Robert Siegel http://krwg.org en HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://krwg.org/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 70243 at http://krwg.org Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://krwg.org/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 70158 at http://krwg.org In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss http://krwg.org/post/half-hour-germany-begins-its-rout-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The images out of Brazil right now are of fans in tears, faces with looks of disbelief, hands covering mouths in shock. In the first of two semifinal World Cup matches, the home team is losing and it's losing big. Germany is leading 5-0. Let's go to NPR's Tom Goldman in Rio de Janeiro. Tom, what's the scene where you are in Rio?<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Well, I can tell you the scene right now is a lot different than it was earlier today, Robert. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 70061 at http://krwg.org In Battle Over Gaza, A Slow Build-up Shows No Signs Of Ending http://krwg.org/post/battle-over-gaza-slow-build-shows-no-signs-ending Israel stepped up its air assault on the Gaza Strip, following the killings of Israeli and Palestinian teens. Unlike air strikes in the past, Israel has tempered its initial show of force for several reasons, but the situation appears to be steadily intensifying. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 70046 at http://krwg.org Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era http://krwg.org/post/remembering-paul-mazursky-filmmaker-ear-his-era Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died. The writer and director captured the spirit of his times in such comedies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman." Mazursky died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 84. And joining us now to talk about him is our film critic, Bob Mondello. Hi, Bob.<p>BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Hi.<p>SIEGEL: Mazursky had a very extensive career. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 69603 at http://krwg.org Obama Vows To Flex Executive Authority On Immigration Policy http://krwg.org/post/obama-vows-flex-executive-authority-immigration-policy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama came out to the White House Rose Garden today to plead, once again, for Congress to act on the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed a year ago. Since then, it's been stalled in the House.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 69523 at http://krwg.org GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up http://krwg.org/post/gop-completes-leadership-shuffle-mccarthy-and-scalise-step House Republicans voted Thursday on leadership positions in the party's caucus. While House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy. <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=GOP+Completes+Leadership+Shuffle%2C+As+McCarthy+And+Scalise+Step+Up&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 68714 at http://krwg.org Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own http://krwg.org/post/amazon-raises-curtain-fire-its-own At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire." NPR's Martin Kaste was at the unveiling in Seattle, and he offers his take on the event. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 68634 at http://krwg.org U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack http://krwg.org/post/us-commandos-catch-alleged-leader-benghazi-attack Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The United States has, in custody, a man they say was behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi. His name is Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 68544 at http://krwg.org As Isis Strengthens Hold In Northern Iraq, Violent Reprisals Begin http://krwg.org/post/isis-strengthens-hold-northern-iraq-violent-reprisals-begin Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The fighting goes on in Iraq between government forces and Sunni groups led by extremist militants. At the same time, there are reports of escalating sectarian violence. The militant group ISIS has taken swaths of Northern and Western Iraq in a matter of days and continues to push into new territory. In a moment, we'll hear more about the broad ambitions ISIS has to conquer the region. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 68549 at http://krwg.org Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday http://krwg.org/post/audra-mcdonald-racks-tonys-time-billie-holiday Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's a new queen of Broadway. Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony award last night for her betrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, CRAZY HE CALLS ME")<p>AUDRA MCDONALD: (As Billie Holiday, singing) Crazy he calls me. Sure I'm crazy. Crazy in love, I'd say.<p>CORNISH: When she got to the stage to accept her Tony, the audience at Radio City Music Hall was on its feet. The standing ovation that initially drowning her out.<p>MCDONALD: Thank you so much. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 67940 at http://krwg.org 'A Change-up On Steroids:' The History Of A Sky-Scraping Pitch http://krwg.org/post/change-steroids-history-sky-scraping-pitch In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the <a href="http://www.baseballdictionary.com/">Dickson Baseball Dictionary</a>, offers more details. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 67525 at http://krwg.org An American Suicide Bomber In Syria http://krwg.org/post/american-suicide-bomber-syria Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The State Department has confirmed that a U.S. citizen was involved in the suicide bombing in Syria earlier this week. Today, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the man's identity in response to a reporter's question.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)<p>UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Can you confirm, at least, the name that he went by - as was published - Abu Huraya al-Amriki?<p>JEN PSAKI: That is correct. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 67291 at http://krwg.org Madeleine Albright: A Free, Fair Election Possible In Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/madeleine-albright-free-fair-election-possible-ukraine Robert Siegel speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is in Kiev leading a team of international election observers set to monitor voting in Ukraine on Sunday. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 66810 at http://krwg.org UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time? http://krwg.org/post/uk-government-asks-whats-greatest-challenge-our-time Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now, a prize that's making a return: the Longitude Prize.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It was set up in 1714 by the British government to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude.<p>CORNISH: Three hundred years later, there's a video announcing its return.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: We're at the dawn of a new world.<p>SIEGEL: Its committee is led by Lord Martin Rees, a professor at Cambridge University.<p>LORD MARTIN REES: And I also have the title of Astronomer Royal.<p>CORNISH: Astronomer royal - yeah Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 66535 at http://krwg.org On Auction Block: Draft Of 'Like A Rolling Stone,' And Some Doodles http://krwg.org/post/auction-block-draft-rolling-stone-and-some-doodles Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's not all politics here in Washington. On Pennsylvania Avenue, there used to be a hotel called the Roger Smith. The top of the hotel's stationery proclaimed it was just one block from the White House. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 65336 at http://krwg.org From Waltz To '90s Icon: The Unforgettable Life Of The Nokia Ringtone http://krwg.org/post/waltz-90s-icon-unforgettable-life-nokia-ringtone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There was a time when cell phones were used to make calls and many of the calls were defined by this.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF NOKIA RINGTONE)<p>SIEGEL: The Nokia ringtone, it was introduced in 1994. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 65102 at http://krwg.org What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting http://krwg.org/post/whats-known-and-still-unclear-about-fort-hood-shooting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.<p>LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.<p>SIEGEL: At around 4:00 p.m. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 63337 at http://krwg.org Letters: 'The Big Broadcast' And Laughing Down The Hall http://krwg.org/post/letters-big-broadcast-and-laughing-down-hall Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Time now for your letters. First, two corrections. On Monday, we took you to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin to tell you about something called Oculus Rift. It is a virtual reality headset. And in our story, we mistakenly said that it would be available to consumers in 18 to 20 months. In fact, there is no release date yet for a consumer model. Only the development kit is currently available.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Also in that story, some of you may have heard us refer to Black Castle. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 61791 at http://krwg.org To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://krwg.org/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 61683 at http://krwg.org 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://krwg.org/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 60314 at http://krwg.org The Dark Roots Of 'The Nutcracker' And The Man Who Wrote It http://krwg.org/post/dark-roots-nutcracker-and-man-who-wrote-it This is the time of year when one man's work is widely - if indirectly - celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. E.T.A. Hoffman, who lived from 1776 to 1822 in the Kingdom of Prussia, was responsible for a work that is a staple the holiday season, the original author of The Nutcracker. You can read more about the story, which aired last Christmas, here. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56599 at http://krwg.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://krwg.org/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56604 at http://krwg.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny http://krwg.org/post/world-cup-looms-qatars-migrant-worker-system-faces-scrutiny Over the past decade, Qatar's population has soared from 660,000 to more than 2 million. Here's the catch: Qataris themselves number only around 260,000.<p>The rest, more than 85 percent of the population, are not citizens. As Professor Mehran Kamrava, an American scholar at Georgetown University's campus in Qatar, says, they are all migrant workers of varying types.<p>"There are gradations of migrant workers," he noted. "I happen to be a white-collar migrant worker, as a professor. But there are lots of people who work in the construction industry. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56540 at http://krwg.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' http://krwg.org/post/how-tiny-qatar-punches-above-its-weight Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.<p>The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.<p>Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.<p>Those citizens are outnumbered by foreign workers more than 5 to 1. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56470 at http://krwg.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' Why The Dearth Of Black Commediennes In 'SNL' Cast? http://krwg.org/post/why-dearth-black-commediennes-snl-cast Scandal star Kerry Washington's turn hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday has revived criticism of the show's lack of black female cast members. The issue was raised earlier this year when SNL announced five new cast members — four male, all white. The show's lack of black women — only three have ever been cast in 38 years — forces the show's black males to dress as black women, which echoes historic, demeaning issues for black male comics. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 53064 at http://krwg.org BlackBerry Agrees To Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion http://krwg.org/post/blackberry-agrees-sell-itself-47-billion Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel, and it's time now for All Tech Considered.<p>BlackBerry, the maker of the once iconic smartphone, may have reached the end of the line as an independent company. It announced last week it was writing off close to a billion dollars this quarter and laying off 40 percent or its remaining workforce. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 50364 at http://krwg.org New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges http://krwg.org/post/new-head-olympic-committee-faces-number-challenges The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 49377 at http://krwg.org The Yankees Want Him Out But Alex Rodriguez Wants To Stay http://krwg.org/post/yankees-want-him-out-alex-rodriguez-wants-stay Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. One criticism of baseball is that it's too prone to long stretches of inaction, players sitting around not doing much. Well, if that's what baseball is, then Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been Mr. Baseball this season. He's been on the disabled list, but he claims he's healthy enough to play. His team begs to differ. Here to talk about the confusion is NPR's Mike Pesca, who joins us from New York. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46300 at http://krwg.org House Rejects Measure That Would Have Curbed NSA Program http://krwg.org/post/house-rejects-measure-would-have-curbed-nsa-program Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>On Capitol Hill, an effort to limit the authority of the National Security Agency has fallen short. It was the first chance for House lawmakers to vote on the government's phone surveillance program since news of it was leaked by Edward Snowden. They rejected an amendment that the White House and top intelligence officials had lobbied hard against.<p>NPR's Tamara Keith joins us from Capitol Hill. And, Tamara, the amendment was defeated. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:03:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46160 at http://krwg.org