Weekend Edition http://ktep.org en Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families http://ktep.org/post/barrel-bomb-attacks-devastate-iraqi-families Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.<p>Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.<p>Hospitals haven't been spared. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45472 at http://ktep.org Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase' http://ktep.org/post/bel-kaufman-took-us-down-staircase <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Bel+Kaufman+Took+Us+%27Up+The+Down+Staircase%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzODUzMjE5MDEyNDk2NjQ3NDc0MTczOA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Scott Simon 45467 at http://ktep.org NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens http://ktep.org/post/nfl-faces-criticism-over-ray-rice-suspension-ravens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NFL+Faces+Criticism+Over+Ray+Rice+Suspension+From+Ravens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTYwMDQ1MDEzMzE1ODcyMjRmY2FlMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 45468 at http://ktep.org Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job http://ktep.org/post/dressing-t-rex-all-part-job <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Dressing+Up+As+A+T-Rex+Is+All+Part+Of+The+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwODM4NDIzMDEzMjM4NzEyMDkwNThkNQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 45461 at http://ktep.org Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit http://ktep.org/post/bobby-pattersons-got-more-soul-heart-and-spirit <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Bobby+Patterson%27s+%27Got+More+Soul%2C%27+Heart+And+Spirit&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMjk1OTc3MDEzNTA2NzQ1NjE4NjJmYQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 45455 at http://ktep.org 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue http://ktep.org/post/back-channel-turns-white-house-intrigue <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Back+Channel%27+Turns+Up+White+House+Intrigue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 45456 at http://ktep.org If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey? http://ktep.org/post/if-all-ice-melts-what-happens-hockey <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+All+The+Ice+Melts%2C+What+Happens+To+Hockey%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 45457 at http://ktep.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://ktep.org/post/extremists-leave-violent-message-small-iraqi-town A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.<p>The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.<p>The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.<p>"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 45025 at http://ktep.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site http://ktep.org/post/inspectors-struggle-collect-evidence-mh17-crash-site At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:42:00 +0000 editor 45024 at http://ktep.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts http://ktep.org/post/new-york-embraces-hiv-preventing-pill-some-voice-doubts AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Joel Rose 45023 at http://ktep.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable http://ktep.org/post/tracking-bats-it-helps-find-them-adorable Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This summer, we're hearing from young people who've landed unusual jobs - sometimes really unusual jobs. Today, we meet 27-year-old Julia Hoeh. Her job is downright batty. Reporter Daniel Potter caught up with her in the mountains of Tennessee and sent us this story.<p>DANIEL POTTER, BYLINE: Julia Hoeh works late - past midnight - and doesn't get done until around three a.m.<p>JULIA HOEH: We typically lead kind of the same nocturnal life that bats do.<p>POTTER: Hoeh's working as a bat field technician. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 editor 45018 at http://ktep.org Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon' http://ktep.org/post/marisa-ronstadt-cousin-linda-spans-genres-moon Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Marisa Ronstadt bears a musical name but she has her own style, which seems to be a mix of Mariachi, Classic Rock, Soul, R&B, Indie Pop - maybe she'll fill in any that we've missed. She's played music since she was seven and has her own band now "Marisa Ronstadt And The Know-It-All's." Their debut album is "Blueberry Moon." It's out now - let's hear a little.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLUEBERRY MOON")<p>MARISA RONSTADT AND THE KNOW-IT-ALLS: (Singing) Baby you're on your way. Ain't no stopping you, your here to stay. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 editor 45021 at http://ktep.org Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza http://ktep.org/post/israel-intensifies-ground-war-gaza International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 editor 45013 at http://ktep.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://ktep.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44563 at http://ktep.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://ktep.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44562 at http://ktep.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://ktep.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Joel Rose 44560 at http://ktep.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory http://ktep.org/post/financial-scandals-tarnish-spanish-soccer-glory Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top <em>Forbes</em> magazine's list of<a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2014/05/forbes-names-real-madrid-as-the-most-valuable-sports-club-in-the-world-for-the-second-year-running"> the world's richest sports franchises</a>. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.<p>This, in a country with roughly one-sixth of the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 44555 at http://ktep.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys http://ktep.org/post/cavalier-fans-can-finally-make-peace-their-old-lebron-jerseys From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 44558 at http://ktep.org The Day That Changed Everything On Mt. Everest http://ktep.org/post/day-changed-everything-mt-everest On April 18, 16 Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer about the deadliest day in Everest history. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 44548 at http://ktep.org Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan http://ktep.org/post/kerry-struggles-resolve-election-crisis-afghanistan Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 44549 at http://ktep.org Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire' http://ktep.org/post/jack-antonoff-takes-break-fun-release-desire Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>You may or may not recognize the name. But I'm pretty confident you already know our next guest - Jack Antonoff. Two summers ago, if you had a radio or a phone or just went outside anywhere where speakers exist, you heard Jack Antonoff. He was playing an extra distorted guitar for a band called Fun.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE ARE YOUNG")<p>FUN: (Singing) Tonight we are young. So let's set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.<p>KEITH: He's Fun's lead guitar but he also seems to be a workaholic. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 44553 at http://ktep.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://ktep.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 44090 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 44085 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 44081 at http://ktep.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock http://ktep.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 11:45:00 +0000 editor 44076 at http://ktep.org Farm Commune Founder Stephen Gaskin Dies At 79 http://ktep.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 11:45:00 +0000 editor 44077 at http://ktep.org Author Finds Inscrutable Spaces, Secret Cities For 'Unruly Places' http://ktep.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 11:43:00 +0000 editor 44067 at http://ktep.org Here's Why You Should Still Care About The World Cup http://ktep.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 44069 at http://ktep.org On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito http://ktep.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 11:43:00 +0000 editor 44066 at http://ktep.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://ktep.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 43653 at http://ktep.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call