Weekend Edition Sunday http://kgou.org en Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick http://kgou.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 16:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 33771 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 16:08:00 +0000 Rich Preston 33772 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 33769 at http://kgou.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86 http://kgou.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 33767 at http://kgou.org 'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists http://kgou.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 33756 at http://kgou.org As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://kgou.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 33757 at http://kgou.org Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients http://kgou.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 33758 at http://kgou.org Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life http://kgou.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 33285 at http://kgou.org Jihadi Videos Push Islamic Music's Austere Boundaries http://kgou.org/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 33270 at http://kgou.org Soccer Biter Will Return From His Ban To Play For A New Club http://kgou.org/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 33271 at http://kgou.org