SW Michigan
7:46 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Some State Health Data Stolen

Credit WMUK

State health officials say personal data for nearly 2,600 people was compromised when a laptop computer was stolen in January. The information includes Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.

The state Department of Community Health says the breach involves some people served by the Long Term Care Ombudsman's Office. The data on the stolen computer was encrypted but information on a flash-drive taken with it was not. It had Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers for about 1,500 people.

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Television
7:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

David Letterman, the longest-serving late night television host, is retiring.

(SOUNDBITE OF SHOW, 'LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN')

DAVID LETTERMAN: Sometime in the not-so-distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up and taking a hike.

SIEGEL: Letterman, who is 66, told the audience today during a taping of his late show program which will air tonight. Here to talk about David Letterman is NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. And Eric, why has Letterman decided to retire now?

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7:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Report: Michigan Police Monitoring More People

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The state plans to take over and expand an existing program so police agencies can share and access information about more residents.
Police agencies throughout Michigan are increasingly compiling and sharing even the most mundane information about suspects - and everyday citizens. As budgets tighten, police are joining consortiums to manage records and reports that, in most cases, are public but time consuming to access.
Rethinking Retirement: The Changing Work Landscape
6:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

We hate losing twice as much as we love winning, behavioral researchers say. And that gets us into trouble with financial decisions.
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Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:34 pm

Saving for retirement is a challenge facing most Americans. Research shows the challenge is made harder by our basic human impulses. We know we should be saving. But we don't. We consistently make bad financial decisions.

One thing that leads us astray is what behavioral economists call "loss aversion." In other words, we hate losing. And that gets in the way of us winning — if winning is making smart financial decisions.

How A Smashed Car Is Like A Smashed Nest Egg

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Book Reviews
6:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Dinaw Mengestu Embraces The Vastness Of Love And War

Eli Meir Kaplan Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:34 pm

Why do love and war go so well together in novels? It isn't only because they're both naturally dramatic themes. Sometimes, in fact, each is so big and overwhelming that they can seem beyond the grasp of words. And so a writer who tries to show the struggle of two people with deep feelings for each other, "set against a backdrop of violence" (as a novel's flap copy might read), can just seem like he's overreaching. But Dinaw Mengestu uses love and war to powerfully explore a third, equally dramatic theme: identity.

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The Two-Way
5:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence

Bob Butler (left) and Bob Gordon work on a memorial Thursday at Central Christian Church in Killeen, Texas, for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:15 pm

Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at Luby's Cafeteria in 1991 that left 23 dead.

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Local Music
5:45 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

A chat with 'Otello' singers Julie Anne Miller and David Gordon

Otello in rehearsal on Wednesday night
Credit Suzanne Weeldreyer

Here's a Let's Hear It excerpt featuring a conversation with mezzo soprano Julie Anne Miller and tenor David Gordon. 

  They are preparing their roles in Verdi's opera Otello​ for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's season closer Friday night.   

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SW Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bolger Proposes Road Repair Funding Plan

Statehouse Speaker Jase Bolger has proposed a plan for how the state could raise badly needed road maintenance and repair funds.

Gongwer News Service reports that the greatest amount of money would come from sales and use taxes that are already in place. Bolger says those sources could yield $450 million for roads by next year.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts

President Obama stands on stage with Vice President Biden and their families after accepting the party nomination during the final day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:34 pm

There's news today about the 2016 presidential campaign that has nothing to do with the growing list of would-be candidates with White House aspirations.

It's about the big nominating conventions the Democrats and Republicans hold every four years. Legislation the president signed Thursday afternoon means those huge political extravaganzas will no longer receive millions of dollars in taxpayer support. It's not the only change that's likely for conventions.

Let's start with a little time travel:

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Poetry
5:25 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

1st Poetry Festival is Large, Local, and Unique to the U.S.

Kalamazoo writer and poet Bonnie Jo Campbell
Credit Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

There must be something in the water that attracts so many writers and poets to Kalamazoo.

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Arts & More
5:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Artist of the Month: Ellen Nelson Turns Shoes, Bugs, Animals into Collage Art

Nelson takes objects such as shoes, bugs, and pig parts and fashions them in to "pile art."
Courtesy of Ellen Nelson

What do platform sandals, moths, grasshoppers, and pig snouts have in common? All of them are prominently featured in the oil painting collages of Ellen Nelson, a local artist who has a flair for clutter - in a good way. 

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NPR Story
4:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Senate Torture Report Takes A Step Closer To Becoming Public

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:34 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee moved a step closer to publishing parts of a report about the torture of terrorism suspects after 9/11. Lawmakers voted to send the report on to the White House and to CIA. The CIA will determine how much of the five-year-long study can be declassified. And President Obama could be called upon to referee any dispute of how much of the report sees the light of day.

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Sports
4:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Basketball Prep Schools: A World Of Their Own, And Recruiting Worldwide

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:34 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

With the Final Four happening this weekend, there's a lot of attention on young basketball players and the high schools that produced them. Some of the best athletes emerge from schools that never win state championships because they operate outside of state athletic associations. In the basketball world they are called prep schools.

Alexandra Starr takes us to one such school, Our Savior New American on Long Island.

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Sports
4:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play?

University of Miami President Donna Shalala cuts down the net after a basketball game against Clemson last year.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:34 pm

In the next few days, the last four teams play for the NCAA men's basketball championship, a hugely profitable event for college sports.

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Film
4:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Get Motivated Not Depressed at Documentary Film Festival

A still shot from 'If You Build It'
Credit Long Shot Factory Release

After several years of showing documentaries at the Rivers of Justice Film Festival, Kirsten Vander Giessen-Reitsma noticed people weren’t getting motivated to solve the world’s problems--they were getting depressed.

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Author Interviews
3:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy

Jolie Kerr says when you have a fresh red wine stain, pouring table salt — no water — on it will suck it right up. "You can go pour some wine on your carpet tonight and try it out!" she says.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:48 pm

Jerry Seinfeld used to joke that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you probably have bigger problems than your laundry. But Jolie Kerr is here to help with all the stains — her new book is titled My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag ... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha.

Kerr is known for giving cleaning advice for unconventional and embarrassing housecleaning and laundry problems — without the judgment of the typical holier-than-thou housekeeping advice columnist.

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Television
3:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:48 pm

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. This Sunday HBO presents the season premiers of two returning series - "Game of Thrones" and "VEEP" - and launches a new series, a Mike Judge comedy called "Silicon Valley." Our TV critic David Bianculli has seen them all.

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2:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Emergency Manager Says he Wants Detroit Bankruptcy Settled by October 15th

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Orr's time as Detroit's Emergency Manager could end weeks before that date
Detroit — Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr testified Thursday during a court hearing that he wants to get Michigan’s largest city out of bankruptcy court by Oct. 15.Orr, who has not previously set a target date for exiting bankruptcy, made the comment during testimony on his third attempt to settle a troubled pension-related debt.
Author Interviews
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How 'Soul Train' Shaped A Generation

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we're going to take a trip down memory lane or we should probably say down the soul train line.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SOUL TRAIN")

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Around the Nation
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Microaggressions: Be Careful What You Say

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 10:23 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

So where are you from? No, where are you really from? To some people, that might sound like a harmless question. But to a person of color, it might sound like a micro-aggression - a question, a comment, even an intended compliment sometimes that nevertheless suggests something demeaning.

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My Big Break
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Inflatable Suit Launches Stylist To Stardom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We just mentioned that dancing on "Soul Train" was the big break for a number of entertainers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of other people about the moment when their careers took off.

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11:36 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Schauer Picks Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as Running Mate

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Brown is pick to to be Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor
Oakland Clerk Lisa Brown is Mark Schauer's running mate for Michigan governor. Brown, 47, a West Bloomfield Democrat, served two terms in the state House of Representatives before winning the Oakland County Clerk's job in 2012. She is the first Democrat to hold the job.
11:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Attorneys say Kellogg Community College Board May Have Violated Open Meetings Act

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Board's meeting with attorney in closed session is at question
The Kellogg Community College board may have violated the Open Meetings Act when it met in closed session Monday about an investigation into President Dennis Bona's conduct, two attorneys said independently Wednesday. Jonathan Byrd, chairman of the KCC Board of Trustees, placed Bona on a non-disciplinary paid administrative leave on March 27 over concerns about his "interactions with college personnel," KCC officials have said.
8:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Holland Approves Keeping Chickens in City

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The city ordinance says no roosters allowed and chickens can't be kept for commercial purposes
After nearly one year of discussions, the Holland City Council has approved the keeping of urban chickens.It takes effect in 21 days.Councilman Wayne Klomparens was the lone no vote; Councilman Myron Trethewey was absent.Only two people spoke at the obligatory public hearing preceding the vote.
8:09 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Congressman Fred Upton Questions EPA Administrator About Allied Paper Landfill

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Gina McCarthy appeared before Energy and Commerce Committee for hearing on EPA's budget
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton on Wednesday asked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's ongoing plans to clean up the Allied Paper site in Kalamazoo.
2014 Election
7:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Schauer Picks Oakland County Clerk as Running Mate

Mark Schauer- file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Gongwer News Service Editor Zach Gorchow

    

Democrat Mark Schauer has selected Lisa Brown to run for Lieutenant Governor. 

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Around the Nation
7:32 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Good Manners Pay Off For Pizza Delivery Man

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:53 am

A pizza delivery man in Oregon received a 23 cents tip on a $22 check. He accepted it graciously. The next day he got a thank you note from the bad tippers and a $20 bill.

Around the Nation
7:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Maryland Poised To Outlaw Vaportini

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:53 am

The state legislature voted to ban the device that heats up a sphere of alcohol, and then you inhale the vapors. Doctors say this is not proven safe.

Business
7:07 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Women Defy Hollywood's Conventional Wisdom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:53 am

A new study shows that films featuring prominent female characters profit more than those that don't.

NPR Story
4:51 am
Thu April 3, 2014

China Produces Plan To Boost Disappointing Economic Growth

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:53 am

China's new package is designed to keep the country on track to reach target growth rates of 7.5 percent for this year.

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