Here & Now http://krwg.org en Medal Of Honor Recipient Reflects On Honor And Loss http://krwg.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-reflects-honor-and-loss The Battle of Wanat is one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan. Nine American soldiers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded when hundreds of insurgents assaulted the Army outpost they were building in Waygal Valley on July 13, 2008. It was just after 4 o’clock that morning when the American soldiers were blasted with machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades.<p><div class="pullquote" style="">&#8220;It belongs to every man there that day and I&#8217;ll accept it on behalf of the team. It&#8217;s not mine.&#8221;</div><p>Sgt. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Alex Ashlock 70130 at http://krwg.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Reflects On Honor And Loss YA Novel 'Say What You Will' Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities http://krwg.org/post/ya-novel-say-what-you-will-draws-inspiration-teens-disabilities When author Cammie McGovern&#8217;s oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she looked for an outlet where he could be with other children with similar difficulties. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 70129 at http://krwg.org YA Novel 'Say What You Will' Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities Citigroup And Justice Department Reportedly Near Deal http://krwg.org/post/citigroup-and-justice-department-reportedly-near-deal Citigroup and the Justice Department are reportedly closing in on a $7 billion deal that would settle allegations that the bank sold shoddy mortgages in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The deal is expected to be announced in the next week and comes after months of tense negotiations between the bank and government officials &#8212; negotiations that became so tense that in June, the Justice Department threatened to sue if the bank did not agree to the government’s proposed penalty.<p>The settlement may fall short of that demand, but the bank may be paying more than once expected. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 70131 at http://krwg.org Citigroup And Justice Department Reportedly Near Deal Selfies Endanger Tour De France Riders http://krwg.org/post/selfies-endanger-tour-de-france-riders The world&#8217;s most storied bicycle competition, the Tour de France, has been imperiled by spectators trying to take selfies.<p>Riders have taken to social media with pleas for fans to show restraint, since fans turning their backs on the race to take photos are unaware of where the riders are and how fast they may be going.<p><em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young speaks with <strong>Bill Strickland</strong>, interim editor of Bicycling magazine about the phenomenon and get his take on this year&#8217;s race.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://instagram.c Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 70063 at http://krwg.org Selfies Endanger Tour De France Riders Baseball Fans Lukewarm To Variable Ticket Prices http://krwg.org/post/baseball-fans-lukewarm-variable-ticket-prices Baseball fans in many cities, including Kansas City, can no longer count on the price of single game tickets during the season. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 70064 at http://krwg.org Baseball Fans Lukewarm To Variable Ticket Prices Time Travel For The Everyday Adventurer http://krwg.org/post/time-travel-everyday-adventurer This summer, consider going on a journey of a different kind – a trip through time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 70065 at http://krwg.org Time Travel For The Everyday Adventurer Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy http://krwg.org/post/little-library-causes-big-zoning-controversy <em>Note: See an update on this story <a href="http://nprhereandnow.tumblr.com/post/91149246273/from-on-top-of-his-milk-crate-9-year-old-spencer" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><p class="sep"><p>City leaders in Leawood, Kansas tonight will take up 9-year-old <strong>Spencer Collins</strong>&#8216; Little Free Library.<p>The boy had put up a slightly larger than a birdfeeder box containing a free book exchange in his front yard, but a neighbor complained it was an eyesore and &#8220;an illegal detached structure&#8221; that violated the town&#8217;s zoning ordinances.<p>The city originally told Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 69954 at http://krwg.org Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy Ukrainian Parliamentarian: Ukraine 'A Test' For Europe And Russia http://krwg.org/post/ukrainian-parliamentarian-ukraine-test-europe-and-russia <strong>Olga Bielkova</strong>, a member of Ukraine&#8217;s parliament says, &#8220;what is happening between us and Russia right now is a threat to the whole of Europe; Russia is just testing grounds for what it could to do other countries.&#8221;<p>Bielkova told <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson that Ukraine is better prepared to take on pro-Russian separatists, and she thinks that the government will begin winning hearts in Eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian sentiment runs strong.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://belkova.com/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 69955 at http://krwg.org GoPro Spawns New Category Of Wearable Cameras http://krwg.org/post/gopro-spawns-new-category-wearable-cameras GoPro stock options began trading today, less than two weeks after it went public. The company, which makes wearable point-of-view action cameras, has come a long way since it was born 10 years ago. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 69956 at http://krwg.org GoPro Spawns New Category Of Wearable Cameras Ben Franklin's Not-So-Famous Sister http://krwg.org/post/ben-franklins-not-so-famous-sister Ben Franklin is arguably the most famous American ever. His youngest sister Jane is mostly lost to history. But a Harvard historian found her in the letters she and her brother exchanged over their long lives.<p>They were called Benny and Jenny, and Benny wrote more letters to Jenny than he did to anyone else. Most of his survive; many of her&#8217;s do not.<p>But <strong>Jill Lepore</strong> finds a life unknown in those that do. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 69822 at http://krwg.org On Stage: Orlando Story Club http://krwg.org/post/stage-orlando-story-club In today&#8217;s &#8220;On Stage&#8221; segment, we look at the art of storytelling, which has taken off in venues across the country.<p>We go to Orlando, Florida, and the <a href="http://www.orlandostoryclub.com" target="_blank">Orlando Story Club</a>. The club was co-founded by South African-born <strong>Robin Cowie</strong>, who has a background in bringing powerful stories to life as a former Hollywood producer. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 69823 at http://krwg.org On Stage: Orlando Story Club Dow Jones Closes At An All-Time High http://krwg.org/post/dow-jones-closes-all-time-high The cherry on top to yesterday’s encouraging jobs report was a record close for the Dow Jones industrial average.<p><strong>Derek Thompson</strong>, senior editor at the Atlantic talks to <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Robin Young about what the record means in context, for the economy as a whole, and for the average American<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/derek-thompson/" target="_blank">Derek Thompson</a></strong>, senior editor for <em>The Atlantic</em>. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 69824 at http://krwg.org Dow Jones Closes At An All-Time High Remembering Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers http://krwg.org/post/remembering-childrens-book-author-walter-dean-myers <strong>Walter Dean Myers</strong>, the award-winning children&#8217;s book author and former ambassador for young people&#8217;s literature, died this week at the age of 76.<p>He was a longtime advocate of children&#8217;s reading. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 69754 at http://krwg.org 'Smart' Homes May Be Vulnerable To Hackers http://krwg.org/post/smart-homes-may-be-vulnerable-hackers Our homes are becoming more and more connected. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 69755 at http://krwg.org 'Smart' Homes May Be Vulnerable To Hackers Germany Boosts Its Minimum Wage http://krwg.org/post/germany-boosts-its-minimum-wage The German Parliament voted today to set the country&#8217;s first national minimum wage, 8.5 euros, which is $11.60 per hour. The new minimum wage will be phased in starting next year.<p>Chancellor Angela Merkel&#8217;s government supported the move at the insistence of her government coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 69756 at http://krwg.org Germany Boosts Its Minimum Wage Grill Time: New Twists On July 4th Favorites http://krwg.org/post/grill-time-new-twists-july-4th-favorites The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and for many people that means two things: fireworks and grilling. <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> resident chef <strong>Kathy Gunst</strong> may not have pointers on the pyrotechnics, but she sure knows her way around a grill. Kathy&#8217;s special ingredient for burgers? Bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 editor 69678 at http://krwg.org Grill Time: New Twists On July 4th Favorites Red Spruce Makes A Comeback http://krwg.org/post/red-spruce-makes-comeback There’s a dramatic recovery underway in the forests of New England. Red spruce, a tree that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain, is now growing faster than ever.<p>And it’s not the only tree growing like gangbusters. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 editor 69679 at http://krwg.org Red Spruce Makes A Comeback Not Your Father's Hog http://krwg.org/post/not-your-fathers-hog Harley Davidson is known for the size of its motorcycles and their distinctive growl. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 editor 69680 at http://krwg.org Not Your Father's Hog Supreme Court Solidifies Position On Birth Control http://krwg.org/post/supreme-court-solidifies-position-birth-control Today the U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 editor 69600 at http://krwg.org Supreme Court Solidifies Position On Birth Control World Cup: The Loser Goes Home http://krwg.org/post/world-cup-loser-goes-home Today in Brazil, it&#8217;s do or die, one and done, all or nothing &#8212; and any other sports cliche you can think of to describe the winner-take-all World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium.<p><strong>Doug Tribou</strong> of NPR&#8217;s <em>Only A Game</em> tells <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson that while Belgium is the favorite, the &#8220;Red Devils&#8221; are pretty banged up and some of their key players may not take to the pitch. Meanwhile, U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 editor 69598 at http://krwg.org Fireworks Business 'Shaken' By Fatal Accident http://krwg.org/post/fireworks-business-shaken-fatal-accident July 4th is a day to celebrate the birth of a nation with parades, picnics and in many communities, fireworks.<p>People in the pyrotechnic business say their job is to entertain people. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 editor 69599 at http://krwg.org Fireworks Business 'Shaken' By Fatal Accident Archie To Meet Untimely Death http://krwg.org/post/archie-meet-untimely-death Comic fans will have more on their mind this summer than whether the beloved, freckle-faced Archie Andrews should chose between Betty or Veronica.<p>Publishers have announced that Archie is going to be killed this July in the spinoff series &#8220;Life With Archie.&#8221; But <strong>Rob Salkowitz</strong>, author of the book &#8220;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Comic-Con-Business-Pop-Culture-Entertainment/dp/0071797025/?tag=wburorg-20" target="_blank">Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture</a>,&#8221; tells <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 editor 69496 at http://krwg.org Archie To Meet Untimely Death New Generation Of TVs Promises More Clarity, Big Price Tag http://krwg.org/post/new-generation-tvs-promises-more-clarity-big-price-tag It&#8217;s being billed as a revolution in television &#8212; a TV with four times the definition of standard high definition television (HDTV), which is also known as 1080p television (a resolution of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high).<p>These new &#8220;Ultra HD 4K&#8221; TVs have been on sale for about a year, ranging in price from about $1,000 to over $20,000 for the biggest, fanciest models. But is there content available for these new televisions? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 editor 69497 at http://krwg.org New Generation Of TVs Promises More Clarity, Big Price Tag Why Did France Swing To The Right? http://krwg.org/post/why-did-france-swing-right In France, the far right Front National party, under its leader Marine Le Pen, finished on top in the recent European elections. The French prime minister called it a political earthquake, with the ruling Socialist Party pushed into third place. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 editor 69498 at http://krwg.org Why Did France Swing To The Right? Tom Perrotta Brings 'The Leftovers' To HBO http://krwg.org/post/tom-perrotta-brings-leftovers-hbo Think for a second. Say there is a rapture &#8212; a Bibilical event in which people around you<p>disappear.<p>What would you do? Wouldn&#8217;t you wonder a little, &#8220;Well, why not me?&#8221;<p>In <strong>Tom Perrotta</strong>&#8216;s novel &#8220;The Leftovers,&#8221; there are hellish questions on Earth after millions are whisked off to heaven.<p>And now, &#8220;The Leftovers&#8221; is an HBO series. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 69312 at http://krwg.org Tom Perrotta Brings 'The Leftovers' To HBO A Retired Satellite Gets Back To Work http://krwg.org/post/retired-satellite-gets-back-work After 31 years in space, ISEE-3 is finally coming home.<p>The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 was a humble satellite launched in the late 1970s to monitor solar winds – until Robert Farquhar commandeered and reprogrammed it to help the United States become the first country to encounter a comet.<p>Now, a team of scientists have come together in an unofficial effort to awaken the sleeping spacecraft and return it to its original spot &#8212; and function &#8212; by combining old technology with new.<p>Next week, if all goes well, the team will command the satellite to fire its engines once a Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 69313 at http://krwg.org A Retired Satellite Gets Back To Work Ukraine Seals Economic Trade Deal With EU http://krwg.org/post/ukraine-seals-economic-trade-deal-eu Ukraine&#8217;s new president, Petro Poroshenko, has signed a historic trade and economic agreement with the European Union. This comes just seven months after former leader Viktor Yanukovych rejected a trade deal with the EU, sparking protests that toppled his government.<p>The new pact will allow businesses in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to trade in the European Union without tariffs or restrictions. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 69314 at http://krwg.org Ukraine Seals Economic Trade Deal With EU U.S. Advances In World Cup, Despite Loss To Germany http://krwg.org/post/us-advances-world-cup-despite-loss-germany Germany has beaten the United States at the World Cup, but the U.S. team is still advancing.<p>Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the tournament to lead Germany to the 1-0 win. Still, the U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:29:00 +0000 editor 69235 at http://krwg.org Summer Seafood Recipes From Chef Kathy Gunst http://krwg.org/post/summer-seafood-recipes-chef-kathy-gunst It’s officially summer. For many people, including <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now’</em></a>s resident chef <strong>Kathy Gunst</strong>, that means fish. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:23:00 +0000 editor 69229 at http://krwg.org Summer Seafood Recipes From Chef Kathy Gunst U.S. Advances To World Cup's 2nd Round Despite Loss http://krwg.org/post/us-advances-world-cups-2nd-round-despite-loss The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.<p>Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller&#8217;s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.<p>The Germans, three-time World Cup champions, finished with seven points, while the U.S. had four after allowing a 95th-minute goal against Portugal on Sunday in a 2-2 draw. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:23:00 +0000 editor 69231 at http://krwg.org U.S. Advances To World Cup's 2nd Round Despite Loss