Friday, Nov. 19, 2004
Guinea Pig: Guinea Get Your Gun
NPR’s Alex Chadwick speaks with Emily Yoffe about her newest human guinea pig experience: learning to how to shoot a rifle. Listen to the segment.
War Stories: Counting the War Dead
NPR’s Noah Adams talks with former U.S. Army officer Phillip Carter about how the U.S. military compiles its figures of war dead—particularly casualties among the enemy. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: SpongeBob, Overnight, National Treasure
Writer Mark Jordan Legan summarizes what film critics are saying about this weekend’s movie premieres. This week: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Overnight, and National Treasure. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004
Explainer: The Myth of Atlantis
Andy Bowers explains the myths surrounding the ancient lost city of Atlantis, a metropolis mentioned in ancient texts. An explorer recently claimed to have found an undersea plateau in the Mediterranean where the city once stood. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004
Explainer: The Poppy on Blair’s Lapel
Andy Bowers explains why British Prime Minister Tony Blair was wearing a red paper poppy flower on his lapel during his recent visit to the United States. The red poppy, worn to remember war veterans, is a symbol of Remembrance Day in Europe (Veterans Day in the United States). Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004
Slate’s Jurisprudence: Role of Supreme Court Chief Justice
NPR’s Alex Chadwick talks with Dahlia Lithwick about the fate of 80-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who’s battling cancer, and the role of the chief justice in the nation’s highest court. Listen to the segment.
Monday, Nov. 15, 2004
Explainer: Bulletproof vs. Flak Jacket
Andy Bowers explains the difference between so-called bulletproof vests and flak jackets. Listen to this segment.
Chatterbox: Powell’s Resignation
NPR’s Alex Chadwick speaks with Timothy Noah about the significance of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s resignation, and the political maneuvering in Washington as Congress returns for the start of the so-called “lame duck” session. Listen to this segment.