National Security
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Defense Officials Indicate NSA Leaks Have Had Consequences

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

Washington is still trying to determine how much damage has been done as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance. Snowden allegedly encrypted the files he took with him, but some officials fear Chinese or Russian intelligence services gained access to Snowden's computers.

Business
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Feds Sue Jon Corzine Over MF Global Collapse

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

Federal regulators have filed civil charges against former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine in connection with the failure of his commodities firm, MF Global. The government says Corzine failed to stop the firm from dipping into customer funds during a financial crisis in October 2011.

Politics
4:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Agencies Continue To Identify Fallout From Sequestration

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Well, now that summer is officially here, we thought this might be a good time to check in with some of our colleagues to find out how the federal budget cuts known as sequestration are playing out. These cuts went into effect in the spring, and it is becoming clear that some federal agencies and programs are feeling the brunt, while others have largely escaped.

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Music Interviews
2:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Omar Grows Up To Become 'The Man'

Omar's new album, The Man, is his first project in seven years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:42 am

British singer Omar was a child musician back in the '70s and '80s, but he's done a lot of growing up since then. Now married with two daughters, Omar has a new album, The Man, which marks a turning point in his life.

"It's about changing," he says. "Since I've had [my girls], there's a purpose to my life now. It's about growth, development and evolution."

The Man is the singer's first project in seven years. Stripped down to a natural level, the album is assembled in a way that hearkens back to the musician's early days.

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10:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Illinois firm chosen to assist with Kalamazoo city manager search

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Vorhees services will cost city almost $20,000
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission chose Voorhees Associates LLC of Deerfield, Ill., to lead the search for the next Kalamazoo city manager at a special meeting Thursday. Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with Voorhees as the new head-hunting firm after firing Bob Murray & Associates of Roseville, Calif., in May and reopening the search.
StoryCorps
10:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

For A Mom, Learning To Accept A Gay Son Was 'Nonnegotiable'

After Samuel Taylor came out to his mother, Connie Casey, the pair had several very difficult years. But in time, Connie realized she had to re-examine her feelings about homosexuality.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:13 am

Samuel Taylor was raised in a religious family. When he came out to his mother, Connie Casey, she sent him to a series of conversion therapy ministries affiliated with Exodus International, the Christian organization that folded this month and apologized to the gay community for trying to "correct" same-sex attraction.

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The Salt
6:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Composting On The Way Up In New York City High-Rises

Compost bins at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn, N.Y. are part of a pilot program to get New Yorkers to recycle their food waste.
Courtesy of Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:45 am

High-rise apartment buildings might not seem like fertile ground for making compost.

But officials in New York want to capture and recycle more of the city's food waste — even in some of the nation's most vertical neighborhoods. They're expanding a pilot program that's also trying to encourage composting by turning greenmarkets and libraries into drop-off sites for residents' food waste.

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5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Farmers may need permits for wetland use

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants more restrictions on how wetland use is regulated.
Michigan may lose its Department of Environmental Quality-run wetlands permitting program despite legislation awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder that is designed to stave off a federal takeover. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for several years has identified problems with the state's enforcement of the Clean Water Act - the only state other than New Jersey that is allowed this power.
Africa
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Opponents To Mark Morsi's First Year In Office With Protests

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Egypt's President, Mohammed Morsi, was sworn into office one year ago this Sunday. Opposition groups plan major protests to mark the anniversary. Egyptians face rising food prices, fuel shortages and power outages in blistering summer heat.

And Merritt Kennedy reports from Cairo, demonstrators are calling for early elections and vowing to stay on the streets until Morsi quits.

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Around the Nation
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Texas Gov. Calls Special Session, Reigniting Abortion Debate

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

The battle over a new abortion bill in Texas will resume now that Governor Rick Perry has called a second special legislative session. It's scheduled to begin on Monday. This past Tuesday night, an audience far beyond Texas watched as a Democratic state senator filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 12 hours. When Republicans cut her off, spectators jeered and the chamber erupted in pandemonium.

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5:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Unemployment rises with summer job hunt

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The joblessness rate in May went up by as much as 0.9 percent in Kalamazoo and Hillsdale counties to only 0.2 percent in Allegan.
KALAMAZOO, MI - More people looking for work during the summer was more than the area job market - which grew -- could handle. That pushed the unemployment rate for the Kalamazoo-Portage area to 7.4 percent in May. "A significant number of individuals entered the job market seeking summer employment in May," wrote Leonidas Murembya in his latest analysis of Southwest Michigan.
5:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Michigan 2nd in lightning deaths

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However, Michigan ranks 33rd in the number of lightning strikes.
Michigan is a dangerous place in thunderstorms. We rank number 2 out of 50 states for the number of deaths and injuries from lightning since 1959. That is remarkable since we rank 33 out of 50 states for the number of lightning strikes. Florida has the most lightning, and the most lightning related injuries and deaths.
The Salt
4:12 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

What The Rise Of Cage-Free Eggs Means For Chickens

Cage-free chickens in Harold Sensenig's barn near Hershey, Pa., get to roam and perch on steel rods, but they don't go outside.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 9:32 pm

The typical life of an egg-laying chicken is beginning to change dramatically.

Ninety percent of the eggs we eat come from chickens that live in long lines of wire cages, about eight birds to a cage. Animal welfare groups have long been campaigning against these cages.

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Movie Reviews
3:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Two Master Moviemakers, Two Singularly Fine Films

Saoirse Ronan plays Eleanor, an ancient (and uncharacteristically ethical) vampire in Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
IFC Films

The decade of the 1980s — when major corporations made their presence more felt in Hollywood — was for all kinds of reasons a low point in American moviegoing. But two beacons abroad, Pedro Almodovar and Neil Jordan, reminded us with movies like Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Mona Lisa how films could be personal and still reach a large (or large-ish) audience.

Thirty years later, we have Almodovar's I'm So Excited and Jordan's Byzantium — and these directors are still shining a light.

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Author Interviews
2:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.

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Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:02 pm

When the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was growing up in Nigeria she was not used to being identified by the color of her skin. That changed when she arrived in the United States for college. As a black African in America, Adichie was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in the United States. Race as an idea became something that she had to navigate and learn.

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Arts & Life
2:33 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:37 pm

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Around the Nation
2:33 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hopes And Fears For The Future Of The World, With Ted Koppel

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:49 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. As some of you may know, this program began in the crisis that led up to what we now call the first Gulf War, in 1991, as Daniel Schorr and I anchored live coverage of briefings from the White House and the Pentagon and congressional hearings.

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Remembrances
2:33 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

After 11 Years Behind The Host Mic, Neal Conan Signs Off

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:37 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

And so it's time to say goodbye. As you probably know, this, after 21 years, is the final broadcast of TALK OF THE NATION, and after 36 years, my last day at NPR.

Before I go, there are some people to thank. First, my predecessors in this chair: John Hockenberry, Ray Suarez, Juan Williams and the many substitutes who allowed us time off.

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WMU Haenicke Institute
12:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

WMU names new leader for international programs

Wolfgang Schlor
Credit Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University has named Wolfgang Schlor, the new associate provost for the Haenicke Institute for International Education.

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12:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

President of Glen Oaks Community College plans early retirement

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Gary Wheeler plans to leave in June of 2014, a year earlier than originally scheduled
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
CENTREVILLE, MI - The president of Glen Oaks Community College, who has been under fire after a vote of no-confidence from the faculty in December, will be retiring at least one year earlier than planned. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to accept Gary Wheeler's offer to move up his retirement date to June 30, 2014, at a special meeting June 27.

NPR News Special

Live coverage from the Washington Mall including remarks by President Obama.

Around the Nation
11:20 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Learning What Not To Do From Paula Deen

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, we'll talk about college students and Facebook. We've all noticed how much they all seem to love it. But it turns out how they use the social media site varies quite a bit depending on who they are, and that can actually help or hurt their success in school.

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Digital Life
11:20 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Student Facebook Use Might Affect Future Success

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We want to turn now to a new study about social media, specifically Facebook. You've probably seen that the site is unbelievably popular among college students. You can find them posting updates on the bus, chatting in the library, tagging photos while they walk. But even though nearly every student has Facebook, there's a new study that says different groups use the site in many different ways. And according to the study, at least, that can have surprising implications for student success in college and even beyond.

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Around the Nation
11:20 am
Thu June 27, 2013

A Fond Farewell To Talk Of The Nation

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time for a segment we call Wisdom Watch, that's where we hear wisdom from someone who's made a difference with his or her work and life. Today, we're going to speak with someone who surely fits that bill. Twelve years ago, Neal Conan took to the airwaves as the host of NPR's Talk of the Nation.

(SOUNDBITE OF TALK OF THE NATION)

NEAL CONAN, BYLINE: From NPR News in Washington, D.C., I'm Neal Conan and this is Talk of the Nation.

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Food and Drink
11:08 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Learn how hard cider is made at Virtue Cider in Fennville

Gregg Hall at Virtue Cider in Fennville
Credit Nancy Camden

Michigan is one of the top three growers of apples in the country making it a great place to produce what in this country we call ‘hard’ cider. In England, France or Spain, it’s simply called cider while unfermented pressed apple is called ‘juice.’

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Africa
10:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Nelson Mandela Said To Be Gravely Ill

South Africa is on watch for the fate of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The ailing Mandela, an international icon known for his fight to end apartheid, has been in the hospital for several days. For the latest on his condition, Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.

Film
10:26 am
Thu June 27, 2013

'The Heat': Improv comedy with a Boston flair

You’d expect to see Melissa McCarthy in a raucous comedy like The Heat, which opens Friday. Even Sandra Bullock’s name above the title is no great surprise. But who would expect the cast to include Joey McIntyre, best known as the youngest of the new Kids on the Block?

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7:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Police raid medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield

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Businesses were targeted for operating "outside the scope" of Michigan's medical marijuana law
SPRINGFIELD - Police with search warrants raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield Wednesday, alleging they were violating Michigan law. About 10:45 a.m. Michigan State Police troopers and undercover drug officers drove into the parking lot of The Karmacy at 4549 W. Dickman Road.
7:31 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission to pick firm Thursday night for city manager search

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Commissioners fired original search firm last month and re-launched search for new city manager
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission will select a firm to lead its revamped city manager search at a special meeting tonight. Commissioners on Monday spent four hours Monday conducting in-person interviews with representatives from four firms: Deerfield, Ill.-based Voorhees Associates LLC, Kalamazoo-based Welsh & Associates, Keller, Texas-based Strategic Government Resources and Wellington, Fla.-based Colin Baenziger & Associates.
7:26 am
Thu June 27, 2013

South Haven schools budget includes pay freeze

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Various unions have to agree to no raises
SOUTH HAVEN - South Haven schools' new budget calls for a pay freeze for all district employees.

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