the world, and why it's so prevalent.
The latest film from Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi Zero, the fighter plane used in attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Wind Rises is drawing sharp criticism from around Asia, where the wounds of World War II have yet to heal.

The Soulful, Swinging Sounds Of Stax: A Look Back

Robert Gordon's new book explores the tragedy and triumphs of one of the most unlikely soul labels, an integrated business that produced hits such as Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming" and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."

With Democrats' Help, House Votes Against Obamacare

President Obama offered a fix to the health care law this week to make good on his promises to let people who like their plans keep them. And the House passed a bill Friday that goes further — with 39 Democrats on board.

How Obama Changed His Health Care Law

There's been a lot of maneuvering this week between the Obama administration and Congress over the Affordable Care Act. NPR's Julie Rovner joins guest host Don Gonyea with the play-by-play, and discusses what's next in the ongoing Obamacare saga.

The Importance Of Diet In The First 1,000 Days

New research from the International Food Policy Research Institute looks at the economic rationale for spending money to avoid stunting. Physical and psychological stunting occurs when children receive inadequate nutrition in their first 1,000 days of life. Senior researcher John Hoddinott talks with guest host Don Gonyea about the findings.

Christians In Syria Face Violence, Discrimination

Guest host Don Gonyea speaks with Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who oversees parishes throughout Syria where Catholics and Christians have been targets of violent discrimination because of their faith.

African Migrants Find An Uneasy Asylum In Israel

To combat an influx of undocumented economic migrants, Israel has built a 150-mile fence across its southern border, cutting the rate of illegal entry dramatically. However, there are tens of thousands of 'infiltrators' already in the country, and the government wants to separate them from the rest of Israel.

Australia Celebrates A World-Record Ocean Crossing

The 1973 Las Balsas expedition was the first, and so far only, multiple-raft crossing of the Pacific Ocean. It is the longest known raft voyage in history, covering 9,000 miles. The people of northern New South Wales in Australia have organized a festival this month to celebrate the anniversary of the Las Balsas expedition.

Chess Superstar Battles Chess Sex Symbol

The World Chess Championship, underway in India, features a faceoff between the sport's heavyweights. Guest host Don Gonyea can't help but inject politics to his conversation with NPR's Tom Goldman, as this week President Obama used sports metaphors to talk about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Advertisers Try To Grab Online Eyes

A survey this week shows that YouTube and Netflix now make up half of all data North Americans consume on fixed networks, like those at home or at work. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with Mike Shields, digital editor of Adweek, about the ways that advertisers are changing how they present products to cater to online videos.

On The Timeless Appeal Of 'Calvin & Hobbes'

The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the world of the classic comic strip. NPR's Don Gonyea spoke with director Joel Allen Schroeder about the film and the strip, which still has devoted fans long after the final panels appeared in the paper.

Pro Wrestling Mythology Plays Out In 'Squared Circle'

Professional wrestling is a big show, full of big characters with elaborate back stories delivering crushing blows in the ring. But, says David Shoemaker, it's also full of real athleticism and pain. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with Shoemaker, also known as "The Masked Man," about his new book, The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling.
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