Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Debt Ceiling Looms Over Budget Showdown

Starting Oct. 17, the Treasury will not be able to borrow money to pay the government's bills unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. Some conservative Republicans see the debt ceiling as the best chance at making the president blink on Obamacare. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the debt ceiling.

San Diego Air Show Grounded By Shutdown

This weekend, the Miramar Air Show in San Diego was cancelled due to the federal government shutdown. The show is a boon to the region's economy, drawing nearly half a million people.

Did You Hear The One About The Government Shutdown?

Not everyone is grumpy about the shutdown. The situation makes for timely comic fodder, especially at Twitter hashtags such as #governmentshutdownpickuplines.
Host Rachel Martin talks to journalist Stephen Jimenez about his new look at the murder of Matthew Shepard. Jimenez found that he was killed not for being gay but because of drugs.
The documentary tells the story of the August 2008 disaster on K2, the Earth's second-highest mountain, in which 11 climbers died. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with the film's director, Nick Ryan, and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, one of the climbers who made it off the mountain alive.

In This Business, Scaredy Cats Need Not Apply

Preferred skills include chainsaw experience, convincing zombie impersonation and bloodcurdling screaming on command. Halloween means haunted house are hiring — extra points given to those with frightening resumes.

Find The Rhyme And The Reason

For each given category, name things in the category starting with the letters R, H, Y, M, E. For example, if the category were "chemical elements with names ending in -ium," you might say: radium, helium, yttrium, magnesium and einsteinium.
Just as he had promised in May, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä resigned Tuesday, after labor negotiations collapsed once again and the group's board canceled two prestigious Carnegie Hall concerts in November.
The Detroit duo of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein release their new album this week. They join host Rachel Martin.

U.S. Raids Terror Targets In North Africa

The missions targeted terrorists with links to the groups al-Shabab and al-Qaida. One raid took place in Somalia; the other in Libya. Key details about the raids remain unclear, but the launching of two operations signals a continuing and aggressive counterterrorism policy under the Obama administration.

Wife Works To Free Pastor From Iranian Prison

Iranian-American Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity in 2000, and is a pastor of a church in the U.S. Now, he's serving time in an Iranian prison on charges of disturbing national security. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Naghmeh Abedini, his wife, about her husband's imprisonment and her campaign to get him released.

GOP Bears The Brunt Of Public Anger At Shutdown

By a slight margin, Americans think Republicans are to blame for the government shutdown, says Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press. Dimock talks to host Rachel Martin about how the public is responding to the standoff in Congress.
For many Americans, the war in Afghanistan may feel like it's winding down and interest in the conflict has waned. But in parts of Afghanistan, there's still daily fighting. Afghan troops, who are increasingly on their own, are suffering more casualties than the Americans and NATO troops ever did.
Phyllis Chesler met Abdul-Kareem — a young, wealthy Muslim — in college. They fell in love, got married and, in 1961, traveled to his native Afghanistan together. There, Chesler soon found herself a virtual prisoner — an Afghan wife with no rights. An American Bride in Kabul is her memoir of that experience.
Green chile burritos, green chile chicken enchiladas, green chile stew with pork, green chile on a burger: If it has green chile, you're in New Mexico.

When The Bond Between Teams And Players Goes Sour

Sometimes sports teams are good to their employees, other times, not so much. NPR's Mike Pesca talks to host Rachel Martin about some particularly bad working relationships in both the NFL and MLB.

Car-Centric Spain Begins To Embrace The Bicycle

For the first time on record, bicycles have outsold cars in Spain. Higher taxes on fuel and on new cars have prompted cash-strapped Spaniards to opt for two wheels instead of four.

The Women Of HAIM On Starting Young

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Este, Alana and Danielle Haim about the hype surrounding their recently released album and the musical influence of their parents.
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