Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR & Classical Music http://nwpr.org en Quebec Town Honors Train Derailment Victims, One Year Later http://nwpr.org/post/quebec-town-honors-train-derailment-victims-one-year-later Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Thousands of residents of a small town in eastern Canada attended a vigil just after midnight this morning. They were honoring victims of one of North America's deadliest train accidents. One year ago, an American-owned tanker train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic and erupted into flames. Forty-seven people died when the fire incinerated the community's downtown. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann is in Lac-Megantic, located - which is located just an hour from the border with Main. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:46:00 +0000 editor 48583 at http://nwpr.org If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line http://nwpr.org/post/if-you-cut-middle-go-end-line <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324333349/oh-you-know-the-answer">created a previous challenge</a>. Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Will Shortz 48577 at http://nwpr.org If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line Keeping Time By Rubidium At The Naval Observatory http://nwpr.org/post/keeping-time-rubidium-naval-observatory Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>We're spending part of our summer stargazing. And this week, as part of our series looking at the heavens, we went to the U.S. Naval Observatory, which sits on high ground, overlooking most of Washington. You're probably already familiar with what it does.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF RECORDED MESSAGE)<p>FRED COVINGTON: U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock. At the tone, the Eastern daylight time - 14 hours, 20 minutes exactly. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 48578 at http://nwpr.org 'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked http://nwpr.org/post/coffee-roses-and-other-garden-myths-debunked Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's summer time, when all that hard work putting in the garden really pays off. But some of the hard work might've been for nothing. The garden is a place filled with old wives tales and unscientific advice. For instance, have you ever been told that rusty nails planted with hydrangeas will turn the flowers blue? That myth is busted in a new book by horticulturalist C. L. Fornari. It's called "Coffee For Roses And 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening." C. L. Fornari, welcome to our program.<p>C. L. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 48579 at http://nwpr.org Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice http://nwpr.org/post/study-shows-penguins-endangered-waning-antarctic-ice Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" says, the population of Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in danger. Hal Caswell is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He co-authored the report. And he joins us from Amsterdam. Welcome.<p>HAL CASWELL: Thank you.<p>WERTHEIMER: You've been studying the Emperor penguin population in Antarctica. What's happening to them?<p>CASWELL: The Emperor penguin is affected by changes in the sea ice conditions. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 48568 at http://nwpr.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://nwpr.org/post/paris-training-wheels-littlest-riders A bike rental scheme in Paris that began seven years ago has been such a success, the city has launched a version for children. Parents can now rent bikes for tots up to 8 years old at locations across the city.<p>Officials say the program won't cost Paris a cent and might help build a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens — or perhaps inspire a few future Tour de France champions.<p>The original, adult enterprise is named Velib, which stands for <em>velo </em>— or bicycle — <em>Liberte. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 48248 at http://nwpr.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists http://nwpr.org/post/housing-market-fake-outs-stump-economists Many homebuyers have been throwing down cold hard cash for their entire house purchase in recent years. Some are baby-boomers who sold a bigger house and are downsizing. Some are investors. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 48249 at http://nwpr.org Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists How George Lucas Transformed The Modern Fairy Tale http://nwpr.org/post/how-george-lucas-transformed-modern-fairy-tale Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>This week, a battle over which American city would become the home to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was settled. Chicago won out over San Francisco and Los Angeles. And the $1 billion museum named for its founder, George Lucas, will open its doors on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive in 2018.<p>We thought this announcement about what will be the world's largest interactive museum was a good reason to reflect on the great filmmaker George Lucas's career. For that, I'm joined by Melanie McFarland. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:23:00 +0000 editor 48247 at http://nwpr.org How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar http://nwpr.org/post/how-professor-godzilla-learned-roar Hendrix College, a small school outside of Little Rock, Ark., is about to get a new president. His name is William Tsutsui, a Princeton-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated economist, but he's best known for a certain expertise that has landed him the nickname Professor Godzilla.<p>Tsutsui first heard the infamous roar of the radioactive monster lizard when he was 8 years old, living in the tiny college town of Bryan, Texas.<p>"Unlike many Japanese-Americans, I've not ever had the experience of living in a place with a large Asian-American community," Tsutsui says. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:46:00 +0000 editor 48246 at http://nwpr.org How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers http://nwpr.org/post/advertisers-come-out-closet-openly-courting-gay-consumers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks-SgE_waSo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSjDX9e2EOE</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48245 at http://nwpr.org Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers