Parallels
5:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

An Ancient Religious Pilgrimage That Now Draws The Secular

A pilgrim walks the Way of St. James outside Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, on July 21, 2010. The ancient religious pilgrimage is also attracting the nonreligious these days.
Miguel Riopa AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:00 pm

A 1,200-year old European pilgrimage route is experiencing a revival. Last year alone, some 200,000 followed in the footsteps of their medieval forebears on the Way of St. James, making their way some 750 miles from Paris across France to the Spanish coastal city of Santiago de Compostela, and the relics of the eponymous apostle.

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NPR Story
5:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Tornado Ravages Oklahoma City Suburb

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:29 pm

Melissa Block talks to Joe Wertz of the public radio initiative State Impact about the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City area on Monday.

Performing Arts
5:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

At L.A.'s UnCabaret, 25 Years Of Letting It All Hang Out

Beth Lapides (with music director-producer Mitch Kaplan) is the founder and ringmaster at UnCabaret, a Los Angeles comedy institution that's marking its 25th anniversary this year.
UnCabaret

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:07 pm

A lot of the stand-up comedy that gets done in Los Angeles is really just comics auditioning for parts in TV or movies.

Not at UnCabaret: For 25 years, it's been a place to hear unvarnished, rough-edged ideas being tried out — mostly for the first and possibly only time.

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All Tech Considered
4:49 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

With New Xbox, Microsoft Makes A Bigger Play For Living Room

An Xbox 360 video presentation at the E3 Media and Business Summit in Los Angeles in 2008. Microsoft is scheduled to introduce its newest Xbox on Tuesday.
Ric Francis AP

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:00 pm

Microsoft hasn't exactly had a great couple of years.

Its new Windows 8 operating system was held responsible for the drop in PC sales last quarter. Sales of its Windows Phones lag far behind both the iPhone and Google's Android phones.

The light in the darkness for Microsoft has been the Xbox 360, which has been the top-selling game console for over two years — beating out both the Nintendo Wii and Sony's PlayStation. On Tuesday, Microsoft is expected to announce a new version of the Xbox.

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Shots - Health News
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

Millions of people who rely on check-cashing stores, like this one in New York City, could run into trouble buying health insurance.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:43 pm

When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankablethose who don't have a traditional checking or savings account — it can be hard to simply pay bills.

And that absence of a bank account is about to become a big problem for those who also lack health coverage — and for the health insurance companies trying to sell them coverage. After all, how do you sell a product to a customer who has no easy way to pay you?

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Parallels
4:02 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Iran's 'Zahra' Tells Alternate Tale Of Presidential Campaign

A panel from Amir Soltani's Zahra on the Campaign Trail. Drawing by Khalil.
Amir Soltani

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 1:17 am

Iranians choose a new president next month, and one thing Iran's leaders are intent on avoiding is a repeat of the massive street protests that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial re-election in 2009.

The sponsors of those protests, known as the Green Movement, have been effectively silenced inside Iran, but not online. The heroine of a graphic novel about the violent suppression of dissent in 2009 is now launching a virtual campaign of her own.

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Memoir
3:34 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

A memoir about murder, surfing, and that complex relationship we have with our parents

Credit Sheryl Johnston Communications

Author and Western Michigan University alum Kelly Daniels will read from his memoir Cloudbreak California on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo. Cloudbreak California begins with Daniels’ father who confesses to murdering a man and then disappears. Then the story follows Daniels as he travels to places like Mexico and Guatemala, living simply, meeting colorful characters, and searching for a story to write.

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Parallels
2:24 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Pope Francis Puts The Poor Front And Center

Pope Francis blesses a child Sunday after the Holy Mass at St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:06 pm

Over the past week, Pope Francis has launched a crescendo of attacks on the global financial system and what he calls a "cult of money" that does not help the poor.

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Around the Nation
2:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Tiny Living: The Rise Of Small Spaces

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden, in Washington. Population in America's big cities is surging, and more people are choosing to live alone. But where? As the demand for housing rises, some renters are opting to downsize their belongings and move to smaller spaces - much smaller. Imagine a single room no larger than many American closets and a community kitchen shared with multiple residents.

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Around the Nation
2:10 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Future Of The Workers' Movement

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Non-unionized fast food workers walked off the job in Milwaukee last week, demanding, among other things, a raise to $15 an hour. Their actions follow those of workers in four other cities this spring, part of what some are calling the new face of the labor movement, that is collective action outside of traditional union membership.

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Latin America
2:04 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Life In Argentina's 'Little School' Prison Camp

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

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Television
1:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Brooks: "I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More"

Once vehemently opposed to the idea of being the subject of a documentary, Brooks had a change of heart. The result is a new American Masters episode, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.
WNET/American Masters

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 11:54 am

Over the 60 years that Mel Brooks has been in the entertainment business, his name has become synonymous with comedy. He is the man who broke Broadway records for most Tony Award wins with The Producers (an adaptation of his own movie); who satirized Westerns and racism in Blazing Saddles; and who poked fun at monster movies with Young Frankenstein.

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.
Raph Gatti AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Singer Sarah Vaughan came up in the 1940s alongside bebop lions Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, starting out in Earl Hines' big band. Hines had hired her as his singer and deputy pianist, while Gillespie praised her fine ear for chords as she grasped the arcane refinements of bebop harmony.

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12:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan looks to expand education for inmates

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Goal is to reduce recidivism, make inmates more employable after parole
New Haven - Quantrez Sawyer was a security officer in Detroit three years ago, but he wasn't earning enough to live outside his mother's house and support his three children. So he robbed a suburban McDonald's and is now serving a five-year sentence at the Macomb Correctional Facility.
Pop Culture
12:17 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

'Scandal' Creates Twitter Frenzy

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 12:21 pm

Social media was ablaze during the season finale of ABC's hit political thriller Scandal. Host Michel Martin asks Gene Demby, blogger for NPR's Code Switch team, what it is about the show that makes it ripe for Twitter chatter — especially among African Americans.

Books
12:17 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Christine Ha: From MasterChef To Home Kitchen

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 12:21 pm

When Christine Ha won MasterChef in 2012, she blew the reality TV show judges away with her Vietnamese influenced cooking. But what really impressed viewers was that she had total control in the kitchen, even though she's blind. Host Michel Martin speaks to Christine Ha about her new cookbook Recipes from my Home Kitchen.

Politics
12:17 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Decades Of History Behind IRS Flap

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 12:21 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, when you think about poverty in this country, you might think about certain people living in certain places. It turns out that some of those old assumptions are wrong. For example, more poor people now live in the suburbs. We'll talk about why that is in just a few minutes.

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Albion Schools
11:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Battle Creek Enquirer: Albion, Marshall hope for state aid to help transition

Albion High School
Credit Albion Public Schools

The decision to close Albion High School last week means big changes for that district and neighboring Marshall schools where most of the high school students will likely end up.

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7:26 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Analysis shows Michigan state employee salaries outpace peers in other states

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State and union officials say competitive salaries are important to recruit quality state workers
In a state lush with trees, Michigan foresters make a lot of green. Here, state-employed foresters earn an average $58,401. In Minnesota, they earn $34,264. Likewise, state-employed transportation engineers in Michigan earn more than in most other states. In Michigan, they make an average wage of $66,252; in neighboring Ohio, it's $46,821.
7:17 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Calhoun and Jackson Counties still working on partnership for roads

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The counties could vote on a formal contract for the partnership in June
Calhoun County has moved forward with forming a partnership with Jackson County officials to manage roads - but residents will have to sit tight until they see any of the benefits. "A lot of it will be behind the scenes," said Bob Griffis, the Calhoun County Road Department's interim managing director who still also works as director of operations at the Jackson County Department of Transportation.
Europe
7:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Germany May Have Paid A Price For Its Financial Power

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Germany paid a price for asserting its financial power. Germans, more than others, had to finance bailouts for countries like Greece, and imposed austerity measures in return. Those who disapprove may have struck back. People across the continent and beyond watched the Eurovision song contest.

Online classes
6:57 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KVCC professor asks "Where have all the faculty gone?"

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Arcadia Campus - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Keith Kroll

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Professor Keith Kroll says he wanted to write on the proliferation of online classes at community colleges across the country. 

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Around the Nation
6:55 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Right Lottery Numbers, Wrong Date

A California woman turned on the TV last week and saw she had the winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing. She thought she had won $360 million. It turns out she bought her ticket an hour after Wednesday's drawing.

6:22 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Fruit farmers looking to rebound from last year

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Cold weather earlier this month killed some buds, but farmer still hope for good harvest after severe losses last year
Michigan farmers are in the fight of their lives. They're aggressively preparing their orchards for a robust harvest, lobbying lawmakers to pass policies that will help protect them - and some are diversifying their revenue streams with related businesses that attract tourists, such as cider mills and wineries, to help insulate them from the hard times.
6:07 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Five finalists for Kalamazoo City Manager to be interviewed Tuesday

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City Manager Ken Collard and Deputy Manager Jeri Barnett-Moore are both retiring at the end of this year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The candidates vying to replace retiring Kalamazoo City Manager Kenneth Collard all have current or former city manager experience and include current Michigan city managers, a state-appointed deputy treasurer, and economic development directors. City commissioners will start hour-long interviews with each candidate at noon Tuesday, May 21, in the commission chambers at Kalamazoo City Hall
Around the Nation
5:15 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Growing Vegetables From Seeds Takes Root For Many Gardeners

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:20 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's planting season, at least for those growing things like summer squash, beans and cherry tomatoes. And we're seeing a change. Rather than buy already developed seedlings, which are more expensive, many gardeners are buying seed packets. It's a sign they want to start their gardens from scratch. And seed companies say they've seen an increase in orders since the economic downturn.

Reporter Sasa Woodruff reports that it's easy to read the directions on these seed envelopes, the hard part is following them.

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Energy
5:06 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:28 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Two ports, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, handle almost half of all of the consumer goods being shipped into the United States. Together, these two ports are also the single largest polluter in Southern California, a region famous for its smog.

NPR's Kirk Siegler reports on a new California law that will soon require some of the largest diesel-guzzling ships to kill their engines and plug in to shore power at the docks.

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Business
5:06 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Yahoo To Buy Tumblr In An Attempt To Revitalize Itself

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a big blogging buyout.

Today, Yahoo announced its purchase of the blogging site Tumblr. The $1.1 billion deal was unanimously approved by Yahoo's board. Analysts say the acquisition is Yahoo's attempt to revitalize itself.

NPR's Kirk Siegler has more.

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It's All Politics
3:07 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Is There Really A Second-Term Curse?

Richard Nixon says goodbye to members of his staff outside the White House as he boards a helicopter after resigning the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974.
AP

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 11:15 am

The phrase "second term curse" is so familiar that it's become a cliche of American politics. Whether it's President Richard Nixon's resignation or President Bill Clinton's impeachment, presidents tend to have a tough time during the back half of an eight-year presidency.

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Around the Nation
3:07 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

TD Bank volunteers sort donated food into barrels at the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Md. Poverty in the county just outside Washington, D.C., has grown by two-thirds since 2007.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:30 pm

Poverty has grown everywhere in the U.S. in recent years, but mostly in the suburbs. During the 2000s, it grew twice as fast in suburban areas as in cities, with more than 16 million poor people now living in the nation's suburbs — more than in urban or rural areas.

Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, says this shift in poverty can be seen in Montgomery County, Md., right outside the nation's capital.

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