Parenting
11:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Should Parents Nix After-School Sports?

High school athletes devote a lot of hours to practice and games. Parents and coaches say playing sports builds character and teamwork. But do sports take too much time away from the classroom? In a recent article for The Atlantic, writer Amanda Ripley makes the case against after-school sports. She joins host Michel Martin, along with parents Dani Tucker and Glenn Ivey.

Health Care
11:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Questions Rise As Health Care Exchange Draws Near

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:25 pm

Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health exchanges is set to begin Oct. 1. But many eligible Americans still have questions.

Tell Me More reached out to listeners via Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to help answer their questions about the law. Host Michel Martin spoke with Mary Agnes Carey, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News — a news service not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

On searching for other affordable care options

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Around the Nation
11:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Can Mass Shootings Really Be Stopped?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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11:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Jon Hoadley announces campaign for state House

Lead in text: 
Hoadley and County Commissioner Dave Buskirk are running for Democratic nomination in 60th district
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Jon Hoadley has announced he will seek to fill the vacancy in the 60th District House of Representatives seat. "When you look at the opportunities over the next couple of years for Kalamazoo and Michigan, you have a real chance to impact the community and state," said the 30-year-old owner of Badlands Strategies, a Kalamazoo public relations firm.
Kalamazoo Baseball
10:52 am
Tue September 24, 2013

WestSouthwest: Baseball coming back to Kalamazoo

Battle Creek Bombers - file photo
Credit Battle Creek Bombers

Interview with Brian Calopy and John Bollinger

Kalamazoo has not had a minor league baseball team since the Kings ceased operations after the 2010 season. 

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Michigan Politics
10:51 am
Tue September 24, 2013

WestSouthwest: Bridge Magazine examines the Tea Party's influence in Michigan

Bridge Magazine
Credit The Center for Michigan

Interview with Bridge Correspondent Pat Schellenbarger

    

In a series of stories, Bridge Magazine looks at what is called "a battle for the GOP's soul."

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Politics
8:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Sen. Durbin Wants Budget Showdown To End Quickly

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

All right. Let's talk more about that debate in Congress, which must pass a bill by Sept. 30 to keep the government running or see a partial shutdown. Republicans in the House passed a bill to fund the government but defund Obamacare; and now that bill is in the Senate, where Richard Durbin of Illinois is the Senate majority whip, the No. 2 Democrat in charge of counting votes. Senator, welcome back to the program.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: Good to be with you, Steve.

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7:17 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Arcus Center Executive Director stepping down

Lead in text: 
Center's Academic Director Lisa Brock will take over day to day leadership for now
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - As its new home takes shape at the top of Academy Street, changes are coming to Kalamazoo College's Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Jaime Grant, who had served as executive director for three years, has stepped down to focus on her role as project director for the Global Transgender Research and Advocacy Project, the college said.
Around the Nation
7:13 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New York State Tries To Safely Accommodate Texting Drivers

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Europe
7:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Double Yolks Found In 6 Consecutive Eggs

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

In England, a man went to the store and bought a package of six eggs. He cracked the first one open and found a double yolk. Then he cracked open the second, two yolks in that one as well. It turns out all six eggs were like that. The chances of that happening: about one in a trillion. As unlikely as winning the lottery, the man said, before adding the lottery would be better, obviously. Still, what a way to beat the odds with eggs?

6:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority considers options in tax dispute with city

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DDA wants more of the tax revenue generated from developments in downtown Kalamazoo
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
DDA members met in closed session with Michael O'Connor, the board's attorney, for more than an hour Monday to discuss a six-page letter from O'Connor to the board outlining their legal options. The board did not take action back in open session, but Downtown Kalamazoo Inc.
6:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

State House Democrats unveil education proposals

Lead in text: 
Plan faces opposition from Republicans who hold majority in House and Senate
Democrats in the Michigan House proposed several reforms Monday to improve the state's K-12 schools, but without support from the Republican majority their ideas aren't likely to go anywhere.
Africa
4:47 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kenya Security Forces In Control Of Mall Terrorist Seized

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. We are going into the fourth day of a siege at a popular mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility. At least 62 people have been killed.

We had NPR's Gregory Warner on the line earlier. He told us that the military is still battling terrorists inside the mall, but they claim to have made progress. Do these militants still have any hostages in there?

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National Security
4:47 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Militant Group Al-Shabab Evolves With Help From Al-Qaida

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the strike on Nairobi was noteworthy in part because of the group claiming responsibility. As David and Gregory mentioned, al-Shabab is a militant organization from nearby Somalia. Analyst Bronwyn Bruton of the Atlantic Council says a few years ago it would've had little reason to strike outside Somalia's borders. More recently, al-Shabab has been evolving, turned to new purposes by the influence of al-Qaida.

BRONWYN BRUTON: It emerged in 2005 in the wake of international efforts to create a government in Somalia.

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Environment
4:01 am
Tue September 24, 2013

How Many Scientists Does It Take To Write A Climate Report?

An iceberg floats through the water in Ilulissat, Greenland, in July. Researchers are studying how climate change and melting glaciers will affect the rest of the world.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:53 am

Scientists and government representatives are meeting in Stockholm this week to produce the latest high-level review of climate change. It's thousands of pages of material, and if it's done right, it should harbor very few surprises.

That's because it's supposed to compile what scientists know — and what they don't — about climate change. And that's left some scientists to wonder whether these intensive reviews are still the best way to go.

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Shots - Health News
4:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

One bad winter storm could leave Estes Park Medical Center isolated and unable to transfer seriously ill patients to facilities with intensive care units and other specialized services.
Eric Whitney

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 11:38 am

As snow begins falling in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, the town at its doorstep, finds itself newly isolated.

The only year-round road into or out of Estes Park, Colo., now is the Peak to Peak Highway.

It traverses a jumble of mountains all the way. It's not the kind of road an ambulance can scream over at 60 miles an hour. "Not while I'm in the back, hopefully," jokes paramedic Erle Collum.

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The Salt
3:59 am
Tue September 24, 2013

This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests

At Diner en Blanc ("Dinner in White"), people arrive dressed all in white. They bring their own food and, fittingly,” white wine.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 11:15 am

On a gorgeous night, some 4,000 people, dressed all in white, have come to dine in a public, yet secret place in New York's Bryant Park.

They have come for Diner en Blanc, an unusual pop-up event that takes place in 20 countries. The guests eat in splendor at a location they only learn about minutes before they arrive. The thousands wave white napkins to signal the beginning of the event.

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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

Lead in text: 
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

Lead in text: 
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

Transcript

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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