My next guest taught me how to solve all kinds of puzzles of history. Lynn Harding was my history teacher in high school back in Randolph, Massachusetts; and my current events teacher and my homeroom teacher. Well, we spent a lot of time together and our conversation is part of the StoryCorps National Day of Listening Project this year.
We're hoping you might also sit down with a teacher on the day after Thanksgiving and listen. It's not something I'd really done before with Mrs. Harding because, well, she was really tough on us.
There are many ways to describe the season between Thanksgiving and New Years, but for cooks it's cooking season. People across the country are dusting off pots, pans, and favorite cookbooks to prepare for multiple holiday dinners and all the meals in between.
NPR Kitchen Window Contributor Susan Chang started her holiday cooking early. She's been busy in her test kitchen coming up with a list of the year's best cookbooks to use and to give in the holiday season.
Time now for your letters. Homes and home ownership were a huge topic of discussion. Many listeners wrote in response to our reports last week on the real estate market, including a conversation with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax on the impact of the housing slump on Gen-Xers.
MARILYN GEEWAX, BYLINE: Say you were 30 years old in 2006. If you bought the typical house then, it was the peak of the bubble, you paid about $250,000. Now, you're in your mid-30s and your house has dropped in value by a third.
Six Republican presidential hopefuls gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, and each made a pitch for the state's very important Christian conservative vote.
The event was not a debate, but a roundtable discussion. The candidates sat side-by-side at what was described as a Thanksgiving table, complete with pumpkins and autumn leaves. Not present at the table was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who chose not to attend.
Primus got plenty of of airtime on MTV and college radio in the 1990s, thanks to songs like "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." But by the start of the next decade, the San Francisco band was ready for a hiatus.
"Which was just sort of a fancy way of saying we were all tired of each other, and tired of the music, and not getting anything done," says founder and bass guitarist Les Claypool to Weekend Edition Sunday host Audie Cornish.