All Things Considered http://krwg.org en Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria http://krwg.org/post/foley-his-family-letter-love-memorized-and-retold The mother of slain journalist James Foley says in an interview with NPR's <em>All Things Considered</em> that the family did not want him to return to Syria after a brief trip back to the United States in 2011.<p>"We really did not want him to go back," Diane Foley tells host Melissa Block. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 73589 at http://krwg.org Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria Shooting Range Accident Draws Focus On Children Handling Guns http://krwg.org/post/shooting-range-accident-draws-focus-children-handling-guns A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture. Shooting range owners are defending their industry as safe, criticizing this particular operator for allowing a small girl to use an Uzi. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Shooting+Range+Accident+Draws+Focus+On+Children+Handling+Guns&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 73590 at http://krwg.org Want To Widen Your Worldview? A Random Roomie Helps http://krwg.org/post/want-widen-your-worldview-random-roomie-helps Melissa Block talks to Jesse Singal of <em>New York Magazine</em>, about his article titled "In Praise of the Rando Freshman Roommate." Research shows that when students are paired with roommates from different backgrounds, they tend to develop more tolerant attitudes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Want+To+Widen+Your+Worldview%3F+A+Random+Roomie+Helps&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDc0NDkyMDEzMTQ4ODU0MTE0OGNiNg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 73591 at http://krwg.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://krwg.org/post/freemasonry-still-alive-and-well-and-mostly-men-only The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.<p>Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.<p>His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 73503 at http://krwg.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://krwg.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:49:00 +0000 John Burnett 73502 at http://krwg.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://krwg.org/post/life-after-ice-buckets-als-group-faces-94-million-challenge The ALS <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652065/weekend-host-accepts-ice-bucket-challenge">ice bucket challenge</a> continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html">Lou Gehrig's disease</a>. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 73491 at http://krwg.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge London 'Times' Goes Retro With Stereo Typing http://krwg.org/post/london-times-goes-retro-stereo-typing Robert Siegel speaks to Patrick Kidd, the editor of <em>The Times Diary</em>, about the sounds of mechanical typewriters piped into the newsroom of <em>The Times</em> in London. The idea is that the sounds will increase energy levels and help reporters hit deadlines. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 editor 73500 at http://krwg.org Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter http://krwg.org/post/leaving-afghanistan-us-troops-must-declutter Sgt. 1st Class Tom Albert is with the Army's 2nd Engineers at the massive Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, and he's overseeing operation Clean Sweep here. It's a huge job, because American troops and equipment are scheduled to be out of Bagram and other bases by the end of the year.<p>The U.S. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 73492 at http://krwg.org Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions http://krwg.org/post/colorados-pot-brownies-now-come-instructions When Colorado <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/colorado-creates-food-safety-system-regulate-marijuana-industry-edibles">legalized</a> recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened the door for food products infused with the psychoactive ingredient, THC, to anyone over the age of 21. That means bakers and food companies now have to ensure new products aren't contaminated with foodborne pathogens. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 73436 at http://krwg.org Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter http://krwg.org/post/high-prices-arent-scaring-consumers-away-meat-counter You may have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and beef prices <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/meat-price-spreads.aspx#.U_ztFMW-0yp">are up</a> more than 11 percent since last summer.<p>Supply and demand determine price, and the pork supply comes from places like Riley Lewis' hog farm near Forest City, Iowa.<p>Here 1,000 acres of corn surround the barns, and a grain silo from 1948 is dwarfed by modern storage bins. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:46:00 +0000 editor 73422 at http://krwg.org High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S. http://krwg.org/post/vas-inspector-general-finds-faked-data-hospitals-across-us President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets. The speech comes as the inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department is releasing a report on the scandal over phony wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 73423 at http://krwg.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town http://krwg.org/post/report-details-16-years-horrific-abuse-children-uk-town An investigation out on Tuesday documents the abuse of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, and says local authorities were aware of the problem for years and did not respond.<p>Alexis Jay, who authored <a href="http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham" target="_blank">the report</a>, used to be chief inspector of social work in Scotland.<p>She's seen a lot. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 73427 at http://krwg.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town CDC Director On Ebola: 'We Are Definitely Not At The Peak' http://krwg.org/post/cdc-director-ebola-we-are-definitely-not-peak On Monday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov">U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, arrived in Liberia to assess the Ebola outbreak. The situation "is overwhelming," he said.<p>The outbreak "really is a crisis and is affecting most if not all the counties in Liberia already," he told NPR from Monrovia, the capital city and first stop on a three-country visit. "This is absolutely unprecedented."<p>The CDC, Frieden said, "is working flat out on this, but this is huge and needs a global response. ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 73411 at http://krwg.org CDC Director On Ebola: 'We Are Definitely Not At The Peak' Decimated Tower Remains As Monument To Gaza War http://krwg.org/post/decimated-tower-remains-monument-gaza-war <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Decimated+Tower+Remains+As+Monument+To+Gaza+War&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMzQ0NTcxMDEzNTE2Mjg4MDQ3OGJiOA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Hours before that cease-fire was announced, a tall office and apartment building in Gaza was hit in an Israeli airstrike. It was mostly destroyed, but not entirely. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 73412 at http://krwg.org Tough Talks Involved In Growing Up Biracial, As Remembered By Son And Dad http://krwg.org/post/tough-talks-involved-growing-biracial-remembered-son-and-dad <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Tough+Talks+Involved+In+Growing+Up+Biracial%2C+As+Remembered+By+Son+And+Dad&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMzY5MzE4MDEzMTE3ODg5NDA4ZjRiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Years ago, when Jarabi Gray was a teenager, he had a question for his father. Jarabi is biracial, and he wanted to know how his white father felt about having a son who looked black. Gray is deputy director of our partner organization, Youth Radio. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 73419 at http://krwg.org Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak? http://krwg.org/post/could-2-year-old-boy-be-patient-zero-ebola-outbreak Back in early December, a little boy in southern Guinea caught a mysterious disease. He had a fever, was vomiting and had blood in his stool.<p>The boy died a few days later. Before he did, he passed the disease to his 3-year-old sister, his mother, his grandmother and a midwife. The latter was eventually hospitalized in <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gueckedou,+Guinea/@8.5652125,-10.1247811,6z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0xfa9ba392b2d0fc9:0xdfa1e679fbc37934">Gueckedou</a>, a nearby city of 200,000 people.<p>By March, the disease spread to four cities. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 73370 at http://krwg.org Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak? In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger http://krwg.org/post/ferguson-court-fines-and-fees-fuel-anger To understand some of the distrust of police that has fueled protests in Ferguson, Mo., consider this: In 2013, the municipal court in Ferguson — a city of 21,135 people — <a href="https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=68845">issued 32,975 arrest warrants</a> for nonviolent offenses, mostly driving violations.<p>A new report released the week after 18-year old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson helps explain why. ArchCity Defenders, a St. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 73369 at http://krwg.org In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software http://krwg.org/post/turnitin-and-high-tech-plagiarism-debate Students are heading back to campus. And when they finish writing that first paper of the year, a growing number will have to do something their parents never did: run their work through anti-plagiarism software.<p>One company behind it is called <a href="http://turnitin.com/en_us/home">Turnitin</a>. And the database it uses to screen for potential plagiarism is big. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:39:00 +0000 editor 73367 at http://krwg.org Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software In Hostage Negotiation, Qatar Plays Middleman To Prove Its Worth http://krwg.org/post/hostage-negotiation-qatar-plays-middleman-prove-its-worth The small, gas-rich Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar played a key role in freeing U.S. hostage Peter Theo Curtis after nearly two years in Syria. For context on the release, Robert Siegel speaks with Shadi Hamid, of the Brookings Institution was based in Doha for four years. He's the author of <em>Temptations Of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy In A New Middle East</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 73350 at http://krwg.org Between A Town And Its Bears, A Star-Crossed Relationship http://krwg.org/post/between-town-and-its-bears-star-crossed-relationship Most people in the town of Old Forge, N.Y., want to refrain from feeding black bears. The trouble is, without the bears coming around as often as they do, North Country Public Radio's Natasha Haverty reports that the town could stand to lose a lot of its tourism. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Natasha Haverty 73359 at http://krwg.org Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing http://krwg.org/post/some-call-more-sharing-ride-sharing Taxicabs are fighting tooth and nail against Uber, the company that enables car owners to drive part time or full time for pay, like cabbies.<p>But behind this battle, there's another one brewing inside the world of ridesharing. Uber and its competitors in San Francisco are sparring over cash, over drivers, and over some basic values, too.<p>But a researcher says branding the startups Uber and Lyft as ridesharing services isn't quite accurate. Now, an emerging set of services promises to be more about sharing.<p><strong>Chauffeur Vs. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:42:00 +0000 editor 73351 at http://krwg.org Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing For The First Time, Real Tattoos Make Their Madden Debut http://krwg.org/post/first-time-real-tattoos-make-their-madden-debut The NFL season is looming, and with it comes the new version of the Madden NFL video game — a franchise that has sold more than 100 million copies over the last 25 years.<p>Each year, Madden gets more and more realistic. "The NFL superstars definitely look like their real life counterparts would," says Samit Sarkar, a reporter for the gaming website Polygon.<p>But Sarkar says tattoos have long been an exception to that realism. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:27:00 +0000 editor 73299 at http://krwg.org For The First Time, Real Tattoos Make Their Madden Debut Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History http://krwg.org/post/bob-motley-last-surviving-negro-league-ump-recalls-baseball-history Bob Motley, a 91-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has lived through remarkable times in our history.<p>His story is one of a black man in love with baseball. Racial integration didn't come to the major leagues until 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.<p>But it was another 19 years before a black man, Emmett Ashford, appeared behind home plate. In the interim, black umpires called balls and strikes in the Negro League.<p>Motley is the last surviving ump from Negro League baseball. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 73298 at http://krwg.org Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History Viewer Beware: Watching Reality TV Can Impact Real-Life Behavior http://krwg.org/post/viewer-beware-watching-reality-tv-can-impact-real-life-behavior In the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/jersey-shore-ep-1-a-new-family/1627105/playlist.jhtml">pilot episode of <em>Jersey Shore</em></a>, we're introduced in the first minute to the "new family": Snooki, JWoww, Vinny and the rest of the gang.<p>A few minutes later, Snooki has already questioned JWoww's sexual morals. Vinny is calling Snooki stupid. The new family is already getting gossipy and aggressive.<p>That unfriendly behavior is good for TV ratings, but it might be bad news for you, the viewer. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 73296 at http://krwg.org Viewer Beware: Watching Reality TV Can Impact Real-Life Behavior Powerful Earthquake Rattles Northern California http://krwg.org/post/powerful-earthquake-rattles-northern-california <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Powerful+Earthquake+Rattles+Northern+California&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:01:00 +0000 editor 73291 at http://krwg.org With Confirmed Cases In Congo, Ebola Now In 4 West African Nations http://krwg.org/post/confirmed-cases-congo-ebola-now-4-west-african-nations <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+Confirmed+Cases+In+Congo%2C+Ebola+Now+In+4+West+African+Nations&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjQ1MDk3MDEzMjMxOTI5Mzc4NjVjNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 73292 at http://krwg.org American Journalist Freed After Nearly Two Years In Captivity http://krwg.org/post/american-journalist-freed-after-nearly-two-years-captivity <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=American+Journalist+Freed+After+Nearly+Two+Years+In+Captivity&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West, Arun Rath is away. I'm Tess Vigeland. An American journalist has been freed after nearly two years in captivity in Syria. New England native Peter Theo Curtis had been held by Islamic militants since October of 2012. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:01:00 +0000 editor 73293 at http://krwg.org Despite Economic Recovery, Millions Of Workers Stuck In Part-Time Jobs http://krwg.org/post/despite-economic-recovery-millions-workers-stuck-part-time-jobs <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Despite+Economic+Recovery%2C+Millions+Of+Workers+Stuck+In+Part-Time+Jobs&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyOTk4OTc0MDEyNzcxNDIzMTZjM2E3Zg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST: <p>From the studios of NPR West in Culver City, California, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. Arun Rath is away. I'm Tess Vigeland. The great recession officially ended in June of 2009 more than five years ago. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:01:00 +0000 editor 73295 at http://krwg.org For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police http://krwg.org/post/parents-young-black-men-autism-extra-fear-about-police Lorraine Spencer has been watching the news from Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by police, and worrying about her own son's safety. Jermaine is 16 years old and bi-racial, with a dark complexion. He also has autism and wants to be more independent, especially as he nears adulthood.<p>"It's my worst nightmare," she says. "I have the issue with him not understanding, possibly, a command to put your hands up or to get on the ground. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Rebecca Hersher 73254 at http://krwg.org For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police 'Love Is Strange' — And Funny, Hard And Heart-Breaking http://krwg.org/post/love-strange-and-funny-hard-and-heart-breaking <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Love+Is+Strange%27+%E2%80%94+And+Funny%2C+Hard+And+Heart-Breaking&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzOTg1NjAzMDEyNTIwMDUzMDg0MGQ5NA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 73247 at http://krwg.org