Weekend Edition Sunday for October 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012 — It's difficult to build a working four-rotor helicopter that spans 100 feet and only weighs 80 pounds. It's even harder when your engine is a 0.7-horsepower person. But two teams of young engineers hope to do just that.
Oct 14, 2012 — Every answer is a two-word phrase in which the letter "O" is added at the end of the first word to make the second word. For example, given the clue "pack animal owned by Thomas Jefferson's first vice president," the answer would be "Burr burro."
Oct 14, 2012 — Author J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy world Middle-Earth is filled with hundreds of characters. So many in fact, that a Swedish university student has created a comprehensive census and family tree to catalog the more than 900 humans, elves, dwarves and hobbits.
Oct 14, 2012 — Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras, hosts of NPR's Latin alternative music podcast Alt.Latino, share two Argentine songs that fuse new styles with traditional ones.
Oct 14, 2012 — Legendary beat novelist Jack Kerouac shot to fame with On the Road, but unknown to many fans, he also wrote a play. The Beat Generation was never produced and quickly forgotten. Rediscovered in 2004, the play is now set to premiere in the writer's hometown.
Oct 12, 2012 — At Cranbrook School for Boys, Mitt Romney and his classmates "lived by the bell" and wore coats and ties to dinner. Romney made his mark at the prestigious private school, but a former classmate says, "you never saw Mitt and said, 'That's the governor's son.' He was one of the guys, quite honestly."
Oct 12, 2012 — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver often writes about the natural world — the animals she sees and the woods she walks in. Her new book, A Thousand Mornings, collects her morning meditations as she stands by her door, notebook and pen in hand.