Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
This morning, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear. Now, residents are starting to sift through the wreckage and recover what they have left.
At least 28 people have been reported dead. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we'll update as we have more information.)
The White House meeting next Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be the most critical encounter for the two men since they took office.
Netanyahu is expected to argue that time is running out on efforts to discourage Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Obama may say the Israelis can count on U.S. support, but that they should give sanctions and diplomacy time to work before turning to military action.
A union representing 4,000 state workers in Ohio has approved a contract with the state that extends their current labor agreement until 2015. The Service Employees International Union, District 1199, is the second union to swiftly reach a deal with the state following the rejection of collective bargaining restrictions by voters in November. The union represents registered nurses, parole officers and others. The current contract expires at the end of May, and the state's Controlling Board has already signed off on the agreement.