All Things Considered http://wnpr.org en Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions http://wnpr.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-abortion-restrictions Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. <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=Federal+Judge+Blocks+Texas+Abortion+Restrictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:10:00 +0000 Melissa Block 27770 at http://wnpr.org New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era http://wnpr.org/post/new-orleans-enters-charter-school-era On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and gutted most of its public schools. Even before the storm, the district was one of the most troubled in the nation.<p>Today, the New Orleans school system is unlike any other anywhere in the U.S. More than 9 in 10 students this fall are attending charter schools run by dozens of private, nonprofit organizations. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 27768 at http://wnpr.org New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-demand-say-obamas-decisions-syria The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.<p>In the days after the Sept. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 27767 at http://wnpr.org Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' http://wnpr.org/post/i-am-not-inmate-i-am-man-and-i-have-potential If you want to know how prison can shape a man, talk to Dan Huff. He's spent more than half of his 59 years locked up. He says he was "raised by the state of California."<p>"Even judges, when they would send me away — looking back at it now — they [were] kind of more like a father figure sitting up there," he says. "Closer to fatherly than any father that I ever had."<p>Those judges had plenty of reason to be concerned about him: Huff used heroin. He committed robberies.<strong> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 27762 at http://wnpr.org 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops http://wnpr.org/post/zero-tolerance-policing-not-racism-say-st-louis-area-cops The protests that followed the shooting death this month of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing, especially in the St Louis area.<p>Many male African-American residents there say police scrutinize them unfairly. "Every time you see a cop, it's like, 'OK, am I going to get messed with?' " says Anthony Ross. "You feel that every single time you get behind your car. Every time."<p>Now, police officers in and around St. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27700 at http://wnpr.org Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-writer-gotta-do-get-little-health-care-around-here In my teens, I stumbled onto the wide trail of "the writer's bildungsroman," the coming-of-age stories that often gave me too much to identify with. That whispered clear messages while I slept and while I tried to imagine a life far, far outside the heat and farmlands of where I grew up.<p>Why I so readily identified with J.G. Ballard in a Japanese prison camp in <em>Empire of the Sun,</em> or A.E. Hotchner on the streets of Depression-era St. Louis in <em>King of the Hill,</em> I couldn't have told you at the time. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Domingo Martinez 27706 at http://wnpr.org What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria http://wnpr.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 27707 at http://wnpr.org Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://wnpr.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 21:20:00 +0000 John Burnett 27640 at http://wnpr.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://wnpr.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 21:12:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 27642 at http://wnpr.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://wnpr.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 21:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27641 at http://wnpr.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That http://wnpr.org/post/staring-down-famine-agencies-hesitate-use-f-word-south-sudan Chris Hillbruner has a little-known job with an extraordinary responsibility: to determine how close a given country has come to famine.<p>In his six years at the U.S. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 27630 at http://wnpr.org When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That The Calamity Of The 'Clam,' Every Musician's Headache http://wnpr.org/post/calamity-clam-every-musicians-headache <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=The+Calamity+Of+The+%27Clam%2C%27+Every+Musician%27s+Headache&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>We wrap up this hour with a bit of musical Trade Lingo. We've been asking about words that are terms of the trade in a particular line of work - words that might stump anybody else. And today, our trade lingo is offered up by musician and producer Don Was. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 27638 at http://wnpr.org Meet The Squirrel Whisperer Of Happy Valley http://wnpr.org/post/meet-squirrel-whisperer-happy-valley <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=Meet+The+Squirrel+Whisperer+Of+Happy+Valley&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MTAzMDEyMTY4NDEzNjUxZmMzYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now a story about squirrels at college with a wildly-popular Facebook page. At Penn State, one student's collection of photos of squirrels wearing costumes has gotten four-times as many likes on Facebook as the school's mascot. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 27639 at http://wnpr.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town http://wnpr.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. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 27587 at http://wnpr.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions http://wnpr.org/post/colorados-pot-brownies-have-new-ingredient-warning-labels 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 22:08:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 27583 at http://wnpr.org Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter http://wnpr.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 21:57:00 +0000 editor 27585 at http://wnpr.org High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus http://wnpr.org/post/marine-turned-novelist-brings-brutal-everyday-work-war-focus "Every inch of that place, every grain of sand, wanted desperately to kill us."<p>That's a line from a compelling new novel about the Iraq War, written by former Marine Michael Pitre.<p>Pitre was a history and creative writing major at Louisiana State when he joined the Marines after Sept. 11. He became an officer and served two tours in Iraq's Anbar province working in logistics and communications.<p>His new novel, <em>Fives and Twenty-Fives,</em> follows an American road repair crew and bomb disposal team in Iraq. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 27581 at http://wnpr.org Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants http://wnpr.org/post/obama-considers-widening-strikes-against-islamic-state-militants President Obama is considering widening military strikes against the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley. The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State's positions in Iraq, and may decide to extend those strikes to Syria.<p>Three years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, and a year after President Obama tried to turn the page on the open-ended war on terror, the U.S. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 27571 at http://wnpr.org Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants Kiev Claims Russia Has Sights Set On New Eastern Ukrainian City http://wnpr.org/post/kiev-claims-russia-has-sights-set-new-eastern-ukrainian-city Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to open a new front in the war between the government and pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine says its troops are involved in heavy fighting with an armored force that it says entered Ukrainian territory. Kiev has also released video of what it says is a group of captured Russian soldiers. Russia says the soldiers might have crossed the border inadvertently. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 27572 at http://wnpr.org Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak? http://wnpr.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 22:57:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 27533 at http://wnpr.org Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak? Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software http://wnpr.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 22:23:00 +0000 editor 27531 at http://wnpr.org Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger http://wnpr.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 22:20:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 27532 at http://wnpr.org In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger In Hostage Negotiation, Qatar Plays Middleman To Prove Its Worth http://wnpr.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 21:08:00 +0000 editor 27524 at http://wnpr.org Between A Town And Its Bears, A Star-Crossed Relationship http://wnpr.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 27530 at http://wnpr.org Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing http://wnpr.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 20:43:00 +0000 editor 27525 at http://wnpr.org Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange' http://wnpr.org/post/longtime-friends-lithgow-and-molina-play-longtime-couple-love-strange When actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina came by NPR's New York studios, they brought with them a loose, joking rapport — the shorthand of longtime friends. "Fred and I had known each other for 15-20 years," says Lithgow — who calls Molina "Fred."<p>"If anyone says, ... 'I know <em>Alfred</em> really well,' they're lying!" Molina tells NPR's Melissa Block.<p>"You can call him Freddie Teacups; that's his mob name," Lithgow says with a laugh.<p>Lithgow and Molina bring that same easy intimacy to their roles in the new movie <em>Love Is Strange.</em> It's a quiet portrait of a marriage. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:22:00 +0000 editor 27521 at http://wnpr.org Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange' Mexico Swears In A New Police Force, But Many Aren't Impressed http://wnpr.org/post/mexico-swears-new-police-force-many-arent-impressed <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=Mexico+Swears+In+A+New+Police+Force%2C+But+Many+Aren%27t+Impressed&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQ3NzExMDEyMTczNzkxNDU5MmE1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 27513 at http://wnpr.org In Plagiarism And Lost Posts, BuzzFeed's Strained Journalistic Evolution http://wnpr.org/post/plagiarism-and-lost-posts-buzzfeeds-strained-journalistic-evolution <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=In+Plagiarism+And+Lost+Posts%2C+BuzzFeed%27s+Strained+Journalistic+Evolution&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTYxNzk1MDEyOTc4NzE4ODM0ZDA2YQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now plagiarism online - specifically at BuzzFeed. Plagiarism got one editor fired there last month, and now the company has been caught taking down thousands of old postings. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 27522 at http://wnpr.org For The First Time, Real Tattoos Make Their Madden Debut http://wnpr.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 27477 at http://wnpr.org For The First Time, Real Tattoos Make Their Madden Debut Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History http://wnpr.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 27478 at http://wnpr.org Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History