Weekend Edition Sunday http://wuwm.com en Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick http://wuwm.com/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 36451 at http://wuwm.com 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://wuwm.com/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 36452 at http://wuwm.com At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wuwm.com/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 36449 at http://wuwm.com Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86 http://wuwm.com/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 36450 at http://wuwm.com 'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists http://wuwm.com/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 14:37:00 +0000 editor 36434 at http://wuwm.com As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://wuwm.com/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 14:37:00 +0000 editor 36439 at http://wuwm.com A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth http://wuwm.com/post/nasty-weed-may-have-helped-ancient-humans-keep-their-teeth Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A story now about scientists who are looking into the distant past. Archaeologists studying a prehistoric site in Sudan have used an ingenious technique to learn about the early human diet. NPR's Rae Ellen Bichell tells us what they found.<p>RAE ELLEN BICHELL, BYLINE: Karen Hardy is an archaeologist of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She started to think about dental plaque.<p>KAREN HARDY: When you eat, you get this kind of film of dental plaque over your teeth. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 36443 at http://wuwm.com Jihadi Videos Push Islamic Music's Austere Boundaries http://wuwm.com/post/jihadi-videos-push-islamic-musics-austere-boundaries Islamist militants have stepped up their game when it comes to the music and visuals in their videos. NPR's Arun Rath talks to scholar Peter Neumann about today's tech-savvy jihadists. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 35909 at http://wuwm.com Soccer Biter Will Return From His Ban To Play For A New Club http://wuwm.com/post/soccer-biter-will-return-his-ban-play-new-club Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Soccer is most egregious masticator has a new home club in Spain. Since 2010, the star Uruguayan footballer, Luis Suarez, has played for Liverpool. In that time, he's been disciplined more than once for biting an opponent. Most recently, FIFA suspended Suarez for four months after he chomped Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, during the World Cup. But this week the Barcelona Football Club welcomed Suarez with open arms and a transfer fee reported at $128 million. Suarez says he's wanted to transfer to Barcelona for some time. His wife's family lives there. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 35910 at http://wuwm.com Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools http://wuwm.com/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 13:52:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35911 at http://wuwm.com Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools