Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's Next On The Political Agenda (Is It Feasible?)

With the debt ceiling and shutdown behind us, for the moment, NPR's Mara Liasson talks with host Rachel Martin about what is next on President Obama's agenda. After such a contentious battle over the Affordable Care Act, can Republicans and Democrats work together to push through new legislation, such as immigration reform?

The Results Of The Tea Party's Push Against Obamacare

Congressman Phil Roe of Tennessee voted against reopening the government. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Roe, a member of the Tea Party caucus, to ask him about efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act and whether there will be repercussions from the shutdown.

JPMorgan Reaches Tentative Deal On Mortgage Charges

The Justice Department is on the verge of a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. That would make it the biggest settlement ever announced involving a single company. NPR's Chris Arnold tells host Rachel Martin the negotiations involved the allegedly improper sale of mortgage securities, and the deal would only resolve civil charges against the company, not criminal ones.

Saudi Act Of Protest Stuns U.N., And Some Observers

The kingdom decided it will not take a two-year rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council, calling the body incapable of ending wars and resolving conflicts.
In an Ankara suburb, a new religious complex is going up, promoted as a bridge of understanding between the Sunni majority and Turkey's largest religious minority, the Alevis. But the combination mosque and cemevi, or assembly house, has provoked protests and anger in the poor neighborhood. Alevis are up in arms about what they call an effort by the Sunnis to assimilate them into Turkey's dominant mainstream religious culture.
Addiction can come in a lot of forms, but the defining characteristics are the same. But Dr. Charles O'Brien, who's been studying addiction for years, says the treatment must fit the patient. Even with advances in medication, he says combining approaches is the most likely path to success.
Menachem Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and a law professor specializing in genocide and war crimes, sent a personal note to Pope Francis on how it is possible to still believe in God after the horrors of the Holocaust. Rosensaft speaks with host Rachel Martin about the email he received from the pope.

No Time To Be Bashful

This week we have a celebrity edition of the puzzle. Our victim is not an unsuspecting listener. Instead, comedian Paula Poundstone will be taking on the challenge.
Bridget Jones is 51 now, a widow, and a newly-minted Twitter addict. Creator Helen Fielding tells NPR's Rachel Martin that she brought Bridget back because she wanted to write about a situation many people find themselves in: single again, getting older and dealing with a completely different dating landscape.

Drinking To 'Numb,' Women Gain On Men In Alcohol Abuse

Ann Dowsett Johnston is a successful journalist with five National Magazine Awards to her name; she's also struggled with an addiction to alcohol. In her new book, Drink, she combines her reporting skills and her personal experience to explore the specific dangers confronting women who drink.

You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers

The revelations by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has raised many complicated issues. NPR's national security correspondent Tom Gjelten answers questions submitted by NPR listeners and readers.

What Glenn Greenwald Could Gain From New Media Venture

The journalist who broke the story about the U.S. government's surveillance program is leaving The Guardian to work with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The structure of media site is still unknown, but Greenwald has called the move a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity."
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was slapped with a $130 fine after parking illegally in London. Though most diplomats ignore such fees, Clinton ponied up the money (the amount was cut in half because it was paid within two weeks).
The reSTART clinic in Washington State treats Internet addicts. Many of the young men who go through the program have been using video games as an escape for years, only to lose themselves in the process. But avoiding the Internet can be nearly impossible, and finding the right balance is a "constant struggle," one patient says.
Host Rachel Martin speaks to NPR's Mike Pesca about soccer rivals, Mexico and the U.S., in the race up to the World Cup. It seems Mexico has a powerful home court advantage: Their playing field is at 7,000 feet.

Unleashed On Halloween, Monster Cereals Haunt Hoarders

Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry first went on sale in the early 1970s, but since 2010, they've only been available during the Halloween season. The scarcity has created a frenzy, with nostalgic parents stocking up on the sweet cereals.

Comedian Faces His Addictions To Food And Alcohol

In a single week, Jamie Kilstein realized he was both an alcoholic and a food addict. Since then, he has been working through his addictions on his own.
Host Rachel Martin speaks with Brett Dennen about his new album, Smoke and Mirrors, and how he finds balance amid the pressure of work and expectations.
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