Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, September 29, 2013

House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

The House voted to tie government funding to a one-year delay of Obamacare early Sunday morning. The measure is a non-starter in the Senate and the president vows to veto, making a government shutdown all the more likely.

The Ins And Outs Of A Shutdown

Are we headed for a government closure? Have there been any political winners in the spectacle over the past couple weeks? Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's political correspondent Mara Liasson.

The F-35's History Of Costly Problems

The Joint Strike Fighter is the largest and most expensive weapons program in history. It is suppose to be a "cheap" replacement for a number of fighters flown by every U.S. military service, but it's years behind schedule and billions over budget. Host Rachel Martin talks with Adam Ciralsky, who wrote an article in Vanity Fair about the troubled history of the F-35.

Hate Crime Opponent Becomes A Victim

Last year, Prabhjot Singh wrote an op-ed calling for the government to track anti-Sikh violence. This month, he became a victim of a similar attack near his home in New York City. He talks with host Rachel Martin about the attack, and what he hopes comes out of it.
Arizona fire officials released their findings Saturday in the fatal fire this past summer that left 19 firefighters dead in Prescott, Ariz. The report details what happened, but does not say why or who was responsible.
John Wark has made memorable photos of some of the recent fires and floods in Colorado — while piloting his own plane. He says the distance from his subjects changes the photography experience.

But Can Your Smartphone Pick The Fastest Checkout Line?

Shoppers are increasingly distracted by their smartphones at the checkout lines, and as a result they're less likely to make impulse purchases on items like candy or magazines. Writer Jon Nathanson tells host Rachel Martin that this change in habit is prompting retailers to come up with new ways to grab shopper's attention.

What's That (Vowel) Sound?

Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase in which each word has two or more syllables. The first vowel sound in the first word is a short "e." Change that short "e" to a short "a" sound, and phonetically you'll get the second word of the phrase.

Can Walter White Give Us Closure?

The saga of the high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin comes to an end tonight. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Time magazine TV and pop culture columnist James Poniewozik about how AMC's award-winning series Breaking Bad might finish.
The actor chatted with NPR's Rachel Martin about his writing and directing debut Don Jon. The film, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, is about porn addict trying to make it in a relationship.
On Tuesday, a key part of the Affordable Care Act is going live: People will be able to buy health insurance from new marketplaces in every state. Researchers and wonks will be intensely interested. Most of the rest of us will be clueless.
As a "patient navigator," nurse Wendy Shindler sorts out ER patients who don't need emergency care from those who do. The goal is to achieve better care at a lower cost, but you tell us: Should emergency rooms be able to turn more people away?

Al-Shabab Attracts International Recruits

The terror group has appealed to young Somali-Americans, and about 40 have joined their ranks, according to Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation. Host Rachel Martin talks to Bergen about the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attack last week of a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

'I Knew Something Was Terribly Wrong'

Katherine Walton, a 39-year-old American, was in the Nairobi shopping mall with her five children when it was stormed by members of al-Shabab last weekend. She talks to host Rachel Martin about the experience.

The Most Shocking Moments Are True In 'Masters Of Sex'

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star as famous sexologists Masters and Johnson in the new TV series, Masters of Sex. They tell NPR's Rachel Martin that they had to get comfortable sitting around naked together because of all the sex scenes — and that some of the most shocking moments were things that really happened.

Babies Smell Delicious, Just Like A Cheeseburger

A baby's scent triggers the reward circuits in women's brains, the same circuits that light up when an addict gets drugs or you eat a juicy cheeseburger, according to a study co-authored by University of Montreal researcher Johannes Frasnelli. He explains to host Rachel Martin why people want to nibble on their infants.

Why Resource-Rich Teams Don't Always Win The Game

Many teams making baseball playoffs this year are among those with smaller budgets. NPR's Mike Pesca tells host Rachel Martin that they're winning because they're craftier.

'Size 12' Finds The Right Mix Of Snark And Drama

Author Meg Cabot, best know for The Princess Diaries, has a new novel. Cabot speaks with host Rachel Martin about the heroine of The Bride Wore Size 12, who lives on a college campus and investigates a murder while planning a wedding.

O'Brien And Scott Return To Stripped-Down Roots

Roots musicians Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott first recorded together in 2000 and fans have waited 13 long years for another studio release. The wait is over, with their new CD, Memories and Moments. O'Brien and Scott tell host Rachel Martin what got them back in the studio together.
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