Business
4:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

A 'Wake-Up Call' To Protect Vulnerable Workers From Abuse

For decades, Hill County Farms, also known as Henry's Turkey Service, housed a group of mentally disabled men in squalor in this former schoolhouse in Atalissa, Iowa. The EEOC won a judgment against the company for exploiting the men.
John Schultz/Quad-City Times ZUMAPRESS.com

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 1:35 pm

Four years ago, 21 men with intellectual disabilities were emancipated from a bright blue, century-old schoolhouse in Atalissa, Iowa. They ranged in age from their 40s to their 60s, and for most of their adult lives they had worked for next to nothing and lived in dangerously unsanitary conditions.

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a massive judgment against the turkey-processing company at which the men worked. The civil suit involved severe physical and emotional abuse of men with intellectual disabilities.

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Music Interviews
4:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Daft Punk On 'The Soul That A Musician Can Bring'

In spite of the robotic persona they've cultivated for years, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo elected to make the latest Daft Punk album in a real studio, with real musicians.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 12:00 pm

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Parallels
4:09 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

From The Heart Of Egypt's Revolt, The Pulse Of Artistic Life

Egyptian folk singer Dina El Wedidi performs at Qasr El Nil Theater during the Downtown Cairo Arts Festival. Wedidi says efforts to revitalize venues like the Qasr El Nil are important because there aren't enough places for musicians of the post-revolution explosion to perform.
Mostafa Abdel Aty Courtesy of Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:34 pm

Egypt's capital, Cairo, is now synonymous with protests and sometimes violence. Late at night, the once-bustling downtown streets are largely empty these days. People worry about getting mugged or caught up in a mob.

But the recent Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival is an attempt to revitalize the area with music, art and culture in the old and forgotten venues of downtown Cairo, like the Qasr El Nil Theater.

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2:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan lawmakers propose allowing more college savings

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Republican Tim Walberg and Democrat Dan Kildee have proposed bill that would expand what families can invest in Coverdell Savings Accounts
WASHINGTON - Two Michigan congressmen are proposing legislation that would allow families to save even more for their children's college costs.
2:31 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Race an issue in Albion students transferring to Marshall

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Students from mostly African-American Albion could up in mostly white Marshall after decision to close Albion High School
ALBION - As midnight neared Tuesday at Albion High School, Vic Potter, the Marshall school board president, approached Christina Womack in the hallway and offered his hand. Moments before, the Albion Board of Education had voted to close Albion High and send its students to Marshall.
Local History
2:25 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Neither snow nor rain': Museum shows what it took to get your mail

Marshall Post Master Beth Martin in the post office museum
Credit Nancy Camden

Wanted: Young skinny wiry fellows. Not over eighteen. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages were $25 per week.

This is an example of what you might find at the U.S. Post Office Museum in Marshall. It's an ad to hire men for the pony express...and the job sounds less than appealing.

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Nature
2:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

See Michigan's native plants and animals at Asylum Lake Preserve

Asylum Lake Preserve
Credit Western Michigan University

A gathering at the Asylum Lake Preserve in Kalamazoo on Saturday, May 18, invites residents to tour the green space, learn about its history and help protect its future. The event is from 1-5 p.m. and begins at the Parkview entrance.

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2:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Snyder signs bill that allows schools to make up snow days with longer hours

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Several school administrators favored the change after having to call off school for multiple days because of a harsh winter
LANSING, MI -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law legislation allowing school districts that cancelled class multiple times this winter to meet state requirements by extending existing days rather than scheduling makeups.
Your Money
2:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Tricky Business Of Retirement: Hidden 401(K) Fees

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A couple generations ago, when older Americans retired they could rely on pension plans to support them. Then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many companies switched their retirement plans over to 401(k) accounts. The security of workers' retirement savings suddenly became subject to the vagaries of the stock market.

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Middle East
2:01 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Ex-Ambassador To Iraq Weighs In On Talking To 'Monsters'

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

As the death toll in Syria climbed over the past two years, many critics charge that President Obama has not done enough to aid the opposition. In an op-ed in today's New York Times, former Ambassador Christopher Hill argues that the administration has made a serious mistake, but, quote, "The real shortcoming of the administration's policy on Syria has not been an unwillingness to engage militarily, but the ill-advised decision in August 2011 to preclude the possibility of a diplomatic resolution involving all sides."

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U.S.
1:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Managing The $30 Million 'One Fund' To Aid Boston Victims

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money, but how do you divide it among the families of the three people killed, the dozens maimed, the hundreds who spent time in the hospital, the thousands who witnessed the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month?

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Economy
1:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Will Strong Summer Travel Be A Turning Point For Airlines?

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:56 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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1:34 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

State Senate budget approved without Medicaid expansion

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Governor Snyder has proposed expanding Medicaid, House proposal would put four-year cap on benefits for able-bodied adults
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder's hope for an expansion of Medicaid to 470,000 more low-income Michigan residents faded a little bit more Thursday. The state Senate passed the Department of Community Health budget on a 20-18 vote, without the Medicaid expansion. It also killed an amendment offered by Sen.
1:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Kalamazoo lawmaker working on bill to hold owners responsible for pets' aggressive behavior

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State Representative Sean McCann says currently an animal has to bite someone before anything can be done
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The draft of a dangerous dog law that could give animal control officers more leeway in preventing bites before they happen does not single out any breed for special attention, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Sean McCann, D-Kalamazoo.
Music Reviews
12:48 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

100 Years Of Woody Herman: The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming

American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:04 pm

Woody Herman, who would have turned 100 on Thursday, bloomed early and late — and then later still. He turned pro by age 9, singing and dancing in movie theaters on summer vacation. He'd perform one song deemed too risqué for radio when he recorded it decades later: "My Gee Gee From the Fiji Isles."

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Movie Reviews
12:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Into Darkness,' Boldly And With A Few Twists

Zoe Saldana is Uhura and Zachary Quinto is Spock in the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek: Into Darkness, the 12th installment in the franchise.
Zade Rosenthal Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:04 pm

Before I tell you about J.J. Abrams' second Star Trek film, with its youngish new Starship Enterprise crew, let me say that just because I've seen every episode of the original Star Trek and of The Next Generation, and most of the spinoff series, and every movie, I'm not a Trekkie — meaning someone who goes to conventions or speaks Klingon or greets people with a Vulcan salute.

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Mental Health
12:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

When Your Dad Is A Killer, How Do You Cope?

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:32 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program we will speak with writer and scholar Mark Anthony Neal about his new book, "Looking For Leroy." It's about how black men on stage, screen and on the radio shape and reshape how we think about black men in everyday life. That's in just a few minutes.

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Health Care
12:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gosnell Verdict Raises Questions About Access To Abortions

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:32 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program family members of both the suspects in the Cleveland kidnappings and the Boston Marathon bombings have denounced them. And that made us wonder about the family members of other people who have been accused of horrible acts. So we reached out to two of them - the daughter of a serial killer and the brother of the Unibomber will both be with us in just a few minutes.

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Books
12:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

From Fame's Leroy To Jay-Z

Courtesy New York University Press

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:52 pm

Looking for Leroy is a new book by Mark Anthony Neal that takes a look at how high profile black men like Jay-Z, Denzel Washington and Barack Obama shape our perceptions of black masculinity in America. He sat down with Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

Inspired by Fame

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Parallels
12:26 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Women In Combat: Some Lessons From Israel's Military

Soldiers of Israel's 33rd Caracal Battalion take part in a graduation march in the northern part of the southern Israeli Negev desert on March 13. The Caracal was formed in 2004 with the chief purpose of giving women a chance to serve in a true combat role.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 10:39 am

As the U.S. moves to open up combat positions to women, it's catching up with other countries that have been doing it for years.

But the experience in these countries, including Israel, suggests that access to combat jobs doesn't lead directly to equal treatment within the ranks.

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11:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Saint Joseph picks new city manager

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Former city manager for Traverse City replaces Frank Walsh who is now top administrator in Meridian Township
The St. Joseph City Commission announced this morning that Richard Lewis, 58, is the Commission's choice to become the new city manager.
7:25 am
Thu May 16, 2013

West Michigan tea party group says it was targeted by IRS

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President of Ottawa County Patriots will be part of press conference Thursday in Washington D.C.
Washington - A west Michigan tea party group said it believes its 21-month wait to receive Internal Revenue Service approval for nonprofit status is a result of the agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups. Jim Chiodo, president of the Ottawa County Patriots, said his group has been waiting since 2011 to win approval of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
6:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Economists say Michigan's job and tax revenues improve

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Governor Snyder wants one-time infusion of revenue to go into state's rainy day fund or to pay for road and bridge repairs
Lansing - Michigan is forecast to reach a pre-recession jobless rate of 6.9 percent in three years, while the state is reaping a multimillion-dollar tax windfall from investors who sold off stock last year in anticipation of higher tax rates.
Around the Nation
6:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

New York Cat Is Finally Reunited With Owner

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Here's a classic cat-rescued-from-the-tree story - I mean, sort of. Luna is a black-and-white feline who wandered off from his owner in Queens and ended up stuck in a tree. A New York City police officer who came to the rescue got stuck in the tree, too. Cat and man were rescued by the fire department.

World
6:44 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Some Leaders In Saudi Arabia Condemn Twitter

Religious authorities responded after Saudis used Twitter to show images of human rights activists on trial. The BBC reports the kingdom's most senior cleric called Twitter users "fools." The head of the religious police says any social media user will lose the afterlife.

6:26 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Springfield weighs large tax increase or eliminating police department

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Police services could be contracted out to the city of Battle Creek or Calhoun County Sheriff Department
The city council will decide within a month whether Springfield will close its police department or lay a hefty tax increase on residents. More than 75 residents filled the council chambers Wednesday to hear City Manager Frank Peterson explain why the city is running out of money to pay for public safety and then to make their own comments about the future.
Business
4:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:58 am

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Asia
4:24 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Yen's Drop In Value Could Fuel Curency War

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Japan's economy is finally getting a lift. The stock market is soaring there. Companies like Toyota and Sony are seeing a surge in profits. And today, Japan's government reported the economy grew a three-and-a-half percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, a significant improvement.

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Sports
4:24 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Wrestlers Grapple To Save Sport From Olympic Chopping Block

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:11 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

How often do you find Iran, Russia and the United States united behind a single message? Well, representatives from all three countries were in New York City yesterday rallying support for the sport of wrestling, which could be excluded from the upcoming Olympic Games. It was quite a show of sportsmanship and diplomacy. Of course, there was time for some conflict among the wrestlers. It took place at New York's Grand Central Terminal, that's why they called it the Rumble on the Rails.

Here's NPR's Mike Pesca.

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Shots - Health News
3:04 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock

After President Obama overturned Bush-era policy restricting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in 2009, Nebraska Right to Life led a protest of the research outside the University of Nebraska regents' meeting.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 11:53 am

The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.

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