You may not know his name, but if you're a fan of Weekend Edition Sunday, you've heard his music. The opening notes of the program's theme were recorded by pianist Stef Scaggiari, and in the early days of the show he was our "staff pianist." Next week, we'll talk more with Scaggiari, but today we're offering a little hint of his playing to get you in the mood.
The mayor of the high desert town of Lancaster, Calif., says he believes he's found the solution to bringing down crime and making people in the city generally happier and less stressed. He's piping in new age music and bird songs all around downtown. Residents are not necessarily happy. Gloria Hillard reports.
The Souris River is cresting in the town of Minot, N.D. The water has reached more than 6 feet above major flood levels, breaking the record set back in 1881. Residents have been forced out of their homes, thousands of which have been damaged. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.
In Libya, the area controlled by Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi is showing the strains caused by NATO's embargo and bombing campaign. The once-prosperous oil-producing country is importing food and even fuel from neighboring Tunisia. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from western Libya that Gadhafi's government is also cracking down harder on foreign journalists who are covering the situation.
Egypt's precarious transition to democracy is threatened by the continued use of military trials against civilians, three-decades-old emergency laws, press restrictions and other repressive practices leftover from the old regime. That's the conclusion of the head of the rights group Amnesty International as he wrapped up a multi-day visit to Egypt Sunday. From Cairo, NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.