Music Interviews
2:03 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill.
Dan Winters Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 11:48 am

Kings of Leon appeared to be on the downswing after an unexpected breakdown in July 2011; it was uncertain whether the band would swing back up again. Two years later, the group is revitalized and returning with its sixth album, Mechanical Bull.

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8:57 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

State moving ahead with plans to privatize prison food service

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State Administrative Board will review contract with Aramark
Gov. Rick Snyder says his administration will consider objections raised by a Republican senator and others to a bidding process that led to a state decision to privatize food services for its 45,000 prisoners, but he hopes the protests are not merely attempts to delay action.
8:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Update: WMU temporarily suspends fraternity after weekend shooting

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First WMU suspension of a fraternity since 2010
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan University has temporarily suspended Phi Beta Sigma, the university announced Monday. The fraternity house was the site of a shooting incident early Sunday morning, in which two people were injured. The university said in a press release that the suspension comes while WMU officials await an official police report.
Fine Art
6:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

KCC ArtPrize entry will jog your memory, curiousity

Credit Ed Williams

This year’s ArtPrize is in full swing in downtown Grand Rapids. At the Western Michigan University Conference Center in Grand Rapids, a piece called “Didactic Revolvers” hangs in a room with an installation made out of plastic bags, what looks like a rotating broken canoe, and a huge uprooted tree.

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All Tech Considered
6:30 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Fake Reviewers Get Zero Stars From New York Attorney General

Some reputation management companies required that its writers have a certain number of Yelp friends. Yelp says it welcomed the New York attorney general's crackdown on fake reviewers.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 12:04 pm

No doubt most of you reading this post have looked at Yelp or Google+ Local to check the user reviews before you tried that fish store, bakery or even dentist. On occasion, you may have wondered if some of those reviews were too good to be true.

It turns out that some of them were.

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Arts & More
6:20 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Seeking lutefisk in Sunburg, Minnesota

Sunburg, Minnesota, hardware store owner Marsha Skindelien
Credit Chris Killian

Garrison Keillor has gentle fun with the people and folkways of rural Minnesota in his long-running radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Kalamazoo writer Chris Killian encountered the lives of the real people there during a recent stop in Sunburg, Minnesota.

I ended up in Sunburg, Minnesota because of a bumper sticker I saw while driving through the sugar beet fields of south-central Minnesota. It read: “Lutefisk is Legal in Sunburg,” a slogan too tasty not to look into.

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WMUK News
5:58 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A conservative tackles climate change

Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Montana
Credit Matthew Brown / AP Photo

Former congressman Bob Inglis says we’re approaching the issue of climate change the wrong way. The South Carolina Republican says global warming is real but adds that more government regulation isn’t the answer. Inglis, who is now the executive director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, speaks Tuesday, September 24th, at 7 p.m. at Western Michigan University. His public presentation in Sangren Hall is sponsored by WMU’s Department of Political Science, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Lee Honors College.

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All Tech Considered
5:54 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Booting Up: New NSA Data Farm Takes Root In Utah

The National Security Agency says its massive new data center near Salt Lake City will enhance the agency's ability to analyze the email, text message, cellphone and landline metadata it collects.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

The National Security Agency won't say exactly when it will fully rev up its newest and biggest data farm in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, Utah. There will be no "grand opening" or celebratory barbecue outside the sprawling facility, which is five times the size of the Ikea down the road.

But, according to NSA spokeswoman Vanee' Vines, "We turn each machine on as it is installed, and the facility is ready for that installation to begin."

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Around the Nation
5:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

2 Connecticut Police Officers Accused Of Intimidating Latinos

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Two Connecticut police officers are on trial in federal court this week. They're accused of harassing and intimidating Latino residents in the city of East Haven. The police department there has been working to change a culture of discrimination. Jeff Cohen of our member station WNPR has the story.

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The Salt
5:11 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

Sea urchins are considered a culinary delicacy, but supply can't keep up with demand.
Aizat Faiz Flickr

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 7:09 pm

Sea urchins are considered a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world, including Japan and the United States. The market for this "foie gras of the sea" is growing rapidly — so fast that supply can't keep up with demand.

But a scientist in Birmingham, Ala., says he's found a solution: He's built a sea urchin farm in his lab and has even developed a food for them to make them taste better. Now, he wants to take his tasty urchins out of his farm and into restaurants across the country.

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Shots - Health News
5:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

Knight (left) and Bucheli take soil samples from beneath one of the decomposing bodies.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:30 pm

In the woods outside Huntsville, Texas, scientists are trying to determine whether they can use the microbes that live on the human body as microscopic witnesses that could help catch criminals.

It's a strange scene at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility. At first, it's easy to miss the human bodies scattered among the tall pines, wild grass and weeds.

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Around the Nation
5:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A Young Afghan War Survivor Touches Two American Lives

Arefa with Jami Valentine (left) and Staci Freeman. Arefa, who first stayed with the sisters while receiving medical care last year, came back to the U.S. this summer for follow-up treatment.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

When Staci Freeman and her sister Jami Valentine first took in a child ravaged by war in Afghanistan last year, Arefa was a 6-year-old in Hello Kitty shoes, who quickly turned the daily routine of changing her head bandages into a counting game.

When Arefa arrived in Los Angeles from central Afghanistan, three years after being injured, Freeman says, third-degree burns mapped her body, and her head was an open bleeding wound.

"When she came, she came crying and in pain and her head hurt," Freeman says.

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The Fresh Air Interview
2:18 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."
Joseph Guay Courtesy of the artist

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Movie Interviews
2:08 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

'12 Years' Star Alfre Woodard: 'You're Never Too Young For The Truth'

Alfre Woodard as Mistress Harriet Shaw and Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:40 pm

Alfre Woodard has been a familiar face on television over the course of her three-decade career. She was up for an Emmy Award on Sunday for her role in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias. She didn't win that one, but she still has on her mantle previous Emmys for programs like The Practice and L.A. Law. Woodard is also a powerful presence on the big screen, as evidenced by her Oscar nomination for the 1983 film Cross Creek and roles in acclaimed features like Primal Fear and Love & Basketball.

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12:49 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Court rejects West Michigan CEO's challenge of Affordable Care Act on religious gounds

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Autocam President claimed mandate to pay for birth control violated his religious rights
CINCINNATI, OHIO - The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the owners of Autocam Corp. of Kentwood, in their challenge to the federal government's "Obamacare" requirements to provide birth control and sterilization benefit to his employees.
12:46 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Land is Republican Party's likely candidate for Senate next year

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Land will run for Senate seat held by Democrat Carl Levin, who is retiring next year
Mackinac Island - Two years ago Terri Lynn Land ferried into the island as the woman in the wings among a half-dozen men campaigning for U.S. Senate. This past weekend, however, the former secretary of state stepped into the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in the starring role.
12:02 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Michigan public companies still mostly run by men

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Grand Rapids-based Steelcase one example of progress in state
It's still a man's world in the boardrooms and corner offices of Michigan's top public companies, with the rate of change toward gender parity glacially slow. Of the 850 board seats, women hold just 98, and for women of color, the number is only 12, according to a study from Inforum, the state's premier business group for women executives and entrepreneurs, and from the Wayne State University School of Business Administration.
World
12:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Who Is al-Shabab?

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Politics
12:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Is A Government Shutdown Good For Anyone?

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 12:49 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later, we'll hear one side of the debate over tech in the classroom. We'll hear from the former chancellor of New York City schools about why he's become a big believer and investor in bringing tablet computers to the classroom. That's ahead.

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

School Technology: Pros Outweigh Cons?

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now. By now, most students are settled into the new school year, so we wanted to talk about bringing technology into the nation's schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District - the nation's second-largest school system - has started ruling out a $1 billion effort that will put iPads in the hands of all of its students. Education leaders around the country are paying close attention to this experiment to see whether these devices engage students or just distract them.

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11:19 am
Mon September 23, 2013

WMU officials looking at shooting at fraternity party near university

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Two people were injured, neither are WMU students.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan University officials are awaiting the results of a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety investigation following a shooting outside a frat house on West Michigan Avenue. A Kalamazoo man was shot in the leg and a female victim suffered a back injury, possibly from being hit with flying glass during an altercation early Sunday morning, police have said.
NPR Story
10:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Over Pay, Factories Shutdown

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with protests in Bangladesh.

Thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh continue protesting today. Dozens have been injured in clashes with police. They're demanding higher wages, seeking about $100 - per month. The demonstrators have forced over 100 factories to closes; factories that supply retailer like Wal-Mart and Gap.

Africa
8:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Survivor Of Kenya Mall Attack Describes Horrible Situation

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

Efforts are underway in Nairobi to remove the militants and others trapped in the high-end shopping mall after it was attack on Saturday. For more on what the situation is like, David Greene talks to an American who works for a non-governmental organization. She asks only to be identified by her first name Lauren.

Around the Nation
7:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week Highlights What's Taken Out At Schools

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Around the Nation
7:19 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Pirate Gathering In Virginia Doesn't Come Close To Record

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with news of the Pirates falling short. No, not the baseball team, thank goodness. We're talking about International Pirate Day in Newport News, Virginia. Thousands in costumes turned up at The Mariners' Museum. They wanted to break the Guinness record for largest pirate gathering. But shiver me timbers, they fell short and not just by few wooden legs. The museum might give it another heave-ho next year.

Argh, its MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:56 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Wayne State's tuition increase results in more state funding for other universities

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Detroit school won't receive "performance funding" from state, but will get more revenue from 8.9% tuition increase
Wayne State University's 8.9% tuition hike, which violated a tuition increase cap put in place by the Legislature, will benefit Michigan's other public universities as they now divide funding that would have gone to WSU. State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified WSU on Sept. 10 that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding.
Middle East
6:21 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Syria's Move To Join Chemical Treaty Puts Pressure On Israel

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 8:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

World leaders are convening in New York this week for the United Nations' General Assembly. And among other things, they're facing some potentially dramatic changes in arms control in the Middle East. Syria might give up it chemical weapons. Iran is signaling that it might negotiate with the West over its nuclear plans. From Jerusalem, NPR's Emily Harris looks at how this might affect Israel and its own weapons programs.

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Movies
6:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 5:35 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

I don't know about you, but I'm a little troubled when I hear about people who watch multiple screens. You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you're watching a movie at home while live tweeting, or while keeping track at a ballgame. At least movie theaters are a sacred space, immune to these changes.

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World
6:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Pakistan, Iraq See Uptick In Suicide Bombings

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Monday morning, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The siege of a Kenyan shopping mall was one of several spectacular acts of violence over the weekend. Each act only highlighted a long-running conflict that has continued for years somewhere off in our peripheral vision.

GREENE: The Somali group Al-Shabab claims responsibility for the attack on a mall in Kenya. Gunshots and explosions continued there today, on the third day of the siege.

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