NPR Story
4:44 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Book Review: 'The Mehlis Report'

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:15 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Our book reviewer Alan Cheuse is excited to introduce the work of Rabee Jaber. He lives in Lebanon, and his novel "The Mehlis Report" takes place there. In Beirut, the characters await the real Mehlis report, which analyzed the watershed moment in Lebanon, the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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Movie Reviews
4:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

Pamina (Amy Carson) and Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) in Kenneth Branagh's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
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Mozart's The Magic Flute, the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a Singspiel, a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mozart's mixture of fairy tale and high morality presents a great opportunity for a filmmaker; in 1975, Ingmar Bergman released a version for Swedish television that has become a beloved classic.

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4:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Kalamazoo commission to make final vote on fireworks restrictions

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The ordinance would ban fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. during the week of a national holiday.
City commissioners last month held a first reading of the ordinance, which would ban consumer fireworks from midnight to 8 a.m. the day before, of and after a national holiday. The exception would be New Year's Day, when consumer fireworks would be prohibited from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.
3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Supporters hope affirmative action ban stays intact

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The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision in November that threw out the affirmative action ban.
The forces behind a number of state bans on the use of affirmative action today filed a brief with the Supreme Court, supporting a move to get the court to uphold the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. The filing points to last week's Supreme Court ruling in a University of Texas case to support the notion that such bans are legal.
Author Interviews
3:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life

Tomi Ungerer's 1967 book Moon Man follows its lonely protagonist as he visits Earth for the very first time.
Tomi Ungerer

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:00 pm

Children's-book writer Maurice Sendak learned a lot from author and artist Tomi Ungerer. In Far Out Isn't Far Enough, a new documentary about Ungerer, Sendak says, "I learned to be braver than I was. I think that's why [Where The Wild Things Are] was partly Tomi — his energy, his spirit.

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It's All Politics
3:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition

Republicans celebrated when California Gov. Pete Wilson was re-elected in 1994. But his divisive campaign led to a backlash, especially among the growing Latino population in the state.
Kevork Djansezian AP

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:11 pm

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Democrats who hope to turn Texas from red to blue are looking to California for inspiration.

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

An Online Upstart Roils French Media, Politics

Edwy Plenel, head of the online investigative journalism website Mediapart, at his Paris office in April. The paper has attracted paying subscribers and is making a profit.
Francois Mori AP

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:11 pm

Every week, it seems, a new scandal is unearthed by the upstart, online newspaper Mediapart. The most recent bomb was that President Francois Hollande's budget minister was evading taxes when he was supposed to be cracking down on tax cheats. After vehemently denying the allegations, in the face of overwhelming evidence, Jerome Cahuzac was forced to resign.

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West Southwest features interviews with news makers and discussion on issues important to Southwest Michigan. West Southwest can be heard Wednesday mornings at 9:20. 

Education
12:20 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Hear the #NPRAspen Education Chat

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are also hearing your thoughts about education on Twitter at #NPRAspen. I just want to read one more of the tweets that we got, it says treat teacher time and energy as valuable, finite resources, design schools to use them efficiently. That comes from Roxanna Eldin (ph) in Miami. Please stay with us as we continue our special broadcast from the Aspen Ideas Festival, we're broadcasting from the Hotel Jerome. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Local Music & History
11:32 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Barbershop chorus seeks young talent

The Mall City Harmonizers in 1961
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The Mall City Harmonizers, Kalamazoo’s barbershop chorus, recently celebrated the 75th birthday of the international Barbershop Harmony society.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Is America Still The 'Land Of Opportunity?'

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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Barbershop
10:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Can America Learn From Foreign School Systems?

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for a visit to the barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. We're here in Aspen for the Aspen Ideas Festival, and we couldn't get into the shop, so we brought the shop to us.

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Fairs & Festivals
10:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Michigan Shakespeare Fest: Good actors make good Shakespeare

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"Shakespeare's plays are never about the day nothing happened. They're always about the day something amazing happened," says  Janice L. Blixt, artistic director for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

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Methamphetamine
9:12 am
Mon July 1, 2013

MLive Kalamazoo finds Methamphetamine problem persists in Southwest Michigan

Meth products - file photo
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Interview with Rosemary Parker

    

Saint Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties are tops in the state for sales of pseudoephedrine a key ingredient in producing meth. 

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7:20 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KRESA gets approval to administer Head Start in Kalamazoo County

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Change for Head Start has been more than a year in the making
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- After almost a year of waiting for word, the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency has been awarded oversight of Kalamazoo County Head Start by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. KRESA received official notification Friday evening, said Margaret McGlinchey, KRESA assistant superintendent for instruction.
World
7:19 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Jennifer Lopez Sorry For Appearance In Turkmenistan

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Jennifer Lopez says she's sorry for singing "Happy Birthday" to the president of Turkmenistan. The country's known for being repressive. Human rights groups say government critics can be tortured or thrown in jail. A publicist says Lopez didn't know any of that when she put on a traditional Turkmen dress to serenade the president. At one point, Lopez's choreographer tweeted: I wonder where all my Turkmenistan followers are. Guess he didn't realize that Twitter is banned in the country.

Around the Nation
7:19 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Study: Americans Want To Be Informed About News Stories

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne, with news about the news. A new study finds 50 percent of Americans would rather know more about current events than fashion, sports or celebrity. So much so that one in three admitted pretending to know about a news story to impress someone. And, knowledgeable or not, 70 percent said they'll find any opportunity to argue about the news regardless of topic, though the favorite choice is politics.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Holland City Council considers "district heating plan"

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Use of residual heat could influence location of new power plant
city hall.jpg Implementing district heating in the city of Holland would mean starting small in the downtown and Hope College areas and possibly growing the system over the next few decades. District heating is the process of using residual heat from the power plant and other sources that heat buildings.
6:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Case would likely remain local if Detroit files for bankruptcy

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Unlike corporations all of Detroit's operations and assets are in city
When Detroit auto giants General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy in 2009, their cases wound up in New York. The City of Detroit, legal experts say, won't share that fate should it take the unprecedented step of seeking Chapter 9 protection.
Education
6:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Tell Me More: Education Special And Twitter Chat

Use #NPRAspen to share your ideas about improving education and learning.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:06 pm

  • Listen: July 1 Education Special
  • Listen: July 2 Education Special

Education has been a critical topic for Michel Martin at NPR's Tell Me More, and we are eager to again tackle the topic of learning and education.

On Monday and Tuesday, July 1 and July 2, Tell Me More will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter chat from the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., focusing on education and, even more broadly, on learning.

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International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.

Over her career, Harris has served in multiple roles within public media. She first joined NPR in 2000, as a general assignment reporter. A prolific reporter often filing two stories a day, Harris covered major stories including 9/11 and its aftermath, including the impact on the airline industry; and the anthrax attacks. She also covered how policies set in Washington are implemented across the country.

Sports
5:18 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Inbee Park Shares Record Book Wins With Babe Zaharias

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 7:19 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The talk of the sports world this morning is women's golf. A rare moment brought on by a 24-year-old from South Korea. Inbee Park won the U.S. Women's Open yesterday on Long Island. It was the third major championship on the women's pro tour this season. And Park has won all three.

In fact, she's the first woman to win the first three majors of the year since the legendary Babe Zaharias in 1950.

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us. Good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Renee.

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Middle East
5:15 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Kerry Believes Mideast Peace Talks 'Could Be Within Reach'

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 8:15 am

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Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State in the 1970s made the term shuttle diplomacy famous in the Middle East. Some of his successors used the same strategy, but it had been a while. Well, now it's John Kerry's turn. He emerged yesterday from long separate sessions with Palestinian and Israeli officials, saying the start of peace negotiations could be within reach. NPR's Emily Harris reports.

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Afghanistan
4:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Afghanistan's Next Generation Wants To Hold Taliban Accountable

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 12:28 pm

NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, leaving some Afghans concerned about security. The withdrawal of foreign troops also opens up multiple chances for a successful democracy. A new generation is emerging in Afghanistan that is more educated, more connected with the world and more hopeful about the future than previous generations. Renee Montagne talks to with Shaharzad Akbar, chairperson for Afghanistan 1400; and Haseeb Humayoon, founding partner and director of QARA Consulting.

Shots - Health News
3:04 am
Mon July 1, 2013

You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

Families soon will be able to sign up for new health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Cheryl Focht of Mary's Center performs a checkup of Jayson Gonzalez, 16, while his mother, Elizabeth Lopez, looks on.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:25 am

The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. Oct. 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014.

It can all be a little confusing, we agree. So two weeks ago, we asked what you wanted to know about the health law.

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Crime In The City
3:02 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder

From the Toronto Islands — one of many real-life Toronto locales in Robert Rotenberg's legal thrillers — visitors have a clear view of the city's skyline.
Sean Dawsean Flickr

Robert Rotenberg has written four legal thrillers set in Toronto, that old industrial city on the shores of Lake Ontario. He's a criminal lawyer — all his books are centered on trials — and he loves his city so much that he makes multicultural Toronto a character in his books. His first release, Old City Hall, is even named after a Toronto landmark: a beautiful stone building that is now used as a courthouse.

Real Courtrooms, Real Courtesy

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Europe
3:01 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Thar He Blows: Trump Tussles With Scots Over Wind Turbines

Donald Trump plays a stroke as he officially opens his new Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, last July. Now, he is aggressively fighting Scottish plans to build 11 wind turbines off the coast overlooked by his golf course and other proposed projects.
Andy Buchanan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 9:52 am

A fierce legal battle is under way in Scotland, involving U.S. tycoon Donald Trump.

At the heart of the wrangle: wind.

Europe is leading the way in generating energy using wind. Huge turbines whir away on the hills and in the seas throughout the continent.

The roots of Trump's hatred for these turbines can be found, at least in part, in what was once a stretch of rolling dunes and grassland in northeastern Scotland, overlooking the North Sea.

He is spending hundreds of millions creating a resort there.

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9:32 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Incoming WMU freshman drafted by Montreal Canadiens in first round

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WMU head coach Andy Murray "thrilled" Michael McCarron and his family
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Michael McCarron has already made Western Michigan University hockey program history and he hasn't played one shift yet. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound incoming freshman forward was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 25th overall in the NHL Draft Sunday making McCarron the highest-ever drafted WMU hockey player.
9:17 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Lack of deal on student loans leaves Michigan students in limbo, facing higher tuition

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Data shows number of students taking out student loans and amount they're taking out continues to climb
Thousands of Michigan college students are getting punched in the wallet by a combination of tuition hikes averaging 3.45% and a doubling of interest rates on some of their loans that will go into effect Monday. In the short run, they'll be paying more on their annual tuition bills, with the highest increase at 8.9% announced last week at Wayne State University.
9:13 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Benton Harbor's future debated

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New developments welcomed by some as improvement. But others question lack of revenue from projects
BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor is a "cash-strapped" city.

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