WNPR News http://wnpr.org en Gambling on the Environment http://wnpr.org/post/gambling-environment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Biologist Paul Ehrlich became famous in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with his book <em>The Population Bomb</em>, which <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/jul/16/humanconsumption">outlined a doomsday scenario</a> in which the world’s supply of food and resources couldn't keep up with overpopulation.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 20249 at http://wnpr.org Gambling on the Environment New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://wnpr.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal <em>Nature</em></a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 20277 at http://wnpr.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://wnpr.org/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Legal+Moves+Might+Mean+Fiscal+Relief%2C+And+More+PR+Troubles%2C+For+GM&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 20276 at http://wnpr.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://wnpr.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 20273 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Contractor Identified in Federal Construction Probe http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-contractor-identified-federal-construction-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manafort Brothers, Inc. will pay $2.4 million in fines for alleged fraud tied to a 2007 road project. Now, a Hartford-based firm has also been identified at the center of the federal investigation.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:04:30 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20272 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Contractor Identified in Federal Construction Probe On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables http://wnpr.org/post/your-mark-get-set-grow-guide-speedy-vegetables Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?<p>There are two ways to make this happen. Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Marc Silver 20275 at http://wnpr.org On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables Fracking Protests; High Chances of "Sneeze"; Metro-North Meeting http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-protests-high-chances-sneeze-metro-north-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of advocates for prohibiting the storage of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or </span>“fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” as it’s called, delivered petitions with over 56-hundred&nbsp; signatures to lawmakers at a rally on Wednesday at the LOB. Though Connecticut doesn’t have the natural resource deposits to engage in the process of digging for natural gas,&nbsp; many fear that companies seeking to store the waste created by the process will make their way to into CT. from outside the state. They want Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy and lawmakers to prohibit it.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:33:28 +0000 Eric Clemmons 20271 at http://wnpr.org From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://wnpr.org/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Yasiel Puig has been a star for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but equally remarkable was his perilous journey from Cuba to the major leagues. Jesse Katz told the story recently in Los Angeles Magazine. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 20270 at http://wnpr.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://wnpr.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 20269 at http://wnpr.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/man-reaches-sun-solution-pakistans-gas-crisis Spring has crept up to the foothills of the Himalayas and, in Islamabad, Pakistan's purpose-built capital, the air is full of the scent of roses and the yelling of birds.<p>Yet, even in this most stately of South Asian cities, it is impossible to escape the realities of an unstable nation that has yet to figure out how to meet some of the basic needs of its 200 million or so citizens.<p>Islamabad long ago adjusted to attacks by Islamist militants by setting up roadblocks and turning its government buildings, five-star hotels, villas and diplomatic enclaves into modern-day fortresses, wrapped i Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 20263 at http://wnpr.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly http://wnpr.org/post/ukrainian-tanks-roll-above-them-russian-flags-fly Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 20262 at http://wnpr.org High School's Most Dreaded Test Gets A Makeover http://wnpr.org/post/high-schools-most-dreaded-test-gets-makeover The College Board outlined changes today for its SAT, pairing the news with a few sample questions. NPR's Cory Turner details the makeover students can expect to find in spring of 2016. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cory Turner 20261 at http://wnpr.org Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://wnpr.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Thursday with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They will discuss the crisis in Ukraine. While the Obama administration has said it has overwhelming evidence that Moscow is stirring up the unrest in eastern Ukraine, it says it wants to wait before expanding sanctions. Analysts say Washington has few other options. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 20260 at http://wnpr.org South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion http://wnpr.org/post/south-korea-ferry-disaster-sets-rescuers-and-fears-motion Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank Wednesday off South Korea's southern coast. Reporter Jason Strother in Seoul offers details on the latest developments. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 20259 at http://wnpr.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography http://wnpr.org/post/light-and-dark-racial-biases-remain-photography When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened.<p>"In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 20265 at http://wnpr.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://wnpr.org/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20264 at http://wnpr.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years Slow Start To Spring Housing Market http://wnpr.org/post/slow-start-spring-housing-market Usually as the weather heats up, so does the U.S. housing market. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 editor 20268 at http://wnpr.org ER Doctor Looks Back A Year After Marathon Bombing http://wnpr.org/post/er-doctor-looks-back-year-after-marathon-bombing On this day a year ago, Bostonians got one of their first glimpses into the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, when emergency room physician <strong>Ron Medzon</strong> came on our program.<p>&#8220;It was just one after another after another,” he said of the victims being brought into the hospital. “Every single person had a limb-threatening injury, a life-threatening injury. And I think 20 people came in over 40 minutes, which is just incredible.”<p>Thirteen area hospitals received 180 patients. Emergency rooms turned into MASH units. A year after the marathon bombing, Dr. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 editor 20267 at http://wnpr.org ER Doctor Looks Back A Year After Marathon Bombing DJ Sessions: Blurring The Lines Between Rock, Jazz And Classical http://wnpr.org/post/dj-sessions-blurring-lines-between-rock-jazz-and-classical In the latest installment of DJ Sessions, pianist <strong>Christopher O&#8217;Riley</strong> joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson to talk about his favorite group that&#8217;s making waves in the classical community.<p>O&#8217;Riley says <a href="http://www.thebadplus.com/" target="_blank">The Bad Plus</a> is comprised of great composers. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 editor 20266 at http://wnpr.org DJ Sessions: Blurring The Lines Between Rock, Jazz And Classical Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir http://wnpr.org/post/exploring-lifes-incurable-soiledness-father-italian-noir Although there's no rigid dividing line, fans of the crime genre generally fall into two camps. There are those who prefer stories which, after titillating us with dark transgressions, end by restoring order — the show <em>Law & Order</em> is an aptly named example. And then there are those who prefer stories which, even after the mystery is solved, leave you swimming in the murk — think <em>Chinatown</em>. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 John Powers 20258 at http://wnpr.org Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker http://wnpr.org/post/edward-snowden-geeky-drop-out-nsa-leaker Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has revealed some of the group's most carefully guarded secrets.<p>The reporting on the documents he leaked won a Pulitzer Prize for the <em>Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian,</em> announced on Monday.<p>But there's still a lot we don't know about Snowden himself — and his motivation.<p>In a new article in <em>Vanity Fair, </em>Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison take a closer look at Snowden in an effort to explain how a high school dropout, a "seemingly aimless geeky kid from the Maryland suburbs," came to posses Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 editor 20256 at http://wnpr.org Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile to York Prison http://wnpr.org/post/dcf-commissioner-defends-transfer-transgender-juvenile-york-prison <p>The Commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families is defending her agency's rare transfer of a 16-year-old transgender girl to Connecticut’s women’s prison. Joette Katz said the state had run out of options for the troubled youth.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:23:30 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 20253 at http://wnpr.org DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile to York Prison Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance http://wnpr.org/post/debate-millennials-dont-stand-chance The "millennial generation" has been getting a bad rap in popular culture in recent years. Millennials, roughly defined as people born in the 1980s and '90s, frequently see themselves depicted as entitled, coddled and narcissistic.<p>But many — including millennials themselves — dispute those characterizations. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 20257 at http://wnpr.org Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://wnpr.org/post/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.<p>The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the <a href="http://house.legis.state.la.us/">Louisiana House of Representatives</a> voted 8-5 last week to forward <a href="http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=877881&n=HB503%20Original">a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book</a>. It's a symbolic designation similar to choosing a state bird or state flower. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20254 at http://wnpr.org Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://wnpr.org/post/judge-overturns-north-dakotas-strict-abortion-law A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."<p>The law, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/15/174453025/north-dakota-legislature-oks-bill-banning-abortions-after-heartbeat-is-found">passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago</a>, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.<p>U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, cited the 1973 <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision by the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20255 at http://wnpr.org Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities http://wnpr.org/post/study-links-casual-pot-use-brain-abnormalities Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.<p>This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.<p>The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.<p>The senior author of the study, <strong>Hans Breiter</strong>, joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#82 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:06 +0000 editor 20252 at http://wnpr.org Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://wnpr.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blank">NBC Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:02 +0000 Mark Memmott 20251 at http://wnpr.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison http://wnpr.org/post/death-popular-hawk-highlights-concerns-over-rat-poison The death of a beloved red-tailed hawk in Cambridge, Mass., has drawn attention to the issue of how rat poison is affecting wildlife.<p>Veterinarians say the hawk likely died from eating a rodent that consumed rat poison. Local birdwatchers had followed the exploits of the hawk and her mate, which they named Ruby and Buzz, for years.<p>The state of California recently announced a ban on the retail sale of certain rat poisons, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), because of the hazards they pose to pets, children and wildlife. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:01 +0000 editor 20250 at http://wnpr.org Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/singer-marianne-solivan-brings-subtle-soulful-style-hartford <p>Besides possessing a lovely instrument of a voice graced with rich, sensuous timbres, <a href="http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com/" target="_blank">Marianne Solivan is a gifted, wise singer</a> who never feels compelled to use her ample skills to push the envelope so hard that she murders the enclosed message in the song.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:21:33 +0000 Owen McNally 20173 at http://wnpr.org Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://wnpr.org/post/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-39 The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-usa-mudslide-washingtonstate-idUSBREA3F07920140416">has risen to 39</a>, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.<p>Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.<p>Last week, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20247 at http://wnpr.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39