A unique blend of news, features, our regularly scheduled puzzle segment, and interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. Hosted by Rachel Martin. 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme
Every answer is the name of a famous person whose first and last names start with the same consonant or group of consonants. You're given rhymes for the two names. You name the people. For example, if given "cycle four," the answer would be "Michael Moore."
Gordimer, Mazwai Remember Nelson Mandela
South African writer Nadine Gordimer was an anti-apartheid activist, a Nobel Prize winner and a friend of Nelson Mandela's. Ntsiki Mazwai is a black singer and songwriter whose work grew out of the "struggle poet" tradition in South Africa. They speak with host Rachel Martin about Mandela's legacy.
Rick Warren Writes A Faith-Based Diet Book
While baptizing 827 adults one day, evangelical pastor Rick Warren says he literally felt the weight of America's obesity problem. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Warren and psychiatrist and physician Daniel Amen about getting healthy and their new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
Just How Unfair Is The U.S.'s World Cup Draw?
What's the best way to pick a sport's ultimate champion? Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the fickle nature of competitions, from the World Cup to the NFL playoffs to college football playoffs.
Tackling Race Head-On To Expose A 'Dreadful Deceit'
Author Jacqueline Jones argues that race is a social construct and that people should think twice before even using the word. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jones about her new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America.
Police Chiefs Propose Reforms To Prevent Wrong Convictions
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has just released a report saying that police need to change the way they conduct investigations to prevent wrongful convictions. Host Rachel Martin talks with Quincy, Fla., police chief Walter McNeil, former president of the chiefs association.
Congress Aims For The Modest Bargain
It's not a grand bargain, as many were hoping, but House and Senate leaders say they are close to a budget agreement that will avoid a shutdown and set spending levels for the next two years. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to host Rachel Martin about the negotiations.
Foreign Fighters In Syria Raise Fears
Foreigners are streaming into Syria to help fight with the resistance. Host Rachel Martin talks to Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo, about the growing concern that foreign fighters could hurt efforts to reach peace.
Bad Religion Celebrates 'Christmas'
The punk band Bad Religion is usually critical of religion and American culture, but the group's newest album, Christmas Songs, is full of the classics. Host Rachel Martin speaks to founders Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz about the new album.
Justices Will Decided Frequent Flyer Case
The Supreme Court is discussing whether or not airline customers can sue after being thrown out of a frequent flyer program. A rabbi from Minnesota sued when he was thrown out of Northwest's (now Delta) program after supposedly abusing the system. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy website about how frequent flyer programs work.