Weekend Edition Saturday on Xtra HD http://wlrn.org en A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://wlrn.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 35447 at http://wlrn.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://wlrn.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 35448 at http://wlrn.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://wlrn.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Joel Rose 35445 at http://wlrn.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory http://wlrn.org/post/financial-scandals-tarnish-spanish-soccer-glory Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top <em>Forbes</em> magazine's list of<a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2014/05/forbes-names-real-madrid-as-the-most-valuable-sports-club-in-the-world-for-the-second-year-running"> the world's richest sports franchises</a>. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.<p>This, in a country with roughly one-sixth of the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 35441 at http://wlrn.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys http://wlrn.org/post/cavalier-fans-can-finally-make-peace-their-old-lebron-jerseys From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 35444 at http://wlrn.org Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire' http://wlrn.org/post/jack-antonoff-takes-break-fun-release-desire Jack Antonoff, lead guitarist for the band fun., wanted to break out on his own. Now he has — with his new band, Bleachers. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to him about the debut album, Strange Desire. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 35438 at http://wlrn.org Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood' http://wlrn.org/post/ellar-coltrane-speaks-growing-screen-boyhood Film director Richard Linklater's latest movie, Boyhood, was shot over 12 years. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who spent over a decade shooting the movie. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 35439 at http://wlrn.org Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan http://wlrn.org/post/kerry-struggles-resolve-election-crisis-afghanistan Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 35433 at http://wlrn.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://wlrn.org/post/want-eat-brazilian-food-world-cup-please-step-outside The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.<p>Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 35063 at http://wlrn.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' http://wlrn.org/post/noodle-makers-daughter-falls-ballroom-dancing-mambo Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The novel "Mambo in Chinatown" takes readers from the grungy kitchen at the back of a not-so-nice Chinese restaurant in New York City to the seemingly glamorous world of professional ballroom dancing. And in the middle of it all, is the book's narrator, 22-year-old Charlie Wong, who describes herself in the opening lines as the daughter of a dancer and a noodle maker. Charlie finds herself torn between two cultures trying to hold her family together. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 35059 at http://wlrn.org A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito http://wlrn.org/post/hunt-nations-best-burrito Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>And now I'm feeling hungry, maybe for a breakfast burrito. It would have to be a really good one, though. I can't settle for a subpar tortilla stuffed with dried out beans and rice. If only there were a burrito correspondent who could give me some tips. Well, NPR doesn't have anyone staffing that important beat so we'll have to borrow Anna Maria Barry-Jester. She's traveling the country for the website FiveThirtyEight, eating her way through a definitive burrito bracket. Anna Maria Barry-Jester joins us now from San Francisco. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 editor 35060 at http://wlrn.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wlrn.org/post/last-years-champion-predicts-drug-free-tour-de-france Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 35057 at http://wlrn.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock http://wlrn.org/post/quiet-sound-luluc-sparked-punk-rock Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>Quiet, introspective with haunting melodies. Those are trademarks of the music of the Australian folk duo Luluc.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)<p>LULUC: (Singing) Flying over Chicago. There trees line the white snow.<p>KEITH: This week, I spoke with band members Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett about their new album called "Passerby" out July 15.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)<p>LULUC: (Singing) Across the night in red and gold.<p>KEITH: Can you tell about the name of your group, Luluc? What does it mean? Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 35050 at http://wlrn.org Here's Why You Should Still Care About The World Cup http://wlrn.org/post/heres-why-you-should-still-care-about-world-cup Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith. And it's time now for sports. A high-stakes game for Brazil yesterday against Columbia. The home team won, sending them to the semifinal round against Germany. But now they'll have to do it without one of their best players, Neymar - like Madonna, I guess - who fractured a vertebrae in the match yesterday. Joining me now is NPR's Tom Goldman who is in Brazil. Good morning, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi Tamara. How are you?<p>KEITH: I'm good. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 35051 at http://wlrn.org Farm Commune Founder Stephen Gaskin Dies At 79 http://wlrn.org/post/farm-commune-founder-stephen-gaskin-dies-79 Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>Back in 1971, psychedelic school buses were the mode of transportation for Stephen Gaskin and his followers. He led them from California to Tennessee, where they founded what was known as the farm, a commune that still exists today. The charismatic leader of the collective died this week at the age of 79 in Summertown, Tennessee. At its peak, the farm boasted 1,500 members. Today, according to the New York Times, some 200 people live there - most attracted by Mr. Gaskins' message of spiritual awakening, communal living and helping others. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:43:00 +0000 editor 35052 at http://wlrn.org