Linda Wertheimer http://krwg.org en Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing http://krwg.org/post/filmmaker-searches-white-widow-london-bombing Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>On July 7, 2005 - nine years ago tomorrow - a series of explosions in central London killed 52 people and injured over 700 others. One of the bombers, Germaine Lindsay, was married to Samantha Lewthwaite, a white, working-class girl from southern England. They had both converted to Islam. Lewthwaite denounced her husband's actions after the attacks, but then her life took another mysterious turn. She left England in 2008 and moved to South Africa and from there, to Kenya.<p>According to intelligence reports, she is now involved in terrorist activities. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 69889 at http://krwg.org Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne http://krwg.org/post/hard-boiled-hero-jack-irish-lives-and-drinks-shadowy-melbourne Peter Temple writes prize-winning thrillers, four of them about his sometimes hapless investigator, Jack Irish. The books capture Melbourne, Australia: its pubs, racetracks, big boulevards rattling with traffic, and narrow alleys — called lanes — painted with graffiti.<p>Jack Irish was headed for a life as a successful suburban solicitor, or lawyer, when one of his criminal clients murdered Jack's wife, and Jack dropped the law to become a drunk. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 69536 at http://krwg.org Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne Game Developers Conference: Not Your Typical Tech Convention http://krwg.org/post/game-developers-conference-not-your-typical-tech-convention Brian Crecente, who is covering the Game Developers Conference this week for the video game website Polygon, talks about the latest trends in the industry. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 62408 at http://krwg.org A Meteoric Rise For Young 'Divergent' Author http://krwg.org/post/meteoric-rise-young-divergent-author Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You've heard that "Divergent" follows in the path of other young adult series, like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" that went on to triumph at the box office. One thing the "Divergent" trilogy has on the other two - its author age. Veronica Roth wrote "Divergent" and signed a book deal while she was still in college. The books hit shelves three years ago when she was 22. Roth said she wasn't sure what to think when she heard "Divergent" would become a film franchise. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 62391 at http://krwg.org U.N. Report: All Sides Committing Atrocities In Syria http://krwg.org/post/un-report-all-sides-committing-atrocities-syria U.N. investigators are gathering the names of people they suspect of war crimes in Syria. In their latest report, they say all sides in the conflict are committing atrocities against civilians. We hear from Karen Abuzayd, who is with the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 62397 at http://krwg.org A Cronut By Any Other Name Is Still A Cronut http://krwg.org/post/cronut-any-other-name-still-cronut Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Little Big's Bakery in South Portland, Maine worked up its version of the cronut, the croissant-donut hybrid. The Mainers tried to stand out, spelling theirs C-R-A-U-X-nut. But the original New York baker sent a letter saying he has trademarked the cronut name, no matter how you spell it. So Little Big's took another stab at it. Now they call their popular pastry C-and-Ds - standing for cease and desist. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 62400 at http://krwg.org 'Wheel Of Fortune' Player Cashes In With N And E http://krwg.org/post/wheel-fortune-player-cashes-n-and-e A Wheel of Fortune contestant guessed a 12-letter phrase in the bonus round Wednesday night with only two letters revealed — and he won $45,000. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 62401 at http://krwg.org Intercepted Al-Qaida Communication Prompts Warnings http://krwg.org/post/intercepted-al-qaida-communication-prompts-warnings Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Today the State Department advised all U.S. citizens to leave Yemen because of extremely high danger for Americans there. The U.S. Air Force has flown some State Department personnel out of the capital, Sana'a. In all, 19 U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed across the Middle East and Africa because of a security threat. We're hearing more about what is causing all the concern. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:43:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 46976 at http://krwg.org Jeff Bezos To Buy 'Washington Post' From Graham Family http://krwg.org/post/jeff-bezos-buy-washington-post-graham-family Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. This morning, The Washington Post is in its own headlines. The Graham family, which controlled the Post for eight decades, is selling the flagship paper. Here's Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham, in a Post-TV video talking about the sale.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF POST-TV VIDEO)<p>DONALD GRAHAM: We knew we could keep the Post alive. We knew it could survive. But our aspirations for the Post have always been higher by that. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 46974 at http://krwg.org Ex-Rep. Lindy Boggs: Advocate For Women, Dedicated To Family http://krwg.org/post/ex-rep-lindy-boggs-advocate-women-dedicated-family Lindy Boggs died Saturday morning. She was 97 years old, had served in Congress for close to 20 years and also as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, appointed by President Bill Clinton.<p>But those achievements, great as they are, do not begin to sum up the life and accomplishments of Lindy Boggs. As many of you know, she is part of our family at NPR: Her daughter is <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2101090/cokie-roberts">Cokie Roberts</a>. And she has many friends here, as she does everywhere.<p>Lindy was born in the spring of 1916. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 46344 at http://krwg.org Ex-Rep. Lindy Boggs: Advocate For Women, Dedicated To Family Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder http://krwg.org/post/rotenbergs-toronto-thrillers-mix-canadian-courtesy-murder Robert Rotenberg has written four legal thrillers set in Toronto, that old industrial city on the shores of Lake Ontario. He's a criminal lawyer — all his books are centered on trials — and he loves his city so much that he makes multicultural Toronto a character in his books. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 44411 at http://krwg.org Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder Feds Buckle On Emergency Contraception Age Restrictions http://krwg.org/post/feds-buckle-emergency-contraception-age-restrictions Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. The morning after pill is moving from behind the counter to on the shelf. Last night, the Obama administration announced it will comply with a court order that allows girls and women of any age to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription and without showing ID.<p>This decision is a sharp reversal for the administration and signals the end of a legal battle that spanned more than 12 years. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 43072 at http://krwg.org Intelligence Community Mines Phone Records, Internet Data http://krwg.org/post/intelligence-community-interested-phone-records-internet-data Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 42817 at http://krwg.org NSA Collects Verizon Customers' Records http://krwg.org/post/nsa-collects-verizon-customers-records The National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans for three months. The news was first reported by the Guardian newspaper. The request for the records was placed with a special intelligence court days after the Boston bombings. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:19:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 42722 at http://krwg.org National Security Adviser Donilon Resigns; Rice To Take Over http://krwg.org/post/national-security-adviser-donilon-resigns-rice-take-over Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>The Whitehouse has announced that President Obama's National Security Advisor is resigning and he will be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. NPR's Ron Elving is here to tell us more. Ron, some months ago, Ms. Rice was rumored to be nominated Secretary of State - that, of course, did not happen. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:20:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 42649 at http://krwg.org Venezuela, World Leaders Mourn Hugo Chavez http://krwg.org/post/venezuela-world-leaders-mourn-hugo-chavez Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Leader from around the world have arrived in Venezuela to pay their final respects to President Hugo Chavez, who used his country's oil wealth to put in place his vision of socialism during 14 years in power. And this larger-than-life leader presumably will continue to inspire his followers. The Venezuelan government plans to embalm his body and keep it on display in a glass coffin.<p>NPR's Juan Forero is in Caracas following events there. He joins us now. Juan, it sounds like this funeral is an extraordinary event. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 36640 at http://krwg.org Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program To Resume In April http://krwg.org/post/talks-irans-nuclear-program-resume-april Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iran now says compromise on its nuclear program may be possible. Of course, that comes with a number of ifs. Tehran says that's if international negotiators continue to take what it calls a more realistic approach. The big question, Western officials say, is whether Iran is willing to curb its nuclear activities. That is the message, after a two-day meeting between Iran and six world powers. NPR's Peter Kenyon joins us from Almaty, Kazakhstan where the talks just concluded.<p>Peter, on the surface this sounds like progress. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:13:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 35940 at http://krwg.org American, U.S. Airways Announce Merger http://krwg.org/post/american-us-airways-announce-merger Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>More now on this morning's merger announcement by American Airlines and U.S. Airways. The deal would create the biggest air carrier in the U.S., with an estimated value of $11 billion. The merger must still be approved by regulators. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 35118 at http://krwg.org Petraeus To Testify At Closed Congressional Hearings http://krwg.org/post/petraeus-testify-closed-congressional-hearings Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Former CIA Director David Petraeus is testifying before two congressional committees today. He's been called to discuss the CIA's role in the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, back in September; an attack that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:08:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 29817 at http://krwg.org A Preview Of Obama's News Conference http://krwg.org/post/preview-obamas-news-conference At the White House, President Obama will hold his first East Room news conference since March on Wednesday. He's expected to talk about the nation's fiscal condition, as well as the scandal that has cost him his CIA director. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:37:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 29667 at http://krwg.org Murder And Mystery In An Idyllic Cape Cod Town http://krwg.org/post/murder-and-mystery-idyllic-cape-cod-town Provincetown, at the far tip of Cape Cod, would seem a perfect place to spend a summer day. In the books of author Jon Loomis, Provincetown is also the setting for mystery and murder. In our Crime in the City series, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes us to "P-town," where she met Loomis a few years back. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 23405 at http://krwg.org China Charges Bo Xilai's Wife In British Man's Killing http://krwg.org/post/china-charges-bo-xilais-wife-british-mans-killing Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>China announced today that it is prosecuting the wife of a disgraced party official for the murder of a British man. It's the latest sensational twist in the country's biggest political scandal in decades. NPR's Louisa Lim joins us now from Beijing. Louisa, could you bring us up to speed on this scandal and what the latest news is?<p>LOUISA LIM, BYLINE: Yes, Linda. Well, today we had this sudden announcement by the Xinhua news agency that Gu Kailai, the wife of this disgraced official Bo Xilai has recently been prosecuted for intentional homicide. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:23:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 22924 at http://krwg.org Dark Doings Among The D.C. Monuments http://krwg.org/post/dark-doings-among-dc-monuments In Washington, D.C., the glittering marble of public buildings and monuments can conceal the darkest of deeds. And in the crime novels of Mike Lawson, they do.<p>"When I started writing, the very first decision I made was, I wanted the book set in D.C.," says Lawson, who recently published his seventh Washington-based thriller, <em>House Blood</em>. "That was before I had a character, or anything else."<p>And he had a reason.<p>"It's a target-rich environment for a writer," Lawson says. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:03:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21733 at http://krwg.org Dark Doings Among The D.C. Monuments June Brought 80,000 Jobs, 8.2 Percent Unemployment http://krwg.org/post/washington-wall-street-wait-jobless-report Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer with Steve Inskeep. The U.S. economy gained 80,000 jobs in June, that's the latest word from the Labor Department and it is another disappointing month of job growth. The number was slightly below expectations. The employment report is closely followed by economists. Job growth, of course, is front and center in the presidential election.<p>Joining us are NPR's political reporter Tamara Keith and economics correspondent, Chris Arnold.<p>Chris, let me go first to you. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21603 at http://krwg.org Chess Pie's Past And Present http://krwg.org/post/chess-pies-past-and-present To me, chess pie is an Oklahoma pie with definite Southern accents. For NPR's recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thisisnpr/2012/06/27/155721534/you-asked-for-it-winning-pieweek-recipes?sc=tw&amp;cc=share">pie contest</a>, I started with my mother's family recipe for Lemon Chess Pie — with a variation inspired by my Aunt Jane.<p>Since the pie is so sweet, Jane liked to put some sliced rhubarb on the bottom of the pie crust, then pour the chess filling over it. I added blueberries for tartness instead. This pie, therefore, comes from Grandmother Willie in Loco, Okla., via Woodford, Okla. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:14:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21507 at http://krwg.org Chess Pie's Past And Present Physicists Find Evidence Of New Subatomic Particle http://krwg.org/post/physicists-find-evidence-new-subatomic-particle Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>Scientists in Switzerland today say they have made a momentous discovery. They've identified a new sub-atomic particle that helps explain how our universe is put together. It appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson, also called the god particle. The announcement stirred round after round of applause among the gathered scientists, who've been waiting for this moment for decades. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:08:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21499 at http://krwg.org European Leaders Grapple With Saving Euro http://krwg.org/post/european-leaders-grapple-saving-euro Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. And with us in the studio is White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro. We are awaiting to - we are awaiting the Supreme Court's ruling, which actually has come out. It's much anticipated - the ruling on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:09:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 21096 at http://krwg.org Assange Seeks Asylum At Ecuador's London Embassy http://krwg.org/post/assange-seeks-asylum-ecuadors-london-embassy Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, spent the night at the embassy of Ecuador in London. Yesterday, he unexpectedly walked into the embassy and requested political asylum. Assange is seeking to avoid being extradited from Britain to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning about allegations of sex crimes, including rape. We're joined by NPR's Phil Reeves in London. Phil, why do this now?<p>PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Because he's reached the end of the road, legally. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:56:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 20580 at http://krwg.org Markets React To Greek Election Results http://krwg.org/post/markets-react-greek-election-results Markets in Asia and Europe initially responded positively to the results of the Greek election. Of greatest concern, is another rise in Spanish interest rates to another euro-era record. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:05:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 20419 at http://krwg.org What's Behind House GOP's Payroll Tax Reversal? http://krwg.org/post/whats-behind-house-gops-payroll-tax-reversal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>A bitter fight in Congress is come to an end just in time for Christmas. The House and the Senate this morning, approved an extension of payroll tax cuts for every worker and benefits for the long-term unemployed. This required a major reversal for House Republicans who, earlier this week, voted to reject a nearly identical compromise.<p>Joining us now to explain what changed is NPR congressional reporter Tamara Keith. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:50:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 1709 at http://krwg.org