This week, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman threw his hat in the presidential ring, and more staff walked out on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Plus, all eyes turned to Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry is contemplating a bid for the GOP nomination. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.
Raising money has also been tough for little-known Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson. The former New Mexico governor has called his own fundraising pathetic. Johnson is hoping to jump-start his campaign at a unique political event winding down now in the mountains of New Hampshire. It is the Porcupine Freedom Festival, or Porcfest, and it's an offshoot of the Free State Project, a movement to colonize the Live Free or Die state with people who believe government should do no more than protect individual rights.
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.