Linda Wertheimer http://wvasfm.org en Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing http://wvasfm.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 50940 at http://wvasfm.org Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne http://wvasfm.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 50660 at http://wvasfm.org Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne Game Developers Conference: Not Your Typical Tech Convention http://wvasfm.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 45031 at http://wvasfm.org A Cronut By Any Other Name Is Still A Cronut http://wvasfm.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 09:43:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 45030 at http://wvasfm.org A Meteoric Rise For Young 'Divergent' Author http://wvasfm.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 09:09:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 45023 at http://wvasfm.org U.N. Report: All Sides Committing Atrocities In Syria http://wvasfm.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 09:09:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 45026 at http://wvasfm.org With Congress Gone, D.C. Takes On Effortless Beauty http://wvasfm.org/post/congress-gone-dc-takes-effortless-beauty Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>'Twas the week after Christmas and I in my cap and heavy sweater and down vest ventured out to find our beautiful capital city glittering in the winter sunshine, the cold air so clear that the crescent moon looks like a chalk drawing on the deep blue sky. The Capitol Dome and the spike of the Washington Monument all shine, showing their best postcard poses.<p>And it's easy to go touring around and look at them. There's very little traffic. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:51:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 40345 at http://wvasfm.org Tech Execs Complain About NSA During Obama Meeting http://wvasfm.org/post/tech-execs-complain-about-nsa-during-obama-meeting Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:28:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 39888 at http://wvasfm.org Shopping Online For Health Exchanges Not Perfect Yet http://wvasfm.org/post/shopping-online-health-exchanges-not-perfect-yet Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We hope many of you are enjoying some time off for Thanksgiving, maybe doing some shopping, but meanwhile work is continuing on the website for the federal health care exchanges.<p>WERTHEIMER: Just before the holiday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that one part of the site won't be ready. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 38877 at http://wvasfm.org Jeff Bezos To Buy 'Washington Post' From Graham Family http://wvasfm.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 09:16:00 +0000 Linda Wertheimer 32567 at http://wvasfm.org