Weekend Edition Sunday
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has just released a report saying that police need to change the way they conduct investigations to prevent wrongful convictions. Host Rachel Martin talks with Quincy, Fla., police chief Walter McNeil, former president of the chiefs association.
It's not a grand bargain, as many were hoping, but House and Senate leaders say they are close to a budget agreement that will avoid a shutdown and set spending levels for the next two years. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to host Rachel Martin about the negotiations.
Foreigners are streaming into Syria to help fight with the resistance. Host Rachel Martin talks to Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo, about the growing concern that foreign fighters could hurt efforts to reach peace.
The punk band Bad Religion is usually critical of religion and American culture, but the group's newest album, Christmas Songs, is full of the classics. Host Rachel Martin speaks to founders Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz about the new album.
The Supreme Court is discussing whether or not airline customers can sue after being thrown out of a frequent flyer program. A rabbi from Minnesota sued when he was thrown out of Northwest's (now Delta) program after supposedly abusing the system. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy website about how frequent flyer programs work.
The space agency revealed plans this week to grown basil, turnips and a small flowering plant called arabidopsis on the moon. Host Rachel Martin talks with Robert Bowman, a senior scientist with Lockheed Martin who is working with the NASA Ames Research Center, about plans to germinate plants on the moon.
New Year's Day will be the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The passage of NAFTA by Congress was one of the most controversial events of the 1990s. Critics predicted a massive loss of American jobs to low-wage Mexico, but most manufacturing jobs went elsewhere instead.
The secretary of defense is trying to shore up alliances in both regions. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Larry Abramson about Chuck Hagel's trip to visit troops in Afghanistan and his next stops in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Richard Stengel was Nelson Mandela's friend and collaborator — he co-wrote his autobiography with him, Long Walk to Freedom, and he wrote his own book after the experience, Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with him about how Mandela transitioned from revolutionary to politician.
As they mourn the iconic anti-apartheid leader who shepherded South Africa to multiracial democracy, South Africans are experiencing mixed emotions. Some feel at peace with Nelson Mandela's death. Some are in disbelief, and some are anxious about a future without his guidance.