Dire predictions about classical music keep coming, and yet so do excellent recordings from all corners of the classical realm — a fact happily reflected in an eclectic mix of sounds that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. Judd Greenstein's music cheerfully percolates with well-blended flavors from many genres. He's among the so-called indie classical composers who also heads up his own ensemble and record label.
Some psychologists have a theory that many of the world's ills can be blamed on psychopaths in high places.
"Robert Hare, the eminent Canadian psychologist who invented the psychopath checklist, ... recently announced that you're four times more likely to find a psychopath at the top of the corporate ladder than you are walking around in the janitor's office," journalist Jon Ronson tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.
The ongoing uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa will not be resolved without economic reform in the region, President Obama said in his speech on Mideast issues at the State Department on Thursday.
"Politics alone has not put protesters into the streets," he said. "The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family."
In Ivory Coast on Saturday, after months of violence and political turmoil, Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated as president. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton discusses with host Guy Raz the challenges Ouattara faces: pacifying a country, uniting a fractured military and delivering on campaign promises of economic reform.
At the end of what could prove to be a momentous week in U.S.-Israeli relations, President Obama and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent an intense afternoon together Friday. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, joins host Guy Raz to discuss how that and the week's other top stories played out.