Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, September 22, 2013

Standoff, Gunfire Continue At Nairobi Mall

Gunmen and hostages remain inside a Kenyan shopping mall 24 hours after a shooting that left at least 39 dead and more than 150 wounded.

Somali President Tries To Pull Country Out Of Emergency

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says Somalia needs international help to move into recovery and then toward development. During his year in office, Mohamud has lead an effort to drive out the extremist group al-Shabab, which has terrorized cities and towns across the country.

The Last Tweets From An American Jihadist In Somalia

Omar Hammami was a bright Alabama kid who turned into a self-described terrorist in Somalia. In the months preceding Hammami's sudden death, journalist J.M. Berger struck up a conversation with him on Twitter.
A court found former top Chinese official Bo Xilai guilty of corruption after one of the highest-profile political trials of recent years. Media coverage of the earlier court hearings transfixed audiences with details of murder, a love triangle, and lavish official life styles.

What Was The Pope Thinking?

Pope Francis said in an interview this week that the Catholic Church has been too focused on gays, abortion and birth control. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, about whether the pope's remarks signal a change in Church doctrine.

In Ed Ruscha's Work, A City Sits For Its Portrait

Once dismissed as "doomed to oblivion," Ed Ruscha's first photo series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Ruscha devoted his photography to all the mundane details of his native Los Angeles, capturing all the gas stations and buildings that go missing in glamor shots.

Benjamin Franklin Never Said That

Professor Corey Robin got tired of looking up famous quotes to find they were spoken by someone else. Robin, of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, named the phenomenon Wrongfully Attributed Statements — or WAS — and wrote about it for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He speaks with host Rachel Martin.

Play The Blame Game

You will be given two words. Think of a third word that can follow each to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The third word will rhyme with one of the given words. For example, given "blame" and "board," you would say "game," as in "blame game" and "board game."

Bostonians Vote On New Subway Map

Map expert Max Roberts says Boston's polling of residents on a subway map is a bad idea. The University of Essex psychology lecturer tells host Rachel Martin that in subway maps, the correlation between usability and likability is zero.

'Wadjda' Director: 'It Is Time To Open Up'

The film, about a young girl who desperately wants a bicycle, is the first feature made entirely in Saudi Arabia. Director Haifaa Al Mansour joins host Rachel Martin to talk about making the film in a country where Mansour couldn't work outdoors unsupervised.

Historic Thaw Possible In U.S., Iran Relations

Iran's new president wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that he wants to move "beyond impasses." Host Rachel Martin talks to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council about the apparent warming relations between the U.S. and Iran.

Obama's Passing Up Chances To Turn On The Charm

At the beginning of his second term, President Obama invited Republicans to a series of fancy dinners, but he now seems to be giving up on his attempts to woo the GOP. Still, even if the White House had sustained its overtures, some question whether any amount of socializing could avert the latest budget crisis.
After 25 years of teaching French for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, 83-year-old Margaret Mary Vojtko was let go. She died shortly after, penniless and nearly homeless. Her story has spurred sharp anger over the treatment of part-time faculty.
Former NFL receiver Nate Jackson's new memoir, Slow Getting Up, is a raw account of his six years on the field. Jackson spent most of that time with the Denver Broncos, and while he wasn't a star, he got just as banged up as the big-name players — and learned to play through the pain.

Extra Wild Card Adds Man-Made Drama To MLB

Did late-season baseball get more exciting or more absurd with the addition of a second wild card post-season slot? NPR's Mike Pesca talks with host Rachel Martin about the manufactured buzz of the wild card race.

New NBA Cameras Could Catch Lazy Players

The NBA has agreed to install high-speed cameras in all 30 pro arenas to capture the motions of players and the ball 25 times per second. Host Rachel Martin talks to Grantland sports reporter Zach Lowe about the technology.

Abused By Both Polanski And Media, 'The Girl' Moves On

Samantha Geimer was victimized twice: once by an infamous Hollywood director who fled prosecution after raping her when she was 13, and again by a relentless media, which has hounded her for the past three decades.

From A Punished Piano, A Rollicking Sound

Rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business bring their frenzied live show to Weekend Edition Sunday, and chat with host Rachel Martin about their new album, Essential Tremors.
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