Weekend Edition http://kunm.org en Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://kunm.org/post/want-eat-brazilian-food-world-cup-please-step-outside The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.<p>Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:49:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 47595 at http://kunm.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' http://kunm.org/post/noodle-makers-daughter-falls-ballroom-dancing-mambo Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The novel "Mambo in Chinatown" takes readers from the grungy kitchen at the back of a not-so-nice Chinese restaurant in New York City to the seemingly glamorous world of professional ballroom dancing. And in the middle of it all, is the book's narrator, 22-year-old Charlie Wong, who describes herself in the opening lines as the daughter of a dancer and a noodle maker. Charlie finds herself torn between two cultures trying to hold her family together. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 47593 at http://kunm.org A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://kunm.org/post/cleaner-tour-de-france-kicks-nod-wwi Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 47589 at http://kunm.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito http://kunm.org/post/hunt-nations-best-burrito Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>And now I'm feeling hungry, maybe for a breakfast burrito. It would have to be a really good one, though. I can't settle for a subpar tortilla stuffed with dried out beans and rice. If only there were a burrito correspondent who could give me some tips. Well, NPR doesn't have anyone staffing that important beat so we'll have to borrow Anna Maria Barry-Jester. She's traveling the country for the website FiveThirtyEight, eating her way through a definitive burrito bracket. Anna Maria Barry-Jester joins us now from San Francisco. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +0000 editor 47590 at http://kunm.org Author Finds Inscrutable Spaces, Secret Cities For 'Unruly Places' http://kunm.org/post/author-finds-inscrutable-spaces-secret-cities-unruly-places Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>It's easy to think that there is nowhere left to discover on Earth. Every part of the globe has been visited, mapped and settled. But a new book by Newcastle University geography professor, Alastair Bonnett, takes a fresh look at the world we live in. It's called "Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, And Other Inscrutable Geographies." When I spoke with Bonnett about the book, he said the idea that every corner of the Earth was already known didn't sit well with him. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +0000 editor 47591 at http://kunm.org The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock http://kunm.org/post/quiet-sound-luluc-sparked-punk-rock Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>Quiet, introspective with haunting melodies. Those are trademarks of the music of the Australian folk duo Luluc.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)<p>LULUC: (Singing) Flying over Chicago. There trees line the white snow.<p>KEITH: This week, I spoke with band members Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett about their new album called "Passerby" out July 15.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)<p>LULUC: (Singing) Across the night in red and gold.<p>KEITH: Can you tell about the name of your group, Luluc? What does it mean? Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 47582 at http://kunm.org Here's Why You Should Still Care About The World Cup http://kunm.org/post/heres-why-you-should-still-care-about-world-cup Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith. And it's time now for sports. A high-stakes game for Brazil yesterday against Columbia. The home team won, sending them to the semifinal round against Germany. But now they'll have to do it without one of their best players, Neymar - like Madonna, I guess - who fractured a vertebrae in the match yesterday. Joining me now is NPR's Tom Goldman who is in Brazil. Good morning, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi Tamara. How are you?<p>KEITH: I'm good. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 47583 at http://kunm.org Farm Commune Founder Stephen Gaskin Dies At 79 http://kunm.org/post/farm-commune-founder-stephen-gaskin-dies-79 Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>Back in 1971, psychedelic school buses were the mode of transportation for Stephen Gaskin and his followers. He led them from California to Tennessee, where they founded what was known as the farm, a commune that still exists today. The charismatic leader of the collective died this week at the age of 79 in Summertown, Tennessee. At its peak, the farm boasted 1,500 members. Today, according to the New York Times, some 200 people live there - most attracted by Mr. Gaskins' message of spiritual awakening, communal living and helping others. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 47584 at http://kunm.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://kunm.org/post/western-fighters-answer-mideast-extremists-clarion-call This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.<p>Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 47281 at http://kunm.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure http://kunm.org/post/yosemite-park-turns-150-charms-and-challenges-endure Yosemite National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that preserved it — and planted the seeds for the National Park system. At the same time, the park faces the challenge of protecting the natural wonders from their own popularity.<p>Since President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1864 law that protected this land, visitors have been enjoying the park's spectacular features, from Half Dome to the giant sequoia grove — and the moonbow at Yosemite Falls.<p>The moonbow is like a rainbow, but at night. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:59:00 +0000 editor 47280 at http://kunm.org As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure Region's Leaders Promise To Protect Iraq's Holy Sites http://kunm.org/post/regions-leaders-promise-protect-iraqs-holy-sites Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>One of the things many countries can agree on is the importance of protecting Iraq's cultural and religious heritage in the midst of this conflict. There are holy sites in the country that have existed for thousands of years.<p>Last week, Iran's president vowed to cross the border to defend Shiite shrines in Iraq. And thousands of Shia Muslims in India have said they'll do the same. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:02:00 +0000 editor 47271 at http://kunm.org Kerry Urges Mideast Leaders To Contain ISIS http://kunm.org/post/kerry-urges-mideast-leaders-contain-isis Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Secretary of State John Kerry is a ending week-long diplomatic trip through Europe and the Mideast. Secretary Kerry went from Baghdad to Erbil and then on to Brussels and Paris. He finally ended up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he warned that the Sunni Muslim group ISIS is a threat to the whole region, not just Iraq.<p>NPR's Jackie Northam has been traveling with Secretary Kerry. She joins us from the last stop on his journey in Shannon, Ireland. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:02:00 +0000 editor 47272 at http://kunm.org World Cup Round Of 16 Dominated By South American Teams http://kunm.org/post/world-cup-round-16-dominated-south-american-teams Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.<p>The knockout round of the World Cup - maybe want to make that the South American Cup, since so many of the teams left standing are from the home hemisphere.<p>Team USA is there, too, even after it lost to Germany on Thursday. We're joined now by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN The Magazine. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:02:00 +0000 editor 47276 at http://kunm.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://kunm.org/post/talks-yield-possible-framework-iran-nuclear-deal Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 46952 at http://kunm.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://kunm.org/post/man-beneath-blue-room What's behind the man who is below <em>The Blue Room</em>?<p>This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting <em>The Blue Room </em>is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.<p>Experts have long suspected something more must be below, as there were brushstrokes that didn't match the composition of the nude, bluish woman. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:17:00 +0000 Scott Simon 46947 at http://kunm.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story An Urban Stonehenge For The New World http://kunm.org/post/urban-stonehenge-new-world Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Today's the start of a new series on WEEKEND EDITION - Summer Stargazing. What better way to begin than with the summer solstice? Early this morning in England, pagans and non-pagans rose to watch the sunrise in perfect alignment with the ancient pillars of Stonehenge.<p>But what if you don't happen to be in Britain? What if your Druid costume is at the dry cleaners? Then, welcome to Manhattanhenge. Mystically, twice a year, the sun aligns with the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 editor 46935 at http://kunm.org Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup http://kunm.org/post/chicago-girl-designs-parkinsons-proof-cup Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 editor 46936 at http://kunm.org Suburban D.C. Bear Gets Social Before Getting Relocated http://kunm.org/post/suburban-dc-bear-gets-social-getting-relocated A bear that was found walking around Bethesda, Md., has been returned to his natural home. But not before gaining a moment of Internet fame with two fake Twitter accounts created on his behalf. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 editor 46937 at http://kunm.org The 'Kony 2012' Effect: Recovering From A Viral Sensation http://kunm.org/post/kony-2012-effect-recovering-viral-sensation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:35:00 +0000 editor 46637 at http://kunm.org The 'Kony 2012' Effect: Recovering From A Viral Sensation 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle http://kunm.org/post/50-years-ago-freedom-summer-began-training-battle Idealism drove hundreds of college students to Mississippi 50 years ago.<p>In 1964, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/08/02/206813091/to-60s-civil-rights-hero-math-is-kids-formula-for-success" target="_blank">civil rights activist Bob Moses</a> led the campaign to register black voters and educate black children in that state. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 46635 at http://kunm.org 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle Obama Takes A Trip To A Sioux Indian Reservation http://kunm.org/post/obama-takes-trip-sioux-indian-reservation Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation yesterday on the border between North and South Dakota. At a celebration honoring Native American veterans, he quoted the tribe's best-known member - Chief Sitting Bull.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: He said, let's put our minds together to see what we can build for our children.<p>(APPLAUSE)<p>SIMON: The president then emphasized his commitment to improving education and creating economic opportunities in Indian Country. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 46622 at http://kunm.org Netherlands Routs Spain In World Cup Rematch http://kunm.org/post/netherlands-routs-spain-world-cup-rematch It was a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. But the similarity ended there. Netherlands routed the defending champions, Spain, 5-1. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 46632 at http://kunm.org Kings Beat Rangers For Stanley Cup http://kunm.org/post/kings-beat-rangers-stanley-cup Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)<p>SIMON: BJ Leiderman writes our theme music. And the Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup last night. They're making a habit of this, aren't they? They defeated the New York Rangers in double-overtime. Were joined now by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN the Magazine. Howard, thanks for being with us.<p>HOWARD BRYANT: Oh. What a day in sports yesterday, Scott. Unbelievable.<p>SIMON: Well, the World Cup - and we're going to talk about that. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 46633 at http://kunm.org Ecuador Fights 'Bad Left' Notoriety http://kunm.org/post/equador-fights-bad-left-notoriety Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Hillary Clinton calls for a new approach to Latin America in her new book out this week, and she told NPR that that began with an attempt to try to normalize relations with Cuba so the issue wouldn't get in the way of relations with others.<p>HILLARY CLINTON: It's really important that we pay more attention to our own hemisphere. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 46634 at http://kunm.org Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock http://kunm.org/post/move-over-bridgegate-chris-christies-next-campaign-roadblock The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.<p>The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.<p>When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Joel Rose 46326 at http://kunm.org Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock Swallowed By The Times And The Fate Of 'Great Powers' http://kunm.org/post/swallowed-times-and-fate-great-powers Tom Rachman has written a book for book lovers in The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. The best-selling novelist talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the difference between reading and literature. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:37:00 +0000 editor 46325 at http://kunm.org On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been http://kunm.org/post/70th-anniversary-d-day-look-what-could-have-been The men and women who brought down Adolph Hitler's war machine cannot defeat mortality. As the dwindling number of veterans who served during D-Day are saluted on the 70th anniversary, we might consider how different our lives might have been if those soldiers and sailors had been turned back from the beaches.<p>Stephen Ambrose, the American historian who founded the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, believed the Allies might have tried another invasion, when ocean tides allowed. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Scott Simon 46319 at http://kunm.org On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://kunm.org/post/nj-nets-devils-owner-gave-millions-local-causes We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Scott Simon 46310 at http://kunm.org Two- And Four-Legged Athletes In The Sports Spotlight http://kunm.org/post/two-and-four-legged-athletes-sports-spotlight NPR's Scott Simon and sports correspondent Tom Goldman discuss the prospects for a Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stake and look back at an NBA game played with no air conditioning. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 editor 46320 at http://kunm.org Working Out With Hefty Proustian Epics http://kunm.org/post/working-out-hefty-proustian-epics Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>It's only days past Memorial Day, and the prospect of appearing on the beach has got some people getting their swimsuits in a twist. We're joined now by Sally Franson who blogs at the Writer's Block website. Sally, thanks for being with us again.<p>SALLY FRANSON: It's so nice to be back, Scott.<p>SIMON: So you've developed a workout for the bookish?<p>FRANSON: I have, you know, it's swimsuit season and it's also summer book season - time to do reading on the beach. Sat, 31 May 2014 15:38:00 +0000 editor 46055 at http://kunm.org