Weekend Edition Saturday http://blog.wlrn.org en Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families http://blog.wlrn.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 36206 at http://blog.wlrn.org Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens http://blog.wlrn.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(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Oh, my favorite tune lots of sports news. Alas - most of it away from the playing field this week. Pleased to be joined now by Kavitha Davidson, sports columnist for Bloomberg View. She joins us from the studios of the Radio Foundation in New York City. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 36198 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase' http://blog.wlrn.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(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Bel Kaufman was a substitute teacher who bounced between public high schools in New York because her Ukrainian accent was considered a little thick. She liked to tell a story about a student who came in late. Welcome back, I said. What happened - did you rob a bank? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Scott Simon 36199 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job http://blog.wlrn.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(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Our theme music is by B.J. Leiderman. This summer, we're profiling young people with unusual jobs. So let's introduce to you now to a man who gets paid full-time to dress up as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 36197 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit http://blog.wlrn.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(MDA4MTExMzYxMDEzMTU0MTU2MDdlYjM2Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>When it comes to music, Bobby Patterson is an old soul.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG, "I GOT MORE SOUL")<p>BOBBY PATTERSON: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Someone get the hose from Ms. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 36190 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue http://blog.wlrn.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(MDA4MTExMzYxMDEzMTU0MTU2MDdlYjM2Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. When Stephen Carter's new novel opens, President Kennedy is alone in a bedroom with the beautiful intern. Did I say this was a novel? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 36191 at http://blog.wlrn.org If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey? http://blog.wlrn.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 36192 at http://blog.wlrn.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://blog.wlrn.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 35836 at http://blog.wlrn.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site http://blog.wlrn.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 15:45:00 +0000 editor 35834 at http://blog.wlrn.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts http://blog.wlrn.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 35833 at http://blog.wlrn.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza http://blog.wlrn.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 12:11:00 +0000 editor 35821 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable http://blog.wlrn.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 12:11:00 +0000 editor 35829 at http://blog.wlrn.org Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon' http://blog.wlrn.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 12:11:00 +0000 editor 35830 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://blog.wlrn.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 14:33:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 35447 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://blog.wlrn.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 35448 at http://blog.wlrn.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath