7:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Fee increases part of Kalamazoo budget proposal

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Spending plan would patch $2.9-million deficit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo residents could pay more to rent a park, participate in summer camp and use city water in 2014, according to proposed rate schedules from various city departments. The Kalamazoo City Commission is expected to vote on the city's $143 million budget for 2014 at its 7 p.m.
Around the Nation
7:47 am
Fri January 3, 2014

'Breaking Bad' Fan Arrested For Running Drug Operation

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. For most fans, meeting the cast of your favorite show is enough. Apparently, not Ryan Carroll. Last September, the 26-year-old fan of "Breaking Bad" won a trip to Hollywood to watch the series finale with the cast. He told Florida's Naples News that the show was highly addictive, just like the meth they make.

This week, he was arrested for running his own drug operation and seized in the raid, a Hazmat suit signed by the "Breaking Bad" actors.

Around the Nation
7:41 am
Fri January 3, 2014

NYC Mayor's Son Wants Dad To Cancel School Because Of Snow

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

On a snowy day, kids are desperate to know if they'll have school. So why not ask someone with good sources, like Dante de Blasio, the teenage son of New York City's new mayor? A screenshot of a chat, reportedly from his Facebook page, went viral. A friend asked if school would be canceled. Dante replied, quote, "I'm trying to convince my dad." His mom kept people guessing, tweeting a picture of a snow shovel and the caption: What Dante will be doing if he does not go to school.

6:51 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Survey shows support for renewing Kalamazoo County education tax

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Local school boards have until early February to vote on putting proposal on ballot
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Almost three-quarters of voters in Kalamazoo County support renewal of a 1.5-mill countywide education tax due to expire in 2014, according to a November survey of 500 likely voters. The districts are Kalamazoo, Portage, Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Parchment, Schoolcraft and Vicksburg.
Iraq
6:38 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Iraq Fights To Quell Uprising By Al-Qaida-Linked Militias

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's turn our attention now to Iraq, where there's been a new bout of violence. The government there is fighting Al Qaida-linked militants who have reportedly overrun police stations and jails. Government forces have responded to this with missile strikes and ground troops. This fighting is in the country's western Anbar Province, which borders Syria.

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6:36 am
Fri January 3, 2014

With revenue surplus, state lawmakers consider tax cut

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Improving economy has boosted tax revenue
House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said the money belongs to taxpayers, not the state government, and lawmakers should look at tax relief ahead of any spending plans. He wouldn't specify any tax cut plans, except to say cuts should be broad-based and benefit individuals as opposed to corporations.
6:24 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Men's basketball: Western Michigan 83 Siena Heights 47

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Broncos are now 7-5, play first Mid-American Conference game Wednesday at home against Toledo
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A four-point play pulled Siena Heights within three points midway through the first half, but that's where the drama ended Thursday at University Arena. The Saints' Jamison Webster made a 3-pointer and the free throw after being fouled with 10:46 remaining in the first half, but Western Michigan closed the first half on a 34-10 run to cruise to an 83-47 win in its final non-conference tune-up.
Middle East
5:11 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Corruption Scandal Jeopardizes Turkey's Image Of Stability

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Turkey's government is defending itself against a corruption scandal. That scandal has shaken a nation often described as the model for moderate Islamic democracy. The scandal reaches the highest levels of the government, and has sparked a strong backlash by Turkey's ruling party.

We reached NPR's correspondent in Istanbul, Peter Kenyon, to learn more about what's going on.

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StoryCorps
4:39 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Once Hidden In Shame, 2 Mothers 'Don't Have To Lie Anymore'

Susan Mello Souza (left) and Mary Moran Murphy met as teenagers at a home for unwed mothers in Massachusetts. Decades later, the women are still friends.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

In 1968, Susan Mello Souza and Mary Moran Murphy were teenagers — and both were pregnant. To keep that a secret, their families sent them to St. Mary's Home for Unwed Mothers in Massachusetts, where they lived until they gave birth.

Then, their children were placed for adoption.

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Sports
4:39 am
Fri January 3, 2014

NFL Playoffs To Start With Wild Card Teams In Action

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. We've gotten through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's. But if you're an NFL fan, the next holiday up is Wild Card Weekend. There is football on Saturday and Sunday. Four wild card teams facing four teams that won their divisions. And there are some pretty interesting storylines to cover. Let's cover them with NPR's Mike Pesca. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Storyline number one - not all the teams playing are wild cards. It is called that but they get to play divisional leaders, don't they?

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NPR Story
4:39 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Want To Make Your Life Better? Keep Track Of It

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:51 am

The Quantified Self movement promotes something called life logging. That means tracking all kinds of details of your life in order to improve it. To find out more about the topic, David Greene talks to two people involved with life logging: Kitty Ireland, who works for a life logging app called Saga, and to David Goldstein, who turned to life logging with the help of a coach.

8:23 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kalamazoo-based CeeTox acquired by UK firm

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Company will eventually relocate from Business Technology and Research Park to Massachusetts
Contract research organization CeeTox Inc. of Kalamazoo was acquired by Apredica LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of the U.K. firm Cyprotex PLC, for 630,000 pounds – about $1 million – plus a consideration of 5 percent based on net sales in the next four years, according to a statement.
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Book Reviews
6:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

'Before I Burn' Uses Autobiography To Tell A Crime Story

Burning House
John Rich iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:14 am

My favorite crime novels always combine more than one genre. Like a detective mystery that's really psychological. Or a police captain who happens to be a gourmet. Honestly, most travel books don't even get going until a body or two is discovered.

In the case of Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll, the mashup is suspense meets memoir. It sounds a little gimmicky, but I promise it's absolutely not. Instead we have a semi-autobiographical novel that's poetic, gripping and at times even profound.

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Art & Design
6:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories

Other exhibits on display at the Museum include "Silicon Body Part Piercing Displays," "Cambodian Menu Photo Rejects" and "New York City Tip Jars."
Naho Kubota for Mmuseumm

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:38 pm

Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, Museum and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.

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Economy
6:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work

Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta in May.
John Amis AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:01 pm

When members of Congress return to work next week, at the top of the "to-do" list is whether to renew emergency unemployment benefits. An extension of the benefits expired at the end of 2013, which means 1.3 million out-of-work Americans are no longer getting unemployment checks.

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It's All Politics
5:19 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Defying GOP Leaders, Rep. Trey Radel Won't Resign After Rehab

U.S. Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., at a Capitol news conference on July 9.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 10:32 am

It was November when Republican Trey Radel, a first-term congressman from Fort Myers, Fla., was charged with cocaine possession — a misdemeanor in Washington, D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation.

A few days before Christmas, fresh from a month in rehab, Radel held a news conference with his wife by his side. He apologized and said that alcohol, not cocaine, is his main problem, and that's what he was treated for.

But the main point of his news conference was to say that he would not step down from Congress.

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Poetry
4:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

What biblical characters were thinking: 'Exodus' by Janet Heller

Kalamazoo native Janet Ruth Heller is a writer, playwright, and literary critic. In her third book of poetry called Exodus, Heller fills in the gaps in the lives of characters in the Bible, especially women. Exodus can be found at Kazoo Books on Parkview Ave. in Kalamazoo, Michigan News Agency, and Amazon.com.

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Asia
4:41 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor

Chinese 100 yuan bank notes being counted at a bank in Huaibei, in eastern China's Anhui province, in 2013. Undeclared income — sometimes the proceeds of corruption, often just of unclear provenance — is estimated to make up a staggering 12 percent of China's GDP.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:27 pm

The income gap is growing dramatically in China and the rich are getting exponentially richer — the richest 10 percent of China's population are more than three times wealthier than the official figures.

Much of that undeclared wealth is what Chinese people call "gray income," including proceeds from corruption and other ethically "gray" areas of the economy.

Living on the margins of the "gray economy" are people like migrant laborer Wang Haichuan. He rents a room far below street level in a dark, former air-raid shelter inhabited by other migrants.

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Economy
4:27 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Widening Wealth Gap: Bringing Income Inequality Into Focus

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 6:18 pm

The widening gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. has become a central touch point for economists, pundits and politicians across the U.S. New York City's newly sworn-in mayor, Bill deBlasio, was elected after campaigning against a city divided between the haves and have-nots. President Obama has called tackling inequality the defining challenge of our time, saying that growing inequality and a lack of upward mobility jeopardizes the American dream. But what, exactly, is income inequality?

Television
4:12 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Don't Know What To Watch On TV? We've Got You Covered

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 6:18 pm

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans has suggestions for TV to watch in January, including Justified on F/X, True Detective on HBO, and Episodes on Showtime.

World
4:11 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Berlin Clinic Aims To Make Genital Cutting Survivors Feel Whole

The Desert Flower Center, created by Somali model Waris Dirie, opened in Berlin in September. The medical center provides victims of female genital cutting with reconstructive surgery, counseling and other treatment.
Stephanie Pilick DPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:46 pm

At a recent sewing class held in Berlin at Mama Afrika, which helps immigrants adjust to life in Germany, most of the African and Middle Eastern students feign ignorance when founder Hadja Kaba asks them about female genital mutilation.

Turning to one young woman wearing a veil she asks, "Have you been cut?"

"Yes," the woman answers, holding up the cloth she is sewing.

Kaba tries again. "No, not the cloth — down there!"

The veiled woman shakes her head and turns back to her fabric.

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4:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

WMU will preserve core of East Hall, both wings will be demolished

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University has said preserving both wings would cost $10-million each
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Both wings of East Hall will be knocked down before the renovation of the historic building goes forward this spring, Western Michigan University announced Thursday. The core of the university's birthplace, which was built in 1905 atop Prospect Hill, will undergo a renovation and become an Alumni Center.
All Tech Considered
2:51 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul

While counting Netflix's microgenres, Madrigal discovered the streaming service's favorite adjective: romantic. It appears in 5,272 categories.
Robert Sullivan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:17 pm

In the old days, a movie genre was a simple, communal category: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama. One had to locate oneself in the Drama aisle at the video store and then look for just the right thing: A dark road trip movie with a strong female lead? Aha, Thelma & Louise.

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Music Reviews
2:51 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

Label for Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp" on Sun Records.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 5:31 pm

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Author Interviews
1:14 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Visible And Invisible: 'Servants' Looks At Life Downstairs

Early 20th century British maids worked long, hard days with little time off.
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 5:28 pm

Many Americans were introduced to the world of early 20th century British servants through the PBS series Downton Abbey, which premieres its fourth season Sunday. The show is set in an era when domestic service was the largest single occupation in Great Britain.

"In 1900, it was calculated to comprise a third of all women who were in the workforce," writer Lucy Lethbridge tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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12:22 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Marijuana legalization advocates hope Michigan follows Colorado's lead

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Three bills related to cannabis are pending in Michigan Legislature
New Year's Day is a shining moment for those who've shouted Free the Weed in Colorado. And many in Michigan are voicing similarly upbeat sentiments about broadening the access to recreational as well as medical marijuana. Colorado kicks off legal sales of recreational marijuana Wednesday at state-licensed stores.
Beauty Shop
12:07 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Medicaid expansion, other new laws to take effect in 2014

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House Speaker Jase Bolger praises common-sense measures. Democratic Leader says last two weeks disappointing
Medicaid health coverage for the poor is scheduled to expand to 470,000 more Michiganians this year because of new laws passed last year that also resulted in hunters stalking wolves for the first time in 48 years and indigent criminal defendants being entitled to better representation.
Planet Money
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

A Bet, Five Metals And The Future Of The Planet

James Cridland Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:24 am

This famous bet — between a biologist and an economist — was over population growth. It started three decades ago, but it helped set the tone for environmental debates that are still happening today.

The biologist at the heart of this bet was Paul Ehrlich at Stanford. He wrote a best-selling book in 1968 called The Population Bomb. It was so popular he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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Law
11:53 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 12:07 pm

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.

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