A 10-mile section of California's Interstate 405 closed Friday night for construction. Host Scott Simon talks with KCRW traffic reporter Kajon Cermak about the shutdown and the impact on the surrounding community.
House Republican Bill Huizenga of Michigan says it's critical for the debt ceiling to be raised, but that doesn't mean he would vote for it. Host Scott Simon talks with Huizenga about the debt and deficit stalemate.
Syria is just one of the many countries across the Arab world where citizens have taken to the streets for change, often at great cost to themselves. A book out this coming week looks at what may be roiling in the Middle East, from Tunisia to Tehran. It's called Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. Host Scott Simon speaks with journalist and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright about her book.
SCOTT SIMON, host: Time now for your letters. Plenty of reaction to my essay last week about the jury that acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her two-year-old daughter. The case was the subject of national attention and lots of public anger. I said justice is served when juries know that if they take their responsibilities seriously, they're free to reach decisions they know may be unpopular.
Jeanne Lynch Nelson writes on Facebook: Thank you for bringing some sanity to the discussion.
SCOTT SIMON, host: Now from a man of numbers to a beloved boy wizard, the eight and final Harry Potter movie hits theaters this week. Each of these extravagantly successful films brought certain excitement to fans. But for those unacquainted with Hogworts and Horcruxes, NPR's Sami Yenigun has a cheat sheet.
(SOUNDBITE OF HARRY POTTER MOVIE MUSIC)
SAMI YENIGUN: All right you Muggles, lets take this thing from the top.
(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE")