8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Space

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Theater

Elaine Paige's Musical Life, Lived On Stage

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: MSNBC's Mark Halperin; A Return To NOLA

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Sports

The Minor League With Major Attendance

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Politics

Tea Party's Voice Booms Over Debt Talks

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Sports

U.S. To Play Brazil In Women's World Cup

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Africa

South Sudan Celebrates Its Nationhood

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Around the Nation

For Minnesota Shutdown, A Deal Seems Distant

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Strange News

Frequent Flier Reaches His 10 Millionth Mile

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.

8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Remembrances

Former First Lady Betty Ford Remembered For Her Candor

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

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