Elaine Paige is known as the "First Lady of Musical Theater" and recently celebrated 40 years on the stage. For more than six years, she has also been hosting a radio show on BBC Radio 2, on which she interviews people from the theater world. Host Scott Simon speaks with Paige about her radio show and her favorite musical roles.
We begin with reaction to host Scott Simon's essay last week about Mark Halperin's profane reference to President Obama. Also last week, we heard we heard from Gwen Thompkins about her return home to New Orleans and the reassurance she felt hearing the croaks of dozens of frogs who had also returned. Host Scott Simon reads listener comments about these stories and more.
The minor league Dayton Dragons tied the Portland Trail Blazers' record of 814 consecutive sellouts last Saturday. They will break the record Saturday, when they open a series against South Bend. Jerry Kenny of member station WYSO reports.
Fighting deficits is a core belief of the Tea Party, which emerged as a significant force in the 2010 midterm elections, especially in the Republican Party. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Kate Zernike about the Tea Party's influence on the deficit and debt ceiling talks, as well as the resulting impact on the GOP.
Warmed up? We've got football, soccer, baseball and basketball stories spanning three continents and 49 states. Stories include: a debate on NCAA football teams creating self-imposed sanctions for rules violations, an update on the women's soccer World Cup and a roundup of the losses in the sports world. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman.
The Republic of South Sudan is now officially the world's newest nation. South Sudan waged a long and brutal war against the North, and in January the people voted to break away. On Saturday, Africa's 54th nation threw itself a birthday party, and NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton talks with host Scott Simon from the capital city in Juba.
There is still no end in sight to the state government shutdown in Minnesota. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders remain far apart on how to balance the state's budget for the next two years. With the shutdown in its ninth day, unemployed state workers are increasingly anxious, and residents who rely on shuttered state services are increasingly frustrated. NPR's David Schaper reports.
Frequent flyer Thomas Stuker will take a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Saturday, taking him to a total of 10 million miles flown. Host Scott Simon talks with Stuker, whose accumulated mileage equals about 400 trips around the world.
During the 1976 campaign, Betty Ford was more popular than her husband, President Gerald Ford. Ford, who died Friday, had been a supporter of feminist causes, and her support for abortion rights riled many conservatives during the campaign of her husband, who died in 2007. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports