BackTalk
11:25 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Immigration Comments Touch Nerve With 'Diverse' Canadians

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:09 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Back Talk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is back with us. What's going on today, Ammad?

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Faith Matters
11:25 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Making Peace With The Bible By Writing It Out Word For Word

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:09 pm

Reading the Bible from cover to cover might seem like a heavy task. But what about writing it? Host Michel Martin speaks with Phillip Patterson, who is just two verses away from writing out the whole King James Bible. He talks about how he kept the faith in spite of loss and illness.

NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Exploring An Ever-Expanding Universe

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:23 pm

Saul Perlmutter shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery that the universe was expanding at an accelerating rate. Perlmutter explains how supernovae and other astronomical artifacts are used to measure the expansion rate, and explains what physicists are learning about "dark energy" — the mysterious entity thought to be driving the acceleration.

NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Myth Of Multitasking

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:23 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, we'll be focusing on you and your true love - your smartphone. Think about it. Are you lost without it? Inconsolable if the two of you are separated? Willing to walk into a lamppost rather than look up while texting? Is it the object of your desire? Isn't it?

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NPR Story
11:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Microexpressions: More Than Meets The Eye

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:23 pm

David Matsumoto, a psychology professor at San Francisco State University, trains national security officials and police officers to recognize "microexpressions"--fleeting, split-second flashes of emotion across someone's face. Matsumoto says those subtle cues may reveal how an interview subject is feeling, helping officials to hone their line of questioning.

10:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Data shows costs greatly between nearby hospitals

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Same treatment can have big differences in price at hospitals in close proximity
The federal government has released data showing how prices for services fluctuate between hospitals.
Politics
8:10 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Immigration Bill Remains Largely Intact After 1st Hearing

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Let's get an update now on one of this year's major policy debates. There is an immigration bill under consideration. The law, if passed, has the potential to be a major success story for President Obama and for the bipartisan group of lawmakers who drafted it. Opponents of the bill have major concerns about how it treats people who came to the U.S. illegally, and also about how much the law would cost.

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7:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Commission sets dates for wolf hunt in Upper Peninsula

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Hunt was authorized to deal with growing population of wolves. Opponents say voters have been silenced on issue
ROSCOMMON - From Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, gray wolves in three areas of the Upper Peninsula will have a target on their backs. The state Natural Resources Commission approved a wolf hunting season Thursday for up to 43 of the 658 wolves in the Upper Peninsula.
7:32 am
Fri May 10, 2013

State House Republicans propose expanding Medicaid with four year limit

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Cap would not apply to children or disabled adults
Lansing - House Republicans have offered their support for expanding the Medicaid insurance program if low-income adults can be limited to four years of coverage in their lifetime - a stipulation likely to be rejected by the Obama administration.
Around the Nation
7:20 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sophia, Jacob Top Popular Baby Names List

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. The Social Security Administration has put out its list of the most popular baby names from last year. Topping the list for girls: Sophia. For boys, it's Jacob. As for fast rising contenders, Aria is becoming popular for girls. It seems parents are inspired by "Game of Thrones." Boys names gaining popularity: Major, King and Messiah.

A few other names of interest: David is hanging on at number 19, and Steve, where is Steve? Oh, 762.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's a little too exotic.

Around the Nation
7:17 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Florida Man Fleeing From Cops Attacked By Alligator

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Police in Pinellas County, Florida pulled over Bryan Zuniga at a traffic stop. The man ran away but his already bad day got worse, because as he fled he was attacked by an alligator. Police later arrested him at the hospital where he was being treated for his wounds. You may have seen those TV commercials, on for years, where a dog urges you to take a bite out of crime. This is not precisely what the crime dog meant, but close enough.

Downtown Kalamazoo
6:40 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Who is living in downtown Kalamazoo?

The mall in downtown Kalamazoo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Al Jones

This week MLive Kalamazoo has taken a look at living in downtown Kalamazoo. Their series has examined the growth in people living downtown and some of the things that have lured them.

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6:21 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Heightened security for Tulip Time in Holland

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Holland Public Safety officials say measures are precautionary after bombing at Boston Marathon
Tulip Time spectators along Eighth Street paused Thursday afternoon as the latest festival addition walked by - two Michigan State Police troopers with a bomb-sniffing dog. The state bomb squad has been in town for the first time as part of the heightened security stemming from the Boston Marathon attack April 15, said Capt.
6:15 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Eastern Michigan University president expected to get contract extension despite recent troubles with alcohol

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Members of the university's board of regents sent Susan Martin a letter last year saying she must address drinking in public or face firing
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin is expected to get an extension on her contract Friday, in spite of recent troubles with alcohol consumption, a university official close to the issue said Thursday. The EMU Board of Regents will hold a special meeting at noon today to vote on Martin's contract, which ends in July.
6:07 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Albion School Board weighs cost-cutting options

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Board meets Tuesday and could make final decision on plan to close budget deficit
ALBION - The Albion Board of Education on Thursday was desperately looking for ways to close an expected $1 million budget shortfall and remain a K-12 school district, but the more it talked about it, the more difficult that prospect seemed.
Middle East
5:45 am
Fri May 10, 2013

U.S. Point Man On Syria Meets With Rebels Inside Syria

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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Business
5:45 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Cyber Criminals Drain $45 Million From ATMs Around The World

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

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right, prosecutors are calling it the biggest bank heist in New York City since the 1970s. They say a gang of cybercriminals drained $45 million from ATMs around the world.

Here's NPR's Joel Rose.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: United States Attorney Loretta Lynch says the eight men charged in New York were able to withdraw $2.8 million in cash in just one day, in February.

LORETTA LYNCH: This was a 21st century bank heist. But instead of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and malware.

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Research News
5:04 am
Fri May 10, 2013

What Does 'Sexual Coercion' Say About A Society?

One contemporary analysis links the increase in gender equality in a society with increased sexual empowerment of women and less sexual coercion. But there's more to it than that.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:46 am

Anthropologists, sociologists and biologists have explored over several decades many factors that shape the likelihood of sexual coercion of women by men.

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All Tech Considered
3:17 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Peers Find Less Pressure Borrowing From Each Other

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending?

Google is teaming up with the nation's largest peer-to-peer lender. The search and tech giant is investing $125 million in Lending Club, which gets borrowers and lenders together outside the conventional banking system. Google's move and the actions of other big players reflect a growing interest in peer-to-peer lending.

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Environment
3:16 am
Fri May 10, 2013

College Divestment Campaigns Creating Passionate Environmentalists

Students associated with the group Brown Divest Coal protested in front of the Brown University president's office during a rally May 3. The group is demanding that the university stop investing in certain oil and coal companies.
Courtesy of Brown Divest Coal

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:04 am

At about 300 colleges across the country, young activists worried about climate change are borrowing a strategy that students successfully used in decades past. In the 1980s, students enraged about South Africa's racist Apartheid regime got their schools to drop stocks in companies that did business with that government. In the 1990s, students pressured their schools to divest Big Tobacco.

This time, the student activists are targeting a mainstay of the economy: large oil and coal companies.

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Food
3:13 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Unpacking Foreign Ingredients In A Massachusetts Kitchen

A kitchen renovation revealed some unusual items Laurel Ruma had picked up while traveling: chickpea flour, harissa and chia seeds.
Laurel Ruma

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

This is the second installment of NPR's Cook Your Cupboard, a food series about improvising with what you have on hand. Got a food that has you stumped? Submit a photo and we'll ask chefs about our favorites!

Laurel Ruma, an NPR listener from Medford, Mass., didn't realize quite how much she had gathered up from her travels until renovating her kitchen last summer. She unearthed things like harissa, chickpea flour and black chia seeds.

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StoryCorps
10:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Preserving The Motherhood Advice And Memories Of A Mom

Carol Kirsch and her daughter, Rebecca Posamentier, visited StoryCorps in 2008. Posamentier visited again recently.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am

In 2008, Rebecca Posamentier visited StoryCorps with her mother, Carol Kirsch.

"My mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and I was hoping to get her voice and her thoughts on tape before she couldn't express them anymore," Posamentier said recently during a second visit to StoryCorps.

Kirsch died in March 2011, but during that first visit, Posamentier chatted with her mother about well, motherhood.

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9:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Appeals court upholds law that blocks collection of union dues for school employees

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Teachers unions said the law violated the First Amendment and equal protection rights for workers
LANSING - A state law that bans school districts from collecting dues on behalf of teacher unions and other public school employees is constitutional, a federal appeals court said Thursday.
9:27 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission calls special meeting after candidate for city manager withdraws

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Five finalists remain, Mayor Bobby Hopewell says commission could add another finalist for city manager
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. in City Commission Chambers at Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W. South St. On Tuesday, they picked a list of six finalists for the city manager job, but that pool dropped down to five Wednesday when Joyce Parker announced she would withdraw her candidacy.
Theatre
8:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Crawlspace hosts the Kalamazoo Improv Festival

Dann Sytsma (left) and Brian Lam (right) doing some improvised theatre at WMUK.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“It really isn’t just people jumping on a stage and trying to make you laugh. It really isn’t," says Dann Sytsma of Crawlspace Theater Productions. "It’s people on stage working together to create a story that’s never been told, that will never be told again. And they want you to experience that with them.”

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Film
8:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

"The Great Gatsby" aka 'The Great Glitzy'

If the old saying that nothing succeeds like excess were true, director Baz Luhrmann’s movies would have out-grossed Avatar, Titanic and everything in the Star Wars catalog. Over the past 20 years, the Australian has built a reputation as a filmmaker who always buys in bulk when it comes to sets, costumes, music and emotions.

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Heavy Rotation
5:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Savages.
Richard Dumas Matador Records

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 5:16 pm

In this installment of Heavy Rotation — where we bring to you public radio's new favorite songs — we collaborated with KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., to bring you an exclusive track from British singer Laura Mvula's session on Morning Becomes Eclectic, plus enjoy a download from rising post-punk band Savages, courtesy of WXPN in Philadelphia.

This week's panel includes:

  • Anne Litt, a DJ at KCRW in Los Angeles.
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Business
5:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Bangladesh's Powerful Garment Sector Fends Off Regulation

Garment workers sew T-shirts at a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2009. Bangladesh, the world's second-largest clothing exporter, has lured clothing makers through a combination of low wages and light regulation.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:41 pm

Eight people died Wednesday in a fire at a Bangladeshi sweater factory. This follows the much deadlier collapse of the Rana Plaza building, where more than 900 people died.

The deaths are taking place in a garment sector that has seen explosive growth over the past three decades. The country has managed to lure clothing-makers through a combination of low wages and light regulation.

As a manufacturing center, Bangladesh has little to recommend it. The roads are poor. There's no port to speak of. The electricity is notoriously unreliable. It's politically unstable.

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NPR Story
5:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

In Newsrooms, Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style

Protesters demonstrate in downtown Orlando, Fla., on May 1, 2006. Most news outlets have long abandoned the use of the term "illegals."
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:41 pm

Journalists make choices all the time that influence our understanding of the news — the choice of what stories to cover, which people to interview, which words to use. And major news organizations have been reconsidering how best to describe a group of people whose very presence in this country breaks immigration law.

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Asia
4:35 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Pakistani Women Still Struggle For A Voice In Politics

One of the few women competing in Pakistan's parliamentary election on Saturday is Naz Baloch, 33, a first-time candidate. She's the daughter of a politician, but is running for a different party than her father.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:41 pm

Flags of the competing political parties whip in the wind of seaside Karachi. But little else is stirring in this city of 18 million this day.

The MQM, a leading political party in the megacity, has shut Karachi down with a general strike in response to a deadly bombing at its election office. But as soon as the strike ends, the streets spring to life as if nothing were amiss.

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