Talk of the Nation on Xtra HD http://blog.wlrn.org en After 11 Years Behind The Host Mic, Neal Conan Signs Off http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-11-years-behind-host-mic-neal-conan-signs Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>And so it's time to say goodbye. As you probably know, this, after 21 years, is the final broadcast of TALK OF THE NATION, and after 36 years, my last day at NPR.<p>Before I go, there are some people to thank. First, my predecessors in this chair: John Hockenberry, Ray Suarez, Juan Williams and the many substitutes who allowed us time off.<p>There have been dozens of people on the staff over the years, the people whose names you heard after Letters on Tuesdays, the people who made this program happen. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:33:00 +0000 editor 16532 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hopes And Fears For The Future Of The World, With Ted Koppel http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hopes-and-fears-future-world-ted-koppel Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. As some of you may know, this program began in the crisis that led up to what we now call the first Gulf War, in 1991, as Daniel Schorr and I anchored live coverage of briefings from the White House and the Pentagon and congressional hearings.<p>I got called away to other duties, so Dan took over, and when events failed to start on time, he took phone calls. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:33:00 +0000 editor 16533 at http://blog.wlrn.org So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/so-hard-say-goodbye-advice-farewell-notes Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>Looking ahead to our last day, many of our friends and colleagues have been faced with a dilemma. Well, how do you say goodbye? For many of us, finding the right words can be difficult. And when inspiration fails and panic sets in, well, we often turn to the long racks of greeting cards. So we've asked former Hallmark greeting card writer and creator of the YouTube series "Greeting Card Emergency" David Ellis Dickerson. He'll join us in a moment. But what's the best goodbye card you ever got? 800-989-8255. Email us: talk@npr.org. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:33:00 +0000 editor 16534 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mavis-staples-calls-latest-album-return-my-beginning <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVO1sivbq5k</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:50:00 +0000 editor 16481 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle' A Look Ahead And A Farewell To The Political Junkie http://blog.wlrn.org/post/look-ahead-and-farewell-political-junkie Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. It's Markey in Massachusetts, the court nixes DOMA and Prop 8, and the president bows to the summer heat and discards his jacket to take on climate change. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:11:00 +0000 editor 16482 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Changes After Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-changes-after-supreme-court-rulings-prop-8-and-doma In a 5-4 decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The court rules that supporters of California's Proposition 8 case did not have standing to bring the case to court, which means same-sex marriages in California may resume. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:07:00 +0000 editor 16483 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fire-transformed-philadelphia-community On May 13, 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on a residential row house. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:37:00 +0000 editor 16407 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-changes-after-supreme-court-ruling-voting-rights-act Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. This morning in a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:56:00 +0000 editor 16408 at http://blog.wlrn.org Saudi Arabia Solidifies Support Of Syrian Opposition http://blog.wlrn.org/post/saudi-arabia-solidifies-support-syrian-opposition Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal who told reporters his country can not ignore military intervention from Iran and Hezbollah in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Saudi Arabia already sends arms to the Syrian opposition. The U.S. also plans to provide light arms to the rebel forces. But the Saudi foreign minister said more is now required. NPR foreign correspondent Deb Amos joins us now from NPR's bureau in Beirut. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:56:00 +0000 editor 16409 at http://blog.wlrn.org Surgeons Nuland And Gawande Look To The Future Of Medicine http://blog.wlrn.org/post/surgeons-nuland-and-gawande-look-future-medicine Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Of the many programs we've aired over the years on medicine, none has been more interesting than the series of conversations with Sherwin Nuland and Atul Gawande, both surgeons and teachers. Both have also gone public as writers on their profession both to inform the public about what they do and why and how it's changing and to speak with their colleagues about what works and what doesn't.<p>We're taking advantage of our series Looking Ahead to ask them back. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:56:00 +0000 editor 16451 at http://blog.wlrn.org Op-Ed: Emerging Labor Movement Is A Presidential Opportunity http://blog.wlrn.org/post/op-ed-emerging-labor-movement-presidential-opportunity Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>And now, time for the Opinion Page. There's a new kind of labor movement in the United States led by those who are not in unions, primarily retail and fast-food workers. These workers are protesting before they unionize. And in a column for the Chicago Tribune, columnist Clarence Page compares this new labor movement to Occupy Wall Street.<p>If you work in the fast-food industry, if you own a fast-food franchise, what would a change in the minimum wage law mean for you? 800-989-8255 is our phone number. Email us: talk@npr.org. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:57:00 +0000 editor 16348 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Supreme Court Ruling On Affirmative Action, What's Next? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-supreme-court-ruling-affirmative-action-whats-next Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. We're going to focus most of this hour on the United States military and look ahead at what kind of changes to anticipate after Iraq and Afghanistan, but first to the Supreme Court. Earlier today, the justices chose not to issue a sweeping opinion on affirmative action. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:57:00 +0000 editor 16349 at http://blog.wlrn.org What's Changed In The Military, And What's Next http://blog.wlrn.org/post/whats-changed-military-and-whats-next Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan. After the war in Vietnam, the U.S. military changed in profound ways. A conscript force became all volunteer. Congress changed the rules to force much more extensive use of the National Guard in any future conflict. Training and equipment emphasized fighting at night. And technology made blunt instruments like aerial bombing far more precise.<p>Scarred by the experience of a war lost in the jungles of Indochina, U.S. military focused on conventional combat. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:57:00 +0000 editor 16350 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us http://blog.wlrn.org/post/will-adorn-what-we-wear-and-what-it-says-about-us Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When you looked in the closet this morning, what did you pick out, and why? The power suit, the blouse that fits just right, the jeans and the boots? Even if you wear a uniform or overalls, we all make decisions about what we look like and why. Hair says a lot. So do accessories. But any message is also open to misinterpretation. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:57:00 +0000 editor 16357 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer http://blog.wlrn.org/post/calculating-win-chinas-new-supercomputer Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>Every six months, one of my next guests ranks the 500 fastest computers in the world, the supercomputers, and back in November 2010, China took number one for the first time with a supercomputer called Milky Way 1. President Obama acknowledged China's feat in his State of the Union address a few months later and said we were facing a Sputnik moment.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: And now it's our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:17:00 +0000 editor 16222 at http://blog.wlrn.org