Author Interviews
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place'

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:02 pm

Howard Norman's memories of the strange incidents of his life compose his memoir. In 2003, his family rented their house to a poet, who killed her son and then herself in the Normans' home. Norman, his wife and daughter decided to continue living there, giving a certain weight to the title of his memoir, I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place.

But his book begins in a very different place, with the story of Norman's childhood, a bookmobile and a swan.

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The Sunday Conversation
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Innocence, After Serving 11 Years On A Wrongful Conviction

Dennis Fritz now works with The Innocence Project, which helped overturn his conviction.
Courtesy of Dennis Fritz and The Innocence Project

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

In 1982, Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson were convicted of a brutal rape and murder in a small town in Oklahoma. The victim was 21-year-old Debra Sue Carter, a waitress at the Coachlight Club. Williamson and Fritz each spent more than 11 years in prison for a crime that DNA evidence later proved they did not commit.

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News
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

The Politics Behind The President's Words

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

For more on the political repercussions of the president's recent comments, we turn to NPR senior political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, President Obama had been reluctant to talk about explicitly about race relations in this country up until now. What was it about this issue that drew him out in this way?

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News
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Author: Obama's Personal Take On Race Made Impact

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Another American who listened intently to President Obama's remarks Friday was linguist and commentator John McWhorter. He's written several books about race in America, including "Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority." McWhorter says Mr. Obama's emphasis on the police and criminal justice hit an essential problem of black inequality in America.

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Pop Culture
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Comic-Con-Goers Flaunt Their Geek Credentials

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Every year for the past four decades, comic book fans dressed as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - anything, really - have descended upon the city of San Diego for Comic-Con. The convention has grown as fast as a speeding bullet in the last decade. This year, an estimated 130,000 Con-goers are walking the floor, sitting on panels, and boosting their geek credentials at various workshops.

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Movies
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

The Tragic Tale Of A Killer Whale

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

"Blackfish" is a documentary that has a lot of people talking.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "BLACKFISH")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the next few behaviors you're going to be seeing, you can only see right here at Sea World.

MARTIN: That's a clip from the film. It tells the story of killer whales living in captivity, working in Sea World parks around the world.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "BLACKFISH")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Orange County Fire Rescue.

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Sports
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Lanky Pitcher Towers Over All-Star Game

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are right in the middle of a long, hot summer, and that means this past week while we were hunkered down next to the air conditioner, Major League Baseball had it All-Star Game, and NPR's Mike Pesca was there sweating it out for us. He's here to tell us what caught his eye. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I did have a shirt that wicks away moisture so...

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News
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

'Rapturous' Reception Expected For Pope In Brazil

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Pope Francis is headed to Rio de Janeiro tomorrow for World Youth Day. It's actually a week-long gathering for young Catholics held every few years in a different part of the world. The event is meant to inspire and energize the faithful, and more than a million young pilgrims are expected to attend this year. Pope Francis is the first pope from Latin America and he's making his first papal visit overseas. It is to Latin America.

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On Aging
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

A Convert Travels To Catholic World Youth Day

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're now going to hear from one of the young pilgrims traveling to Brazil to see the pope. Hannah Mayo lives in Charleston, S.C. She converted to Catholicism just a couple months ago.

MARTIN: She joins us from Charleston. Hannah, thanks so much for being here.

HANNAH MAYO: Thank you.

MARTIN: So I understand that you weren't actually planning on going to the World Youth Day in Brazil. But a few friends - new friends, perhaps in your new church, help make it possible?

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Environment
6:30 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature

An arborist from the Montana Conservation Corps works to clear pine trees from land in Centennial Valley, Mont.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 2:50 pm

Wildfires were once essential to the American West. Prairies and forests burned regularly, and those fires not only determined the mix of flora and fauna that made up the ecosystem, but they regenerated the land.

When people replaced wilderness with homes and ranches, they aggressively eliminated fire. But now, scientists are trying to bring fire back to the wilderness, to recreate what nature once did on its own.

One place they're doing this is Centennial Valley, in southwestern Montana.

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