Weekend Edition http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 38012 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38011 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Joel Rose 38010 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cavalier-fans-can-finally-make-peace-their-old-lebron-jerseys From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 38008 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/financial-scandals-tarnish-spanish-soccer-glory Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top <em>Forbes</em> magazine's list of<a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2014/05/forbes-names-real-madrid-as-the-most-valuable-sports-club-in-the-world-for-the-second-year-running"> the world's richest sports franchises</a>. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.<p>This, in a country with roughly one-sixth of the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 38009 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jack-antonoff-takes-break-fun-release-desire Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>You may or may not recognize the name. But I'm pretty confident you already know our next guest - Jack Antonoff. Two summers ago, if you had a radio or a phone or just went outside anywhere where speakers exist, you heard Jack Antonoff. He was playing an extra distorted guitar for a band called Fun.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE ARE YOUNG")<p>FUN: (Singing) Tonight we are young. So let's set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.<p>KEITH: He's Fun's lead guitar but he also seems to be a workaholic. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 38005 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kerry-struggles-resolve-election-crisis-afghanistan Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 38006 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ellar-coltrane-speaks-growing-screen-boyhood Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The film "Boyhood," which opened last night in LA and New York, was shot over 12 years. The result is a time lapse of childhood. No special effects, just the sometimes dramatic changes that can take place from year to year - both physically and emotionally. We are joined now by Ellar Coltrane who plays Mason, Jr. - the boy of "Boyhood" - the main character who we see grow up on screen. And let's get something out of the way. This is not a documentary, right?<p>ELLAR COLTRANE: Yeah, that's correct. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 38007 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/want-eat-brazilian-food-world-cup-please-step-outside The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.<p>Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 37806 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/noodle-makers-daughter-falls-ballroom-dancing-mambo Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The novel "Mambo in Chinatown" takes readers from the grungy kitchen at the back of a not-so-nice Chinese restaurant in New York City to the seemingly glamorous world of professional ballroom dancing. And in the middle of it all, is the book's narrator, 22-year-old Charlie Wong, who describes herself in the opening lines as the daughter of a dancer and a noodle maker. Charlie finds herself torn between two cultures trying to hold her family together. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 37805 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'