6:20 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Springfield still weighing public safety decision

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Both Battle Creek and Calhoun County Sheriff have proposed fees of just over $6-million to patrol city for five years
The Springfield City Council may take a few more weeks before deciding who will provide police services in the city. Last week the council agreed not to raise taxes to support the existing department and instead will close public safety and hire either Battle Creek or the Calhoun County Sheriff to provide police services.
6:11 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Kalamazoo Vice Mayor won't seek re-election

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Hannah McKinney has served eight terms "I think that's enough for anybody"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Vice Mayor Hannah McKinney, who has served on the Kalamazoo City Commission for 16 years, announced Monday she will not seek re-election on Nov. 5. McKinney, a Kalamazoo College economics and business professor, was first elected to the commission in 1997.
Africa
4:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Obama Announces Trade Africa Initiative

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:36 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And farther south on the African continent, President Obama is wrapping up a three-country tour. He's in Tanzania now, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. NPR's Ari Shapiro is travelling with the president and reports on Obama's first day in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.

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Business
4:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Former Energy Secretary Wants Power Generation Decentralized

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama announced, last week, a hugely ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and push the country towards cleaner energy. Right now, just nine percent of our energy consumption comes from renewable sources.

Former U.S. secretary of energy Steven Chu would like to see us get to 50 percent by the middle of the century. Chu left the cabinet in April, but even before that, he began talking to utility companies could adopt a radically different business model.

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Politics
4:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All week, we are looking at demographic changes in the currently very red, very Republican Lone Star state. Democrats hope the growing size and potential voting clout of the Latin population will turn Texas blue.

Whether that happens or not, the Texas Democratic Party already bears little resemblance to what it looked like when it last dominated Texas politics decades ago.

NPR's Don Gonyea brings us the latest in our series Texas 2020.

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Code Switch
4:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Does Disney's Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them?

Johnny Depp says that with his portrayal of Tonto in The Lone Ranger, he tried to "right the wrongs of what had been done with regards to the representation of Native Americans in cinema."
Disney

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:00 pm

The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty Indian guide, Tonto. The faithful companion helps the white man fight bad guys, and does so speaking in pidgin English.

Tonto made his first appearance on the radio in the 1930s, voiced by a non-Native American actor, John Todd. In the series, Western settlers face down what they call "redskins" and "savages." And trusty Tonto is always on hand to interpret the smoke signals.

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Shots - Health News
3:23 am
Tue July 2, 2013

To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth

Sound World Solution's hearing device lets a user customize its settings using a Bluetooth connection and a smartphone.
Courtesy of Sound World Solutions

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:38 am

As many as 300 million people around the world need hearing aids. The vast majority of the 7 million people who get them annually are in the U.S. and Europe.

One big reason is cost. On average, a set of hearing aids rings up a tab of about $4,000. Most insurance policies don't cover them.

A company called Sound World Solutions is trying to do something about the limited reach of hearing aids by creating a high-quality hearing device that costs less than a tenth the normal price.

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Code Switch
6:50 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

How A Minority Biking Group Raises The Profile Of Cycling

Members of Black Women Bike: DC consult a map while on the road at an event in June 2011.
The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 12:30 pm

Flip open any cycling magazine and you might think only skinny, good-looking, white people ride bikes. But increasingly that doesn't reflect the reality. Communities of color are embracing cycling. And as a fast-growing segment of the cycling population, they're making themselves far more visible.

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The Salt
5:27 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Taking High-Heat Tandoor Techniques To The Backyard Grill

Punjabi Lamb Kebabs, like many tandoor dishes, can also be made on gas or charcoal grills.
Christopher Hirsheimer

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:24 am

In America, summer grilling generally means heading to the backyard and throwing some hot dogs, burgers and maybe vegetable skewers on the fire. But in India and Pakistan, where summers last for seven months, grilling takes on a whole new level of sophistication.

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NPR Story
4:44 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Computer's Screen Inspired First Video Game, 'Space War'

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:11 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We've been talking occasionally with inventors about what inspired their creations. Today, a computer scientist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fifty-one years ago, one of the first digital video games was born out of his imagination.

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NPR Story
4:44 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Book Review: 'The Mehlis Report'

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:15 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Our book reviewer Alan Cheuse is excited to introduce the work of Rabee Jaber. He lives in Lebanon, and his novel "The Mehlis Report" takes place there. In Beirut, the characters await the real Mehlis report, which analyzed the watershed moment in Lebanon, the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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Movie Reviews
4:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

Pamina (Amy Carson) and Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) in Kenneth Branagh's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Revolver Group

Mozart's The Magic Flute, the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a Singspiel, a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mozart's mixture of fairy tale and high morality presents a great opportunity for a filmmaker; in 1975, Ingmar Bergman released a version for Swedish television that has become a beloved classic.

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4:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Kalamazoo commission to make final vote on fireworks restrictions

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The ordinance would ban fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. during the week of a national holiday.
City commissioners last month held a first reading of the ordinance, which would ban consumer fireworks from midnight to 8 a.m. the day before, of and after a national holiday. The exception would be New Year's Day, when consumer fireworks would be prohibited from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.
3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Supporters hope affirmative action ban stays intact

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The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision in November that threw out the affirmative action ban.
The forces behind a number of state bans on the use of affirmative action today filed a brief with the Supreme Court, supporting a move to get the court to uphold the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. The filing points to last week's Supreme Court ruling in a University of Texas case to support the notion that such bans are legal.
Author Interviews
3:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life

Tomi Ungerer's 1967 book Moon Man follows its lonely protagonist as he visits Earth for the very first time.
Tomi Ungerer

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:00 pm

Children's-book writer Maurice Sendak learned a lot from author and artist Tomi Ungerer. In Far Out Isn't Far Enough, a new documentary about Ungerer, Sendak says, "I learned to be braver than I was. I think that's why [Where The Wild Things Are] was partly Tomi — his energy, his spirit.

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It's All Politics
3:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition

Republicans celebrated when California Gov. Pete Wilson was re-elected in 1994. But his divisive campaign led to a backlash, especially among the growing Latino population in the state.
Kevork Djansezian AP

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:11 pm

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Democrats who hope to turn Texas from red to blue are looking to California for inspiration.

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

An Online Upstart Roils French Media, Politics

Edwy Plenel, head of the online investigative journalism website Mediapart, at his Paris office in April. The paper has attracted paying subscribers and is making a profit.
Francois Mori AP

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:11 pm

Every week, it seems, a new scandal is unearthed by the upstart, online newspaper Mediapart. The most recent bomb was that President Francois Hollande's budget minister was evading taxes when he was supposed to be cracking down on tax cheats. After vehemently denying the allegations, in the face of overwhelming evidence, Jerome Cahuzac was forced to resign.

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Education
12:20 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Hear the #NPRAspen Education Chat

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are also hearing your thoughts about education on Twitter at #NPRAspen. I just want to read one more of the tweets that we got, it says treat teacher time and energy as valuable, finite resources, design schools to use them efficiently. That comes from Roxanna Eldin (ph) in Miami. Please stay with us as we continue our special broadcast from the Aspen Ideas Festival, we're broadcasting from the Hotel Jerome. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Local Music & History
11:32 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Barbershop chorus seeks young talent

The Mall City Harmonizers in 1961
Credit Mall City Harmonizers

The Mall City Harmonizers, Kalamazoo’s barbershop chorus, recently celebrated the 75th birthday of the international Barbershop Harmony society.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Is America Still The 'Land Of Opportunity?'

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Barbershop
10:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Can America Learn From Foreign School Systems?

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for a visit to the barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. We're here in Aspen for the Aspen Ideas Festival, and we couldn't get into the shop, so we brought the shop to us.

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Fairs & Festivals
10:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Michigan Shakespeare Fest: Good actors make good Shakespeare

Credit Michigan Shakespeare Festival

"Shakespeare's plays are never about the day nothing happened. They're always about the day something amazing happened," says  Janice L. Blixt, artistic director for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

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Methamphetamine
9:12 am
Mon July 1, 2013

MLive Kalamazoo finds Methamphetamine problem persists in Southwest Michigan

Meth products - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Rosemary Parker

    

Saint Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties are tops in the state for sales of pseudoephedrine a key ingredient in producing meth. 

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7:20 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KRESA gets approval to administer Head Start in Kalamazoo County

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Change for Head Start has been more than a year in the making
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- After almost a year of waiting for word, the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency has been awarded oversight of Kalamazoo County Head Start by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. KRESA received official notification Friday evening, said Margaret McGlinchey, KRESA assistant superintendent for instruction.
World
7:19 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Jennifer Lopez Sorry For Appearance In Turkmenistan

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Jennifer Lopez says she's sorry for singing "Happy Birthday" to the president of Turkmenistan. The country's known for being repressive. Human rights groups say government critics can be tortured or thrown in jail. A publicist says Lopez didn't know any of that when she put on a traditional Turkmen dress to serenade the president. At one point, Lopez's choreographer tweeted: I wonder where all my Turkmenistan followers are. Guess he didn't realize that Twitter is banned in the country.

Around the Nation
7:19 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Study: Americans Want To Be Informed About News Stories

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne, with news about the news. A new study finds 50 percent of Americans would rather know more about current events than fashion, sports or celebrity. So much so that one in three admitted pretending to know about a news story to impress someone. And, knowledgeable or not, 70 percent said they'll find any opportunity to argue about the news regardless of topic, though the favorite choice is politics.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Holland City Council considers "district heating plan"

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Use of residual heat could influence location of new power plant
city hall.jpg Implementing district heating in the city of Holland would mean starting small in the downtown and Hope College areas and possibly growing the system over the next few decades. District heating is the process of using residual heat from the power plant and other sources that heat buildings.
6:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Case would likely remain local if Detroit files for bankruptcy

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Unlike corporations all of Detroit's operations and assets are in city
When Detroit auto giants General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy in 2009, their cases wound up in New York. The City of Detroit, legal experts say, won't share that fate should it take the unprecedented step of seeking Chapter 9 protection.
Education
6:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Tell Me More: Education Special And Twitter Chat

Use #NPRAspen to share your ideas about improving education and learning.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:06 pm

  • Listen: July 1 Education Special
  • Listen: July 2 Education Special

Education has been a critical topic for Michel Martin at NPR's Tell Me More, and we are eager to again tackle the topic of learning and education.

On Monday and Tuesday, July 1 and July 2, Tell Me More will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter chat from the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., focusing on education and, even more broadly, on learning.

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