Code Switch
11:58 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

A Meeting On Tolerance Turns Into A Shouting Match

Sabina Mohyuddin was heckled as she spoke at the town meeting last week in Manchester, Tenn.
William Hobbs

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:33 pm

The public meeting in Manchester, Tenn., about 70 miles from Nashville, was supposed to address and tamp down discrimination toward Muslims there.

But instead it turned into a shouting match.

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NPR Story
10:35 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Feds Drop Opposition To Restriction On Sales Of Morning-After Pill

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The morning-after pill will soon be available - without a prescription - on pharmacy shelves, with no restrictions on age. That's because the Obama administration has dropped a long-running battle to keep age restrictions on emergency contraception. NPR's Julie Rovner joins me to explain this policy change. And Julie, this was an unexpected development. It came tonight. What happened?

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9:57 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission to consider four firms for city manager search

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Commissioners fired search firm last month, they weren't satisfied with candidates for manager
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission selected four firms, including one Kalamazoo firm, to interview for its rebooted city manager search. City commissioners decided to invite Colin Baenziger & Associates of Wellington, Fla., Strategic Government Resources of Keller, Texas, Voorhees Associates LLC of Deerfield Ill., and Welsh & Associates of Kalamazoo to interview in-person with city commissioners.
Music
8:44 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Yanks: A spontaneous combustion of Irish music

Credit The Yanks

The brand new band The Yanks features four young American soloists in Irish music. They're making a stop in Kalamazoo on their first midwest tour Sunday, June 16th at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. in the Cooper's Glen Auditorium. From the very beginning, the band has relied on its spontaneity as well as mastery of fiddle, pipes and flute, accordion and guitar.

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Film
8:40 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Waterfront to show Vanilla Ice movie, shocking killer whale documentary, and more

It’s the question the world has been asking for more than 20 years: What was it really like to work with Vanilla Ice on his ill-fated Cool as Ice movie? Actress Kristin Minter will tell all as part of this year’s Waterfront Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday evening in downtown South Haven.

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7:37 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Apple crop improved over last year

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Last year's smaller harvest was caused by damaging cold
Farmers say an overabundance of product is a problem, though.
7:29 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

State House hearing set for this week on Medicaid expansion

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Substitute bill calls for some who receive Medicaid benefits after 48 months to pay some out of pocket costs or buy private insurance through exchange
LANSING - Republicans who control the Michigan House are working on changes to a Medicaid reform and expansion proposal. A substitute bill being worked on Monday afternoon would no longer have a strict, 48-month time cap on benefits for able-bodied adults -- a provision many considered unlikely to win a waiver from the federal government.
7:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Changes proposed to term limits in Michigan

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Holland Republican Joe Haveman's proposed amendment to state Constitution would allow lawmakers to serve 16 years total in House and/or Senate
Term limits will end Rep. Joe Haveman's tenure in the State House next fall. The Holland Republican plans to introduce a bill that would relax those term limits - but it would not apply to him or his colleagues.
Local Music
6:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

David Baldwin brings a wealth of experience to Fontana Chamber Arts

David Baldwin
Credit Fontana Chamber Arts

David Baldwin will draw on his experience in artist management at the highest level in New York and London and leadership of the Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore to build on the history of Kalamazoo's premiere chamber music organization, Fontana Chamber Arts

He talks about his early training as a musician and how he parlayed it into concert management, helped in part by none other than Yo-Yo Ma. He also takes a practical attitude toward the realities of arts funding and planning for the future.

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Around the Nation
5:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Cooper Union Students Fight For Freedom From Tuition

An image of Cooper Union founder Peter Cooper is projected on the office of school President Jamshed Bharucha, in protest of the institution's decision to begin charging tuition.
Courtesy of The Illuminator

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:11 am

When students at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York took over the president's office one month ago to protest the school's decision to charge tuition, they painted the lobby black.

They also took a painting of the school's founder, and hung a piece of red fabric from the frame, as if Peter Cooper himself had joined in the protest.

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Music
4:39 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

The Creole Choir of Cuba's latest album, Santiman, has a satisfying flow from celebration to solemnity.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:11 am

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Music Interviews
4:32 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Jason Isbell: A 'Southeastern' Songwriter's Path To Sobriety

Jason Isbell's new album is called Southeastern.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 12:07 pm

There are a few things worth knowing about singer-songwriter Jason Isbell: The round softness of his speech comes from his roots in rural Alabama. He has lyrics from a Bob Dylan song inked on his forearm.

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Shots - Health News
4:31 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus

Men outside a hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, wear surgical masks as a precaution against infection with a coronavirus.
Stringer Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:11 am

The World Health Organization is warning health care workers everywhere to suspect a disease called Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, whenever they see a case of unexplained pneumonia.

Monday's warning comes at the end of a six-day WHO investigation in Saudi Arabia, where 40 of the 55 cases of the respiratory disease have occurred. Sixty percent of those people with known infections died.

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The Picture Show
3:52 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

'Capturing Love': How To Photograph Same-Sex Weddings

A couple taking in the moment at the San Tan Valley Desert in Arizona.
Tammy Watson

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:38 pm

Summer means wedding season, and for many couples, photographing the groom lifting the bride, or the bride looking off wistfully into the distance is an essential. But what if the happy couple is a bride and a bride, or a groom and a groom?

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Local Music
3:18 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Let's Hear It Live: Jeremy Siskind & Keith Hall at WMUK

Jeremy Siskind
Credit Gerry Szymanski

We're proud to welcome award-winning jazz pianist Jeremy Siskind as our first Let's Hear It guest to perform at WMUK in the Yoshimi Takeda Performance Studio. 

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Author Interviews
2:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Flying High And Low In 'Full Upright And Locked Position'

In Full Upright and Locked Position aviation consultant Mark Gerchick looks at post-Sept. 11 air travel.
W.W. Norton & Co.

No, you aren't imagining it: There is indeed less leg room on some airplanes than there used to be.

"Back in the old days, probably 20 years ago, the tendency was to have about 34 inches," says Mark Gerchick, a former chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration. "Now the standard is about 31 inches in the United States. ... Some of the low-cost airlines have tightened that up to about 28 inches, which is now approaching the limits of anatomical possibility."

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Medical Treatments
1:38 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Promise In Unraveling The Mysteries Of Rare Diseases

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:13 pm

As a child, Jeannie Peeper was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, an extremely rare disease that causes a second skeleton to grow inside the body. Peeper and science writer Carl Zimmer discuss the efforts of a small group to fund research to battle the disease.

National Security
1:38 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Opinion Roundup: Edward Snowden And The NSA Leaks

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:07 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. And we focus today on what we now know about U.S. government information sweeps of telephone and Internet data and on the man who now admits he disclosed the top secret documents to The Guardian and the Washington Post.

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NPR Story
1:38 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson On Why Child Actors 'Go Crazy'

Mara Wilson, 25, was a child actor who starred in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Ari Scott

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 8:50 am

After years in movies and TV shows, some child actors end up making headlines later in life for stints in rehab, or ongoing legal battles. But not all former child stars become tabloid fodder. Some leave Hollywood behind and pursue other careers.

Mara Wilson, who starred in Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street, was able to avoid the drama. Wilson, 25, graduated from New York University in 2009 and is now a writer and playwright based in New York.

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Music Reviews
1:06 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

Barbara Mason had had one minor hit on Arctic by the time "Yes I'm Ready" came out in March 1965, and hit the Top 10 on both the R&B and pop charts.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 2:24 pm

Arctic Records opened for business late in 1964. The label was the brainchild of Jimmy Bishop, the program director of WDAS — at the time Philadelphia's No. 1 black radio station. If that sounds like a conflict of interest, you don't know much about the music business in Philadelphia back then. Besides, it didn't help Arctic's first single, "Happiest Girl in the World" by the Tiffanys, three local teenagers who sang backup in various studios.

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Music
11:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

New Mantra Makes Chrisette Michele's Music 'Better'

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:25 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. R&B singer Chrisette Michele burst on to the scene in 2007 with her first album, "I Am." Her melodic and unique voice caught a lot of ears and earned her a Grammy for the single, "Be Okay."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BE OKAY")

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Photography
11:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

'Capturing Love': How To Photograph Same-Sex Weddings

If you've ever looked through a wedding album, you've seen photos of the groom removing his bride's garter or dipping her on the dance floor. But those poses could be awkward or even offensive for same-sex couples. A new book Capturing Love could help avoid problems. Host Michel Martin learns tips from co-authors Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds.

Economy
11:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Despite Images Of Affluence, LGBT Poverty High

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Here in the U.S., June is known as gay and lesbian pride month, recognizing the contributions and concerns of LGBT people in this country. Later, we'll talk with two people on the cutting edge of what's become one of the markers of LGBT progress. They are the authors of a new book about how to photograph same-sex weddings. There are some interesting similarities and differences that might surprise you.

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Politics
11:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

How Serious Is The NSA Data Leak?

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:34 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Series of state programs launched to help veterans

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Lawmakers working on more bills to help veterans living in Michigan
Lansing - Call it the year of the veteran at the State Capitol. Since Gov. Rick Snyder's launch of a new Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in March, lawmakers have been scrambling to provide benefits and services that some say are overdue, especially with thousands returning to civilian life from fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Europe
7:34 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Swedish Commuter Rail Engineers Get Around Dress Code

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. In Stockholm, engineers on the Swedish commuter rail line have found a new way to skirt a dress code. The drivers were told no more shorts, even though the heat in the cab can top 95 degrees - just long pants or skirts. So many of the male engineers are now wearing skirts. Women are allowed to, so the company says it will not discriminate. Something tasteful in an A-line, or pleats, perhaps? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Deputies Help Deer With Doritos Bag Stuck On Its Head

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Key deer in Florida are an endangered species. Their diet includes leaves and berries - definitely not Doritos - which does not mean a deer can't get cravings. Sheriff's deputies on patrol in the Florida Keys spotted one on the side of the road, with an empty bag of Doritos stuck on its head. It must have wanted the last chip in the bottom, a deputy told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The deer stood calmly as the deputies removed the bag.

7:24 am
Mon June 10, 2013

More ticks may be found this summer

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Ticks can carry Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
SOUTH HAVEN - A warning to the wise: Watch out for ticks this summer.
7:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission to meet Monday, move ahead with city manager search

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Commission is looking for new search firm as they look for new manager
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission will meet Monday to move ahead on a reboot of the city manager search. Last week, they sent questions to each firm, and commissioners will use the answers to those questions to determine which firms they want to interview or select to conduct the city's rebooted search.
Southwest Michigan economy
7:15 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Latest economic numbers strong for Southwest Michigan, not as good nationally

File photo of auto supplier American Axle and Manufacturing in Three Rivers
Credit WMUK

Interview with Brian Long

    

A new report on Southwest Michigan's economy shows strong numbers, largely driven by higher auto sales. 

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