Sometimes, there's nothing more exciting than a great athlete who is growing older, like the rest of us, yet rouses themselves to give one more great performance. Dirk Nowitzki and Roger Federer both upset their opponents this week with stellar wins. Host Scott Simon discusses the French Open, the NBA playoffs and Shaquille O'Neal's retirement announcement with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will come back from medical leave to announce a new music service at the company's annual developers conference on Monday. The service will be called iCloud, and it's rumored to have been in the works for the last year. All indications are that, for the first time, the major record labels and music publishers have gotten behind a service that will let you access your entire iTunes collection from almost any Internet-connected device.
Peruvians elect their next president on Sunday and the candidates seem like they've been plucked from a political novel. The daughter of a jailed former president faces the ex-army commander, who tried to depose him. NPR's Juan Forero has the story.
At least 63 anti-government protestors were killed Friday by Syrian security forces. The rising death toll has provoked widespread outrage, but so far there's been only limited international pressure on the Syrian government to end its harsh crackdown. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, who is monitoring the increasing anti-government protests in Syria.
Canada is more enamored than usual with hockey, which is quite a lot, but the Stanley Cup finals are only part of it. Host Scott Simon speaks with former NHL goalie and CBC hockey analyst Kelly Hrudey about Winnipeg's new NHL franchise and the challenges of playing a schedule in the Southeast Division while living in Manitoba, 1,246 miles from their nearest division rival.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who assisted suicides, died Friday. NPR's Don Gonyea recalls the 10 years he spent covering Kevorkian, including his first interview with him in the hours after Kevorkian used his so-called suicide machine for the first time.
This week, the online coupon provider Groupon and music streaming site Pandora announced they would be going public. These announcements come after the successful initial public stock offering of the business social networking site LinkedIn two weeks ago. Host Scott Simon speaks with social media marketing expert Beverly Macy about what just may be a new wave of Internet companies entering the market.
Though Republicans are driving the budget debate in the House, Democrats have the say in the Senate. Host Scott Simon talks with Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, about the debt ceiling standoff.
It's been a busy week for all kind of politics. Mitt Romney announced he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, but Sarah Palin got the headlines by taking a family vacation, with news cameras in tow. Democrats got a few headlines too, between John Edwards' indictment and Congressman Anthony Weiner's wayward photo tweets. Host Scott Simon and NPR political editor Ken Rudin talk about this week's stories.