Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, November 23, 2013

Kerry Jets To Geneva To Join Iran Nuclear Talks

The secretary of state and other world diplomats gathered in Geneva, suggesting that a deal is within reach. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Peter Kenyon on the latest from the negotiations.

What An Iran Deal Will Do For Nonproliferation

Will an Iran nuclear agreement set a healthy precedent for future nonproliferation efforts? Host Scott Simon talks with George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about what a deal on Iran could mean for nonproliferation work around the globe.

After Kennedy's Death, Wife Jacqueline Embodied Grace

As Americans mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Scott Simon reflects on Jacqueline Kennedy's role in the days that followed. Only 34, she had to comfort two small children and a wounded nation while the world watched.

'Catastrophic Care' In America's Health System

David Goldhill, president and CEO of the Gameshow Network, became an authority on health care after his father died unnecessarily in a hospital and he launched a personal investigation to find out why. His book, Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong, just came out in paperback. Host Scott Simon asks Goldhill his opinion on the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare Offers New Ways To Invest

The Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape, and venture capitalists see new ways to invest in the industry's future. Host Scott Simon speaks with Annie Lamont, a health care venture capitalist, about the future of health care.
Jewish foodies say the flavors of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are a culinary match made in heaven. And this Thanksgivukkah feast is especially sweet because it may not happen again for 80,000 years.

Why Turkey Prices Fall At Thanksgiving

Many Americans will be heading to the grocery store this week looking for the same thing: a turkey. Economics 101 says that when demand goes up, price goes up with it, but turkey prices don't seem to follow that rule. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Catherine Rampell about this economic mystery.
The classic British sci-fi series Doctor Who turns 50 today — though the time-traveling Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1000. NPR's Petra Mayer has an appreciation of the show and the enduring appeal of its ancient, alien hero.

Broadway's Season Of Adventure

It's an exciting theater season on Broadway. NPR's Trey Graham saw five shows in three days, including Twelfth Night, Richard III and Fun Home. He shares his winter picks with host Scott Simon.

Kiefer's Bleak Horrors Of War Fill An Entire Building

Anselm Kiefer, a major figure in post-World War II German art, depicts war and its aftermath in his paintings and sculptures. Kiefer has pieces in many major collections, and now he's one of only two artists to have a dedicated building at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
For conductor Marin Alsop, discovering Benjamin Britten through his monumental War Requiem has been both easy and complex — a perfect summation of the man himself.

How The 'Nuclear Option' Might Change Washington

Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster this week for all presidential appointments other than Supreme Court justices. The so-called nuclear option could prompt President Obama to make different picks for his top positions. NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins host Scott Simon to talk about the historic vote.

Who Gets JPMorgan's Settlement Cash?

Of the $13 billion settlement between JPMorgan and the Justice Department, $1.5 billion will go to underwater homeowners to help them avoid foreclosures. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR economics correspondent Chris Arnold about how the settlement will be spent.
The Riverside/San Bernadino metro area was one of the hardest hit in the foreclosure crisis, and it's showing signs of recovery in 2013. But indicators in the region's housing market reveal some lingering trouble spots.
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered the entire population of Tatars on the Crimean Peninsula rounded up and sent to the deserts of Central Asia in 1944. Nearly half of them died. Today, an estimated 250,000 Tatars have now returned and are organizing to claim what they see as their rights.
As the new chair of the Republican Governors Association, the New Jersey governor's duties will have him crisscrossing the country for photo ops, fundraisers and stump speeches — fueling speculation he's readying a White House run.

JFK Had The Wit To Lampoon Himself

Host Scott Simon looks back at the witticisms of President John F. Kennedy, with a little help from late night TV host and comedian Conan O'Brien.
Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but destroyed by a tornado one week ago.

Trail Blazers Stretch Winning Streak To Nine

Portland's NBA team is riding a hot streak. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the Trail Blazers, a new champion in chess, and how John F. Kennedy's assassination set a precedent for how sports commissioners handle cancelling games after tragedies.

Even On The Water, Class Remains In Session

When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon.

Sarah Silverman, Serving Up Sinfully Divine Comedy

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sarah Silverman about her upcoming stand-up special, We Are Miracles. Taped in front of a tiny live audience — just 39 people — the show takes aim at religion, childhood, politics, stereotypes and more.
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