August 9, 1998

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An index of the day's stories:

POLITICAL TERRORISM: The death toll from Friday's bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania continues to climb. Liane speaks with Robert Oakley, former head of the State Department's Office of Counter-Terrorism and former US Ambassador to Zaire, Somalia and Pakistan, about the use of terorism as a political tool. 6:30

CONGO UPRISING: Liane speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden about events in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where leader Laurent Kabila is fighting an rebel uprising by his former allies. 4:54

LEWINSKY: Liane speaks with former special prosecutor Alexia Morrison about the latest turns in the Monica Lewinsky case. Morrison offers insight into how a grand jury works, how the defense presents its points, the differences between the Starr grand jury and a regular grand jury, and the charges of improper leaking made against Kenneth Starr. 7:00

RENO IN CONTEMPT: Liane speaks with Ahkil Reed Amar (ah-KEEL REED ah-MAR), professor of law at Yale University and author of "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction" (Yale University Press) about the decision last week of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee to hold Attorney General Janet Reno in contempt of Congress. 6:48

NUCLEAR COSTS: NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr looks at the human and financial costs of maintaining a nuclear arsenal. 2:59

PUZZLE: Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. (This week's winner is Charles M. Brown, Jr. from Marian, North Carolina. He listens to Weekend Edition on member station WNCW, Spindale.) 6:47

SUPER SOAKER: Liane speaks with Lonnie Johnson, a rocket scientist who, while working at the jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasedena, California, accidentally invented one of the summer's most popular toys, the "Super Soaker" water gun. 3:03

MARS PATHFINDER: Liane speaks with Matt Golombek (GUH-lum-beck), chief project scientist for the Mars Pathfinder mission and responsible for choosing the landing sight for that mechanical geologist - the "Mars rover." Golombek has written the foreword and commentary to a new book: "Mars: Uncovering the secrets of the red planet." (National Geographic) 7:00

VOICES IN THE NEWS: A sound montage of a few prominent voices in this past week's news, including two witnesses to the bombing in Nairobi, Kenya; President Bill Clinton; House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Rep Dan Burton, (R-IN); Attorney General Janet Reno; Monica Lewinsky spokeswoman Judy Smith; and Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle. 2:45

AFRICAN BOMBING: Liane speaks with NPR's Michael Sullivan in Nairobi, Kenya about the latest news concerning Friday's terrorist bombing of the U.S. embassy in that country. The rescue effort continues this morning; a few people have been found alive in the rubble. Scores were killed in the blast, and thousands injured. 5:00

KENYAN VICTIMS: Jennifer Glasse reports on the thousands of injured Africans from Friday's explosion who are overwhelming Nairobi's hospitals. 4:00

LITTLE AUDREY: In Worcester, Massachusetts today, thousands are expected to attend an anniversary mass for a girl many believe can work miracles. Eleven years ago, three year-old Audrey Santo fell in a pool and almost drowned. Since then, she has been in a coma-like state in her family home in Worcester. Every week, long lines of people go there to ask for healing and receive blessings from the child called "Little Audrey." WBUR's Monica Brady has the story. 9:10

CHERRY VALLEY: A literary festival in the town of Cherry Valley, New York, has caught the attention of our historical commentator, Douglas Brinkley. 4:30

SUMMER READING: Essayist Patricia Raybon found some relaxing summer reading where she wasn't expecting it: in the writings of Willa Cather. 2:59

DON WALSER: Liane is joined by Texas yodeler Don Walser. Walser is a veteran of west Texas honky tonk swing music. At age 63, Walser and The Pure Texas Band are getting national attention. He's on the road with his new CD called "Don Walser: Down at the SkyVu Drive-In," which features standard country-western classics as well as "Marie," a song by Irving Berlin and a collaboration with the famed Kronos Quartet. Walser sings a favorite of his for Liane and demonstrates his famous falsetto. 16:43

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