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")
A tall ship from Chile, the Esmeralda, is touring the West Coast of the United States this month. It's intended as a peaceful naval ambassador, but it's stirring dark feelings about Chile's history. The ship pulled into port in San Diego this week.
The Esmeralda is the second-longest and second-tallest in the world, with a pristine white hull, brass portholes and four masts topped with Chilean flags. Onboard, a sailor sells Chilean wine.
"[It] kind of reminds me of the Titanic," tourist Alex Rios says. "That old feeling to it, you know."
Each summer thousands of salmon can be seen shooting upstream at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and into Washington state. Sea lions congregate there. They think of the salmon migration as a buffet.
Sea lions are protected species, but salmon are endangered. Wildlife regulators don't want sea lions to gorge themselves on endangered salmon. For a time, the National Marine Fisheries Service was authorized to shoot any sea lion with a salmon dangling from its mouth. A bill has recently been introduced in Congress to allow the killing to start again.