Art & Design
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

British Designer Ozwald Boateng's Dream To Dress Africa

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Designer Ozwald Boateng became the first black designer on London's prestigious Savile Row. Since then, he's made quite the name for himself; his tailored suits cost as much as 40 grand. Host Michel Martin speaks with the so-called 'Statesman of Cool' about his career, style and Ghanaian heritage. This segment initially aired June 12, 2013 on Tell Me More.

Books
4:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebrities. But her rise to fame wasn't always glamorous. Host Michel Martin speaks with Williams about her career, her battle with addiction, and her latest book Ask Wendy. This segment initially aired May 6, 2013 on Tell Me More.

4:16 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Organic Gyspy, other food trucks to expand

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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation offered eight $10,000 grants to state mobile food owners who want to launch or expand their business.
LANSING - Eight food trucks throughout the state won a total of $77,775 in grants to either launch their business or expand it. The trucks are from East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Flint, Pontiac, Southfield, Traverse City and Marquette. They were chosen among 65 applications requesting $601,372.
Local Music
3:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

New CD for pianist Drew Le, Hope College professor

Drew Le
Credit Drew Le

Pianist Drew Le has just released a CD recording of Schubert, Debussy, and Chopin on Blue Griffin Records. 

He speaks to Cara Lieurance about the process of recording in the studio, and about his other activities as a professor of music at Hope College in Holland, MI, and as co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his musician wife, Jennifer Walvoord.  He's also an accomplished photographer. 

The CD is currently available through his website, and on Amazon later this fall.

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3:24 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

WMU East Hall design meetings start in October

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The university will be renovating the more than 100-year-old building and turning it into a new alumni center.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Western Michigan University will hold its first public sessions on the redesign of East Hall Oct. 1, the university announced Friday. The university's birthplace is slated to be renovated and turned into the Western Michigan University Alumni Center, with work beginning in Spring 2014.
3:09 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Grand Rapids students to wear uniforms by 2016

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As part of a transformation plan, the Grand Rapids public school district wants to ease-in to uniforms for every grade.
Grand Rapids - The Grand Rapids public school district says it plans to phase in a dress code over the next three years requiring all students to wear uniforms. The West Michigan district detailed plans for the dress code on its website. The move is part of the district's transformation plan.
Faith Matters
12:22 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Evangelicals' New Chief Says Days Of Moral Majority Over

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, you tell us more - editor Ammad Omar and I are going to dig in to the listener inbox to hear what you had to say about stories we've covered this week.

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BackTalk
12:22 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

If Revolution Isn't Televised, Can It Be Tweeted?

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Back Talk. That's where we hear from you, our listeners. Editor Ammad Omar is back here with us once again. What's going on, Ammad?

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Barbershop
12:22 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:30 pm

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11:48 am
Fri August 30, 2013

K-12 online learning grows in Michigan

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Local public schools must pay for up to two online classes per student each semester in grades 5 through 12 even though students don't need to get approval from their own schools to sign up.
In what may be the biggest change, public school students in Grades 5-12 will be able to take up to two online courses per semester offered by any district or the state's virtual school - classes that will be part of a statewide catalog of online classes maintained by the Michigan Virtual University (MVU) that will be up and running in October.
11:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Michigander buying power erodes

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Some suggest that an increase in the minimum wage would help turn the situation around. Others say that would lead to job losses.
LANSING - Median wage earners in Michigan have less purchasing power than they did 30 years ago, with black workers bearing the brunt of the decline. After adjusting for inflation, Michigan's median wage actually dropped since 1982 while wages for earners in the top 10 percent grew, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy's annual Labor Day report.
Late Night TV Week On Fresh Air
10:38 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old.
Danny Clinch Grand Central Publishing

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:51 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on June 24, 2013. Questlove's hip hop band The Roots is preparing to move from Late Night to The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host in February. We kick off this hour with a conversation between TV critic David Bianculli and Fresh Air host Terry Gross about the history of Tonight Show bands.

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Arts & Life
9:19 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 74

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

Irish poet Seamus Heaney has died in Dublin at the age of 74. He was one of the world's best-known poets. In 1995 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Around the Nation
7:11 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Kittens Force Partial Closure Of NYC Subway

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Big, bad New York City abruptly shut down two subway lines in Brooklyn yesterday when transit workers saw two tiny kittens on the track. Supervisors and transit police joined the pursuit of the little guys. Commuters kibitzed from the platforms. But it still took almost two hours of cat herding to catch the kitties and clear the tracks. Kittens safe, the commute resumed. More mews later. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:04 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Have A Red Carpet Moment Whenever You Want

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

If you haven't had enough of last weekend's Video Music Awards, you can take a little of it home with you. A Brooklyn store owner is auctioning off a strip of the long red carpet that was laid in front of his Mini Mart near the event. Yes, Miley Cyrus walked down it before her big performance. Starting bid for the chunk of carpet: 500 bucks. The seller said if no one bites, he'll put it in his basement. If he's a "Big Lebowski" fan, he knows it'll really tie the room together.

6:57 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Second Enbridge dredging permit OK'd

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Last week, the Planning Commission rejected a request by Enbridge to put a "dredging pad" in the Comstock Commerce Park. It's still looking for an alternative location for that.
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Enbridge, Inc. can breathe a sigh of relief tonight after receiving site approval for its dredging activity south of Morrow Lake near Miller Drive.
Middle East
4:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

If The U.S. Strikes, What Are The Targets Inside Syria?

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, one of the people urging President Obama to act on intelligence findings and strike against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is retired General Jack Keane. He served in an advisory role in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and he's now chairman of the board of the Institute for the Study of War. Keane says he has not been involved in the most recent talks about Syria, but he has a long history of military planning at the highest levels, and he gave us a window into the planning that's going on now.

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Sports
4:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Concussion Suits: NFL, Retirees Reach $765 Million Deal

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

A dark cloud hanging over the National Football League is a bit lighter today. There is a proposed settlement in a huge concussion lawsuit, brought by over 4,000 former players. The agreement was reached and announced yesterday, a week before the start of the new NFL season. If approved, the league will pay out $765 million to as many as 18,000 former players. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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Middle East
4:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Iran Warns Against U.S. Military Strikes On Syria

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 8:34 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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Author Interviews
3:07 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Honest Tea Founders Tell Their Story Of Not-Too-Sweet Success

Barry Nalebuff (left) and Seth Goldman cofounded Honest Tea in 1997. Goldman is the company's TeaEO. Nalebuff is a professor at Yale School of Management.
Crown Business

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

If you want to know what prompted Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff to cofound Honest Tea, here's the simple answer they give on their website: They were thirsty. Goldman had taken Nalebuff's class at the Yale School of Management, and they were both tired of the super sweet iced teas available in stores. So in the late 1990s, they started their own company based on the hunch that other people out there felt the same way.

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Shots - Health News
3:06 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

Pregnant doctors are less likely than other women to deliver their babies via C-section, recent research suggests. Economists say that may be because the physician patients feel more empowered to question the obstetrician.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 8:57 am

Obstetricians perform more cesarean sections when there are financial incentives to do so, according to a new study that explores links between economic incentives and medical decision-making during childbirth.

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The Salt
3:05 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Dumplings Taste Better When Filled With Memories

Just about every culture has a dumpling. For many immigrants and first-generation Americans, dumplings serve as a delicious taste of home and heritage. Pierogis are the Polish take on the form.
Allison Aubrey NPR

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:56 am

Most kids leave Santa cookies. My brother and I would try to bribe him with an extra treat: a couple leftover pierogi from our Christmas Eve dinner.

Instead of sugar plums, pierogi danced in my head. And while I never admitted it in my letter to Santa, I was an accomplished pierogi thief. While they were kept warm on the stove ahead of our guests' arrival, I could lift the cover to the pan that cradled them without making a sound, liberating one to scarf down before my Polish mother walked back into the kitchen. My lips gleamed with a mix of butter and Bonnie Bell lip gloss.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Fri August 30, 2013

'We Grow Songs': Over The Rhine On Making Untamed Music

Over the Rhine is the married duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The pair's new double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, is its 15th studio release.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 10:29 am

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Fine Art
12:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Japanese bamboo art, a more than 600 year old craft

One of Shohaku Yufu's baskets
Credit Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

You might have stopped by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this summer and seen the exhibit on contemporary Japanese bamboo art. It’ll be at the KIA until September 15th. One of the artists, Shohaku Yufu, gave a demonstration Wednesday.

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6:58 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

North Beach in South Haven back open

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South Haven’s beaches have been closed off-and-on this summer due to E. Coli. For now they’re open to swimmers.
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- North Beach has been re-opened to swimming after E. coli testing Wednesday. The results of the test showed that the amount of E. coli in the water is in compliance with the state standard, so the Van Buren/Cass County District Public Health Department discontinued a public health advisory.
World
6:24 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

U.K. Vote Against Syria Strike A Major Setback For Obama

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 11:59 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

So where does this leave the Obama administration? For more on that, I'm joined by NPR's Mara Liasson. And Mara, what's the White House reaction been to this vote in the British Parliament tonight?

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World
6:19 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Syria Strike

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 6:04 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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The Salt
5:56 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?

Piglets in a pen on a hog farm in Frankenstein, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:26 pm

There's a heated debate over the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Critics say farmers overuse these drugs; farmers say they don't.

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Middle East
5:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Why Syria Is More Complicated Than Libya

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:23 pm

The Arab spring has brought large-scale protests and violence to at least half a dozen countries in the past three years. Until now, the U.S. has only intervened militarily in one of them — Libya.

Now, as President Obama considers a strike on Syria, here's a look at some of the differences between the two scenarios:

1. Syria's Not Standing Alone

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Around the Nation
4:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Lady Houdini's Escape Act Breaks Through Not Just Handcuffs

Rochelle Fowler watches with tears on her face as Lady Houdini works to break free. Harry Houdini made the water torture cell famous more than 100 years ago.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:23 pm

Kristen Johnson is no "lovely" magician's assistant. She's Lady Houdini, an escape artist who has successfully performed thousands of public feats and has broken Harry Houdini's record for most water escapes ever.

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