Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, December 1, 2013

Is Health Care Website Ready To Roll?

Programmers have been working furiously to meet the White House's Nov. 30 deadline to improve the troubled HealthCare.gov. The goal is to handle 50,000 users at once. NPR's Mara Liasson speaks with host Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about whether the White House met its deadline.

Humana Invites Mississippians Onto The Health Care Bus

The state of Mississippi has not endorsed the Affordable Care Act. Yet insurers need people to sign up to make their business work. Concerned about lagging numbers, Humana outfitted a bus with internet and computers to drive around the state to enrolling people.

Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage

In the developing world, one in three girls is married by the age of 18, and the number of young girls being married off is actually increasing, according to groups tracking the issue.

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

The Planet Money team followed the making of a T-shirt, from cotton fields to factories to container ships. Host Rachel Martin talks with Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Pietra Rivoli, author of The travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.
An imposing 16th century stone tomb for the Mogul emperor Humayun has been restored after six years of work. The mausoleum, which had fallen into disrepair, became India's most ambitious heritage conservation project.

Finding Stories Of Life Among The Tombstones

Woodland is a mostly-hidden, wonderfully wooded hilltop cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. The humorist Erma Bombeck is buried there, as are the famous Wright brothers, their sister and father. We take a walk through Woodland for Weekend Edition Sunday's travel segment, "Wingin' It."

Why You Can't Tickle Yourself

You can't tickle yourself because you can't surprise your own brain. But could you do it if you could trick your brain into thinking you were someone else? Host Rachel Martin talks to professor Jakob Hohwy of Monash University in Australia to learn about his experiment with illusion and reality, and the rubber hand.

Be THANKful For This Puzzle

For each category, name something beginning with each of the letters T, H, A, N and K. For example, if the category were "U.S. states," you might say Tennessee, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada and Kentucky.

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has brought one of Leonardo da Vinci's lesser-known inventions to life. He spent almost four years building the 'viola organista' — a unique musical instrument that looks like a piano on the outside, but sounds like a quartet of string instruments when played.

Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

Host Rachel Martin is joined by pianist Batiste and his band, who hope to make jazz transcend genres and generations, as they play live at NPR's headquarters.

Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch

The UN agency that supplies the basic needs for Palestinian refugees may not be able to meet December payroll for 30,000 teachers, doctors and social workers across the Mideast. The agency serves an ever-increasing number of refugees, the descendants of the Palestinians uprooted in 1948.
Indian writer Zahir Janmohamed was in Gujarat, India, during the 2002 riots that left more than a thousand Muslims dead. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the riots, and how Muslims have fared in Gujarat since then under Narendra Modi, who is now a leading candidate to be India's next prime minister.

Helping Haiti, In 3-D

An American group has come up with an unlikely solution to the lack of infrastructure in Haiti: making medical supplies using 3-D printers. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Ashley Dara from iLab Haiti, the group responsible for the program.

Could Video Games Be The Next Job Interview?

Want to get that job? You might want to hone your gaming skills. They could convey your career potential to a future employer.
Biologists armed with truck-mounted spotlights, flea spray, and anti-plague vaccine roam the South Dakota grasslands each night, five months a year, as part of a 30-year rescue mission.

Say 'Rabbit, Rabbit' For 31 Days Of Good Luck

According to the superstition, uttering the words on the first of the month will make you lucky for the rest of it. Host Rachel Martin speaks with public radio host and word-lover Martha Barnette about where the notion came from.

A Big Week For NBA News

The Cavaliers made a first round draft pick; the Eastern Conference is tanking but the Western Conference has only two bad teams; and Nets Coach Jason Kidd earned a free timeout by spilling soda on the court. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the NBA's week.

The Role Of Faith In Jewish Life

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, spent his life thinking about the role of religion in public life. Host Rachel Martin speaks Sacks, who will begin teaching next year at New York University.

Refashioning A Gospel Story In 'Black Nativity'

The new movie is based on a play by the same name by Langston Hughes. Host Rachel Martin talks with director Kasi Lemmons about her new musical drama, Black Nativity, released last week.
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