NPR Story
5:14 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Seeking Refuge, Blind Chinese Activist Flees

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

It's been more than a day now since news broke of a blind Chinese dissident's dramatic escape from house arrest. It's now thought that Chen Guangcheng secretly traveled 300 miles to the capital, Beijing, and is being sheltered on the grounds of the U.S. embassy there.

NPR's Beijing bureau chief is Louisa Lim, and she joins me now from there. Louisa, first off, is it clear that he is actually on embassy grounds?

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National Security
4:29 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

The FlyRights mobile app, created by The Sikh Coalition, will be available for download on Androids and iPhones starting Monday, April 30.
Courtesy of The Sikh Coalition

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

More than a decade after 9/11, heightened security at U.S. airports has become routine, yet some religious and minority groups say they're unfairly singled out for even more screening. Well, now there's an app for that.

The mobile app is called FlyRights. Travelers who suspect they have been profiled take out their smartphone, tap a finger on the app and answer about a dozen questions. Then they hit "submit" and an official complaint is filed immediately with the Transportation Security Administration.

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Music Interviews
3:49 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Carrie Underwood: Country's 'Good Girl' Goes Dark

Carrie Underwood's new album is Blown Away.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Since winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has become one of the most popular country artists in the business. At the age of 29, she is tied with country legend Reba McEntire as the Female Country Artist with the most number one hits on the Billboard charts. Not bad for a girl from Checotah, Okla.

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Religion
2:13 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Pastor Joel Osteen: An Everyday Message, Magnified

Joel Osteen's television program is seen in more than 100 nations and reaches more than 10 million U.S. households each week. He has four No. 1 New York Times bestselling books, a top-ten weekly podcast and sells out stadium-sized worship events across the U.S. and abroad.
Joel Osteen Ministries

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Joel Osteen is one of the most influential religious figures in the world.

He's a New York Times best-selling author. His television program reaches more than 10 million households in the U.S. and is seen in more than 100 nations across the globe. On Sunday night, he's hosting America's Night of Hope at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:51 am
Sat April 28, 2012

A Poem For Saturday

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:24 pm

The Human Route

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed, that is human.

When you are born, where do you come from?

When you die, where do you go?

Life is like a floating cloud, which disappears.

The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.

Life and Death, coming and going, are also that.

But there is one thing that always remains clear.

It is pure and clear,

Not depending on life and death.

Then what is the one pure and clear thing.

-Traditional Chinese Poem

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Monkey See
9:56 am
Sat April 28, 2012

My '70s Show — Remembering 'Ecotopia' Author Ernest Callenbach

Sustainability advocate and author Ernest Callenbach in 2005.
Courtesy Heyday Books

There was news this week that Ernest "Chick" Callenbach had died. His 1975 cult-classic, Ecotopia, was beloved by environmentalists and science fiction fans. Originally self-published, it went on to sell more than a million copies in many languages. The utopian novel, which imagined a new nation made up of Northern California, Oregon and Washington state, is told from the point of view of a visiting reporter from the United States.

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Politics
9:12 am
Sat April 28, 2012

'What Good' Does Congress Do? Don't Ask

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The U.S. Congress doesn't win any popularity contests. Approval ratings for the legislative branch run the gamut from dismal to embarrassing. Nine percent at their lowest, and all the chaos and discord in the 112th Congress have distressed a lot of its members too. Democratic representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri called the last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling, quote, "a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."

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From Our Listeners
9:12 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Your Letters: Veterans And Record Nostalgia

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for Your Letters.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: Many of you were moved by our story about the Soldier Ride, a four-day cycling event organized by the Wounded Warriors Project. Iraq War veteran Sergeant Michael Owens spoke about why he rides.

SERGEANT MICHAEL SULLIVAN: I think it's really important for warriors and veterans like myself to be able to know that we can still do the same things we did before, or new things that we never tried before.

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Giving Matters
8:32 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Riverbend Community Mental Health

Riverbend Community Mental Health helped Brian Ross get the proper medication to treat his mental illness, and helped him to get back to work.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:18 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Weekend Special: Books So Good You Want To Become Them

David Small

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:14 am

I don't remember who told me this tale, but it begins with a little boy, maybe 4 or 5, who is given a book. He opens it, begins to read, curls into it, won't look up, can't stop, looks at the pictures, turns the pages, keeps turning, turning, turning, until all too quickly, he's done, finished.

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