Peter Breslow http://weku.fm en Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos http://weku.fm/post/afghan-female-cyclists-breaking-away-and-breaking-taboos On a recent day, just west of Kabul — where the city's sooty sky gives way to fresher air — Abdul Sadiq coaches four young members of the Afghan National Cycling Federation. They're working on their riding technique while dodging the free-form traffic.<p>"The road is very narrow. Make sure you don't get into an accident, as you can see the cars are coming," the former competitive cyclist tells them, amid zooming vehicles and honking horns.<p>They're at Qargha Lake, whose aquamarine waters sit below a snow-sprinkled mountain backdrop of 13,000-foot peaks. Fri, 02 May 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Peter Breslow 59035 at http://weku.fm Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos Starry-Eyed In Arizona Observe The Heavens http://weku.fm/post/starry-eyed-arizona-observe-heavens Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>There may be no better town in America for observing the heavens than Tucson, Arizona. It has low humidity, high elevation and a darkened desert. That part of the state has attracted quite a few astronomers, both professional and amateur. We sent NPR's Peter Breslow to Tucson to seek out this community of stargazers.<p>PETER BRESLOW, BYLINE: Our story starts not with a darkened constellation-pocked sky, but under a blazing sun on June 5th. It's one of the rarest of celestial events, the transit of Venus across the sun. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:54:00 +0000 Peter Breslow 29578 at http://weku.fm Gip's Place: A Blues Lover's Dream http://weku.fm/post/gips-place-blues-lovers-dream In a residential neighborhood in Bessemer, Ala. — about 20 miles from Birmingham — sits a blues lover's dream: an honest-to-goodness juke joint. Gip's Place is one of a precious few musical roadhouses still hanging on in this country.<p>You hear Gip's Place before you ever spot it. Tucked away down a small ravine with no sign out front and some old Christmas lights strung about, you really have to work to find Gip's. The town of Bessemer has tried to help out a bit by putting up orange detour signs, which eventually lead you to the place, and to Mr. Fri, 20 May 2011 20:25:00 +0000 Peter Breslow 4368 at http://weku.fm Gip's Place: A Blues Lover's Dream Rebel Art: Libyan Youth Find Outlet In Sketches, Song http://weku.fm/post/rebel-art-libyan-youth-find-outlet-sketches-song Young people are heavily involved in the uprising now under way in Libya: They are members of the rebel military; they are working to help form a new government; they are also producing revolutionary artwork, publications and music.<p>On any given day, you can find at least a few of Benghazi's young and restless in a large, empty cement lot off one of the city's main thoroughfares.<p>In the late afternoon, young men gather to see just how much tire rubber they can burn. Fishtailing Toyotas leave a smear of swirling, smoking, sticky blackness on the pavement. Sat, 07 May 2011 11:29:00 +0000 Peter Breslow 3128 at http://weku.fm Rebel Art: Libyan Youth Find Outlet In Sketches, Song