Around the Nation
2:51 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Soaked In Drought: Lessons From The Dust Bowl

Scorched pastures are spreading across central Illinois and the rest of the Midwest. Technology and techniques developed from previous droughts like the Dust Bowl are helping to save some of today's crops, but there's no substitute for water.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 8:43 am

This summer's drought continues to wilt and bake crops from Ohio to the Great Plains and beyond. Under a baking, late-afternoon sun just outside of the tiny east-central Illinois town of Thawville, John Hildenbrand walks down his dusty, gravel driveway toward one of his corn fields.

"You can see on the outer edge, these are a lot better-looking ears on the outside rows. Of course, it's not near as hot as it is inside the field," he says.

Read more
Music Interviews
11:03 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, left to right: Ginny Carr, alto; Robert McBride, tenor; Holly Shockey, soprano; and Andre Enceneat, bass. The group's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig, came out in May.
Michael G. Stewart

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 8:43 am

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been serenading audiences in its native Washington, D.C., across the country and even as far as France for more than two decades. But its members are finding ways to bring something new to their performances. Bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr says she wrote the words and music to all 10 songs on the quartet's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig — a relative rarity in a jazz world defined by time-tested standards.

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Charlie Pierce, Adam Felber and Paula Pell. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. Right now, it's time - thank you - for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: We're going to need a slower boat.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: A Gold Medal in Olympic Spoilers; An Awkward Moment in Poland; and The Spammer in Chief.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, how will NBC win back viewers? Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: They'll go all in and start offering nightly news classic wherein Brian Williams delivers stories about events that happened some time in the past, starting Monday with Japan attacks.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Having learned its lessons from its Olympic coverage, the network is planning to launch a new morning wakeup news show "Yesterday."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Paula Pell?

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank, but first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924. You can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

More questions for the panel: Lethal Vice President? Coming to America with High Expectations; Texting Hazards; and Diagnosis Tweet.

Susan Powell's Family Suing DSHS
5:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Susan Powell's Family Plans To Sue DSHS Over Boys' Deaths

Susan Powell's parents Judy and Chuck Cox at a press conference in Olympia in February.
Azusa Uchikura

The family of Susan Powell plans to sue the state of Washington for negligence. They blame state workers for the fact that Josh Powell was able to kill himself and his two sons in Pierce County last February.

Read more

Pages