December 31, 2002 For some perspective on the standoff with North Korea, Robert Siegel talks with Robert Gallucci, chief negotiator of the "framework agreement" between the United States and North Korea. Robert gets another perspective from former Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
December 31, 2002 The business scandals of 2002 didn't even stop for the holidays. Tyco International acknowledged yesterday it employed financial sleight-of-hand for years to boost earnings. The disclosure caps a year of investigations and indictments that staggered corporate America. NPR's Scott Horsley discusses the year's business news with Robert Siegel.
December 30, 2002 NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Eli M. Rosenbaum, director of Special Investigations at the Department of Justice, about stripping former Nazis of U.S. citizenship and initiating their deportations. It's been a record-breaking year for such cases.
December 30, 2002 California passed a bill this year that would require the adoption of new efficiency standards for clothes washers. The state is looking to manage its water needs in the long term. Its population is growing, and the Bush Administration is cracking down on its water usage from the Colorado River. NPR's Robert Siegel reports on some of the latest models of efficient washers, and takes note of the last time government mandated more efficient water usage by a major household appliance.
December 30, 2002 Robert Siegel talks with Sen. Dean Barkley (I-MN), whose nearly two month term in the U.S. Senate is nearing an end. Barkley was appointed to fill the seat of the late Senator Paul Wellstone until the new Congress begins.
December 27, 2002 Suspected suicide bombers rammed explosive-packed vehicles into the local government building in Grozny, Chechnya, killing at least 46 people. No one claims responsibility, but Chechen rebels are fighting for independence from Russia. NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with David Filipov, the Boston Globe’s Moscow correspondent.
December 27, 2002 Robert Siegel speaks with Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the plethora of NFL playoff possibilities entering the final weekend of the professional football season. With no dominant teams, the battle for post-season play spurs fan interest in the already-successful league.
December 27, 2002 Robert Siegel speaks with Peter Bergen, author of the book Holy War, Inc. and CNN's terrorism analyst about the numerous arrests worldwide of suspected al-Qaeda members. Bergen says most of the arrests are of low-level operatives, and even some people who aren't al-Qaeda but have been accused of plotting terrorist acts against Western targets.
December 26, 2002 Robert Siegel explores the question "Does prayer work?" in healing sick people. He's joined by three researchers on the topic. While some researchers claim studies prove that people who pray fare better healthwise than those who don't pray, others say that conclusion isn't backed by real data.
December 26, 2002 This is the third report in our series on prayer. In the first of two parts broadcast today, we examine the power of prayer in healing, Robert Siegel looks at an old Jewish prayer that's undergoing a bit of a revival. It's called the Mi Shebeirach, the Prayer of Healing. Robert speaks with people from a Maryland congregation about why they say the prayer, and what effect they hope it will have.
December 26, 2002 Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read from some of the mail we've received about recent broadcasts.
December 26, 2002 Host Robert Siegel talks with Washington Post staff writer Dana Priest about the CIA's use of violence to obtain information from terrorist suspects, and their practice of shipping other suspects to countries the U.S. has condemned for using torture.
December 25, 2002 We continue our weeklong series on prayer with a report on prayer and local history: It's a practice called "spiritual mapping." NPR's Robert Siegel goes the town of Beverly, N.J., to explore this new religious phenomenon.
December 24, 2002 The Madrigal Singers of the National Cathedral School for girls and St. Alban's School for boys perform at NPR. They sing three Christmas carols, including "Silent Night" in Japanese. The 22 performers were picked from a 90-member choir directed by Ben Hutto. NPR's Robert Siegel listens in.
December 24, 2002 Governors and state legislatures are stuck playing Scrooge from coast to coast. They're cutting back on services, dipping into reserves or raising taxes. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to South Dakota Gov.-elect Mike Rounds and Kentucky's outgoing Gov. Paul Patton.
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