We heard last week from Jesse Hardman, a reporter whose father is afflicted with Parkinson's disease. We also spoke with Alan Connor, who shared his ideas on the meaning behind the most popular song ever in the UK, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Host Scott Simon reads listener comments about last week's show.
New York became the sixth and the largest state to approve same-sex marriage Friday night after a contentious debate in the state legislature. Host Scott Simon gets the details from Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio.
President Obama says if America wants a strong, growing economy, it needs robust, growing factories. In Pittsburgh Friday, Obama launched a new partnership with businesses and universities. It's designed to give a boost to the manufacturing sector in hopes that factories will then offer more, good-paying jobs. The announcement capped a week in which Obama also began winding down the war in Afghanistan and tip-toed around the fight over same-sex marriage. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Despite the pressure to draw down troops in Afghanistan quickly, President Obama was being tugged in the opposite direction. His military advisers wanted to keep more of the "surge troops" for a longer period of time. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman, reporting from Afghanistan, about the president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops.
Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured this week after 16 years as a fugitive. His years in hiding were aided by corrupt FBI agents who protected him in exchange for information. Host Scott Simon talks to former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr, author of Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the relationship between Bulger and his contacts.