Television
2:46 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Lives Of Praise, Lives In Progress On 'The Sisterhood'

The new TLC show The Sisterhood follows the lives of five preachers' wives in Atlanta.
TLC

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

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StoryCorps
10:03 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

After Years Of Estrangement, Eight Siblings Become A Family

Bryan Wilmoth (right) reunited with his brother Michael years after their parents kicked Bryan out for being gay. All six of their siblings either ran away or were kicked out of their family's home over the years.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

When Bryan Wilmoth was in his late teens, his father found a love letter from a man in Bryan's box of things.

Furious at the discovery of a gay son, Bryan's father took him for a ride and dropped him off in the middle of the night with a $5 bill.

"That's sort of all I remember — sleeping outside in the country that night," Bryan, 50, recounts to his brother Michael, at StoryCorps in Los Angeles.

Growing up in a strict, religious household, Bryan and his seven younger siblings all became estranged from their parents over the years.

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7:40 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Battle Creek labor market unemployment rate at 7.1% in December

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Jobless rate in Calhoun County was 7.6% in December of 2011.
Calhoun County's December unemployment rate inched up in December but remained slightly lower than what it was a year ago. The county's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was 7.1 percent last month, according to the most recent regional labor market analysis by the Bureau of Labor Market Information released Thursday.
7:37 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Kalamazoo labor market's unemployment rate 7.3% in December

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Seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was 8% in December of 2011.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Seasonal job cuts in state and local public education and in construction are considered the primary reasons for a net loss of 1,500 jobs in the Kalamazoo-Portage area during December. That resulted in an uptick in the unemployment rate to 7.3 percent.
7:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Decision soon on flying mission for Battle Creek Air National Guard

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About 270 people are employed at the base full-time and another 724 are employed part-time.
A decision on whether an airlift mission will be brought to the Battle Creek Air National Guard base could be announced by the end of this month, say those involved in lobbying for additional cargo planes to be brought here.
7:19 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Former Portage Schools Human Resources Director resigns from Muskegon Charter School

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Patricia Koeze steps down as Superintendent of charter school in Muskegon, days after resigning from the Portage School District.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- For the second time this week, Patricia Koeze has resigned a job as a school administrator. Meanwhile, MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette has learned that Koeze's lawyer alleges she is the victim of a "smear campaign" by officials in Portage Public Schools.
Monkey See
5:44 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Home Video Review: 'Buster Keaton: The Ultimate Collection'

Buster Keaton, aka "The Great Stone Face," brought side-splitting comedy to the silent-screen era. Here, he's pictured in 1924's The Navigator.
Kino Lorber

Time now for a home-viewing recommendation from NPR movie critic Bob Mondello. A quiet recommendation — because Bob is touting the Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection, a 14-disc set of classic silent comedies.

Silent film had three great clowns. Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp is the one everyone remembers; all-American daredevil Harold Lloyd is the one who made the most money; and Buster Keaton was the genius.

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Energy
5:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Will Obama Administration Clear Keystone XL Pipeline?

TransCanada already has begun construction on a southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since it doesn't cross the U.S.-Canadian border, it doesn't require approval from the State Department and President Obama.
Sarah A. Miller AP

The future of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is in the hands of the State Department. President Obama rejected a similar pipeline proposal last year, but now that Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved an alternative route through his state, the approval process is back on track.

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Music Reviews
5:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Two Decades On, Vusi Mahlasela Still Sings 'To The People'

Vusi Mahlasela's new album, a live recording of his 20th-anniversary show in Johannesburg, is titled Sing to the People.
Erik Forster Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:36 pm

South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela came of age during the 1970s, an era dominated by the violent student uprising in Soweto. From the start, his musical expression has been about love and hope for his country. His songs play as anthems of South Africa's rise from apartheid to democracy and have helped earn him the nickname "The Voice."

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Arts & More
4:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New Play Festival helps local playwrights examine their work

Credit Theatre Kalamazoo

Hear about the Third Annual New Play Festival

The New Play Festival January 25 and 26 features ten plays written by Kalamazoo playwrights.

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It's All Politics
4:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

At Winter Gathering, GOP Asks: Where Do We Go From Here?

Reince Priebus, shown at the Republican National Convention in August, says Republicans need to "grow our party without compromising our principles."
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:22 pm

Some soul-searching is on the agenda as the Republican National Committee holds its winter meetings in Charlotte, N.C.

November's elections were a big disappointment for the GOP. The party has now lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections.

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Culture
4:27 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Jewish holiday Tu B'shvat, 'New Year for the Trees'

Isreali children plant trees in the Gaza Strip before Tu B’shvat in 2005.
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Hear more about Tu B'shvat from Rabbi Harvey Spivak

Holidays change. Halloween wasn’t always about getting candy and the first Thanksgiving probably didn’t involve watching football.  Saturday is Tu B’shvat, or ‘New Year for the Trees,’a minor Jewish holiday that’s changed at least three times.

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U.S.
4:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New York Murder Rate Plummets, But Who Should Get The Credit?

A New York City police academy graduation ceremony on Dec. 28, 2012, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the New York murder rate has hit an all-time low. While some point to the NYPD's policing tactics to explain the decline, others say economic and demographic shifts are also at work.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 8:16 pm

By most measures, New York City is safer than it's been in a half-century. The city recorded just 418 murders in 2012 — the lowest total since record keeping began in the early 1960s. But there's some debate about where to place the credit for that drop.

No part of New York saw a more dramatic decline in murders last year than the 61st Precinct in South Brooklyn. Two years ago, there were 14 murders in the precinct. Last year, it had only three.

'More Cops, More Safety,' Says One Resident

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Roe v. Wade at 40: A Look at Its Legacy

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 2:27 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

We didn't have a chance on Monday to get to our opinion page, so now a special Thursday edition of the opinion page. This week marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision. In a recent piece for The New York Times, that newspaper's former Supreme Court correspondent, Linda Greenhouse, wrote that the ruling that legalized abortion across the entire country was much more about the rights of doctors than the rights of women.

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Changing Nature of American Diplomacy

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:18 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Later this hour, we'll talk about women in combat. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today that the Pentagon will lift the military ban on women serving in combat roles. So we want to hear from women in the Armed Forces. What changes now?

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

A Closer Look at Women In Combat

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:39 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced he will lift rules that barred women from service in units likely to find themselves in combat on the ground.

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Self That's Left When Memories Fade

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:41 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In a piece in The Atlantic, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin describes the day a teacher, a famous neuropsychologist, told the class that his colleague, a close friend, had just called him to say he had a brain tumor, would gradually lose his memory and, the teacher said, would soon no longer understand who he was.

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Author Interviews
12:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

The Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 28, 2011.
AK2 iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 6:50 am

In the introduction to his new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright writes, "Scientology plays an outsize role in the cast of new religions that have arisen in the 20th century and survived into the 21st."

The book is a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. A recent ad for Scientology claims to welcome 4.4 million new converts each year.

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Middle East
11:53 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Politics And Kim Kardashian's Business In Bahrain

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

President Obama is just beginning his second term in office and we've been looking at some of the unresolved issues and unfinished business from his first four years. This week, we're turning our attention to foreign policy. Yesterday, we talked about the conflict in Syria. Today, we want to focus on another country where the Arab Spring uprising was not successful. It's a small island that often does not get a lot of attention, but plays an important geopolitical role in the Middle East. We're talking about Bahrain.

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Television
11:53 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Is Honey Boo Boo Hazardous?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I have some thoughts about that strange story involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o and the girlfriend who actually didn't exist. It's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's in just a few minutes.

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Politics
11:53 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Women In Combat: Why Now?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, first lady Michelle Obama has taken on issues like childhood obesity and support for military families in the first term, but some feminists argue she should be doing more. We'll look at the politics of being first lady in just a few minutes.

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11:07 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Audit finds state agency did poor job monitoring low-tax zones

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Auditor General report says claims that the program generated more than 12,000 jobs can't be verified.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has done a poor job of tracking the economic impact of the state's low-tax renaissance zones, where businesses sometimes receive tax breaks 'while providing little or no employment and economic impact to the state,' Auditor General Thomas McTavish said in a report released Wednesday.
11:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Low water levels raise concerns ahead of boating season

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Officials say planned dredging will improve the situation, but more precipitation would help more.
ST. JOSEPH - This year's recreational boating season could be disappointing without a rise in the water level on the St. Joseph River.
Kenyan elections
10:22 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Paw Paw couple arrives in Kenya, prepares to help monitor elections

Lumakanda, Kenya
Credit Joe and Kathy Ossman's blog

A Paw Paw couple has arrived in Kenya where they will be helping to monitor elections. Joe and Kathy Ossman arrived safely in Lumakanda, according to their blog

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8:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

How Michigan ranks in school spending

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Center for Michigan's Bridge Magazine continues its look at education issues by examining how much money goes to education, and how it is spent.
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: Center for Michigan
(courtesy photo/used under Creative Commons license) By Chris Andrews/Bridge Magazine contributor Michigan will spend about $13 billion on K-12 education this year - the single largest use of state revenue. And how those sums will get spent next year and beyond will consume a considerable amount of attention at the Capitol, where views on running schools can be deeply divided.
7:42 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Injunction denied against marijuana decriminalization law in Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids voters approved initiative in November that makes marijuana possession a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor crime.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A judge has rejected a motion for preliminary injunction against a voter initiative that decriminalizes marijuana in Grand Rapids. The decision, issued Wednesday, Jan. 23, by Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan, allows the city to implement the charter amendment decriminalizing marijuana pending final resolution of the case or other court orders.
Asia
7:31 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Ramen Bowl Offers Built-In iPhone Dock

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renée Montagne with a new invention for the lonely diner - a ramen bowl with a built-in iPhone dock. Eating the popular noodle dish normally requires two hands - one for chopsticks, the other for a spoon. Designers at a Taiwanese company noticed a guy trying to do that while juggling his cell phone. So they came up with a way to slurp it up while watching videos or reading emails hands free.

One flaw - no splash guard for the brothy dish. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Sports
7:23 am
Thu January 24, 2013

NFL's Frank Gore Fined For Dress Code Violation

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers had a terrible NFC championship game. Sure, he ran for two touchdowns. And yes, his team came back to win and made it to the Super Bowl. But pro football officials noticed his socks were sagging. It was his second dress code violation of the season and they fined him $10,500. Imagine what your bank account would like if your mom could do that to you.

You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

WMU sports
6:57 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Women's Basketball: Western Michigan 54 Northern Illinois 51

Credit WMUK

Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois Wednesday night in DeKalb, Il 54-51. The Broncos are 6-12 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference. 

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