Russia has joined the call for Moammar Gadhafi's ouster, a surprise considering the Russian opposition to the initial NATO bombing. Guest host Rachel Martin talks about that and the week's other big stories with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic.
Egypt reopened its border with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, ending a four-year-old blockade. The move brought badly needed relief to the Palestinian territory's people, but it could deepen Egypt's rift with Israel.
Since American troops killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a month ago, the U.S. has had to reassess its relationship with Pakistan. And just over the border in eastern Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. John Campbell has been the top U.S. commander for the last year. Campbell tells guest host Rachel Martin the toughest foe in that part of the country isn't the Taliban or even al-Qaida; it's a tribal insurgent group called the Haqqani network.
The House Intelligence Committee has spent the last month trying to find out exactly which, if any, Pakistani officials knew about Osama bin Laden's whereabouts. Guest host Rachel Martin visits Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the committee. He says the jury's still out on Pakistani knowledge of bin Laden's hideout.
Very few people love talking about food more than Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison.
They're the guys behind the popular blog and podcast The Sporkful. The motto: "It's not for foodies, it's for eaters."
"We like to appeal more to the universal audience," Pashman tells NPR's Rachel Martin. Foodies implies "a certain amount of pretension and expertise." Eaters, on the other hand, are pretty widespread. "We all eat, and we all enjoy eating."
With that in mind, we asked them to share some grill tips for this Memorial Day weekend.
The Gorge amphitheater outside Seattle has to be one of Earth's most beautiful spots, and it's the backdrop to a long weekend of amazing music. You'll find our coverage of Sasquatch 2011 here. NPR Music has a tent at the foot of the big stage known as Sasquatch — naturally, there are other stages, dubbed Yeti and Bigfoot.
Sept. 8, 1974 was a momentous day in American history. Sure, it was the day that Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, but maybe more importantly, it was also the day Evel Knievel tried — and failed — to jump across the Snake River Canyon on a jet-powered motorcycle.
Evel Knievel is mostly a punchline these days, but 35 years ago, he was one of the biggest names on television. "It was a different time back then," sportswriter Leigh Montville tells Weekend All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin.
For a while now I've been arguing that we shouldn't look for consciousness in the brain. We haven't found it there, and we won't. Not because consciousness happens somewhere else, in the soul, say, or in the environment, or in the collective. But because consciousness isn't something that happens; it is something wedo or make. And like everything else that we do, it depends both on the way we are constituted — on our brains and bodies — but also on the world around us.
Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking for dance in the legs.