6:03am

Sat December 28, 2013
Health

Helping Families Have The Most Difficult Conversation

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. I hope that most of the people listening to us today have been with their families and friends during this holiday season. We've all had nice dinners and nice talks, but maybe there is one more talk we ought to have and the subject maybe won't sound quite right for the holidays.

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6:03am

Sat December 28, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Favorite Books, TV, Movies And Music Of 2013

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:17 am

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Kevin Spacey (left) and Robin Wright star in House of Cards, directed by David Fincher. The Netflix series, which follows a Machiavellian politician, is an adaptation of a BBC series of the same name. Hear an interview with Spacey and Fincher.
Patrick Harbron Netflix

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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5:55am

Sat December 28, 2013
Arts & Life

As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? What future do you see in these lead shapes? In one New Year's tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water and guess what the shapes portend.
Deena Prichep for NPR

As we approach the threshold of a new year, it's only human to wonder what's ahead. In Germany and a few nearby countries, the answer to this age-old existential question is found in molten lead.

When Gesine Krätzner had some scraps of lead left over from a roofing project last winter, she knew just what to do with them. Krätzner lives in Portland, Ore., but grew up in Germany. As a kid, she would melt bits of lead with her family for a New Year's Eve tradition called Bleigiessen.

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5:40am

Sat December 28, 2013
The Two-Way

More Than 1 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 2:04 pm

Job seekers read pamphlets as they wait in line to enter a job fair in San Jose, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

About 1.3 million Americans lost their long-term unemployment benefits today. This means anyone who has been out of work and getting benefits for than six months will stop receiving their weekly check.

As The New York Times frames the story, beyond drastically curtailing a safety-net for jobless workers, allowing the benefits to expire sets up a "major political" fight for the coming new year. The paper adds:

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5:32am

Sat December 28, 2013
Economy

Economic Stimulus Programs Begin Winding Down

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Scott Simon is away. Long-term unemployment benefits expire today for more than a million Americans. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress repeatedly extended the length of time laid-off workers could receive unemployment checks, but in the latest budget deal, lawmakers fail to approve another extension of those benefits.

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5:32am

Sat December 28, 2013
Economy

Why The Stock Market Soars Despite A Rocky Economy

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The end of the stimulus has not rattled the markets. In fact, the stock market has rocketed to record highs this year. To hear more about why the market has been surging and what it says about the economy, and what it might mean for the year ahead, we're joined by Jeremy Siegel. He is a professor of finance at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He joins us from member station WHYY in Philadelphia.

Professor Siegel, thank you for being with us.

JEREMY SIEGEL: Happy to be here.

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5:32am

Sat December 28, 2013
Africa

In Conflict-Torn Africa, Senegal Shows A Way To Religious Harmony

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:35 am

Inter-religious tensions have been in the headlines in parts of Africa lately. Christian-Muslim clashes have left many dead in places like Nigeria and Central African Republic. But there are also examples of peaceful inter-religious co-existence in Africa, such as Senegal.

2:02am

Sat December 28, 2013
Around the Nation

On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 4:00 pm

Mountain lion 38F perches in a tree before getting a tracking collar from the Santa Cruz Puma Project.
Peter Lollo KQED

After centuries of hunting and eradication, mountain lions are slowly making a comeback in the lower 48 states. But as their numbers grow, so do conflicts with people.

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2:00am

Sat December 28, 2013
Parallels

Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 4:00 pm

A boy stands in the ruins of the leveled a neighborhood in Tacloban. Food and water supplies were almost nonexsistent in the days immediately after the storm.
David Gilkey NPR

It felt like a dream.

The Marines kept flying over us all night long. Their hulking C-130 cargo planes rattled the tarp we'd jerry-rigged above our heads. NPR photographer David Gilkey and I were lying in sleeping bags next to the runway of the destroyed Tacloban airport. We'd arrived a few hours earlier in the back of one of those military aircraft. Now we were just waiting for daybreak.

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4:39pm

Fri December 27, 2013
A Patchwork Quilt 12/28

Live music from Eve Decker on A Patchwork Quilt

Eve Decker
Credit Irene Young

Bay area singer-songwriter and dharma teacher Eve Decker has a new CD called Simple Truth.  She'll perform some of her new songs this Saturday at 5pm on A Patchwork Quilt.

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