The Salt
1:56 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With 'Salt Sugar Fat'

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Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 12:46 pm

Dealing Coke to customers called "heavy users." Selling to teens in an attempt to hook them for life. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize consumer bliss.

In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods.

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WMUK News
12:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Frog survey volunteers needed in Michigan

Hunting frogs in a Barry County fen
Credit Jim Harding / MSU

It may not look like it now but frogs will soon be calling in southwest Michigan. In only a few weeks, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will begin its 18th annual survey of the state’s frog and toad population. The project depends heavily on volunteer “citizen scientists” to gather the data.
 

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Around the Nation
12:26 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Trayvon Came Back For George, Says Brother

The shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin one year ago became an international story, and raised difficult questions about race and justice. Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Robert Zimmerman Jr., the brother of accused killer George Zimmerman, about how his family views the case and the public reaction.

Around the Nation
12:24 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Zimmerman's Brother: 'Truth Will Be Revealed In Court'

Unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed one year ago today. Host Michel Martin speaks with Robert Zimmerman Jr., the brother of accused shooter George Zimmerman, about his brother's actions that night and the upcoming trial.

Parenting
12:22 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bullying And Psychiatric Illness Linked

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.

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The Sequester: Cuts And Consequences
11:56 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Educators Brace For Sequestration

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we turn to a political stalemate that seems to be turning into a crisis. We've been talking about the across-the-board cuts to the federal budget that seem more and more likely to go into effect this Friday because Congress and the White House have not agreed on a deficit reduction plan. It's being called sequestration.

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Culture
11:53 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Spring Festival celebrates Indian culture with food, Bollywood music

Dolly dancing in the WMUK studio
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Imagine a giant snowball fight, only instead of snow, everyone has a handful of a different colored powder. That’s what the Hindu holiday of Holi is like in India. Here in Michigan, the India Association of Kalamazoo will hold its Spring Festival on Saturday to celebrate Holi and other Indian festivals that mark the coming of spring.

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Around the Nation
7:42 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Whistling Man Is A Nuisance In Portland, Maine

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Residents of Portland, Maine, said they found Robert Smith a little too obviously cheerful. Mr. Smith had a habit of whistling while standing outside of homes and businesses. A city ordinance lists whistling as disorderly behavior, with a fine of up to $500. But the Portland Press-Herald reports Smith reached a compromise with police. He agreed to whistle only while in motion, not standing in one place.

(SOUNDBITE OF WHISTLING)

World
7:33 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Female Sherpa Makes Record Climbs

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Few can say they've reached the summit of Mt. Everest, and even fewer can say they've done it twice. And only one woman can say she's done it twice in one month. Her name is Chhurim, a 29-year-old Sherpa from Nepal. She made the climb last May, came down for a few days and then turned around and went up again. This week, she climbed into the Guinness Book of World Records.

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

6:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Alamo Township Board tables noise ordinance, sends back to Planning Commission

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Much of concerns is over how ordinance would impact Kalamazoo Speedway.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
ALAMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- A proposed noise ordinance for rural Alamo Township has been tabled after drawing hundreds of people, most of them opponents, to a township board meeting for the second time in a month.
6:33 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Sales tax on services seen as one possible way to pay for road repairs

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Lawmakers are looking for alternative to Governor Snyder's proposal to increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.
Lansing - Some state lawmakers are flirting with the idea of levying a sales tax on services to help pay for road repairs as business leaders are pressuring the Legislature to approve large increases in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.
6:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Michigan Department of Transportation makes case for more road funding to Holland officials

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Members of policy committee question fairness and how money is distributed to local governments
The Michigan Department of Transportation Monday pleaded its case for raising the gas tax to the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council.
6:15 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Rally for immigration reform in Kalamazoo

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The Michigan Organizing Project staged rally, which included many personal stories from immigrants.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- When Jenn Amaya's mother left for a trip to her home in Mexico in 2009, Jenn didn't think it would be the last time she would see her mom.
NPR Story
5:21 am
Tue February 26, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

If you were to open a new brick-and-mortar bookstore, New York City would be a very pricey place to do it. Manhattan boasts some of the world's most valuable land - and, as it turns out - air. And that is our last word in business this morning.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Witnesses To Take The Stand In BP Trial

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Today, a federal judge in New Orleans hears from witnesses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A civil trial of BP opened yesterday in a case to determine blame and financial liability for the environmental disaster that was the worst disaster in U.S. history.

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Music Interviews
4:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

The Floacist: A Soul Poet Says Yes To Moving On

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Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart's second solo album is Floacist Presents: Floetry Rebirth.
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Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

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It's All Politics
3:27 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Loaded Words: How Language Shapes The Gun Debate

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

The country has been debating gun regulations for months. Later this week, a Senate committee will start work on various proposals, including a background check on every gun sale and a ban on assault weapons.

But this debate over guns goes beyond disagreements about policy. Advocates on both sides quite literally disagree on the terms of the discussion — as in, the words they use to describe it.

Ask "gun control advocates" to describe what this debate is about, and they'll say "control" really isn't the word they prefer.

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All Tech Considered
3:25 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Seeking A 'Field Of Dreams' For A Rising Drone Industry

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y., is rooting for having a drone test site in upstate New York. He says it could save him trips to the West Coast to try out new drone prototypes.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:44 am

In three years, the federal government is expected to open the skies for the civilian use of drones. But before that, the Federal Aviation Administration will set up six drone test sites around the country. Stiff competition to get one of the sites is anticipated — driven by hopes of attracting thousands of new jobs.

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Religion
3:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

The Hermit Pope Who Set The Precedent For Benedict XVI

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:15 pm

Beneath a glass coffin, wearing a pontiff's miter and faded vestments of gold and purple, there lies a tiny man with a wax head.

This represents an Italian priest who, until this month, was the only pope in history to voluntarily resign.

His name is Celestine V.

Celestine became pope at 84, some seven centuries ago, after a long and self-punishing career as a hermit.

Though a celebrated spiritual leader, and founder of a new branch of the Benedictine order, his papacy lasted just over five months. It's widely viewed as an utter disaster.

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Community Development Credit Union
9:15 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Community Promise Credit Union set to open in Kalamazoo

Community Promise Credit Union on Portage Road
Credit Community Promise Credit Union website

A new credit union is opening in Kalamazoo. The Community Promise Federal Credit Union will be holding an open house Tuesday at the Edison Neighborhood Association. Community Promise is a community development credit union, which will provide financial services and education to low-income people. It’s opening in the Edison Neighborhood, where currently there are no financial service institutions.

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9:12 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Report finds Kellogg falling behind other companies in addressing social and environmental impacts

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Oxfam report released on same day Kellogg announces expansion of efforts to fight global hunger.
Kellogg Co. has few policies that address the impact of its operations on global producers and communities and is falling behind other major food and beverage companies in attending to its social and environmental impacts, according to an Oxfam report released Monday.
9:09 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Battle Creek officials consider moving beach

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City officials say move is for safety. A more open area would keep distance between swimmers and boaters.
Relocating Willard Beach slightly north is part of the plan to upgrade the city-owned park on Goguac Lake. The city of Battle Creek is preparing to ask the state of Michigan to fund most of the $400,000 project that could give beach-goers a new sandy sunning spot for summer 2015.
9:04 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

State Education Department disputes Kalamazoo interpretation of assault reporting requirements

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Dispute centers on reporting requirements for assaults on school property.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Michigan Department of Education isn't buying Kalamazoo Public Schools' explanation as to why the district isn't reporting physical assaults on the annual school safety report that KPS submits to the state. "They say they're basing it on state law.
Shots - Health News
7:18 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Governors' D.C. Summit Dominated By Medicaid And The Sequester

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during a panel discussion at the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:31 pm

When the nation's governors gathered in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for their annual winter meeting, the gathering's official theme was about efforts to hire people with disabilities.

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Economy
6:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Too Soon To Blame Payroll Tax For Stagnant Retail Sales?

Wal-Mart is one of several large retailers that say an increase in the payroll tax may hurt U.S. sales in the months ahead.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:23 pm

For Darden Restaurants, the company behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster, its earnings projections out last week were not pretty. Sales will fall, it said, and company CEO Clarence Otis called higher payroll taxes a "headwind."

After a two-year tax break, the payroll tax, which funds Social Security payments, went back up to 6.2 percent on Jan. 1. The 2-percentage-point increase is an extra $80 a month in taxes for someone earning $50,000 a year.

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Poetry
5:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Poet Jay Baron Nicorvo tackles the tough subject of deadbeat dads

Poet Jay Baron Nicorvo

Severe winter weather prevented poet Jay Baron Nicorvo from reading at WMU as scheduled in late January. The reading was rescheduled for February 28 in the Bernhard Center. Nicorvo teaches writing at Western Michigan University.

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Remembrances
5:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Koop Turned Surgeon General's Office Into Mighty Education Platform

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 1:34 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

C. Everett Koop was the most outspoken and some would argue the most influential of all U.S. surgeon generals. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The correct plural form of the word is surgeons general.] He wore the uniform throughout most of the 1980s, and he turned an office with little power into a mighty platform - to educate Americans about AIDS prevention and the dangers of smoking.

C. Everett Koop died today at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 96. NPR's Joseph Shapiro looks back on his career.

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Health
5:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Increased Humidity From Climate Change Could Make It Harder To Tolerate Summers

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:23 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, a story about heat, the sweaty, miserable kind. Heat plus humidity. Working outdoors or playing sports on a hot, muggy day can be dangerous, even deadly. And as the climate continues to warm, being outside will become even more challenging. Those are the findings of a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change.

NPR's Richard Harris tells us more.

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Shots - Health News
4:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies

For some kids who grow up in poverty, the bond developed with Mom is especially important in dealing with stress.
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Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:25 am

Why do some children who grow up in poverty do well, while others struggle?

To understand more about this, a group of psychologists recently did a study.

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