8:00am

Sat June 18, 2011
NPR Story

Remembering Negro Leagues Players With Gravestones

Dink Mothell played in the Negro Leagues for 15 years. He died in 1980, and his gravesite has been just a patch of grass, no nameplate, marker or anything. On Saturday, a ceremony will at last grant Mothell's gravesite a tombstone, the result of efforts by two men to locate the remains of former Negro Leaguers. Greg Echlin reports.

8:00am

Sat June 18, 2011
NPR Story

Karzai Says U.S. In Peace Talks With Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Saturday that Afghanistan and the U.S. are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban. Also on Saturday, there was a suicide bomber attack near the presidential palace that cost two policemen their lives. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Quil Lawrence in Kabul.

7:48am

Sat June 18, 2011
Books

Sympathy For The 'Demon Fish'

A great white shark swims in Shark Alley near Dyer Islandin Gansbaai, South Africa.
Ryan Pierse Getty Images

Since Jaws, the combination of summertime and sharks has conjured images of killer fish stalking beaches as puffy-legged vacationers frolic in shallow waters, never suspecting that the animal which has been called the definitive predator has seen them, smelled them and now craves them.

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7:48am

Sat June 18, 2011
Health

Dad Refuses To Pass Down Inheritance Of Illness

Andy Hardman

There are three black and white photographs of my dad that tell the story of the last few years. My brother, Andy, took them, and they are both beautiful and brutal.

The first one is of my dad on an August day in 2008. He's standing in a lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Because of his tremors he's down to 130 pounds from his normal weight of 170.

"He looks like he's out of a concentration camp, he does," my dad says about the person in the photo. "Nothing I ate, nothing I did, helped me put on weight, because it all went out through my tremors."

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7:47am

Sat June 18, 2011
Politics

Among The Games Presidents Play, There's Also Golf

President Obama will be joined by House Speaker John Boehner for 18 holes on Saturday, in a much anticipated "golf summit."
Cory Lum Getty Images

If it's a sunny weekend in Washington, chances are a motorcade will be leaving the White House for the golf course. President Obama typically golfs with the same small circle of friends and aides. One of his rules for a day on the course: No talking politics.

That changes Saturday. House Speaker John Boehner is joining the president for 18 holes. Vice President Biden and Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio are also coming along, turning this particular game into a much anticipated "golf summit."

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7:46am

Sat June 18, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

If Table Saws Can Be Safer, Why Aren't They?

This week some of the nation's biggest power tool companies sent their executives to Washington. They came to argue against tougher safety mandates for so-called table saws — the saws with large open spinning blades. NPR's Chris Arnold has this Reporter's Notebook.

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8:25pm

Fri June 17, 2011
It's All Politics

A Month In New Job, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Is Having An Impact

Chicago officials be forewarned: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city's new chief executive, may drop in on you with no notice and administer a snap quiz.

In a conversation with Weekend Edition Saturday, Emanuel told host Scott Simon that he did just that recently.

Between two scheduled events, Emanuel decided to make an impromptu visit to a police precinct in a high crime area which was just assigned 57 additional extra police officers as part of the new mayor's effort to get more police out of desk jobs and onto the streets.

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6:46pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Education

Never Too Old To Wear A Cap And Gown

Leo Plass, 99, graduated this month from Eastern Oregon University, the school he dropped out of during the Great Depression.
KTVZ

It's never too late to go back and get a college degree, at least not for 99-year-old Leo Plass of Redmond, Ore.

Plass enrolled at Eastern Oregon Normal School in 1929 to become a teacher. He lost his savings in a bank failure, and in 1932, Plass' friend offered him a job with a logging company.

"I needed the money to live on," Plass said. He took the job and dropped out just three credits shy of a degree.

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6:22pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Study: Honeybees Might Have Feelings, Too

We all know that some animals seem to display emotions. If you've ever had a dog, for example, you can tell when they're feeling down and scientists have found that mammals and birds can exhibit pessimism.

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5:58pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Music Interviews

A Jazz Man's Cuban Pilgrimage, With Band In Tow

Arturo O'Farrill's sons, Zack and Adam.
David Leach Courtesy of the O'Farrill family

Last December, pianist Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra left New York City for Cuba, along with O'Farrill's mother, his wife and his two teenage sons. The orchestra headlined the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival, which was dedicated to O'Farrill's father, the legendary New York bandleader Chico O'Farrill.

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