WNPR News http://wnpr.org en Teacher Tenure Challenge Spreads From California To New York http://wnpr.org/post/teacher-tenure-challenge-spreads-california-new-york Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting a second-class education in the U.S.?<p>That question is now at the center of the heated debate over teacher tenure. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz & Beth Fertig 26030 at http://wnpr.org Teacher Tenure Challenge Spreads From California To New York Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://wnpr.org/post/another-appeals-court-tosses-same-sex-marriage-ban For the second time this summer, a federal appellate court has voted to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.<p>A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district court judge's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/276807609/virginias-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-ruled-unconstitutional" target="_blank">decision</a> that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<p>"We do not dispute that states have refused to permit same-sex marriages for most of our country's history. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 26032 at http://wnpr.org Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban Medicare Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed http://wnpr.org/post/medicare-costs-stabilize-its-problems-are-far-fixed Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half of the health program for seniors and the disabled, won't run out of money until 2030, the program's trustees said Monday. That's four years later than projected last year, and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.<p>But that's not the case for the part of Social Security that pays for people getting disability benefits. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 26031 at http://wnpr.org Rob Reiner Reflects On Making Movies From 'And So It Goes' To 'Princess Bride' http://wnpr.org/post/rob-reiner-reflects-making-movies-and-so-it-goes-princess-bride Whether as an actor in the classic 1970s show &#8220;All in The Family,&#8221; or as the director of films such as &#8220;When Harry Met Sally,&#8221; &#8220;This is Spinal Tap&#8221; and &#8220;The Princess Bride,&#8221; <strong>Rob Reiner</strong> has been making people laugh for decades.<p>His latest film is the romantic comedy &#8220;And So It Goes,&#8221; a sort of &#8220;When Harry Met Sally&#8221; for the senior citizen set starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.<p>Reiner said in his romantic comedies he explores what he&#8217;s come to know about the relationships between women and Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:26:00 +0000 editor 26033 at http://wnpr.org Rob Reiner Reflects On Making Movies From 'And So It Goes' To 'Princess Bride' Big Money In Dollar Tree's Acquisition Of Family Dollar http://wnpr.org/post/big-money-dollar-trees-acquisition-family-dollar In an $8.5 billion deal, Dollar Tree has agreed to acquire its rival discount chain, Family Dollar. What does this mean for Dollar General? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 26035 at http://wnpr.org Big Money In Dollar Tree's Acquisition Of Family Dollar Are House Calls Making A Comeback? http://wnpr.org/post/are-house-calls-making-comeback Long ago, doctors visited the sick instead of the other way around. In our modern era of crowded waiting rooms, it&#8217;s hard to believe there ever was another way. Yet, this may soon change.<p>Due to a growing older population and rising medical costs, the doctor home visit is getting a second look. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 26034 at http://wnpr.org Are House Calls Making A Comeback? Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With http://wnpr.org/post/jenny-lewis-voyager-album-spend-time <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=Jenny+Lewis%27+%27The+Voyager%27+Is+An+Album+To+Spend+Time+With&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQ3NzExMDEyMTczNzkxNDU5MmE1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 26028 at http://wnpr.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' http://wnpr.org/post/whats-it-be-takei-george-takei-offers-glimpse Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show <em>Star Trek</em>. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary <a href="http://tobetakei.com/">To Be Takei</a> may interest more people in Takei's life.<p>Takei's personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.<p>After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, Takei and his family were among the 127,000 Americans of Japanese descent forced into internment camps. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:45:00 +0000 editor 26027 at http://wnpr.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/margot-adler-npr-journalist-three-decades-dies Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.<p>Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.<p>"Her reporting was singular and her voice distinct," Margaret Low Smith, NPR's vice president for news, said in an announcement to staff. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 editor 26025 at http://wnpr.org Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties http://wnpr.org/post/fast-food-scandal-revives-chinas-food-safety-anxieties A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.<p>The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.<p>The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 26024 at http://wnpr.org Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines http://wnpr.org/post/faa-seeks-12-million-fine-against-southwest-airlines The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.<p>Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16754" target="_blank">news release</a>.<p>The agency's investigation found that Aviation Technical Services Inc., a Southwest contractor, failed to follow proper procedures during repairs. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 26023 at http://wnpr.org FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas http://wnpr.org/post/it-may-be-summer-economists-week-feels-christmas This week is summer's sweet spot — the peak time for pool parties, fresh-picked berries and cool drinks. But for economists, it may feel more like Christmas — so much to unwrap!<p>Each day will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy. So economists, investors and workers will have plenty to ponder. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:37:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 26026 at http://wnpr.org It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades http://wnpr.org/post/stop-cheating-nuclear-officers-ditch-grades The young officers at <a href="http://www.warren.af.mil/">F.E. Warren Air Force Base</a> have an enormous job: to keep 150 nuclear-tipped missiles ready to launch at a moment's notice.<p>Understandably, they're expected to know exactly what they're doing.<p>Three times a month, they're tested on the weapons and the codes used to launch them. Anything less than 90 percent is a fail.<p>But until recently, even 90 percent wasn't really good enough. "I was told that if I got a 90 on a test, I was a D student — and I would be treated that way," says Lt. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 26021 at http://wnpr.org To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter http://wnpr.org/post/mens-y-chromosome-size-really-may-not-matter Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis of maleness.<p>Very early in the evolution of the Y chromosome, explains <a href="http://wi.mit.edu/people/faculty/page">Dr. David Page</a>, a geneticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, something pretty dramatic happened: The ancestral Y lost most of its genes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:00 +0000 Rob Stein 26022 at http://wnpr.org With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think http://wnpr.org/post/where-birds-are-not-where-youd-think This is a trick question. Where would you expect to find the greatest variety of birds?<p>Downtown, in a city?<p>Or far, far from downtown — in the fields, forests, mountains, where people are scarce?<p>Or in the suburbs? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 26020 at http://wnpr.org Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think The Scramble: How-To-Be-A-Guest on a Talk Show with David Rees http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-how-be-guest-talk-show-david-rees <p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:44:48 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 26018 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: How-To-Be-A-Guest on a Talk Show with David Rees Court Orders Russia To Pay Former Yukos Shareholders $50B http://wnpr.org/post/court-orders-russia-pay-former-yukos-shareholders-50b In 2003, Russia arrested the country's richest man, seized his main asset, Yukos Oil, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4235927">broke it up and sold it</a>. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 26017 at http://wnpr.org For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting http://wnpr.org/post/muslims-gaza-end-ramadan-marred-fighting Um Ahmed Ahmed almost ignored Eid this year.<p>The Muslim holiday, which began Monday, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.<p>"My plans were to have no plans for Eid," Ahmed says, pausing in the Firaz market area on a main street in Gaza City. "But my son kept bugging me, 'Mom, aren't you going to buy me something for Eid?'"<p>Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday and a family celebration. Relatives offer each other gifts of cash and chocolate. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Emily Harris 26016 at http://wnpr.org For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal http://wnpr.org/post/dollar-tree-buy-family-dollar-85-billion-deal With Dollar Tree's agreement to purchase Family Dollar on Monday, two of the United States' biggest discount stores are coming together in a deal estimated at $8.5 billion in cash and stock.<p><a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/dollar-tree-to-buy-family-dollar-for-8-5-billion/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The deal comes amid pressure on Family Dollar by the activist investor Carl C. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 26015 at http://wnpr.org Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal Sandy Hook Mother Remains Committed to Ending Gun Violence http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-mother-remains-committed-ending-gun-violence <p>A mother who lost her son in the Newtown school shootings remains committed to ending gun violence. Nicole Hockley is Communications Director for Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, a first grader who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:22:27 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25914 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Mother Remains Committed to Ending Gun Violence Amy Bloom's New Novel, Lucky Us http://wnpr.org/post/amy-blooms-new-novel-lucky-us <p>Successfully erotic sex scenes are notoriously difficult to write, but novelist <a href="http://amybloom.com/">Amy Bloom</a> has hit the jackpot in her new novel, <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/15006/lucky-us-by-amy-bloom"><em>Lucky Us</em></a>, featuring one of the most glamorous orgy scenes of all time. The irresistibly steamy Hollywood party involves a roomful of stars and starlets dancing, flirting, and seducing in the old Hollywood of the 1940s.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25836 at http://wnpr.org Amy Bloom's New Novel, Lucky Us How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery http://wnpr.org/post/how-protecting-wildlife-helps-stop-child-labor-and-slavery When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.<p>But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 26014 at http://wnpr.org How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting http://wnpr.org/post/team-investigating-downing-mh17-turns-back-due-heavy-fighting For a second day in a row, Dutch and Australian experts were unable to reach the debris field left by downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/28/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/">CNN reports</a> that team members were attempting to make their way to the area when they heard explosions and were told there was heavy fighting, so they turned back. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:00 +0000 editor 26013 at http://wnpr.org Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-elizabeth-esty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2012 race for Connecticut’s </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Congressional&nbsp;District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth </span>Esty<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>She’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin’ Fifth” and she joins us for our Where We Vote series to talk politics, foreign relations, immigration, and more.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25904 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt http://wnpr.org/post/ice-cream-sandwich-wouldnt-melt <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+Ice+Cream+Sandwich+That+Wouldn%27t+Melt&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMDgzMzYwMDEyOTc4NzE4NzJkZTAzYw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And our last word in Business Today is indestructible ice cream. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 26012 at http://wnpr.org Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-reach-deal-intended-fix-va-system-crisis <strong>This post was updated at 3 p.m. ET:</strong><p>House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion plan Monday to address the crisis in care for veterans.<p>The agreement would provide $10 billion to allow veterans to be treated outside the Veterans Affairs system, if they've had trouble getting appointments within it. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:00 +0000 editor 26011 at http://wnpr.org Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today http://wnpr.org/post/conflict-gaza-heres-what-you-need-know-today <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 1:24 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/28/un-demands-gaza-cease-fire/13257629/">As <em>USA Today</em> reports</a>, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."<p>Despite that call, fighting continued. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:58:00 +0000 editor 26010 at http://wnpr.org Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days http://wnpr.org/post/calif-gets-lesson-succession-4-governors-4-days <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=Calif.+Gets+A+Lesson+In+Succession%3A+4+Governors+In+4+Days&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Californians are getting a lesson in succession as the state gets four governors in four days. Governor Jerry Brown headed for Mexico yesterday on a trade mission. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 26009 at http://wnpr.org Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo http://wnpr.org/post/colorado-rockies-hand-out-free-jerseys-typo <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=Colorado+Rockies+Hand+Out+Free+Jerseys+%E2%80%94+With+A+Typo&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer with news of an all-star spelling error. The Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in a home game Saturday night, and fans at Coors Field received replicas of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's jersey. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 26008 at http://wnpr.org U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration http://wnpr.org/post/business-news-21 <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=U.K.+Launches++Licensing+For+Onshore+Oil+And+Gas+Exploration&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzczMDA2MDEzNTg3ODA1MTAzZjYxNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with fracking in the U.K.<p>MONTAGNE: The British government today will begin the process of offering licenses for onshore oil and gas exploration. This comes as governments across Europe are seeking to reduce their dependence on imports. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 editor 26007 at http://wnpr.org