Ben & Daniel talk with Megan Bohigian, author of the collection "Sightlines." Megan talks about the theatrical term "sightlines" and how she's adapted it to take on a literary meaning in revisiting memories from different perspectives. Bohigian teaches Creative Writing at Fresno City College, and she talks with Daniel (a Fresno native) about why so many writers come out of Fresno.
For this week's Poem of the Week, Megan Bohigian reads "Learning to Dive, Chapman Compound Pool, 1962," from her collection "Sightlines."
In today's Poetic License, JL Powers, author of "This Thing Called the Future," talks about paralyzing fear...from the strange noises at night as a child, or as an adult of being raped or murdered in South Africa.
Plus, Daniel & Ben talk about their love/hate relationship with broccoli (Daniel loves it, Ben hates it).
A photo from Aug. 12 shows vintage Chevrolet sedans lined up in a field near the former Lambrecht Chevrolet car dealership in Pierce, Neb. In September, bidders from at least a dozen countries and all 50 U.S. states converged on Pierce for a two-day auction of about 500 old cars and trucks.
This 1958 Chevy Cameo pickup, with an odometer showing 1.3 miles, was sold at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce Neb., for $140,000 Saturday. The rare truck fetched the top price at the auction of more than 500 vintage vehicles.
A file photo from August shows some of the cars that had been stored in the old showroom of the former Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership. At this weekend's auction, several of the previously unsold vehicles will come with their original paperwork and a new Nebraska title and bill of sale.
A family photo provided by Jeannie Stillwell, daughter of car dealership owner Ray Lambrecht, shows Mildred Lambrecht, Ray's wife, and their son Mark in a brand new 1953 Corvette, in front of the dealership.
Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 3:00 pm
A car auction unlike any other is going on this weekend in Pierce, Neb., where hundreds of cars that were stockpiled by a Chevrolet dealer are finally being sold — many for the first time. The Lambrecht Chevrolet collection stretches back to the 1950s and has drawn bids and interest from around the world.
Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 10:28 am
As many as 50 students may be dead in Nigeria, after gunmen attacked an agricultural college's dormitories in the country's northeast. The attack, which occurred as many students slept, is being blamed on the group Boko Haram, which wants to form an Islamic state.
From The Associated Press:
"As many as 50 students may have been killed in the assault that began at about 1 a.m. Sunday in rural Gujba, Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture, told The Associated Press."
Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 10:24 am
A Saudi cleric who warned women against driving cars by saying it could harm their ovaries is facing criticism and mockery. The comments of Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan came a month before a planned day of disobedience, with activists encouraging women to drive — a right they do not have in Saudi Arabia.
Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 10:12 am
A powerful explosion has killed at least 37 people in Peshawar, Pakistan, where authorities say they suspect a car bomb was detonated in a market district near a police station. The explosion left a scene of devastation, with casualties and severe damage to nearby buildings in the city's historic Qissa Khawani market.
The federal government remains on track to miss a midnight Monday deadline to fund its operations. Chambers of Congress sharply disagree over a temporary funding bill. Here, the Capitol is seen Saturday.
Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 10:10 am
The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law.
The House bill would avert the budget deadline at midnight Monday by funding the U.S. government into December. But it also includes a one-year delay of Obamacare — a provision that Democrats and some Republicans say has no place in a stopgap funding bill.
In the midst of all these budget battles, debt ceiling fights and the sequester that has forced the government to cut billions of dollars in programs, the Pentagon is going forward with the most expensive weapons system ever.
Poor communication contributed to the deaths of 19 elite firefighters in Arizona this past June. That's just one of the findings of a long-awaited report on the Yarnell Hill Fire that was released yesterday. It was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in 80 years. The report lays out in detail what happened that day but it does not address why it happened or who was responsible. NPR's Ted Robbins was in Prescott, Arizona and he brings us the story.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.
The massacre at Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall last week, has put the Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabab under new international scrutiny. To understand more about this group's history, its motives and capabilities, we've reached out to Peter Bergen. He's a counterterrorism expert with the New America Foundation here in Washington.