What You Missed: Weekend Public Radio Fix — March 30 – April 1.

All Things Considered

First of all, although out of order, if you did not hear All Things Considered Saturday, you missed one of those rare and beautiful times when Michel Martin opines during the last few minutes of the show, as opposed to going out on a song after a more light-hearted entertainment interview. If you’ve had the often tear-jerking pleasure of hearing Martin’s poignant editorials before, and you don’t have time to listen to the full show, skip straight to her argument: A Case For Giving 16-Year-Olds The Vote, inspired by recent events and those outspoken kids from Parkland.


Science Friday

It seems oxymoronic to imply that Science Friday can be any more relevant one week over another, but if that made sense, this week’s would be one of those episodes. In addition to a large chunk of the show dedicated to North American bees, segments worth listening to include Is There A Cell Phone Link To Cancer? A Definite Maybe, and A New Organ That Could Explain The Mysteries Of The Human Body, which presents new research on the interstitium, fluid-filled connective tissue linking to lymph nodes that may lead to advances in cancer and autoimmune diseases — it’s “fascianating”, quipped host Ira Flatow. This could also provide mounting scientific evidence for acupressure and acupuncture.

Finally, Desmond Patton, an assistant professor of Social Work and the Director of the SAFE Lab at Columbia University, and Andrew Papachristos, a professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, discuss patterns in data that explore the question: Can We Predict Urban Gun Homicides?

Listen to the whole show if you have the time, or check out specific segments from the beautiful Science Friday site.


Not Solely Serious Sunday Weekend Edition

If you’re looking forward to listening to the lilt of Lulu’s voice (not to mention her laugh) this Sunday on Weekend Edition, you are out of luck. This week, it’s Korva Coleman who relays the news and says a surprising goodbye to Will Shortz and the Sunday puzzle (listen to find out why).

In addition to the usual political analysis, for which we love and , the news includes that Utah Passes ‘Free-Range Parenting’ Law.


Trade wars, cheese ads and Maxwell House Passover

Marketplace Weekend gets extra points for cultural relevancy this week. In step with Passover, Wonder why Maxwell House makes Passover Haggadot? You’re not alone enlightens us to a 1932 marketing campaign that is still in full force.

Indigenous communities are hit hard in American’s most expensive cities highlights Julian Brave NoiseCat’s story ‘A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban‘ from the February 5 issue of High Country News.

Additionally, during Ask a Manager: Ask Me Anything Edition, Alison Green covers how to ask for a raise, how to deal with HR in another state when setting entry-level salaries, and how to address love and praying in the office.

Who can resist this upbeat exploration of economics and business for regular folks?


Sound Trip To The Dominican Republic With Latino USA

Latino USA is hands-down one of my favorite public radio shows. There aren’t many journalists who transfer the energy they embody to their audiences the way Maria Hinojosa, founder of Futuro Media Group, does.

This weekend’s episode, Foreigner at Birth, Junot Díaz and Yesika Salgado delivers on both enthusiasm and compelling storytelling, primarily examining the heartbreaking conundrum of birthright citizenship in the Dominican Republic. Foreigner at Birth by Marlon Bishop is followed by a vibrant interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, highlighting his newest book, Islandborn, about 6-year-old Lola, an Afro-Caribbean immigrant. There’s no singular link for the interview with Díaz on Latino USA, so here’s one from The Week’s Best Stories From NPR Books.

In addition to ending on the sentimental and sultry poetry of Yesika Salgado (listen to the full show), you can also hear this episode’s Spotify playlist.


The Pattern Problem

It’s not often that I get to listen to Invisibilia. In fact — it’s an anomaly, usually due to timing. But this weekend we were running late and I just didn’t get around to turning off the Internet and turning on the dinner music.

As someone who loves data and patterns, and is enthralled by human behavior and its explanations, this episode about algorithms and predicting people patterns was both engaging and intriguing. The whole show is worth a listen.


Until Next Week, Happy Listening.

I did miss a number of my favorites this weekend including Radiolab, and I only caught tidbits of some others, such as Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview from Freakonomics Radio, The Secret Life of CEOs.

The Splendid Table was noteworthy this weekend for two particular segments: one about Jorge Muñoz Zapata, aka The Angel of Queens, and another interview with Andy Shallal, Iraqi-American proprietor of Busboys and Poets.

I’ll leave you here this week, to enjoy what I found most intriguing this weekend on public radio or your whatever you’re currently listening to. If you heard something else you’d like to share, please do so. I can’t capture it all, and I value additional perspectives.

I am not an employee of NPR, PRI, or APM, or any of their partner stations. I’m just a public media junkie who likes to share. My content is original, and is not endorsed or promoted by NPR or its partner stations.

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