Politics
11:57 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Is GOP Overtime Bill Family Friendly?

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:17 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're switching gears now. If you're like most people out there, at some point, you've probably found yourself pulling extra hours or extra shifts and you might have looked forward to getting a little extra something in your paycheck at the end of the week or month.

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Economy
11:57 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Is The Housing Recovery Just A Mirage?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, as we head into graduation season, we want to talk about a new report about changes and challenges at the nation's historically black colleges and universities. That's coming up. But first, it's also the beginning of what has been historically the spring home buying season.

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10:52 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Emergency Manager's report spells out Detroit's financial troubles

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Report is first by Kevyn Orr since he was appointed Emergency Manager for Detroit in March
Kevyn Orr's report, mandated by the state after an emergency manager's first 45 days in office, confirms a city in desperate shape, with costs for retiree benefits eating up a third of its budget and public services suffering as Detroit's revenues and population shrink each year.
Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
9:38 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Group says Palisades leak is a symptom of larger problems

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
Credit US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Interview with Kevin Kamps

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton and a commissioner from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will tour the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South Haven on Monday.

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Portage Superintendent Search
8:28 am
Mon May 13, 2013

E-mails raise questions about transparency of Portage Superintendent search

Portage Central High School - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Julie Mack

Portage School Board members identified their preferred candidate for superintendent and discussed contract details before naming Greg Gray the sole finalist. MLive Kalamazoo has examined e-mails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act

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Around the Nation
7:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Well, That's One Way To Stop Smoking

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Etta Mae Lopez needed help. She wanted to quit smoking. She decided she needed to go someplace where she could not go buy cigarettes. And the place that came to mind was jail. Ms. Lopez says this is the reason she went to a jail, walked up to a Sacramento sheriff's deputy and slapped him in the face. The deputy took her inside the jail, where she slapped him again. After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor, she faces 63 smoke-free days.

Around the Nation
7:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

4-Year-Old Boy Chosen As Mayor Of Dorset, Minn.

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. What the mayor of Dorset, Minnesota lacks in experience he makes up for with youthful enthusiasm. Mayor Bobby Tufts is four years old. He won his seat by having his name picked out of a hat. That's an annual tradition for the small town of 22. Mayor Tufts is celebrated in town as a singer, a dancer, and a fisherman.

Middle East
7:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Cameron: We Have To 'Step Up Our Help' To Syrian Opposition

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with President Obama at this hour here in Washington. They're at the White House. A big topic on their agenda is what to do about the civil war in Syria. We spoke with Prime Minister Cameron earlier this morning.

Prime minister, welcome to the program.

PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON: Good morning. Great to be on. Thank you for having me.

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Author Interviews
5:20 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

If you said the "s" word in the ninth century, you probably wouldn't have shocked or offended anyone. Back then, the "s" word was just the everyday word that was used to refer to excrement. That's one of many surprising, foul-mouthed facts Melissa Mohr reveals in her new book, Holy S- - -: A Brief History of Swearing.

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The Record
5:19 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Is Starting To Pay

Tyler Ward says he was able to buy a car and a house with money he made posting videos of himself covering pop hits on YouTube.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:32 pm

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Author Interviews
4:40 am
Mon May 13, 2013

'Impossible Odds' Details Aid Workers Rescue From Somalia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 12:59 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a story of "Impossible Odds," that's the title of a new book by Jessica Buchanan. She's an American aid worker who was kidnapped in Somalia back in 2011. Her new book recounts the terrifying experience. It's co-written with her husband and fellow aid worker, Erik Landemalm. The couple was based in northern Somalia, considered the safer part of a country that to this day they feel an affection for.

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Analysis
4:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Republicans Focus On Democrats' Political Misdeeds

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Again and again, President Obama's administration tries to pivot attention toward East Asia. Administration officials believe China and its neighbors are where the economic future lies.

GREENE: And yet it's the Middle East that keeps demanding the president's attention. It brings to mind that line from F. Scott Fitzgerald: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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Asia
4:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Nawaz Sharif Expected To Win Pakistan's Elections

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Monday, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

The last time Nawaz Sharif was prime minister of Pakistan, it did not work out so well for him. Sharif won a big election, moved to consolidate his power, and named a new army chief - only to see that same general overthrow him in a coupe in 1999.

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Rebecca Plevin is a reporter for Valley Public Radio. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.

All Tech Considered
3:06 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Google Fights Glass Backlash Before It Even Hits The Street

A visitor at the "NEXT Berlin" conference tries out Google Glass on April 24 in Berlin.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:57 am

Google Glass isn't even for sale yet, but it's already facing backlash.

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Shots - Health News
3:02 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest

Emily Gorospe, 8, loves to dance and usually can't sit still, so her parents started to worry when she became very tired two years ago. Emily was eventually diagnosed with valley fever, a fungal disease that 150,000 people contract each year.
Daniel Casarez/Vida en el Valle/Reporting on Health Collaborative

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:11 am

When she was just 6, Emily Gorospe became very tired and sick. The spunky girl, now 8, developed a fever that wouldn't go away, and red blotches appeared across her body.

"She's got so much energy usually," says Emily's mother, Valerie Gorospe. "Just walking from one part of the house ... she was drained." The little girl was also very pale. "She just didn't look like herself," Valerie recalls.

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Author Interviews
3:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

A Republican from Maine, Olympia Snowe served as a U.S. Senator from 1995 to 2013. Above, she speaks at a news conference in South Portland, Maine, in March 2012.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:18 am

As a Republican senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe was known for her willingness to stand alone. A moderate with independent views, she had substantial influence in the health care debate as both sides vied for her vote. Earlier this year she left the Senate, out of frustration, she says, with the inability to get anything done.

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Environment
12:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Atop A Hawaiian Mountain, A Constant Sniff For Carbon Dioxide

Researchers use the 120-foot tower atop Mauna Loa in Hawaii to collect air samples and measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Mauna Kea looms in the distance.
Forrest M. Mims III forrestmims.org

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:22 pm

Climate scientists have a good reason to want to get away from it all. To get an accurate picture of the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, you have to find places where the numbers won't be distorted by cities or factories or even lots of vegetation that can have a major local impact on CO2 concentrations.

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8:16 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

No clear leader for Saint Joseph city manager

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Saint Joseph City Commissioners will meet again Thursday morning, and could pick a new city manager
ST. JOSEPH - The three finalists for St. Joseph city manager, interviewed Saturday, are making it tough for city commissioners to make a decision.
8:06 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Federal support for Grand River restoration project

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EPA program targets community-drive revitalization projects
GRAND RAPIDS - The estimated $27 million effort to restore the rapids in the Grand River has a new supporter: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The partnership selected the Grand River restoration project along with 10 other urban waterway sites around the country to receive coordination and resources support from more than a dozen different federal agencies.
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7:39 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Albion decision one of many education "crossroads" in Calhoun County

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Albion School board could vote this week to close district's high school to address budget shortfall
Failing everything else, the Wildcats were always there. When the Albion factories closed shop and the jobs went away, when the stores and restaurants shuttered, Albion High School was a constant source of pride for this small city. That was true for Ayana Wallace, 32. Her parents graduated from Albion High, and she did, too.
7:33 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

E-mails show Portage School trustees identified preferred candidate, discussed contract details in private

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Consultant advised board president to make deliberations more public
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Days before Portage school board members held their first public discussion on superintendent applicants, trustees had identified their "preferred candidate," discussed contract details and gave him and his family a tour of Portage neighborhoods in anticipation of their move here, according to emails obtained by MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette.
Code Switch
6:11 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Checking More Than One Box: A Growing Multiracial Nation

Thien-Kim Lam (left) and Larry Bright (right) with their 3-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, are a multiracial family. They represent a growing segment of American families that are inter-racial and whose children identify as both races.
Courtesy of Thien-Kim Lam

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:35 pm

Larry Bright holds his 3-year-old son's hand while the boy steps through a leafy playground in Silver Spring, Md., and practices counting his numbers in English.

At the top of the slide, the boy begins counting in his other language: Vietnamese.

Bright, the boy's father, is African-American; his mother, Thien Kim Lam, is Vietnamese. The couple has two children.

"They are a perfect mix between the two of us," Lam tells Arun Rath, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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Movies I've Seen A Million Times
3:49 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

The Movie Mark McKinney Has 'Seen A Million Times'

A scene from Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 film, My Neighbor Totoro.
The Kobal Collection Tokuma Enterprises

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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Music Interviews
3:49 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:52 pm

When a single review compares an artist's work to both Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Stooges, hardcore rock music fans sit up and take notice.

That's the high praise the Los Angeles Times bestowed upon saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.

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All Tech Considered
3:48 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

New Closed-Captioning Glasses Help Deaf Go Out To The Movies

Sony's Entertainment Access Glasses, seen here in a prototype image, display captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers.
Sony Entertainment

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:30 pm

There will be a special attraction for deaf people in theaters nationwide soon. By the end of this month, Regal Cinemas plans to have distributed closed-captioning glasses to 6,000 screens across the country.

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Around the Nation
1:47 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

For Year-Round Buzz, Beekeepers 'Fast-Forward Darwinism'

The Plymouth County Beekeepers Association distributed more than 500 crates of honeybees this spring.
Katherine Perry for NPR

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

Beekeepers In Massachusetts are taking the mission to save the bees into their own hands.

There has been a dramatic disappearance of honeybees across the U.S. since 2006. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report blamed a combination of problems, including mites, disease, poor nutrition and pesticides.

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WMUK News
9:33 am
Sun May 12, 2013

K College announces Global Prize winners

Global Prize winners on stage SAturday
Credit Kalamazoo College

In a surprise finish Saturday, three organizations won Global Collaborative Social Justice Leadership awards from Kalamazoo College. The College's Arcus Center had originally planned to give one $25,000 global prize, plus a $5,000 regional award. But jurors considering the entries asked that the college award three $10,000 global prizes. One went to the Dalia Association that helps Palestinians create their own businesses through "micro loans", raising the money within their communities.

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Station News
9:12 am
Sun May 12, 2013

New Evening Schedule Features NPR’s "JazzSet"

Starting Monday, June 3, evening listening will be a little different on WMUK.  Many current audience favorites will continue although they may be moving to a different time.  Echoes will continue to be heard in its full form weeknights on WMUK-2.  From the Top will continue to be heard Saturdays at noon.

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NPR Story
6:26 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

In Hollywood Twist, China Gets Its Own 'Iron Man'

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(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IRON MAN 3")

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.: (as Tony Stark) No politics here. Just good old-fashioned revenge.

ARUN RATH, HOST:

That's Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 3," which opened in theaters last weekend and has grossed nearly 800 million worldwide. The movie also broke box office records in China where Marvel Studios tried something new. They created a special cut that will only be seen by audiences in China and includes extra scenes featuring big-name Chinese actors.

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