NPR Story
1:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Analyzing The Language Of Suicide Notes To Help Save Lives

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:20 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Every 14 minutes, someone in this country commits suicide, and research on ways to reduce that grim statistic appears to be on a plateau. In other words, psychologists don't have much in the way of new ideas - at least, right now - except maybe for what's described as groundbreaking work on the notes that those who kill themselves sometimes leave behind. A team of researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital use computers to break down the language in these messages of despair, in the hope that they can better identify those at risk.

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Looking Ahead: Chris Hedges On Poverty, Politics, U.S. Culture

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 2:06 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Today as part of our Looking Ahead series, we'll talk with writer Chris Hedges, former New York Times foreign correspondent and old friend and colleague who's joined us many times over the years, going back to what's probably still his best known book, "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Treadmill Desks And The Benefits Of 'Walking Alive'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 2:00 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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WFMT Opera

Each week, tune in for a wonderful opera performed by one of the best companies in the country.  Broadcast seasons from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera can be heard through the month of November.

Book Reviews
1:08 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Coming To 'Americanah': Two Tales Of Immigrant Experience

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Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 2:34 pm

First things first: Can we talk about hair? Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a big knockout of a novel about immigration, American dreams, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color; but, as Adichie has said in interviews, she also knows that black women's hair can speak volumes about racial politics.

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Movie Interviews
1:08 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

A Polley Family Secret, Pieced Deftly Together

For her latest film, Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley turns her camera on her own family.
Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:04 pm

Sarah Polley earned wide acclaim for directing the drama Away from Her, about a woman fading into the twilight of Alzheimer's, as well as for her acting performances in an array of films including The Sweet Hereafter and My Life Without Me. Her latest film, Stories We Tell, is a documentary, though — and a personal one at that.

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The Salt
1:06 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Go Fish (Somewhere Else): Warming Oceans Are Altering Catches

Crew members unload a catch of sockeye salmon at Craig, Alaska, in 2005. Researchers say fish are being found in new areas because of changing ocean temperatures.
Melissa Farlow National Geographic/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 7:39 pm

Climate change is gradually altering the fish that end up on ice in seafood counters around the world, according to a new study.

"The composition of the [global] fish catch includes more and more fish from the warmer areas, and cold-water fish are getting more rare, because the temperatures are increasing," says Daniel Pauly at the University of British Columbia, a co-author of the study.

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Shots - Health News
12:37 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

A scientist removes the nucleus from a human egg using a pipette. This is the first step to making personalized embryonic stem cells.
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Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 11:57 am

Scientists say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells.

The accomplishment is a long-sought step toward harnessing the potential power of embryonic stem cells to treat many human diseases. But the work also raises a host of ethical concerns.

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The Two-Way
12:26 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Play Ball: Little Leaguers Get Assist From 'Pitch In' Charity

Little League baseball players in New York, where donations have helped teams and leagues get the 2013 season started.
Pitch In For Baseball

This year's Little League baseball and softball season is under way — and in the Northeast, some teams and players have taken the field again, despite losing vital equipment to Hurricane Sandy. Many donations were handled by Pitch In For Baseball, which gathered used and new gloves and helmets for the players.

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12:17 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

State releases money will allow Buena Vista district to finish school year

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The state had withheld school aid payments. District still faces a $1-million budget deficit
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI - State Superintendent Mike Flanagan has released money to the Buena Vista School District to allow the school to reopen and complete the school year. The Saginaw County school district of 430 students has been closed for two weeks after the district could not make its May 24 payroll and laid off all but three employees.
Around the Nation
12:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Why Is There So Much Sexual Abuse In The Military?

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:26 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, after a disaster, naturally, grown-ups are worried about things like food and shelter, but kids still need to have fun. We'll speak with a man who's trying to help kids in distress do just that by making sure they can still play baseball. We'll hear more about that in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for our Beauty Shop conversation. That's where we get a fresh cut on hot topics with a panel of women journalists, commentators, bloggers and activists.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

DOJ Seized Records Because 'Lives Were At Stake.' Really?

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:26 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we'll talk about a story that another U.S. service member is being investigated for sexually abusing subordinates. This after a survey showed that service members reported tens of thousands of sexual assaults last year alone. We'll speak with three women in the Beauty Shop who know a lot about this subject to talk about why this problem persists and what can be done about it.

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Movies
12:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Actress Regina King On Why She Loves 'The Sandlot'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:26 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Next, our colleagues at the NPR program WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED have been asking some of their guests - particularly people in the film business - about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

Today, we hear from actress Regina King. Her credits include "Jerry Maguire" and "Ray." She currently stars on the TNT television show "Southland." The movie she could watch a million times is "The Sandlot."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FINGER POPPIN' TIME")

HANK BALLARD: (Singing) Finger poppin'...

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10:43 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Protest over Allied Paper landfill being held Wednesday

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City has agreed to spend $200,000 for lobbying. Congressman Fred Upton and Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow have asked EPA to make sure PCBs are removed
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
lKALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney and Kalamazoo Public Services Director Bruce Merchant on Monday discussed the latest developments in city's fight with the EPA over the Allied Paper landfill site. The Allied site sits in the city's Edison neighborhood and has been in the news since March, when the U.S.
Around the Nation
7:45 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Unsatisfied Fan Uses Tweets To Torment Players

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene with a tool for sports fans to torment pro athletes. It's called Twitter. The NBA's New York Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night, falling further behind in their playoff series. Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith took responsibility even though he has a cold. Fans? No sympathy.

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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Security Tapes Show Supermarket Glutton Stuffing Himself

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

We do not know if Trevor Runyon will like the food in jail. But at least, by the time he got there, he was very well fed. Police say Mr. Runyon slipped into a supermarket and waited for it to close. Surveillance cameras show he then had a feast. He cooked and ate six steaks and washed them down with beer, shrimp and birthday cake. Once he was done, police found him hiding in the ceiling and 57 empty whipped cream cans were in the trash.

6:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Portage City Council approves agreement on closing District Court

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District Court was closed after the retirement of Judge Carol Husum
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - With no discussion, the Portage City Council has voted for a financial agreement with Kalamazoo County over the closing of the Shaver Road district court. The agreement calls for Kalamazoo County paying Portage $70,000 a year for 10 years to cover Portage's costs by the court closing.
Albion Schools
6:25 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Albion School Board votes to close high school

Albion High School
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Interview with Justin Hinkley

    

Albion School Board members have voted to close the district's high school to cover a projected $1-million shortfall for next year.  The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the board voted 5-1 Tuesday night to become a K-8 district

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Politics
6:19 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Holder Called To Capitol Hill To Testify On Controversies

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Renee Montagne is in Afghanistan this week. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. When we think about the controversies swirling around Washington this week, there's a common denominator. They fall on the shoulders of Attorney General Eric Holder.

INSKEEP: First, news broke that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors. This has ignited a First Amendment uproar.

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Around the Nation
6:19 am
Wed May 15, 2013

1 Month Since The Bombings, Signs Of Progress In Boston

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 7:25 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It has been one month since two bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people. Families of those killed continue to mourn their loved ones; and dozens of the more than 260 people injured continue their rehabilitation, many of them amputees who are now relearning to walk.

Meantime in Boston, all but one business has reopened. But as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, the city continues a slow and painful recovery.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
5:32 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Stay-At-Home Dads, Breadwinner Moms And Making It All Work

Dawn Heisey-Grove hands off Zane to Jonathan after a midday feeding. The couple were both working full time when Jonathan lost his job as a graphic designer two years ago.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 9:21 pm

The next time you see a father out shopping with his kids, you might need to check your assumptions.

"I'll get the, 'Oh, look, it's a dad! That's so sweet!' "says Jonathan Heisey-Grove, a stay-at-home father of two young boys in Alexandria, Va., who is pretty sure the other person assumes he's just giving Mom a break for the day. In fact, he's part of a growing number of fathers who are minding the kids full time while their wives support the family and who say societal expectations are not keeping up with their reality.

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Politics
3:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

IRS Inquiries Crossed The Line, Tea Party Groups Say

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:51 am

Tea Party activists are calling for a full investigation, and possibly lawsuits, following revelations that the Internal Revenue Service flagged so-called patriot groups for extra scrutiny in applications for federal tax-exempt status.

Among those claiming unjust and unconstitutional targeting by the IRS is a group called TheTeaParty.net, which bills itself as the largest grass-roots conservative Tea Party organization in the country.

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The Salt
3:33 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is Eating Too Little Salt Risky? New Report Raises Questions

Eat less salt, but not too much less.
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Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:08 am

Americans are repeatedly told to cut back on salt to reduce the risk of heart disease. But there are new questions being raised about the possible risks of reducing sodium too much.

So, how low should we go? Currently, the government recommends that Americans should aim for 2,300 milligrams per day. And people older than 50, as well as those with high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease are advised to reduce sodium even further, down to 1,500 mg per day.

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Sweetness And Light
3:32 am
Wed May 15, 2013

No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

Watch The Throne: Not so long ago Michael Jordan was the GOAT. Now, there's a groundswell to ordain LeBron James as the greatest-of-all-time basketball player.
Fred Jewell/Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:19 am

The Great Gatsby is on the screen again, re-opening the perennial debate about whether or not it is the great American novel. Or was that Huckleberry Finn? Or are we still waiting for the great American novel? Is the title vacant, like most recent Tour de France championships? In the arts, the argument over the great American novel is a rather unusual great fuss about the greatest. In most disciplines there simply doesn't seem to be a passion to constantly assess who's No. 1. Except, except ...

Except in sport.

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8:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Nothing official yet, but Schauer moving closer to campaign for governor

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Several other potential Democratic candidates have said they won't run and have thrown their support to the former Congressman and state lawmaker from Battle Creek
Mark Schauer, 51, is in the final stages of preparing for a race for governor. He won't say definitively yet that he's in, but in an interview with the Free Press Tuesday, he said: 'I'm strongly leaning toward putting a campaign together and getting going. The desire is there.'
8:25 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Former WMU defensive end Freddie Bishop signs with Detroit Lions

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Bishop joins former Bronco quarterback Alex Carder trying to make Lions' roster
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Freddie Bishop did not have any clever sayings or jaw-dropping statistics while playing defensive end position for four years at Western Michigan University, but he was a model of hard work and consistency for the Broncos.
8:20 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Snyder says state should be cautious with surplus funds

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Total revenues will still be slightly lower in 2012-13 than they were in 2011-12
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday the state should be cautious in allocating hundreds of millions of dollars in unanticipated revenue the Legislature's two fiscal agencies are projecting for the 2012-13 fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. "We need to be fiscally responsible about it," Snyder said at the Capitol.
8:15 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

WMU names new dean of Lee Honors College

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Carla Koretsky will replace Nicholas Andreadis who is retiring at end of academic year
  • Source: Wmich
  • | Via: WMU news release
KALAMAZOO- Dr. Carla M. Koretsky, professor of geosciences and associate dean of Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College, has been named dean of the Lee Honors College, effective July 1. Koretsky has served as honors college associate dean since 2012.
8:12 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Wheeling, West Virginia manager withdraws from Kalamazoo search

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Robert Herron is second candidate to withdraw from search for Kalamazoo City Manager. City Commission added two candidates to pool last week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Hours after receiving a raise, Wheeling, W.Va., City Manager Robert Herron withdrew his candidacy to be Kalamazoo's next city manager. Herron confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he will receive a $15,000-per-year raise to stay in Wheeling, as reported by The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register.
U.S.
8:02 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

IRS Inspector General Faults 'Ineffective Management'

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We have more details today on missteps by the Internal Revenue Service, specifically in the way the IRS processed applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations. An Inspector General's report says the problems were not limited to low-level agency employees.

Last week the IRS apologized for targeting such groups for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now. Scott, what more have you learned from the Inspector General's report?

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