President Obama's speech on Middle East issues earlier this week drew a lukewarm response from Israel; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly rejected some of the president's proposals. Is there any common ground left on which the U.S. and Israel can build a dialogue? Host Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University.
Some Christians believe that Saturday is Judgment Day, the day that catastrophe strikes the earth, true believers ascend to heaven and others are left to a terrible fate. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Barbara Bradley-Hagerty about the May 21 believers and other doomsday movements.
The Mississippi River floods continue to inundate the Delta region. Tributaries are backing up, spilling record levels of water and leaving severe damage in their wake. Host Scott Simon speaks with Garret Graves of the Louisiana State Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority about the economic impact of the Mississippi River floods on the region.
Flood waters are heading towards the small community of Butte La Rose, La., and the parish government there has ordered residents to evacuate. Host Scott Simon talks with Tucker Friedman, owner of Turtle's Bar in Butte La Rose, on his plans to stay behind.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in a New York apartment this weekend. On Thursday, the former head of the International Monetary Fund was indicted on seven criminal charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault on a maid in his New York hotel room last Saturday. Host Scott Simon talks to New York Times Paris Correspondent Elaine Sciolino about reaction in France to the sexual assault scandal surrounding Strauss-Kahn.