Politics
6:49 am
Sat October 5, 2013

What Furlough? GOP Lawmakers Choose How Much Burden To Bear

A seagull walks on the edge of the reflecting pool near the Capitol on Friday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 12:20 pm

As the government shutdown enters its fifth day, House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to spar over who's being more unreasonable in this fight.

GOP members now find themselves on the defensive, as they face questions about forgoing pay and forgoing staff during the widespread furloughs.

Read more
Code Switch
6:15 am
Sat October 5, 2013

'Linsanity': For Asian Fans, It Felt Just Like 'Young Love'

Jeremy Lin fans cheer during a game between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers in March 2012.
Drew Hallowell Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 12:44 pm

Twenty months after it first took pop culture by storm, the global sports craze known as "Linsanity" has found a revival on screen.

Read more
Author Interviews
6:07 am
Sat October 5, 2013

40 Years Ago, 'Fear Of Flying' Showed Women Like Sex, Too

Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co.

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 9:31 am

In 1973, Erica Jong was tired of reading about silent, seething housewifes, so she introduced a new kind of female protagonist: a frank young woman who loved sex and wasn't ashamed to admit it. Fear of Flying turns 40 this year, as does its most famous phrase: "the zipless f - - - ." Jong defines it in the novel:

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 11:04 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank, but first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-88-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our first ever show in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 24th and in Elkhart, Indiana on November 21. Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

Read more
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 11:04 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 12:57 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the silver lining of the government shutdown? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Tea Party conservatives, using their spare time, will pick up that nice autobiography of Shirley Jones and will be so shocked they will be unable to speak for a week.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Could happen. Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Next on C-SPAN, Booktalk with Brian Lamm and Honey Boo Boo.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Maz Jobrani.

Read more
The Government Shutdown
5:47 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

You've Got Shutdown Questions. We've Got Answers

Efforts to resolve the government shutdown are at a standstill.
Susan Walsh AP

There's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government, which has now gone on for four days.

Earlier this week, All Things Considered asked you to submit your questions about the shutdown. NPR's Audie Cornish put those questions to a crack team of NPR reporters for answers:

Is our food or medicine unsafe?

Read more
WMUK News
5:13 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

WMU "State of the University" address

WMU President John Dunn
Credit Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

Western Michigan University has accomplished much over the last year. But President John Dunn says it needs to do more in the future. Dunn delivered the "State of the University" address Friday, October 4th, during the university's annual Academic Convocation in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The full text of the address is available at the university's web page. Here are some highlights:

The State of the University

Read more
Religion
4:54 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.
Ciaran Flannery NGT

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:35 pm

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.

Pastor Jamie Coots warns about the scent in the snake room behind his house in Middlesboro, Ky.

Read more
Europe
4:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Tories Tell Jobless Brits: It's Time To Work For Your Dole

Job seekers line up outside a work support office in London in 2009. New measures proposed by the Conservative-led government will require recipients of unemployment benefits to do unpaid community work, spend workdays at a job center or participate in intensive programs to help solve personal issues that prevent them from working.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 6:18 pm

Britain's Conservative-led government delivered a one-two punch to more pillars of Britain's social benefits system this week. It announced more cuts to the country's social welfare programs — moving ever closer to "workfare."

Read more
Sports
4:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

NFL Commissioner Pens Open Letter Amid Brain Damage Scandal

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday sent a letter to 10 million of his closest friends, fans of the country's most popular sports league. Was this Goodell's attempt at finding new pen pals? Well, to explain what the letter was about and other NFL related matters, we're joined by sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis. Hey there.

STEFAN FATSIS: Hey Audie.

CORNISH: So what was on Roger Goodell's mind?

Read more
Movie Interviews
2:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of 'Gravity'

Many of the special effects in the action-adventure film Gravity were generated by computers — but star Sandra Bullock also had to put in a good deal of work, with choreographed movements simulating weightlessness.
Warner Bros.

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

The eye-popping new movie Gravity will make you very grateful you're planted on terra firma. It's a thriller directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which shuttle astronauts on a spacewalk are stranded after a collision with a vast cloud of space debris.

And one of those astronauts — played by Sandra Bullock — is left on her own, hundreds of miles above Earth. She's running out of oxygen and tumbling untethered through the void of space.

Read more
Music Reviews
1:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out

Barbara Hannigan and Bejun Mehta in the Festival at Aix production of Written on Skin.
Pascal Victor ArtComArt

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 11:05 am

Read more
Movie Reviews
1:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Houston, We Have A Space Flick: A Sentimental Mission In Zero 'Gravity'

In Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, an astronaut careening through space after an accident.
Warner Bros.

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 2:51 pm

In a season in which we're all talking about AMC's phenomenal Breaking Bad and Netflix's elating Orange Is the New Black, Hollywood needs you, your kids and everyone in Europe and China to get out from behind those TV monitors and into theaters. Movie studios are falling behind on compelling narratives. But they can give you what TV can't: absolute, total bombardment.

Read more
SW Michigan
1:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Right to Life turns in anti-abortion petitions

Michigan State Capitol building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A Michigan anti-abortion group says it has turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures. The Gongwer News Service says the initiative my Right to Life is aimed at preventing employers from offering abortion coverage in their health plans. Employees would be forced to by a rider to their policy at extra cost.

Supporters of the measure need 258,088 valid signatures to put the measure before lawmakers.

Read more
Local Music
1:29 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

2013 Stulberg Silver Medalist Ariel Horowitz returns

Ariel Horowitz
Credit arielhorowitzviolin.com

Ariel Horowitz, one of the top winners of the 2013 Stulberg International String Competition, will appear Sunday with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Bruce Uchimura and Ms. Horowitz sat down with Cara Lieurance to preview the concert.

Read more

WMU Academic Convocation

WMU President John Dunn presents his "State of the University" address.

WMUK
Water protection
11:41 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek among communities receiving grants to protect water supply systems

Kalamazoo River - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved wellhead protection grants for 45 communities in the state. 

Read more
Politics
11:37 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Government Shutdown? 'This Is Democracy In Action'

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. After decades of litigation, checks are going out this week to thousands of black farmers who - lawmakers eventually agreed - faced discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We'll speak with one of the people who helped lead the fight for years, even though he will not personally benefit. That's in just a few minutes.

Read more
Race
11:37 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Will Settlement Bring Black Farmers Dignity?

After years of discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black farmers are now getting a $1.25 billion settlement. Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd tells host Michel Martin what this settlement means for farmers and their families.

Movies
11:37 am
Fri October 4, 2013

'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

London barber Faisal Abdu'Allah cuts director Andy Mundy-Castle's hair.
Big Bright Films

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:35 am

The Fade — a documentary by London filmmaker Andy Mundy-Castle — follows the lives of four barbers on three continents, all at the top of their game. New Jersey barber Johnny Castellanos also known as 'Hollywood' is a barber to the stars. His client list includes rapper and businessman Jay Z and artists and athletes like Pharrell Williams and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Read more
Barbershop
11:37 am
Fri October 4, 2013

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Parallels
11:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Do You Know What The U.S. Government Is Up To In Syria?

Syrian youths line up for food distribution in the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. The U.S. government has provided more than $1.5 billion in aid to Syrians since the uprising began in 2011.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:47 am

Mark Ward is the U.S. State Department's senior adviser on assistance to Syria, and when he heard the Syrian border town of Azaz was overrun by an offshoot of al-Qaida in September, he knew it was time to get creative again.

"You always have to have a plan B in this kind of work," he says.

Ward is based in Turkey. His job is to oversee a growing and unusual U.S. humanitarian assistance program in rebel-held areas in seven provinces across northern Syria.

Read more
11:04 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Some Battle Creek officials object to speed limit increase

Lead in text: 
Traffic study resulted in five mile per hour increase on some stretches of Columbia Avenue.
Sgt. Brad Palmer stared at the radar gun Thursday morning as traffic flowed by on Columbia Avenue. "53," is all he said, switching on red and blue lights on his patrol car and pulling from the drive to chase the speeding dark SUV.
Interviews
11:04 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

Human sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson Masters, shown in San Francisco in 1972.
AP

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:58 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on July 30, 2013.

William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their groundbreaking and controversial research into the physiology of human sexuality. Instead of just asking people about their sex lives, Masters and Johnson actually observed volunteers engaging in self-stimulation and sexual intercourse. Changes throughout their bodies during arousal were measured with medical equipment.

Read more
11:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

State Senate committee looks into complaints about Grand Rapids veterans home

Lead in text: 
Two state Representatives from Grand Rapids have requested an investigation
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police and Military Affairs, said he saw some disturbing trends after loading a list of complaints against contractor J2S Group into a spreadsheet. But he hasn't determined whether the neglect and other complaints are a result of the contractor or other 'extenuating circumstances,'.
NPR Story
10:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Legendary Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap Dies

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 3:59 pm

Transcript

(POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The obituary of Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap was prepared three years ago and includes observations by Giap biographer Cecil Currey, who died in March.)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Let's remember, now, a legendary Vietnamese general. Vo Nguyen Giap has died at 102. It was Giap who defeated the French at the battle of Dien Bien Phu, which effectively ended a hundred years of French colonial rule in Southeast Asia.

Read more
8:15 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Buyout for Seelye-Wright Auto Group

Lead in text: 
Bill Wright and Mike Seelye say agreement helps with succession plan. Wright plans to spend more time running his organization for kids who've been abused and neglected
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - An ownership buyout agreement at the Seelye-Wright Auto Group means the 'Yes We Can' man's name will no longer appear on its nameplates soon. Bill Wright, the well-known co-owner of and long-time pitch-man for the Seelye-Wright Automotive Group, has sold his interest in the Kalamazoo-based group of car dealerships to business partner Mike Seelye.
7:19 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Feds reject grant application for harbor on Saint Joseph River

Lead in text: 
Grant was sought to improve viability of commercial shipping
Posted: ST. JOSEPH - The federal government has turned down Berrien County's application for a $10 million grant to reconfigure the commercial harbor on the St. Joseph River. "We knew it was a long shot," county Planning Coordinator John Gruchot said Thursday. "When it comes around again, we will resubmit."
Around the Nation
7:09 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Squirrel Steals The Show At Golf Tournament

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene with a new reason to yell four. Look out, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods - Sammy is the biggest new star in pro golf. And he's a baby squirrel. Golfer Davis Love scooped up the lost critter at the President's Cup tournament yesterday, worried he'd get struck. By the end of the day, Sammy's cute face had stolen the spotlight and he was named the unofficial mascot for Team U.S.A.

Pages