Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lottery Legend Has Seen A Lot Of Winning Tickets

Rebecca Paul Hargrove, who created two state lotteries and now runs a third, understands what makes a lottery program work.
In this weekend's Sunday Conversation, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Brad Duke, who won $220 million in the lottery in 2005. Duke talks about the moment he realized he'd won, and how his life changed after winning. Tell us: If you won the lottery, how do you think it would change you?

These Dioramas Are To Die For

Using figures that were made for miniature train sets, a former Las Vegas crime reporter is finding big success creating and selling tiny imaginary crime scenes. Abigail Goldman's macabre, and sometimes funny, "Die-O-Ramas" are selling out before she's even completed them.

Faux Meth Is Big Business In 'Breaking Bad' Town

Entrepreneurs in Albuquerque, N.M., the setting of the TV series Breaking Bad, have created blue "meth" rock candy, "Bathing Bad" bath products, and a tour of sites used in filming the series. That has some critics worried all the moneymaking glorifies drugs.

The Beauty And Calm Of 'Thinking In Numbers'

Daniel Tammet is a savant who experiences his world through equations and calculations. His new book, a collection of essays called Thinking In Numbers, explores language, history and even love through numbers.
Imagine a library small enough to be towed by a bicycle; on that bike is a librarian who can check your books out, answer research questions and even issue a library card. The Seattle Public Library is experimenting with a program that does just that.

Easy As ABC

Every answer is an anagram of a word that has the letters A-B-C in it.

Chef Knows The Cows That Go Into 'The Truth'

Surrounded by scenic pastoral landscape, a restaurant in Lancaster County, Pa., has a lot of tongues wagging over its signature beef dish, called "The Truth." Its fans like knowing exactly where their meat is coming from.

Chris Thile Looks Back To Bach

Thile was a prodigy with Nickel Creek at age 8, a founding member and lead vocalist of the Punch Brothers, has won multiple Grammys and is a MacArthur fellow. Now he's taking on the music of Bach for a new album, Sonatas and Partitas.

Drug War Waged Hard Against People Of Color

Attorney General Eric Holder says the war on drugs failed to stop demand and decimated black communities. Host Rachel Martin talks to University of California Santa Cruz sociology professor Craig Reinerman about drug policy since the 1970s.

'We Had No Business' In White Neighborhoods

Retired Maryland State Police Officer Neil Franklin says Baltimore police were led to believe that young black men were the sole users of heroin and crack cocaine. He speaks with host Rachel Martin about the impact of the war on drugs in the communities he's worked in.

The Great Stories Happening In Baseball

Early last week, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees gave a press conference about his suspension in connection with charges of using performance-enhancing drugs. He deflected questions about his future in baseball, asking the press to focus on "all of the great stories that are happening in baseball right now." NPR's Mike Pesca takes him up on that offer.

At Libraries Across America, It's Game On

In the 1800s, British libraries used gaming rooms to lure patrons away from pubs. Now, across the country, libraries are using video games to attract millennials — and the goal isn't always educational.

Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers

Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was one of the architects of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968. But to the revered leader's eldest son, Martin Luther King III, the famous man was just "Daddy."

An Engineer Beats The Physics Of Traffic

William Beaty, an electrical engineer, has come up with a "traffic fluid dynamics" theory to explain traffic jams, and tells host Rachel Martin how drivers can help smooth out the waves of traffic flow.

With Ice Cubes, The Larger The Better

Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast is worried that you may not be thinking enough about the ice in your drink. Bad ice could leave your drink warm and watery. He tells host Rachel Martin how to fix the problem.
Russians have been drinking kvas, a barely alcoholic fermented grain drink, for centuries. But the version sold commercially in the U.S.? It's largely just a wimpy, watered-down, sugary version, say aficionados. Now some new kvas makers are hoping Americans will embrace traditional, hard-core versions of the drink and its tangy, sour goodness.

Sending Poetry To Mars

Poets from around the globe have been sending Haikus to a group of scientists in hopes their verse may make it to the planet Mars. Host Rachel Martin has the story.

A Veteran Rock Photographer Takes A Turn At The Mic

Host Rachel Martin speaks with Mark Seliger, former chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, who has just put out his second album with his band Rusty Truck.
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