Local Music
2:38 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Suren Bagratuni looks forward to friends playing together

Suren Bagratuni
Credit msu.edu

Fontana Chamber Arts presents cellist Suren Bagratuni, violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, and pianist Lori Sims in an all-French recital tonight at 7:30 pm. Cara Lieurance spoke with Dr. Bagratuni, who says it takes extra effort to maintain performance skills while teaching full-time at a major university.

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Planet Money
2:13 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Nervous Parents In One Country Clear Supermarket Shelves In Another

A sign limiting the purchase of baby formula powder hangs on a shelf in a London supermarket April 10.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:47 pm

Liyan Chen, a grad student in New York, was chatting online recently with her cousin in China.

"He said, 'I want Abbott milk powder,' " Chen told me. " 'I want you to buy it and ship it back.' "

Her cousin wanted her to buy three boxes of Abbott baby formula, sold under the brand name Similac, and ship it to him in China. She did some research and found out the shipping alone could cost $80. "They're not from a very well-off family, and that really surprised me," she said — especially because they can buy Abbott baby formula in stores in China.

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Remembrances
1:17 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

A Conversation With Country Superstar George Jones

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:07 pm

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. The great country singer George Jones died today. He was 81. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of the interview I recorded with him.

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SW Michigan
1:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Kalamazoo historic preservation awards announced

The renovated Metropolitan Center, 105 East Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo
Credit Mavcon

Three homes, two commercial buildings and a prominent Kalamazoo business owner will get historic preservation awards next month. The city's Historic Preservation Commission announced the winners on Friday, April 26th.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Country Star George Jones Dies

George Jones in the late 1980s.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:13 pm

Country superstar George Jones, known for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and a long string of other hits, has died.

He was 81.

According to Webster & Associates, the Nashville public relations firm that represented Jones, he died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was hospitalized there on April 18 for treatment of a fever and irregular blood pressure, the p.r. firm adds.

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12:45 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Portage Public Schools may adjust search process to ensure it complies with Open Meetings Act

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Private meetings between school board members and candidate Greg Gray have raised questions about openness of search
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Officials with Portage Public Schools say they may adjust their superintendent search process in response to concerns that the school board recently violated the state Open Meetings Act. "At no time did our trustees believe they were violating the open meetings act and there was certainly no intent to violate or circumvent the act," said a written statement issued by acting Superintendent Rob Olsen.
12:24 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

State lawmakers question safety of Education Achievement Authority schools

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Concerns about training of staff follow revelations about finances and discipline
Detroit - A day after a $6 million loan to the Education Achievement Authority from Detroit Public Schools was made public, two state lawmakers said they have concerns about student safety at EAA schools. State Sen. Coleman Young III, D-Detroit, said Friday morning he will introduce a measure that would mandate a higher level of training for contracted security workers in EAA schools.
Arts & Life
12:23 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Listeners Tweet Flowers And Fruitfulness

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And next, the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor. We're celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your tweet poems. Today's first poem is from artist and writer Susan Crane of Longmont, Colorado. Here she is.

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Barbershop
12:23 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Has Time Been Kind To 'Dubya?'

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. And it is time for a visit to the Barbershop. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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Tanya Koonce is the News Director at Peoria Public Radio.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.  
Tanya started her news career in TV, managed two political campaigns after college, worked in state government and did some state association work before going back to school.  Post masterââââ
12:09 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Portage School Board to meet Monday to discuss next step in superintendent search

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Only finalist for job Brighton Superintendent Greg Gary withdrew from the search earlier this week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The Portage Public Schools Board of Education had planned to meet Monday, April 29, to vote on whether to offer Greg Gray a contract as superintendent. Gray withdrew his candidacy for the job earlier this week, but the meeting is still on: Now the board needs to talk about where to go from here in finding a leader to replace Ric Perry, who resigned in January.
Movie Interviews
12:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

'Guilt Trip': Streisand On Songs, Film And Family

Barbra Streisand is Joyce Brewster in The Guilt Trip. The multitalented performer has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony — a feat achieved by fewer than a dozen artists.
Sam Emerson Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:04 am

This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 17, 2012.

If a good voice is genetic, it's likely Barbra Streisand got hers from her mother. Streisand's mother was too shy to ever perform professionally, but she had a lyric soprano and would sing at bar mitzvahs in their Brooklyn neighborhood when Streisand was a girl.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Why Can't Traumatic Events Bring Politicians Together?

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:23 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Coming up, an unexpected death can be a test of faith for just about anyone, but what happens when that death is a suicide? We'll talk about that in just a few minutes, but first when it comes to politics it's become something of a cliché to say 9/11 changed everything. And in the immediate days following those terrorist attacks, Republicans and Democrats came together.

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Faith Matters
12:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Can Faith Alone Treat Mental Illness?

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:23 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we take a closer look at reports from Detroit that local police officers are taking homeless people off the streets only to abandon them outside the city's border.

But first, it's time for Faith Matters, our weekly conversation about religion and spirituality. Today, we focus on the complex relationship between faith and mental health.

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Around the Nation
11:56 am
Fri April 26, 2013

ACLU Says Detroit is Dumping its Homeless

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:23 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we turn to Detroit, where police have been reportedly using a pretty controversial method to deal with vagrancy. Allegedly, police are taking homeless people off city streets - particularly in high tourist areas - then driving them outside of the city limits and leaving them there. The American Civil Liberties Union recently sent a letter to city officials and the Detroit Police Department demanding an end to this practice, and the group also filed a complaint with the Department of Justice, requesting an investigation.

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Commentary
11:51 am
Fri April 26, 2013

'Horrific' And 'Surreal': The Words We Use To Bear Witness

Visitors paid their respects at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street on April 20, near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:33 pm

Mass shootings, bus crashes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks — we've gotten adept at talking about these things. Act of God or act of man, they're all horrific. At least that was the word you kept hearing from politicians and newscasters describing the Boston bombings and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Bird That Struts Its Stuff

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, it's our Video Pick of The Week. And here with me, as always, is our managing editor and correspondent for video, Flora Litchman. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LITCHMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: You went on a...

(APPLAUSE)

FLATOW: You went on a local expedition for us.

LITCHMAN: I love Salt Lake City.

FLATOW: Yeah.

LITCHMAN: I just want to...

FLATOW: They love you, it sounds like. Tell us about your expedition.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Studying Earth To Learn About Mars

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

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NPR Story
10:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Great Salt Lake Is No 'Dead Sea'

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. We're broadcasting today from the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College. And, of course, just up the road from Salt Lake City is the city's namesake, the Great Salt Lake. Parts of it are 10 times saltier than the ocean. But this is no Dead Sea. It's teeming with microbes which can turn the water bubblegum pink.

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Asia
10:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Bangladeshi Rescuers Continue Search Through Building Rubble

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. A frantic search for survivors continues near Dhaka, Bangladesh, where an eight-story building collapsed two days ago. The building mostly housed garment factories that make low-cost clothing for Western customers.

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Around the Nation
10:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Former President Clinton Officially Joins Twitter

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Bill Clinton. The president, whose campaign theme was "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," caught up with Twitter. TV host Stephen Colbert made him a fake Twitter account, and then Clinton began using a real one. He's posted a few messages, including one saying he's enjoying Twitter so far. Where else can you hear from Bill Gates, Paul Pierce, John McCain, Ellen DeGeneres and Usher in one day? Hashtag: #Thisisgreat.

History
10:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Alexander Graham Bell Recording Brought To Life

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Alexander Graham Bell came up with one of the world's most important acoustical devices, but his own voice had been lost until now. The Smithsonian has found the inventor's voice on a wax disc from 1885. Listen closely.

(SOUNDBITE OF RECORDING)

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL: Here is my voice. Alexander Graham Bell.

MONTAGNE: Alexander Graham Bell. That old recording was brought to life with digital technology. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Economy
10:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

U.S. Economic Growth Regained Speed In First Quarter

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Accelerating economic growth is at the top of NPR's business news.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: U.S. economic growth regained speed in the first quarter of this year, although not as much as economists had hoped. The Gross Domestic Product grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent. Consumer spending is up and home construction rose, but government spending fell and tax increases, as well as federal budget cuts, are expected to slow economic growth later in the year. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

9:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Calhoun County jobless rate falls in March

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Seasonal hiring helps drop jobless rate for Battle Creek labor market. Unemployment rate also down over last year
The unemployment rate in Calhoun County has continued to drop, according to Michigan's Bureau of Labor Market Information. The monthly report for March, released Thursday said the county's jobless rate was 6.8 percent. That's down from 7.3 percent in February, 7.4 percent in January and 8.0 percent in March 2012.
The Salt
8:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future

Eduardo Somarriba is a researcher at the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:47 pm

At the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, you can touch the history of coffee — and also, if the optimists have their way, part of its future.

Here, spread across 25 acres, are coffee trees that take you back to coffee's origins.

"The story starts in Africa, no? East Africa," says Eduardo Somarriba, a researcher at CATIE, as we walk through long rows of small coffee trees.

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7:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

New Michigan law allows doctors to turn in patients who shouldn't drive

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Law clarifies doctor's responsibilities when faced with a patient who has patient has vision loss, dementia or other age-related problems
A new Michigan law allows doctors to alert the Secretary of State if they think patients' medical conditions make them unsafe behind the wheel. That may be a welcome change for Michigan families whose elderly loved ones should hang up the car keys.
7:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Herman Miller buys New York based firm

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Move could boost company's specialty and consumer segment
Herman Miller Inc. has agreed to purchase Maharam Fabric Corp., a New York-based, high-end interior textiles company, for $156 million in cash, the Holland firm announced.
Business
7:09 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Marathon Beer Proceeds To Go To Bombing Victims

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And on this Friday, our last word in business comes in the form of a toast - to the Boston Beer Company, the maker of brews including Samuel Adams.

Seventy employees were on the route of the Boston Marathon last week when the bombs exploded.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Business
7:01 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Samsung Rings Up Sales

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Samsung ringing up sales.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Samsung said this morning its first quarter profit is at a record high - net profit surged 42 percent. The company has now seen six straight quarters of growth, thanks to strong smartphone sales. Tomorrow, it's launching a new smartphone in the United States - the Galaxy S4 - which is aimed at taking on Apple's iPhone. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Health care
6:59 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Bridge Magazine crunches health care numbers for Michigan

Credit Bridge Illustration/A.J. Jones

Interview with Ron French

New figures from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show a snapshot of health in Michigan. Bridge Magazine looked into the numbers and found great disparity in the state. They also found some numbers can be deceiving. 

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