Weekend Edition from NPR http://whqr.org en Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick http://whqr.org/post/kicking-can-down-road-habit-thats-hard-kick The Senate is expected to vote on a temporary transportation spending bill later this week — with an emphasis on the word <em>temporary</em>.<p>The bill would keep highway funding flowing through May of next year, and avert a looming infrastructure crisis. Without congressional action, the highway trust fund would run out of cash in August.<p>The short-term fix follows a familiar pattern. It goes something like this:<p>First, panic erupts because the government is going to shut down — or a program is going to run out of money — or a tax will automatically rise. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 58356 at http://whqr.org Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight http://whqr.org/post/monty-python-reunion-show-circus-makes-one-last-flight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlBUglE6Hc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Rich Preston 58357 at http://whqr.org At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://whqr.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58355 at http://whqr.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86 http://whqr.org/post/james-garner-rockford-files-and-maverick-dies-86 Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 editor 58349 at http://whqr.org 'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists http://whqr.org/post/transformers-inspires-chinese-farmerartists Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>And while we are celebrating zombies who shuffle from movies into comic book, what about the toy robots that became a cartoon that then became a movie series and now have inspired Chinese farmers to become master replica robot builders?<p>(SOUNDBITE OF "TRANSFORMERS" THEME SONG)<p>UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Transformers, more than meets the eye.<p>RATH: For those of you who don't know, Transformers are robots. There are good ones, the Autobots, and bad ones, the Decepticons. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 editor 58346 at http://whqr.org As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://whqr.org/post/polar-icebox-shrinks-infectious-pathogens-move-north Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Infectious diseases may be spreading more quickly, thanks to global warming. Viruses that were kept in check by the polar ice box are being released. And as some animals move north to keep cool, they're bringing all sorts of parasites with them, from microbes to ticks. Christopher Solomon has written about this in the August issue of "Scientific American." And he joins me now from Montana Public Radio in Missoula. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 editor 58347 at http://whqr.org Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients http://whqr.org/post/facility-sets-extreme-precautions-treat-ebola-patients Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath. The worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded continues to spread in West Africa. And medical workers in Sierra Leone have responded by expanding an extraordinary field hospital. It opened less than a month ago, but it now has the largest Ebola isolation unit ever built, with 64 beds. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 58348 at http://whqr.org Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools http://whqr.org/post/cars-and-carts-people-flee-gaza Residents in Northern Gaza have been fleeing their homes in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/13/331122214/palestinians-flee-gaza-after-israel-drops-warning-leaflets">anticipation of a new Israeli assault</a>, as the exchange of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes enters its sixth day. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Emily Harris 57999 at http://whqr.org Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools People Evacuate Gaza Strip As Tensions Increase http://whqr.org/post/people-evacuate-gaza-strip-tensions-increase Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is a WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath in for Rachel Martin. The international community is trying to resolve the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Yet today, the crisis is getting worse, not better. People are evacuating the Gaza Strip and Israel has made its first ground incursion. NPR's Ari Shapiro's in Jerusalem and joins us with the latest. Hi Ari.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hey, Arun.<p>RATH: So we've seen Israeli tanks and troops gathering along the Gaza border for the last few days. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 editor 58000 at http://whqr.org Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life http://whqr.org/post/charlie-hadens-lessons-music-and-life Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>We take a moment now to remember jazz musician and composer Charlie Haden, who died Friday at the age of 76. Haden was one of the most respected and admired musicians in jazz. His fierce commitment to the music was matched by his intense belief in the rights of all human beings, and he spoke out for those rights verbally and musically around the world. As a young singer, Charlie Haden was struck by polio which foiled that career. So he switched to the acoustic bass where he developed a signature sound. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 editor 58004 at http://whqr.org