Saturday, police who are investigating gunman Adam Lanza in a deadly shooting in a Connecticut school announced they expected to piece together a picture the gunman's actions as well as his motives. Host Guy Raz speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about how Lanza fits the profile of the mass shooter, and whether the recent tragedy can tell us how to avoid the next one.
In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future plans could mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.
Polls showed little change in attitudes after the killings at Virginia Tech and a Colorado movie theater. The murders of 20 small children and six adults at an elementary school, though, might be so shocking that they'll move opinions. That's what happened after the April 1999 Columbine attack.
Empty, forgotten, forlorn — the curbside recycling bin can seem like a sort of existential low point for all those soda bottles, tin cans, egg cartons and other containers whose contents we consume. But then – voila! Sorted for recycling, they become a thing of beauty.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon summarizes the latest news on the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Authorities say six adults and as many 20 children were killed, including the alleged shooter.
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