NPR News

The Two-Way
9:22 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Migrant Dies In Calais As Thousands Try To Use Channel Tunnel

Migrants cross a road near the Eurotunnel on Wednesday in Coquelles, near Calais, France. A Sudanese man, between 25 and 30 years old, was killed by a truck as up to 1,500 migrants tried to force their way into the tunnel, officials say.
Yoan Valat EPA/LANDOV

France is boosting security around its entry to the tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel, after thousands of migrants tried to make a desperate rush to Britain. One migrant died; at least 3,500 have tried to make the trip this week.

Since the start of 2015, French officials have intercepted more than 37,000 migrants who were hoping to jump on trains or trucks heading to Britain via the tunnel that's called the Eurotunnel in France and the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel, in Britain.

Read more
NPR History Dept.
9:17 am
Wed July 29, 2015

The Future Of American History

Eddie Brady Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 9:39 am

College history majors used to study The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Today perhaps they should also be studying the decline and fall of history majors.

Since 2010, the number of history majors at Ohio State University has dropped by more than 30 percent, according to a May 9 Columbus Dispatch story. Meanwhile, the number of students majoring in history at the University of Cincinnati has fallen by 33 percent since 2010.

Read more
Shots - Health News
8:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Hospitals can call people who stay overnight outpatients, a classification that can have surprising financial consequences.
iStockphoto

The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but haven't been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

The distinction is easy for patients to miss — until they get hit with big medical bills after a short stay.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:47 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Tom Brady Calls NFL's 4-Game Suspension 'Unfair'

NFL quarterback Tom Brady attends the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 9:07 am

Tom Brady issued an impassioned defense of his actions this morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold a four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The New England Patriots quarterback called the suspension "unfair" and said he was "disappointed" that Goodell dismissed his "hours of testimony."

Read more
The Two-Way
6:03 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Afghan Government Investigates Reports That Mullah Omar Is Dead

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 8:17 am

The Afghan government says it is investigating reports that the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead.

It is, of course, worth noting that rumors of Omar's death have swirled in the past and have turned out to be unreliable.

The BBC reports:

Read more
Around the Nation
5:59 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Las Vegas Mob Museum To Open FIFA Exhibit

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Around the Nation
4:56 am
Wed July 29, 2015

It's Summer But There Is Still Snow In Buffalo, N.Y.

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
4:47 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

In this undated frame from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 9:00 am

Officials in Waller County, Texas, have released more jailhouse video that they say dispels some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her cell two weeks ago.

Her death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner but her family says she was not suicidal.

NPR's Martin Kaste filed this report for our Newscast unit:

Read more
It's All Politics
4:03 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

President Obama speaks in Ethiopia. While there, he noted that in the U.S., presidents can't run for more than two terms. But if they could, he said, he'd win.
Mulugeta Ayene AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 8:45 am

President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

Read more
NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

U.S. Turkey To Create ISIS Free Zone Along Syrian Border

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 4:25 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Arizona's Boot Hill Cemetery Filled With Victims Of The Wild West

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Big Cat On The Loose Worries Milwaukee Residents

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

Copyright 2015 Milwaukee Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.wuwm.com/.

All Tech Considered
3:00 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives?
Paramount Television/The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 8:12 am

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.

His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them someplace else on Star Trek. Instead, a couple million dollars' worth of lasers, mirrors and lenses lay sprawled across a 20-foot table.

Read more
Around the Nation
2:59 am
Wed July 29, 2015

'Location Is Everything' In Tribal Casino Dispute

Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall stands on Cowlitz Tribe reservation land with a rendering of the casino the tribe hopes to build on the site near La Center, Washington, just north of Portland, Ore.
Peter Haley MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe eyed the grassy field as the future home of a casino, and a developer purchased the land for the tribe more than a decade ago.

"It will be a very good attraction for the whole community here, drawing thousands of people daily but also providing thousands of jobs," says Bill Iyall, the Cowlitz tribal chairman.

Read more
Sweetness And Light
2:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Southpaw, a new film about a junior middleweight boxing champion who faces adversity.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

Some people wanna ban boxing. I just wanna ban boxing movies.

You get the feeling sometimes that Hollywood still thinks Joe Louis is heavyweight champion and boxing is still top-tier popular? Yes, there's yet another boxing movie out, this one entitled Southpaw.

Oh, please, please. Making boxing movies when boxing is so passé would be like if Hollywood kept making showbiz movies about vaudeville.

Click the audio above to hear Frank Deford's take on movies about boxing.

Read more
Youth Radio
2:57 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 8:19 am

Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall.

But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Mexico's Soccer Coach Loses Job After Allegedly Punching Reporter

The Guardian describes Mexico's fired coach, Miguel Herrera, as "combustible."
Matt Rourke AP

Mexico's soccer coach, Miguel Herrera, has been fired after allegations that he punched a TV reporter.

According to The Guardian, Herrera allegedly punched TV reporter Christian Martinoli while waiting in the TSA line at the Philadelphia airport on Monday.

The altercation came just two days after Mexico's soccer team won the Gold Cup over Jamaica. The paper reports that incoming president Decio de Maria confirmed the coach's termination at a press conference on Tuesday:

Read more
Parallels
4:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

Cecil the lion is shown walking in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in a YouTube video from July 9, 2015. Credit: Bryan Orford
Bryan Orford YouTube

Conservationists are lamenting the hunting and killing of a well-known lion from western Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

The black-maned lion, named Cecil, was 13 years old and had become popular among tourists from around the world.

Read more
NPR Ed
3:38 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?

Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:07 am

Many high schoolers hoping to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., one of the top private universities in the country, breathed a sigh of relief this week.

GWU announced it will no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT.

The move comes after the school formed a task force to study the pros and cons of going "test-optional." GWU attracts lots of high-achieving students who do well on both exams, but the task force concluded that the school's reliance on these tests was excluding some high-achieving students who simply don't test well.

Read more
The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:01 pm

"Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea," says a group of researchers and concerned citizens who are urging a ban on offensive military weapons that don't rely on human control. The group signed an open letter that's being delivered at a conference on artificial intelligence this week.

Read more
U.S.
3:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

A shortage of lifeguards across U.S. cities could be a fallout of the recovering economy.
Christopher Corr Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

A teenager locking down a summer job as a lifeguard used to be a big deal.

But this summer, several parks and recreation departments and YMCA's across the country are reporting a shortage of lifeguards. And an improving economy may be playing a big role.

The Ridge Road swimming pool in Raleigh, N.C. is packed. There are easily 200 people here competing in a swim meet, some of them as young as 5 years old.

Read more
The Two-Way
2:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., in May 1998.
Karl DeBlaker AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:46 pm

Updated at 8:45 p.m.

Jonathan Pollard, who has served almost 30 years in prison after being convicted of espionage, will be granted parole on Nov. 21, according to his attorneys.

The former civilian Navy analyst was arrested in 1985 and charged with passing classified information to Israel. He pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

"But under laws in place at the time, that meant he could get parole after 30 years," NPR's Carrie Johnson says. "Now, that term is nearly up — and the Justice Department did not stand in the way of his release."

Read more
It's All Politics
2:39 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

After Hope For Early Release, Prisoners' Applications Stuck In Limbo

Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20-year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date.
Matthew Ozug NPR

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

It took a while for Dana Bowerman's long prison sentence to sink in.

Bowerman is a onetime honor student and cheerleader whose brassy personality cleared most obstacles from her path. But there was one hurdle her quick mind couldn't leap. In early 2001, Bowerman got sent away for nearly 20 years on federal drug conspiracy charges, her first and only offense. It wasn't until two years in, in her bunk behind a fence in a Texas prison, that her fate seemed real.

"It was a hard swallow," Bowerman said.

Read more
Music Reviews
2:39 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Saxophonist Ben Wendel Reimagines Tchaikovsky's, 'The Seasons'

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:37 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Law
2:39 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Waller County, Texas, Releases Sandra Bland Booking Video

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more
The Salt
1:13 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

Courtesy of Andrew Gorkovenko

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:33 pm

Though tea strainers often come in brightly colored, sweet packaging with punny names like "the manatee," the lowly tea bag is often forgotten. Made from silk, plastic or paper, these bags are meant for one-time use only. Yet some artists are giving the tea bag a second life, letting their simple shapes and colors shine.

Colorado artist Wewer Keohane has been making art from spent tea bags for over 20 years. Sometimes she simply uses tea as a subtle dye, or pastes pieces of empty bags into an otherwise two-dimensional painting.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

NFL's Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:08 pm

Saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the punishment.

In doing so, Goodell also faulted Brady for not cooperating with the investigation, citing his "destruction of potentially relevant evidence" — a reference to Brady's cellphone and SIM card, which he gave to an assistant to be destroyed, according to Goodell's findings.

Read more
NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

What's The Best Way To Deal With Feral Cats?

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are about 50 million feral cats in the U.S. (taylar/Flickr)

Australia’s decision to kill 2 million feral cats is the latest event in a battle among cat lovers, bird lovers and even celebrities over cats and their impact on wildlife. Feral cats roam in solitude, but issues surrounding the treatment of homeless cats is tangled in both pet owner and non-pet owners’ lives.

Read more
NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

For Arizona Mining Towns, A Diverse Economy Is A Good Economy

Jerome, Arizona, is a mining town that has successfully become a tourist destination. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

Since 1875, the town of Superior, Arizona, has relied on copper mining to drive its economy. That reliance has come at a cost though, as many of Superior’s residents have lived through several cycles of mines opening and closing. But town officials are now hoping to put an end to that cycle. Carrie Jung from Here & Now contributor KJZZ reports.

Read more
NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

The Benefits Of State-Of-The-Art Airports

Passengers maneuver through one of the cramped hallways at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst airports in America, New York. (Frank Eltman/AP Photo)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a $4 billion plan yesterday to completely rebuild LaGuardia Airport.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mitchell Moss about the role airports play in a region’s economy, and why it matters to have a state-of-the-art airport in a city. Moss is director of the Rudin Center for Transportation and Policy Management at NYU.

Read more

Pages