The Salt
3:43 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Reviving The Spirit And Schmaltz Of The Jewish Deli

Nick Wiseman, partner at DGS Delicatessen, inspects the kitchen as an employee prepares pastrami sandwiches for lunch in Washington, D.C.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:55 am

  • Hear David Greene's Story

On a recent morning, just south of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle, about a dozen people are lined up outside a restaurant waiting for its lunchtime opening.

Jon and Ralph Rosenbaum are at the front of the line and are the first to be greeted by DGS Delicatessen general manager Brian Zipin, who leads them down a white tile hallway and seats them at a small table against a brick-exposed wall.

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The Record
3:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Many Sounds Of 1993 Bay Area Rap

A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.
Couresy of Zomba Recording

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:27 pm

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
7:52 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Justices Cast Doubt On Federal Defense Of Marriage Act

This artist rendering shows Paul Clement (second from left) with Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. (seated, right), addressing the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justices pictured are (from left) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.
Dana Verkouteren AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:51 am

In the wake of the Supreme Court arguments Wednesday on the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage supporters have reason to be optimistic. Known as DOMA, the law bars federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, even though those same benefits are automatically given to heterosexual married couples.

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
5:58 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Justice Kennedy May Be Deciding Vote In Defense Of Marriage Act Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means the federal government can deny marriage benefits to same sex couples in states that allow gay marriage. Same-sex couples had reason to be optimistic afterward. Assuming the court can overcome procedural concerns, it looked as if a majority of justices was ready to strike down DOMA.

WMUK News
5:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Augusta Guard unit home from Afghanistan

US Army patrol in Kunar Province in 2009
Credit David Guttenfelder / AP Photo

A Kalamazoo-area Michigan National Guard unit is returning home after ten months in Afghanistan. More than 90 soldiers in the 1433rd Engineer Company are based in Augusta. They and members of two other units from Iron Mountain and Kingsford were in Afghanistan for what Guard officials call “route clearance missions”.

One of the unit’s soldiers died and four others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded last August.

A welcome home ceremony for the Augusta unit will be held Thursday, March 28th, at 4 p.m. in Western Michigan University’s Read Fieldhouse.

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Movies
5:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Hollywood's History Of Putting Gay Rights On Trial

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:55 pm

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments this week on same-sex marriage, I'd like to point out a parallel evolution in what I see as a Hollywood mini-genre: films in which gay characters are either taken to court or seek redress in court for issues involving their sexuality.

Arguably the most famous question ever asked in a courtroom about a line of poetry — "What is the love that dare not speak its name?" — was originally put to playwright Oscar Wilde in 1894 by a British prosecutor. It was an attempt to trap Wilde into admitting to then-illegal homosexual conduct.

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5:29 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Parchment school bus hits house, no injuries

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Kalamazoo Township police are investigating the crash.
PARCHMENT, MI -- Police are investigating after a school bus, carrying 15 high school students, struck a house in Parchment Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured in the accident, according to a news release from the Parchment school district.
Europe
5:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Long After Its Fall, Berlin Wall Is Focus Of New Protests

American actor David Hasselhoff speaks to protesters next to a remnant of the Berlin Wall last week. Thousands of people turned out to oppose a plan to knock down one of the few remaining sections of the wall. A small part was removed Wednesday.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:55 pm

Protected by scores of German police officers, workers removed sections of a key remnant of the Berlin Wall before dawn Wednesday despite earlier protests demanding the concrete artifact of the Cold War be preserved.

The removal came as a shock to residents, just as it did on Aug. 13, 1961, when communists first built the barrier that divided Berlin during the Cold War.

Tour guide Rolf Strobel, 52, was among the scores of people who came to gape at the holes in what had been the longest remaining stretch of the wall — about eight-tenths of a mile.

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Local Music
4:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Composer Nathan Davis talks ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

Nathan Davis
Credit Adam Szczepaniak

Nathan Davis is a composer, percussionist and member of ICE, a groundbreaking ensemble at the forefront of creating and performing new music. Western Michigan University presents ICE in concert tonight in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 

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Europe
4:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

With Cyprus On The Ropes, Which Country Will Become The Next Tax Shelter?

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:55 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joseph Cotterill, writer for the Financial Times, about what may happen if the European Union's bailout plan for Cyprus succeeds and which country may be poised to take on the role as the next Cayman Islands of Eastern Europe.

Energy
4:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Is The Sky The Limit For Wind Power?

Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Whitewater, Calif., in 2012.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:55 pm

Wind power is growing faster than ever — almost half of the new sources of electricity added to the U.S. power grid last year were wind farms.

But is the sky the limit? Several scientists now say it's actually possible to have so many turbines that they start to lose power. They steal each other's wind.

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3:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Snyder signs emergency dredging bill

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The state is expected to dredge 58 public harbors and bays in Michigan to offset low water levels on the Great Lakes.
LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a bill that will pour $21 million of state dollars into an emergency dredging program that will clear 58 public harbors and bays in the state. "This dredging is critically important in this state. We have the third highest number of registered boats in the nation," Snyder said.
WMUK News
2:52 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

WMU East Campus future debated

Preservationist Roger Parzyck on WMU's East Campus
Credit WMUK

For more than a decade, Western Michigan University’s East Campus has been a virtual ghost town. However, the University announced last December that it would turn its original home into a new alumni center. To do that, the university plans to tear down two historic buildings and part of a third, and that isn’t sitting well with some in the community.

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WMUK News
2:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Rubbermaid jobs heading to Kalamazoo

WMU's Business Technology Research Park
Credit WMUK

The company that makes Rubbermaid kitchen utensils and Sharpie marker pens is coming to Kalamazoo. Newell-Rubbermaid says its new design and test center at Western Michigan University’s Business Technology Research Park will employ 100 people.

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World
2:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The Fear That Drives Russia's Support For Syria's Assad

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Repeated American attempts to work with Russia on Syria have foundered on a fundamental difference. Vladimir Putin insists on a deal that includes Bashar al-Assad as part of Syria's future. So the civil war grinds on and the situation of civilians there grows ever more dire. So why? Arms exports? Access to the port of Tartus? Standing up for old allies?

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The Politics Of Guns And The Influence Of Advertising

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 11:50 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Another Democrat steps away from the Senate, the price of previous presidents, and the present president calls out Congress on immigration. It's Wednesday and time for a...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Political courage...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Television
2:09 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Chris Hayes: From 'Up' In The Morning To 'All In' At Night

Anchor Chris Hayes will host a new MSNBC weeknight show beginning April 1.
Virginia Sherwood MSNBC

On Monday evening on MSNBC, All In with Chris Hayes will premiere, making the 34-year-old the youngest prime-time anchor on any of the major cable news channels. For the past 18 months, he has hosted an early morning weekend show — Up with Chris Hayes — on MSNBC, but he's already a familiar face to MSNBC evening viewers: He has frequently filled in for Rachel Maddow and has been a popular guest on her show.

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Book Reviews
2:09 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The Apathy In 'A Thousand Pardons' Is Hard To Forgive

iStockPhoto

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:32 pm

Jonathan Dee likes to write about rich, good-looking people falling apart — and who among the 99 percent of us can't enjoy that plot? In The Privileges, the dad of the family was a Wall Street trader, tempted by existential boredom into larceny; in A Thousand Pardons, the dad of the family is a partner in a New York law firm, tempted by existential boredom into a disastrous workplace affair.

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Law
2:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Italian Law, Extradition And Amanda Knox

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Europe
1:32 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

In Crackdown, Some Russian Groups Labeled As 'Foreign Agents'

The chief of Amnesty International Russia, Sergei Nikitin, at his Moscow office on March 25, after Russian prosecutors and tax police carried out a search. The group is one of many that have been searched under a new law that critics say is being used to stifle dissent.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:55 pm

Russian investigators have descended on the offices of nongovernmental organizations across the country, demanding to inspect financial records and other documents.

This follows the recent passage of a law designed to impose tighter controls over these NGOs, especially those that receive funding from abroad. Critics say it's part of a broader crackdown on dissent since Vladimir Putin regained the presidency last year.

The offices of the human rights group Memorial are still abuzz after a team of government inspectors paid an unannounced visit

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Books
12:19 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Debut Novel Tackles African Immigrant Stereotypes

Ghana Must Go author Taiye Selasi.
Nancy Crampton Penguin Press

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:34 pm

Taiye Selasi brings the African immigrant experience to readers in her debut novel, Ghana Must Go.

The novel begins with the Sai children preparing to travel from the United States to Ghana for the funeral of the family patriarch, Kweku Sai. Before they leave, Selasi gives readers a glimpse into the events that unfolded while they were growing up in the Boston suburb of Brookline, Mass.

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Around the Nation
12:19 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

How Should We Be Talking About Sex?

The high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio raised uncomfortable questions about how young people learn about their sexual rights and responsibilities. Host Michel Martin talks about the real sex education teens should be getting, with author Laura Sessions Stepp, attorney B.J. Bernstein, and youth mentor Malik Washington.

Around the Nation
12:19 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Respectful Gay Marriage Debate An 'Enormous Step'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
9:53 am
Wed March 27, 2013

How Vermont's 'Civil' War Fueled The Gay Marriage Movement

Demonstrators protest outside the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., in April 2000, the month the nation's first law recognizing same-sex civil unions was signed by the governor.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:55 pm

It wasn't so long ago that a handful of Vermont legislators in a shabby Statehouse committee room struggled over what to call their proposal to give marriage-like rights to the state's gay and lesbian residents.

Democrat Howard Dean, governor at the time, had already made clear he'd veto any legislation labeled "marriage." Suggestions like "domestic partner relationship" were too clunky; "civil accord," they decided, evoked a car model.

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7:43 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Lake Michigan College approves tuition increase

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Trustees say higher rates are necessary for operations
BENTON TOWNSHIP - Tuition at Lake Michigan College will be up 4.8 percent when students return to class this fall.
Food
7:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Mount Vernon Visitors Can Sip History

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:25 am

A batch of George Washington's straight rye whiskey is being made in a reconstruction of his old distillery. Historians who have tasted it say it's very bad rye whiskey.

7:18 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Albion Schools considering charters, collaboration with other districts to address financial problems

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Albion teachers will also present a reform proposal
ALBION - So dire is the financial picture in Albion Public Schools that the district's Board of Education on Tuesday considered ways it might dole out some of its operations to a charter school.
Europe
7:15 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Winter Olympic Organizers Worry About Snow Shortage

In Russia, they've started stockpiling snow for 2014 after an unusually warm winter in the city of Sochi. The snow is being stored high up in the mountains, and coated with a "special thermo seal" to prevent it from melting.

6:36 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Eau Claire School District will serve additional migrant students

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Eau Claire program will take on another 100 students from Berrien Springs. Eau Claire currently serves about 200 migrant students
EAU CLAIRE - Migrant students left adrift by Berrien Springs schools' decision to eliminate the summer migrant program don't have to worry any more.
6:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials meet with Palisades' critics

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Several groups believe Palisades has too many safety problems to remain open. NRC says plant is operating safely
SOUTH HAVEN - William Magwood IV, one of the nation's five Nuclear Regulatory Commission members, toured the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert Township Tuesday.

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