World

Asia
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. A lot of Chinese websites seem to have a different form of URLs or web addresses. They use numbers not the names, long numbers too, seemingly at random. McDonald's website isn't spelled McDonald's, it's 4008-517-517.cn. A dating website is 5201314.com. Why? Christopher Beam, staff writer with The New Republic who lives in Beijing, wondered and that's when he began to notice that the numbers are hardly random. Mr. Beam joins us from Beijing. Thanks very much for being with us.

Read more
Europe
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Russia's Independent Media All But Silenced

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:25 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Read more
Author Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Seeing The Whole Picture In We'll Go To 'Coney Island'

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Read more
Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

The Music Of Oak And Forest Sprite Blend In Sylvan Esso

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:28 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLAY IT RIGHT")

MOUNTAIN MAN: (Singing) When the sounds come together so close to my face...

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

A few years ago, Amelia Meath's folksy group Mountain Man recorded this song, called "Play It Right." Then a chance encounter with an electronic music producer named Nick Sanborn led to this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLAY IT RIGHT")

MOUNTAIN MAN: (Singing) Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right...

Read more
Sports
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Michael Sam Waiting For An Invite In NFL Draft Spectacle

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And, by the way, BG Lederman didn't write a single one of those songs. But he does write our theme music, including this one that says it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: Post season - sorry, basketball. Forget about it, hockey. For theatrics, we're watching football's off season. The spectacle that is the NFL draft enters its third day today and America wants to know, can it be as good as the Kevin Costner film? NPR's Tom Goldman joins us - any Kevin Costner film. Thanks for being with us, Tom.

Read more
Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Ben Harper Teams Up With Mom For 'Childhood Home'

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:04 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Music has defined Ben Harper's family for generations. His grandparents founded the Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. He spent a lot of time at the center growing up where strummed, sang and played the keyboard with regular visitors including Leonard Cohen and Taj Mahal.

Read more
Television
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Welsh Actor Keeps Soviet Secrets In 'The Americans'

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:30 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Phillip Jennings runs a travel agency with his wife Elizabeth. They've got two kids. They live in a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C. circa 1981. Like so many two-career couples, it can be a struggle to juggle career and family life.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE AMERICANS")

KERI RUSSELL: (As Elizabeth Jennings) If this goes bad, you need to be out of town somewhere with the kids. Get the kids to Canada. Contact the rezidentura there.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:51 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Michelle Obama: Nigerian Girls 'Embody The Best Hope For The Future'

Michelle Obama tweeted this picture of herself on May 7, in support of the kidnapped Nigerian girls.
Michelle Obama

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:48 am

In her first solo weekly address, first lady Michelle Obama said the U.S. is committed to standing up for the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school weeks ago.

"In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters," she said. "We see their hopes and their dreams — and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now."

Read more
Book Reviews
7:03 am
Sat May 10, 2014

A Fractured Tale Of Time, War And A Really Big Diamond

No book I've read all year underscores the distinctions between the long form and the short story more than the award-winning story writer Anthony Doerr's new novel All the Light We Cannot See.

Read more
Author Interviews
7:03 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography'

Earl Swift traced the history of this '57 Chevy wagon and all of its owners — here it is, rusting quietly on the lot of owner number 13, Tommy Arney, in January 2010.
Earl Swift

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 5:16 pm

This '57 Chevy station wagon was once pristine, the epitome of American automotive glory: two-tone green, with sweeping fins and enough chrome to blind pedestrians. But by the time journalist Earl Swift came across it, those days were gone, and it was subsiding gently into a heap of rust and torn upholstery.

Read more
Parallels
6:22 am
Sat May 10, 2014

How Loud Is Too Loud? A High-Decibel Debate On Expanding Heathrow

British schoolchildren outside an adobe hut that was built so they could play in a less noisy place when jets fly overhead. The kids go to school near London's Heathrow Airport, where a planes takeoff and land every 90 seconds.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

Pippins Primary School is just one of dozens of schools in the neighborhoods that surround London's Heathrow Airport. At recess the students play outside on an asphalt playground. And like clockwork, a jet roars just several hundred feet overhead every 90 seconds. The school is almost directly under Heathrow's flight path.

"It is very loud. It's as if you were standing on the runways," said Janet Mills, a teacher at Pippins. Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports, and every day Mills faces the challenge of teaching right next door to it.

Read more
Tiny Desk Concerts
6:07 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Timber Timbre: Tiny Desk Concert

Timber Timbre performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:57 am

The music of Canada's Timber Timbre is often strange and unsettling. The band, led by Taylor Kirk — a crooner with a deceptively sweet voice — makes spare, evenly paced songs that sound like late-night echoes from a swampy woods.

Read more
All Tech Considered
6:07 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

Beats headphones are sold alongside iPods in an Apple store in New York City. Apple is reportedly considering buying Beats for more than $3 billion.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Another week in tech is wrapping up with talk of another multi-billion dollar buy. Let's get to it with our roundup, starting with the ICYMI section, which features stories we've been telling on air and online, the Big Conversations in tech and closing with our Curiosities — other fun links you should see.

Read more
The Two-Way
5:45 am
Sat May 10, 2014

'Senior Black Correspondent' Larry Wilmore Takes Colbert Slot

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 9:24 am

But will he pronounce the T in "Report?"

Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent," will take over the 11:30 p.m. slot on Comedy Central after Stephen Colbert leaves for CBS at the end of the year.

Read more
It's All Politics
8:21 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Rules Aim To Streamline GOP's 2016 Nominating Process

The RNC wants to see many fewer of these presidential debate scenes in 2016. Before a November 2011 Michigan showdown, from left: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; businessman Herman Cain; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Texas Rep. Ron Paul; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
Paul Sancya AP

If there are other Herman Cains and Michele Bachmanns out there with 2016 presidential hopes, it may be much harder than it was in 2012 for them to go from "who?" to Republican presidential contenders. That's because of new rules adopted Friday by the Republican National Committee at its meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

A judge in Arkansas has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a move that clears the way for gay couples to wed.

Here's the judge's order, via Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade.

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:49 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:49 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game Lightening Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Tom Bodett has the lead. He has four points. We have a tie between Jessi and Brian.

SAGAL: OK.

KASELL: Each has two points.

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:49 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:49 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Jessi Klein, Tom Bodett and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, Carl admits that his favorite member of the Brat Pack was Limricky Schreoder.

(LAUGHTER)

BRIAN BABYLON: (Laughing).

Read more

Pages