All Things Considered http://wnpr.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://wnpr.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 25663 at http://wnpr.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wnpr.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 25660 at http://wnpr.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://wnpr.org/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 25657 at http://wnpr.org What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits If You're A College Man Who Hasn't Shared His Bed, You're Not Alone http://wnpr.org/post/if-youre-college-man-who-hasnt-shared-his-bed-youre-not-alone Freelance writer Noah Berlatsky talks about sex in college — or, rather, not having sex in college. Berlatsky was among the 10 percent of students who remain virgins throughout college, and this felt to him like an embarrassment — and a knock against his masculinity. But, he realized in time, it made him no less or more a man. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 editor 25661 at http://wnpr.org In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone http://wnpr.org/post/bloody-battle-medal-honor-recipient-held-his-post-alone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.<p>SIEGEL: Today, Pitts is married with a young son and lives in New Hampshire. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 25653 at http://wnpr.org Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By http://wnpr.org/post/tenuous-progress-jets-crash-site-clashes-flare-close The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev. <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=Tenuous+Progress+At+Jet%27s+Crash+Site%2C+As+Clashes+Flare+Close+By&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 25644 at http://wnpr.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://wnpr.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 25654 at http://wnpr.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://wnpr.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 25600 at http://wnpr.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies http://wnpr.org/post/actor-james-garner-rockford-files-dies Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>OK, we don't to let that play much longer for you to know where we're going with this - the theme from "The Rockford Files" and a few seconds to remember actor, James Garner. He died yesterday at home, here in Los Angeles. He was 86. A native of Oklahoma, Garner was a Korean War vet. He got his start in Hollywood with small parts in Westerns. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 25597 at http://wnpr.org Death Toll Climbs In Israel-Gaza Conflict Amid Attempts At Cease-Fire http://wnpr.org/post/death-toll-climbs-israel-gaza-conflict-amid-attempts-cease-fire Israel widened its operation into Gaza Sunday and each side had the highest death toll of this two-week-old conflict. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem about this deadly day. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 25598 at http://wnpr.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists http://wnpr.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists 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 25599 at http://wnpr.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate http://wnpr.org/post/superheroes-go-mainstream-comic-cons-get-corporate Darren Tompkins attended his first comic convention (or comic con) in Roanoke, Va., back in the mid-1980s. At the time, these gatherings were only for die-hard comic fans — people who might invest in a Batman or Joker costume to wear once a year.<p>"Really, it was just a small ballroom filled with cardboard boxes," Tompkins says. "I mean, there weren't any actors or famous people or panels or anything. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:18:00 +0000 editor 25574 at http://wnpr.org As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://wnpr.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile and a penchant for off-color jokes. 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 25570 at http://wnpr.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It Community Groups Help Immigrants Settle Amid Political, Legal Turmoil http://wnpr.org/post/community-groups-help-immigrants-settle-amid-political-legal-turmoil Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEver's.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF RECORDING)<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The following message will be repeated in Spanish and English.<p>MCEVERS: Let's say you're from Central America. You live here in the U.S. Your child, your niece, your cousin who's just cross the border, alone - one of the tens of thousands of children who cross into the U.S. this year. How do you find them? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 25572 at http://wnpr.org At Crash Site In Ukraine, Rebels Restrict International Monitors http://wnpr.org/post/crash-site-ukraine-rebels-restrict-international-monitors Separatist rebels at the site of the shot down Malaysia Airlines jet in Eastern Ukraine have been giving restricted access to international monitors Saturday. Corey Flintoff speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers from Donetsk on the effort and the outcry over the slow pace of the body recovery and evidence gathering. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 25573 at http://wnpr.org New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorks-night-birmingham-horror-sparked-summer-riots It was called "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1964/07/20/violence-flares-again-in-harlem.html?_r=0" target="_blank">New York's night of Birmingham horror</a>."<p>Just over two weeks after the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/behind-the-civil-rights-act/#/annotations" target="_blank">landmark Civil Rights Act</a> was signed into law in 1964, violence erupted in the streets of New York City, lasting a total of six nights. It was the first in a series of riots that would come to define the later years of the 1960s civil rights movement. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 25545 at http://wnpr.org New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe http://wnpr.org/post/inside-gaza-and-under-israeli-fire-family-tries-stay-safe The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza">beginning of Israel's ground invasion Thursday night</a> was loud. Explosions lit up the sky to the north and east and boomed throughout the Gaza Strip.<p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/18/332499370/israeli-ground-operation-in-gaza-continues">Friday</a> started pretty quietly for Rashad Abu Tawila.<p>"It was before dawn," the Gaza resident recalls, through an interpreter. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Emily Harris 25543 at http://wnpr.org Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life http://wnpr.org/post/surviving-adult-world-fairy-tales-and-real-life I live in Tucson, Ariz. National news about thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — some as young as 2 years old — is local news here. A front-page headline from this week's <em>Arizona Daily Star</em> reads, "Immigration tension boils over in Oracle." It's subtitled "Protesters, supporters, clash; bus carrying children fails to show."<p>The article featured a photograph of protesters, adults standing by signs scrawled with red and blue markers. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 editor 25544 at http://wnpr.org Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/wrap-days-events-eastern-ukraine-and-gaza Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to recap the major stories of the day. The United States is pinning the blame for the crash of a passenger jet in Ukraine on pro-Russian separatists. President Obama said today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the separatists. Mr. Obama called for a cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The crash site itself is under rebel control. And the first international monitors arriving on the scene say their access is being limited. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 25542 at http://wnpr.org Among The Ruins Of The Plane, Tentative Steps To Secure Order http://wnpr.org/post/among-ruins-plane-tentative-steps-secure-order Journalist Noah Sneider was at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down, killing all 298 people onboard. Sneider updates Audie Cornish on the state of the site and local reactions. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 editor 25538 at http://wnpr.org The Challenges Of Investigating The Malaysia Airlines Disaster http://wnpr.org/post/challenges-investigating-malaysia-airlines-disaster The crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine holds many important clues about what happened to the plane. But that site is under the control of pro-Russian separatists who are suspected of involvement in shooting the plane down.<p>The rebel fighters say they are giving access to investigators, including those from the Ukrainian government, though one Ukrainian official who visited the scene Friday said he was not given full access.<p>Here are some of the key questions on the investigation into Flight MH17:<p><strong>The U.N. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 25540 at http://wnpr.org The Challenges Of Investigating The Malaysia Airlines Disaster Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants http://wnpr.org/post/unanimous-vote-could-mean-reduced-penalties-46000-defendants Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now to a major decision that could bring big changes to as many as 46,000 prison inmates. Those are people convicted of drug crimes, and today, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to reduce prison sentences for drug defendants who are already behind bars. This would start next year. NPR justice correspondent, Carrie Johnson, has our story.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: The U.S. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 25529 at http://wnpr.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://wnpr.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 20:40:00 +0000 NPR Staff 25536 at http://wnpr.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? A Hamas Response To Israeli Peace Terms And The Violence In Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/hamas-response-israeli-peace-terms-and-violence-gaza Robert Siegel talks to Ihab al-Ghussein, deputy information minister for Hamas in Gaza, about the conditions under which Hamas would accept a cease-fire. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 editor 25537 at http://wnpr.org At The Scene Of The Crash: An Attempt To Make Sense Of The Wreckage http://wnpr.org/post/scene-crash-attempt-make-sense-wreckage Audie Cornish talks with reporter Noah Sneider, who's at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:40:00 +0000 editor 25494 at http://wnpr.org A Day Of Tumult, Tragedy And Violence In Europe And Middle East http://wnpr.org/post/day-tumult-tragedy-and-violence-europe-and-middle-east Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, what we know about today's two big stories - the ground invasion that's now underway in the Gaza Strip and the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine. We'll begin with the downing of the Boeing triple seven. It left Amsterdam at twelve fifteen p.m. local time, and was supposed to arrive at Kuala Lumpur national airport early tomorrow morning. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 editor 25487 at http://wnpr.org The Corrupt Structures Driving The Exodus Out Of Central America http://wnpr.org/post/corrupt-structures-driving-exodus-out-central-america Many of the immigrant children now crossing the U.S.-Mexico border come from Central America, escaping violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. To find out more about the unstable conditions in those countries, Robert Siegel speaks with Joy Olson, the executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 editor 25490 at http://wnpr.org William T. Vollmann's Ghost Stories Are Frighteningly Self-Indulgent http://wnpr.org/post/william-t-vollmanns-ghost-stories-are-frighteningly-self-indulgent In certain writers, the sense of profound moral inquiry is like a bell tower in a country church: You can see it from a long way off, and even when it's not making a sound, you can hear its reverberation. William T. Vollmann's work is like that: Regardless of his subject, he writes from a place of grave moral seriousness. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 25491 at http://wnpr.org White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-urges-lawmakers-address-popular-tax-dodge When is it OK for an American company to avoid paying American taxes?<p>That's the question the Senate Finance Committee will wrestle with next week as the Obama administration urges lawmakers to make it harder for companies to duck corporate taxes by setting up shop overseas.<p>The latest tax-cutting strategy to go under the microscope, these so-called corporate inversions are a buttoned-down variation of an older, sexier tax dodge called the "naked inversion."<p>"The naked inversion is, you're a U.S. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 25483 at http://wnpr.org White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge U.S. Officials Believe That Malaysian Airliner Was Shot Down By Missile http://wnpr.org/post/us-officials-believe-malaysian-airliner-was-shot-down-missile U.S. officials are saying they believe the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down by a missile. Thomas Erdbrink of <em>The New York Times</em> speaks with Audie Cornish from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, where the flight took off. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 editor 25485 at http://wnpr.org