Weekend Edition http://wmra.org en Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://wmra.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 42347 at http://wmra.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://wmra.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 42343 at http://wmra.org A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito http://wmra.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 42344 at http://wmra.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wmra.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 42341 at http://wmra.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock http://wmra.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 42334 at http://wmra.org Here's Why You Should Still Care About The World Cup http://wmra.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 42335 at http://wmra.org Farm Commune Founder Stephen Gaskin Dies At 79 http://wmra.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 42336 at http://wmra.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://wmra.org/post/western-fighters-answer-mideast-extremists-clarion-call This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.<p>Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 42035 at http://wmra.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure http://wmra.org/post/yosemite-park-turns-150-charms-and-challenges-endure Yosemite National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that preserved it — and planted the seeds for the National Park system. At the same time, the park faces the challenge of protecting the natural wonders from their own popularity.<p>Since President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1864 law that protected this land, visitors have been enjoying the park's spectacular features, from Half Dome to the giant sequoia grove — and the moonbow at Yosemite Falls.<p>The moonbow is like a rainbow, but at night. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:33:00 +0000 editor 42033 at http://wmra.org As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure Golden Gate Bridge To Get Suicide Net http://wmra.org/post/golden-gate-bridge-get-suicide-net Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>And this week, the board that runs another American landmark, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, approved a plan to put suicide nets alongside the span. The nets will be 20 feet wide on each side and be made of stainless steel mesh. There were 46 suicides off the bridge last year, the highest number since it's opened in 1937.<p>More than 1,400 people have taken their lives by jumping from that symbol of the Golden West into the stinging waters of San Francisco Bay. One of the people who spoke in favor of the barriers was Kevin Hines. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 42022 at http://wmra.org