Baseball is here! Just a few games into the new season, but already the Chicago Cubs are playing .500 baseball, and Manny Ramirez has flunked a drug test. Meanwhile, down in Augusta, there may be a familiar roar at the Masters. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the struggling Boston Red Sox, the latest in the Barry Bonds trial, and the U.S. Masters Tournament.
Radiation is a scary thing. It is invisible and its effects on the human body are not completely understood. But many people overestimate the risk of radiation exposure, especially when it comes to nuclear power. NPR's Joe Palca in Tokyo has been thinking a lot about the public's perception of radiation.
Saturday marks 300 days without a central government for the country of Belgium, surpassing the record formerly held by Iraq. Officials there are in a political stalemate over budget issues and electoral districts, but many Belgians say the absence of a government doesn't make much of a difference in their daily lives. Host Scott Simon talks with Belgian columnist and journalist Gerrit Six.
When quarterback Michael Vick met with Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society, in Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary in 2009, he told him something that a lot of people would have a hard time believing: He actually loves animals.
Vick was nearing the end of an 18-month sentence for dogfighting crimes, and Pacelle had been one of his most vocal critics. But through their relationship, Vick eventually (and controversially) became an advocate for animal welfare.