NPR Staff http://krwg.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://krwg.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70987 at http://krwg.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://krwg.org/post/youth-unemployment-crisis-hits-african-americans-hardest Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.<p>Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William Spriggs, an economist at Howard University, the trend is also being driven by a sluggish economy. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70929 at http://krwg.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://krwg.org/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70923 at http://krwg.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' http://krwg.org/post/fitness-trainer-shaun-t-i-understand-why-you-feel-weak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vnicyr94o</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70920 at http://krwg.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention http://krwg.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists <em>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</em><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70922 at http://krwg.org Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' http://krwg.org/post/secret-behind-romeros-scary-zombies-i-made-them-neighbors Director George A. Romero grew up on classic movie monsters — and he says he never dreamed he'd be responsible for creating the modern zombie that now lurks alongside those monsters. "I never expected it. I really didn't," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "... All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors ... I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors!"<p>Zombies are everywhere in Hollywood — there's a new batch of films every year, and AMC's <em>The Walking Dead </em>continues to kill it in the ratings. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70897 at http://krwg.org The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee http://krwg.org/post/meet-mockingbird-memoir-recalls-talks-harper-lee In 1960, Harper Lee published <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70882 at http://krwg.org To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://krwg.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.<p>The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70883 at http://krwg.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://krwg.org/post/new-film-zach-braff-asks-how-long-can-you-pursue-your-dreams Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy <em>Scrubs</em>. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film <em>Garden State</em>, a model of 20-something angst.<p>Braff also directs and stars in his latest film, <em>Wish I Was Here</em>, which he co-wrote with his older brother, Adam. The collaboration yielded a coming-of-age story of sorts. It's about a guy who hasn't quite earned the title of adult, even though he's already a family man with kids. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70820 at http://krwg.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? http://krwg.org/post/quiz-which-these-state-fair-foods-are-faux It is the season of state fairs, when you may have a chance to expand your palate or test your gag reflex at the concession stands. (Once you're stuffed, maybe you'll get to admire a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/11/169085074/this-butter-sculpture-could-power-a-farm-for-3-days">butter sculpture</a>.)<p>If it can be dipped in batter or put on a stick, someone is probably trying to sell it on a fairground. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70761 at http://krwg.org QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank http://krwg.org/post/amid-shimmering-tension-walk-through-israel-and-west-bank Not long ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek traveled through Israel and the West Bank as part of his journey walking from Africa to South America. He was there this spring, before the current violence erupted. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70690 at http://krwg.org Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future http://krwg.org/post/calorie-counting-machine-may-make-dieting-easier-future Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.<p>Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to <a href="https://www.marketresearch.com/Marketdata-Enterprises-Inc-v416/Weight-Loss-Status-Forecast-8016030/">market research</a>, but the weight often comes right back. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70536 at http://krwg.org Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear http://krwg.org/post/3-scariest-words-boy-can-hear <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series.</em><p>It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.<p>Ehrmann — who played with the Baltimore Colts for much of the 1970s and was a lineman at Syracuse University before that — confronted many models of masculinity in his life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70500 at http://krwg.org The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers http://krwg.org/post/kids-films-and-stories-share-dark-theme-dead-mothers The death of Bambi's mother has moved — and horrified — generations of children. The fleeing, the gunshot, the desperate search and then the gut-wrenching words: "Your mother can't be with you anymore."<p>For many, that scene was traumatizing; for some it was the very first experience of loss. But <em>Bambi</em> is far from the only animated film featuring a mother's tragic death.<p>Just ask Sarah Boxer.<p>Boxer is a graphic novelist, a critic and a lover of cartoons. She's also the mother of a 10-year-old boy. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70425 at http://krwg.org Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories' http://krwg.org/post/william-t-vollmann-tells-last-stories-and-other-stories William T. Vollmann has been called a "unique and essential voice in American letters." He's the author of novels, story collections, a memoir and massive works of nonfiction.<p>His latest book, <em>Last Stories and Other Stories</em>, is his first work of fiction in nine years. And he says at the book's beginning that it will be his final work — as a living human, at least. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70426 at http://krwg.org William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories' Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children http://krwg.org/post/princess-fresh-prince-brings-history-children Hey, remember Hilary Banks from <em>Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em>?<p>She's back, but in a different light. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70427 at http://krwg.org Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored' http://krwg.org/post/wounded-bull-runner-if-you-run-long-enough-you-get-gored When Bill Hillmann joined this year's running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, he knew exactly what he was signing up for. After all, he co-wrote the book on it.<p>Hillmann was a contributor to <em>Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. </em>But his expertise didn't protect him from harm this year: A lone bull, or <em>suelto, </em>gored him through the right leg.<p>From his hospital bed, Hillmann tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that he feels fine. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70394 at http://krwg.org Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored' 'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond http://krwg.org/post/fightshark-recounts-his-struggles-kickboxing-and-beyond In the kickboxing ring, Mark Miller goes by "Fightshark" — a name he chose, he says, because when he smells blood, he attacks.<p>The legendary super heavyweight kickboxer first made his name in fighting in the early 2000s.<p>"In the early part of the decade, I was 6'4, 230 [pounds], and I was small for heavyweight kickboxing," he tells NPR's Kelly McEvers. "It's a lot of speed and power involved."<p>The fights are intense, and even just the noises coming out of the ring can be brutal. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70395 at http://krwg.org 'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://krwg.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70379 at http://krwg.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing' http://krwg.org/post/marriage-crisis-model-drawing <em>Life Drawing</em> is a novel that will make you want to hug the person you love and never let go.<p>It's a thriller and a love story. But it isn't about over-the-moon, happy, young love; it's about love when the marriage is no longer easy, when every move the couple makes is haunted by a betrayal.<p><em>Life Drawing</em> is Robin Black's first novel. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70355 at http://krwg.org A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing' It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops http://krwg.org/post/its-etsy-kenyan-style-making-art-out-flip-flops-and-bottle-tops Sure, it's tough to earn a living as an artist. But it helps if your materials don't cost a lot. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, several of the Kenyan craftspeople work wonders with discarded beer bottles and flip-flops.<p><strong>Jonathan Lento: He Fashions Flip-Flops Into Funky Fauna Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:52:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70304 at http://krwg.org It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://krwg.org/post/captain-pizza-saves-day-doesnt-save-himself-slice It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.<p>That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.<p>"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70263 at http://krwg.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice Report Says FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims http://krwg.org/post/report-says-fbi-nsa-spied-american-muslims Reporters Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain say, <a href="https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/09/under-surveillance/">in the online news website Intercept</a>, that based on information provided by Edward Snowden they have evidence that<strong> </strong>the FBI and NSA used covert surveillance on the email accounts of 202 American Muslims.<p>The five men named in the story include a lawyer, Asim Ghafoor, a GOP operative named Faisal Gill, Rutgers University professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, activist Agha Saeed, and Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council of American-Isl Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:21:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70149 at http://krwg.org Report Says FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel http://krwg.org/post/what-gets-you-stressed-tell-our-expert-panel <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEN9Z0qLaok</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70109 at http://krwg.org What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya http://krwg.org/post/meet-musicians-and-storytellers-kenya <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZxRIYsb8ks</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuc858LOytg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm46th-UsRE</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 70025 at http://krwg.org Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was http://krwg.org/post/teen-tries-be-parent-his-own-dad-never-was <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series. </em><p>Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.<p>When his daughter, Hailey, was born, Ramos was overwhelmed. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 NPR Staff 69974 at http://krwg.org Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation http://krwg.org/post/we-asked-you-answered-going-extremes-disconnect-vacation Summer is a great time to take a break from some of the stressors in our lives. For many of us, that stress is brought on by too much screen time and the pressure to stay connected.<p>A few weeks ago, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/23/324892657/digital-detox-step-one-step-away-from-the-phone">we asked you</a> to send us <em>your</em> stories of digital detoxing — putting down the smartphone, avoiding email and staying off social media. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 NPR Staff 69964 at http://krwg.org We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones' http://krwg.org/post/programs-target-poverty-obamas-five-promise-zones Five areas across the country have been designated as "Promise Zones" by the federal government. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 NPR Staff 69914 at http://krwg.org Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones' The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy' http://krwg.org/post/life-and-death-internets-own-boy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvsxnOg0bJY</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 69908 at http://krwg.org The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy' After Assault, Woman Finds Hope And Career In Restorative Justice http://krwg.org/post/after-assault-woman-finds-hope-and-career-restorative-justice <em>As part of a series called "My Big Break,"</em><em> </em>All Things Considered<em> </em><em>is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.</em><p>Lorenn Walker works to help both victims and offenders after crimes are committed. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 69909 at http://krwg.org After Assault, Woman Finds Hope And Career In Restorative Justice