Sat July 9, 2011
Music Interviews

Ledisi: A Singer's Second Life

Ledisi's fifth and latest album is called Pieces of Me.
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A decade into her career as an R&B artist, it's hard to believe Ledisi actually got her start in opera. Beginning at age eight and continuing through her studies at UC Berkeley, the singer and songwriter spent years honing her operatic voice before switching to R&B and soul. However, she tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz that the two worlds aren't so different — especially when it comes to the skills the singers cultivate.

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Sat July 9, 2011

South Sudan Comes Alive With Joy, Tears

The world welcomed a new country on Saturday: South Sudan. The nation's flag was raised for the first time in capitol of Juba, where the people of South Sudan gathered to celebrate their independence. Host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who was in the joyous crowd.


Sat July 9, 2011
NPR Story

Week In News: U.K. 'News Of The World' Scandal

Rupert Murdoch's tabloid News of the World closes its doors Sunday after more than a century and a half in business. That follows the revelation that reporters there tapped the phones of crime victims, dead soldiers and even the royal family to get scoops for their paper. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about this story and others from the past week.


Sat July 9, 2011
Author Interviews

The Troubled History Of The Supermarket Tomato

A worker inspects tomatoes at the West Coast Tomato plant in Palmetto, Fla. The Sunshine State produces one-third of all fresh tomatoes in the U.S.
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Supermarket tomatoes may look delicious — smooth, red and unblemished — but for the most part, they taste like nothing at all.

"I think tomatoes in grocery stores are like food porn in the purest sense of the word," author Barry Estabrook tells Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "They tantalize you, they make you think, but they don't deliver."

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Sat July 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: Video Game Violence and Back Pain Science

Peggy O'Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O'Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain.
Group Health Research Institute

Medicaid may not be the best health coverage around, but a new study this week shows that it is way better than nothing.

The findings come from Oregon, where limited funding meant the state resorted to a lottery to determine who would get into Medicaid. Public health researchers compared the health of people who got Medicaid and those who didn't, and we have Julie Rovner on hand to explain how it turned out.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Simon Says

Don't Indict Juries Over The Casey Anthony Verdict

There were shocked and angry outcries this week after an Orange County, Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008.

Caylee Anthony had been missing for a month before police arrested her mother, Casey, for obstructing the investigation into her daughter's disappearance. It was about six months before the little girls' remains were found in woods near her home.

Casey Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police. But with time served, she will be free next weekend.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department.


Sat July 9, 2011

Paul Provenza And The Art Of Stand-Up


SCOTT SIMON, host: This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Comedians don't like to talk about comedy any more than magicians like to talk about their tricks. Comedy isn't chemistry. You can't put laughs together like some kind of recipe. Sometimes, you can do everything that seems right and fall flat or do everything wrong, but still win a laugh.

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Sat July 9, 2011

British Media Watches Its 'World' Fall Apart

After 168 years in print, the British tabloid, News of the World, is closing after fallout from a phone hacking scandal. Host Scott Simon talks with political columnist Simon Hoggart of the Guardian newspaper about the impact on the media landscape in the United Kingdom.


Sat July 9, 2011

A Taste Of Space Life: Urine Recycling

There is an experiment aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis: an osmotic bag to turn urine into something drinkable. Host Scott Simon has more.