Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, August 3, 2014

What You Need To Know About The War In Gaza

On Sunday morning, an Israeli airstrike hit outside a UN-run school in Gaza, where many had gone to seek safety. NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from Mideast correspondent Emily Harris in Gaza.
The first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House on Monday. Africa correspondent Gregory Warner previews what's on the agenda with NPR's Arun Rath.
Being a health worker usually isn't controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. Fatima Noor explains why she still goes door to door to immunize kids, even though she's scared.

What The Week's Primaries Mean For Politics

Another five states hold primaries this coming week, including Tennessee, Kansas and Michigan. NPR's Arun Rath talks to senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving about what's at stake.

Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.

Obama Moves To Overhaul VA With Compromise Measure

Two months after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, President Obama looks set to sign legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the tune of nearly $17 billion.
Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.
Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruits in the summer and fall. It's part art, part agricultural marvel.

Bad To The Bone

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with BA- and the second word starts with D-.
NPR's Arun Rath speaks to John Michael McDonagh, writer and director of the new Irish murder mystery Calvary.
Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
Umaru Fofana of the BBC World Service in Sierra Leone tells NPR's Arun Rath about the Ebola situation and the Sierra Leonean president's decision to stay home from the U.S.-Africa summit.
Election officials in Afghanistan are preparing for an audit of all the votes cast in the June election after the two candidates disagreed on how to determine which votes were fraudulent.

U.S.-Russia Relations: More Carrot Or More Stick?

Lately, when Washington ratchets up the pressure on Moscow, Russia increases its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Some in Washington wonder if it's time to change the approach.

Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival

Unexpected expenses and health issues sunk Claire Shrout and her family into frightening levels of debt. What she went through is familiar to a lot of Americans.
Wildfires are ravaging the West Coast, burning homes and prompting evacuations. Responding to wildfires has proven costly and now the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays to fight them.
Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.
NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel The Great Glass Sea, which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.

Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

A group of geckos "lost" in space was found last week — they were the subjects of a scientific experiment. They're the latest in a long line of animals that humans have sent beyond the atmosphere.

A New Show About Doctors Of Old

NPR's Arun Rath talks to actor Clive Owen about his new TV series The Knick. It's a medical drama set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

The Latest Stop On Jazz Singer Somi's Journey

Her parents were from Uganda and Rwanda; she was born in Illinois and spent time in Nigeria. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with jazz artist and singer Somi about her latest project, The Lagos Music Salon.
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