National Security
7:23 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

U.S. Charges NSA Leaker Snowden With Espionage

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

NPR has learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has prepared the documents to formally charge Edward Snowden with espionage. Snowden is the former contractor who has publicized details of two U.S. surveillance programs through the British newspaper The Guardian. NPR's Carrie Johnson joins us now with the latest, and Carrie, everyone's been waiting for this shoe to drop. What do we know about the government's plans to proceed?

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Around the Nation
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On

The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island draws hundreds of thousands of revelers each June. After sustaining significant damage during Superstorm Sandy, the nonprofit that runs the parade was almost unable to host this year's event, scheduled for Saturday.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.

The Mermaid Parade is a nautically themed and occasionally naughty parade that draws close to a million people to Coney Island, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, each June. Sandy nearly drowned the organization that hosts the parade, but supporters donated more than $100,000 to get the parade back on its fins this year.

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Around the Nation
7:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Ghost Island Looms Large Among Displaced Inupiat Eskimos

King Island is only accessible via helicopter or chartered boat.
Rachel D'Oro AP

Out in Alaska's Bering Sea, about 90 miles from Nome, sits a small, rocky island that used to be home to a couple of hundred Inupiat Eskimos. They lived in houses built on stilts, perched on rocky cliffs.

Then, about 50 years ago, the threat of rock slides, the spread of tuberculosis and the loss of men to World War II forced residents to relocate to the mainland. King Island has been a ghost island ever since.

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Law
4:40 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Prosecution Can't Use Race As A Factor In Zimmerman Case

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

In Sanford, Florida, this coming Monday, opening statements are scheduled to begin in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. He is the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. And before the trial starts, the judge hearing the case has to rule on some potentially pivotal testimony, as NPR's Greg Allen reports.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: It involves one of the key pieces of evidence in the case: Who was heard yelling for help in this 911 call.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE CALL)

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Media
4:27 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Is It Ethical? Universities Pay Newspaper For Coverage

Copies of The Orange County Register slide through the presses. The Register is the country's 20th most-read daily, with a circulation of about 285,000.
Grant Slater KPCC

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

This spring, readers of The Orange County Register in Southern California started seeing much more coverage of local universities. What they probably did not know is that the stories are paid for by the schools. Depending on whom you ask, it is either a smart way to bring in revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics.

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Monkey See
4:15 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

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Portage Superintendent
4:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang named sole finalist to lead Portage School district

Portage Central High School - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Portage School Board has named current Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang as the sole finalist to become Portage's next superintendent. 

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Commentary
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Calling It 'Metadata' Doesn't Make Surveillance Less Intrusive

Andrey Kuzmin iStockphoto.com

"This is just metadata. There is no content involved." That was how Sen. Dianne Feinstein defended the NSA's blanket surveillance of Americans' phone records and Internet activity. Before those revelations, not many people had heard of metadata, the term librarians and programmers use for the data that describes a particular document or record it's linked to.

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2:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

CEO out at Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan

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Board chairman says it was "time to go in a slightly different direction"
Nancy Macfarlane, CEO of Community Action since 2006, has been fired, the agency's governing board of directors Chairman Terry Langston said Friday. Macfarlane was removed from her position as CEO at a special meeting Thursday, Langston said. Michelle Williamson, Community Action's chief financial officer, will serve in the interim position until the board finds a replacement.
Station News
2:10 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

New Saturday Schedule

For quite a while now WMUK has offered listeners news and entertainment on Saturday mornings.  Soon, we will also be adding a touch of inspiration with the addition of the TED Radio Hour to WMUK-1.

Public radio listeners across the nation have embraced this new production from NPR that pulls together interesting and inspiring stories from TED events across the nation.  Guy Raz is the host.  We have been offering the show on WMUK-2 for the past few months where it has also been well received.

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Law
2:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Who Will Care For 'Baby Veronica?'

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we turn to the Supreme Court. The country is waiting on several rulings, important cases dealing with affirmative action, voting rights, and same-sex marriage. But there are other pending cases with lower profiles that still carry really profound implications for the country.

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Medicaid expansion on hold
1:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Fallout continues from lack of Medicaid vote

State Capitol - file photo
Credit Melissa Benmark, WKAR

The state Senate has gone on summer recess without a vote on Medicaid expansion. 

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Music Reviews
12:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

On 'Yeezus,' Kanye West Sounds Strikingly Self-Aware

Yeezus is Kanye West's seventh studio album.
Guillaume Baptiste Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:28 pm

Kanye West is having some serious fun with us on his new album, Yeezus, starting with the title; it's a play on his nickname, Yeezy, and his penchant for placing himself just this side of the Son of God in terms of cultural importance. That's just the first clue as to how assiduously aggressive and transgressive West wants to be on this album.

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Faith Matters
11:46 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Funeral Director Reflects On Life Full Of 'Sad, Good' Times

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:03 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we head to the barbershop for the guys' take on the week's news. But first it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues of spirituality and religion. And traditions of faith play a big role in rituals surrounding death.

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Health
11:46 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Obesity Is A 'Disease.' Now What?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:03 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, you've heard about gay marriage and affirmative reaction cases before the Supreme Court, but we'll talk about another important case that isn't getting a lot of attention in just a few minutes. But first, over the past few decades, obesity has become a serious health care issue in the United States. The obesity rate was 13 percent in 1962, it now stands at 34 percent of adults and 17 percent of children.

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Barbershop
11:46 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Humble Pie And Doughnut Burgers In The Barbershop

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:03 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michelle Martin is away today. And it's time, yet again, for our weekly visit to the barbershop. The guys are going to talk about what's in the news, what's on their minds.

Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week - writer and culture critic Jimi Izrael, contributing editor for The Root, Corey Dade. Arsalan Iftikhar - he's senior editor of the Islamic Monthly and founder of TheMuslimGuy.com. They're all here in D.C. with me. How're you guys doing?

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Digital Life
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. If you have a smartphone, you might take the Internet for granted, right? It's always there. But around the world, some four and a half billion people still are not connected. Google, being in the Internet business, has a plan to expand its reach, bring Internet to all these people, but it's not by spooling out fiber-optic cable or building cell towers. It's using a technology that, well, sort of sounds like it belongs in another century: free-floating balloons. They call it Project Loon.

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Science
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Physicists Find New Particle, Look for Answers

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:42 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. This week, researchers reported that they think they've spotted the tell-tale signs of a previously undiscovered, subatomic particle. This one was unusual because it appeared to be made of four quarks bound together, an arrangement they have never seen before. And they're not sure exactly how that arrangement might work.

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Education
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Math

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

OK. Maybe E. O. Wilson's comments in his new book, "Letters to a Young Scientist", essentially says you don't want to have to be great at math to have a career in science, but it can't hurt, right? And to be great at math, it pays to start young, and my next guest is a - has a plan for you. Laura Overdeck is the founder of Bedtime Math. Her mission: to make math friendlier in a way by introducing kids to math problems at an early age.

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Technology
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Every six months, one of my next guests ranks the 500 fastest computers in the world, the supercomputers, and back in November 2010, China took number one for the first time with a supercomputer called Milky Way 1. President Obama acknowledged China's feat in his State of the Union address a few months later and said we were facing a Sputnik moment.

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. In his long career studying ants, nature and ecology, E.O. Wilson has been no stranger to controversy. In the 1970s he was doused with water at a science meeting for presenting his theory on sociobiology. Another new evolutionary theory he introduced a few years ago on kin selection continues to be hotly debated.

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Coffee's Natural Creamer

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:41 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman is here with our Video Pick of the Week. And it is more coffee.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Our fabulous coffee series by the great Jenny Woodward continues on SCIENCE FRIDAY. Drink up, everybody. This week we're diving into a tiny glass of espresso.

FLATOW: Ooh. Ooh. So small dive.

LICHTMAN: You need to be very careful. Keep your limbs in.

FLATOW: And why - what's so fascinating about espresso?

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

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Author Interviews
11:14 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

Knopf

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:28 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 6, 2012.

In Oliver Sacks' book The Mind's Eye, the neurologist included an interesting footnote in a chapter about losing vision in one eye because of cancer that said: "In the '60s, during a period of experimenting with large doses of amphetamines, I experienced a different sort of vivid mental imagery."

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10:38 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kalamazoo Community Foundation to collect $23-million after court settlement of Upjohn Prize case

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Court case revolves around prize established by Upjohn founder and mergers involving the company since
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI. - The Kalamazoo Community Foundation will collect $23 million -- the largest single gift in its history - as a court settles a long dispute over a fund set up by the founder of The Upjohn Co.
7:39 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Arbitrator's finding shows former Portage Superintendent violated contract over business practices

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Both sides agreed to binding arbitration, so there is no appeal
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Ric Perry PORTAGE, MI -- In having an affair with his human resources director, former Portage Public Schools Superintendent Ric Perry violated commonly accepted business ethics and practices, an arbitrator ruled in an eight-page decision announced Wednesday.
7:34 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Portage School Board could pick new superintendent Friday

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Site visit is still likely before new superintendent is formally hired
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Four months after officially launching their search for a new superintendent, members of the Portage Public School Board of Education are meeting today to essentially make their choice. The board is expected to name either Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang or Three Rivers Superintendent Roger Rathburn as their sole finalist.
Around the Nation
7:16 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Navy Medic Gains Fame Saving Orphaned Baby Bunnies

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When Navy medic Joshua Bisnar was deployed in Afghanistan he rescued some kittens and a baby frog. But when he saved four orphaned baby bunnies at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, he achieved Internet fame. He spotted the bunnies while raking a volleyball court, then fed them with an eyedropper. He shared the experience on Facebook and YouTube and it went viral. The warm and fuzzy comments include several marriage proposals. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:13 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Father And Son Celebrate Holes In One

Lonnie Whitener took his son golfing on Father's Day. The Houston Chronicle says they arrived at the sixth hole of a course in Richmond, Texas, and Whitener hit a hole in one. Zach, 13, teed off and also had a hole in one. The odds of that happening were about one in 17 million.

6:37 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Upton defends fracking in speech to manufacturers

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Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee says natural gas industry needs infrastructure
Washington - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Thursday fueling vehicles with natural gas holds great promise and praised the hydraulic fracturing technology that is unearthing greater supplies of the gas. "We haven't seen a single instance where ground water has been contaminated because of fracking, not one,"

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