Music
1:20 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit.

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Remembrances
1:20 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. The actor Meshach Taylor died on June 28 at the age of 67. We're going to remember him by listening back to our 1990 interview. Taylor was best known for his role on the TV sitcom "Designing Women" playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-convict who's a deliveryman for a company of women interior designers in Atlanta. He eventually became their partner in the company.

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Afghanistan
12:17 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.

SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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July 7, 2014
9:28 am
Mon July 7, 2014

WestSouthwest July 7, 2014

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On WestSouthwest, the case for taxing carbon to address climate change, and a look at the finances and transparency of charter schools. 

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8:55 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Storms Leave Thousands in Kalamazoo County Without Power

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Some traffic lights not operating because of outages
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- More than 4,000 Consumers Energy customers in Kalamazoo and Portage are without power Monday morning according to the Consumer's Energy outage map. The utility reports 3.7 percent of its Kalamazoo County customers are affected. Traffic lights were out on South Westnedge Avenue in the area of Kilgore Road, drivers report.
Charter Schools
8:48 am
Mon July 7, 2014

WSW: Charter Schools' Financing and Accountability

Canton Charter Academy
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WestSouthwest with Gary Miron

    

Western Michigan University Professor Gary Miron says small, independent, locally run charter schools are hard to find in Michigan. 

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Around the Nation
8:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Remember that old safety advice - if your fireworks don't go off, lean over the top and shake them. That's a joke but this is not. John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. In the past, he's fractured ribs and been knocked unconscious. This year, he only got a bloody nose. Though he admits, he says, he is a little nuts. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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8:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Weddings are always a whirlwind - from the engagement to the wedding photos, which for a couple in Saskatchewan, Canada involved a real tornado. As the bride and groom posed for a close-up, down the road from their ceremony a funnel cloud swirled behind them. The tornado touched down far enough behind them that the wedding photographer was able to capture the moment - perhaps the best wedding photo-bomb ever. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:41 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Micro-Brewers Help Grow Michigan's Hop Farms

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160 micro breweries in state with more on way helps create demand for hops
EATON RAPIDS - It looks less like a flower and more like a small cone the size of a thumb. But stick a handful of them under your nose and the scent is undeniable. "They smell just like beer," said Paul Malewski as he held out a handful of dried hops from last year's harvest at Mid Michigan Hops Inc.
Carbon Tax
7:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

WSW: Is a Carbon Tax the Answer to Climate Change?

Smokestacks in Champaign, Illinois
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WestSouthwest with Dana Mains

    

Dana Mains say her two year old daughter is the inspiration for getting involved in the effort to address climate change. 

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Remembrances
6:49 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ex-Georgia President Eduard Shavardnadze Dies. He was 86

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's take a moment to remember Edward Shevardnazde. He was the foreign minister for the Soviet Union in the 1980s. That means he was one of the faces of the Soviet Union during its final period of reform under Mikhail Gorbachev. When that union broke apart, Shervardnazde became the president of his home republic, Georgia. And he has died at the age of 86. We're going to talk about Shevardnazde with Pavel Palazhchenko. He was an interpreter for both Gorbachev and this Shervardnazde. He's on the line. Welcome to the program.

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NPR Story
6:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Wash. Retailers To Sell Recreational Marijuana On Tuesday

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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6:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

'A Hard Day's Night' Premiered In London 50 Years Ago

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 4:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And here's our last word in Business today.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT")

THE BEATLES: (Singing) It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log.

INSKEEP: You hear the screaming in the background. "A Hard Day's Night" premiered at London's Pavilion Theater on July 6, 1964.

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6:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Michigan's Republican Primaries Draw Interest From Various Groups

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Incumbent Justin Amash seen as being in good shape for August primary
Washington After making seismic gains in 2010, tea party-backed congressional Republicans now are playing defense in Michigan. The states congressional GOP tea party favorites, Reps. Justin Amash of Cascade Township and Kerry Bentivolio of Milford, face well-financed primary challenges from businessmen Brian Ellis from the Grand Rapids area and Farmington Hills attorney and mortgage specialist David Trott.
6:16 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Future of Michigan's Film Credit Uncertain

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Law which provides incentives set to lapse in three years
The budget signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last week seems like an upbeat script for Michigan film incentives. The amount for fiscal 2015 - $50 million for film, TV and digital projects - is keeping the state on the entertainment industry's radar.
6:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Holland Plans to Bring Down Hundreds of Dead and Dying Ash Trees

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Emerald Ash Borer was discovered a few years ago in city
When the work is all done, more than 1,200 ash trees will be removed - and that's just within the city of Holland.On Tuesday, an active ash tree removal program will begin along 32nd Street. On one block alone, between College and Central avenues, there are 14 trees that have to come down.
6:03 am
Mon July 7, 2014

John Petrehn Wins Balloon Championship Again in Battle Creek

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Sunday morning flights were cancelled because of high winds
John Petrehn won the balloon competition at the 2014 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival as organizers already began to look forward to the 2015 event. Petrehn, of Leawood, Kansas, is a two-time world champion who finished ahead of five-time national champ Joe Heartsill of San Angelo, Texas, in the Battle Creek event.
5:57 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Non-Profit Group Launched in Portage to Support Education and Charitable Efforts

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Fund is now taking applications for grants
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage Area Charities Fund has been launched as the newest non-profit organization. Established by members of the former Portage AM Rotary Club, PACF's mission is to support local, educational and charitable projects focused on the needs of the greater Portage area community.
NPR Story
5:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Michelle Obama Lobbies Congress Over School Lunch Program

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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5:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.

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5:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Video Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader Needs To Be Confirmed

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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Middle East
6:51 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Six Israeli Youths Arrested In Death Of Palestinian Teen

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Israel arrested six Israeli Jewish suspects today in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager. It's the first major development in a case that's sparked riots in Jerusalem and Arab towns in Israel. The teenager was seized from his home in East Jerusalem last week, and his charred body was found in a nearby forest. Officials say the autopsy shows he was burned to death.

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Around the Nation
6:51 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

People line up at the FamilySource Center in Los Angeles, an organization in one of President Obama's five designated "Promise Zones" that aims to help fight poverty in the area.
Priska Neely NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:02 am

Five areas across the country have been designated as "Promise Zones" by the federal government. These zones, announced by President Obama in January, are intended to tackle poverty by focusing on individual urban neighborhoods and rural areas.

In the five Promise Zones — located in Philadelphia, San Antonio, southeastern Kentucky, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Los Angeles — the idea is to basically carpet-bomb the neighborhoods with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training to turn those areas around.

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U.S.
5:33 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Increasing Use Of Oil Trains Inspires Backlash From States

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:18 pm

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Movie Interviews
5:33 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Aaron Swartz was heavily involved in the popular 2012 campaign to prevent the passage of the federal Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
Quinn Norton Falco Ink Publicity

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:48 am

Aaron Swartz was a programmer, a hacker, a freedom of information activist — and a casualty of suicide.

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Music Interviews
5:05 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Years After 'The Killing Moon,' Echo & The Bunnymen Still At It

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:55 pm

The band Echo & The Bunnymen has released its first new album in five years, called Meteorites. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with frontman Ian McCulloch about the release.

Law
5:14 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

More Municipalities Deny Federal Requests, Won't Detain Immigrants

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez pushed for the city to change its practice of detaining immigrants on behalf of federal officials.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:42 am

Before immigrants get deported, they are sometimes held temporarily by local law enforcement at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. But cities across the country, including Philadelphia, are saying they will no longer fully cooperate with that plan.

Offenses including traffic stops and felonies can lead to deportation for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally — or even those who are legal permanent residents. ICE requests that municipalities hold suspects until they can be transferred into federal custody.

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Author Interviews
5:14 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

Playwright and writer Samuel Beckett, shown here around 1970, wrote Echo's Bones at his editor's request — only to have it cut from his first collection.
Reg Lancaster Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

Playwright and author Samuel Beckett, who died 25 years ago, wrote lasting works of literature like Waiting for Godot and Endgame. But a previously unpublished short story of his — now being released for the first time — was not so appreciated.

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Music Interviews
5:06 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Longtime Rockers NRBQ Get Down To 'Brass Tacks' In New Album

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

We're back with ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEW RHYTHM AND BLUES QUARTET SONG)

NRBQ: (Singing) Why don't you sit in my lap, kiss me and give me a hug. You know that I'm thinking of...

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The Salt
1:08 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside

Acaraje are a regional food in Brazil made from fried balls of mashed-up beans, onions and salt. The balls are sliced in half, slathered with a spicy pepper sauce and cashew paste, and then topped with shrimp.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:53 am

The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.

Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. It's almost impossible to find any Brazilian fare on the menu.

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