WNPR News http://wnpr.org en Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court http://wnpr.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-battle-begins-federal-court Detroit's historic bankruptcy case is entering the home stretch. The crucial, final trial phase begins Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom.<p>The trial will decide the fate of a plan to wipe out billions of dollars in debt, and help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy a new, revitalized city.<p>This trial is a big deal, but don't expect anything with lots of courtroom drama. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 27868 at http://wnpr.org As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up http://wnpr.org/post/us-draws-down-afghan-fighting-heating As U.S. and NATO troops draw down in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters are growing bolder. They have been massing in larger and larger numbers and taking on Afghan forces across the country.<p>NPR producer Sultan Faizy and I spent a recent day making calls to ordinary Afghan citizens in some of the country's hot spots.<p>First, we reached Ahmadullah, who like many Afghans, goes by one name. He's a shopkeeper in the restive Sangin District in the southern province of Helmand. Sangin has been one of the bloodiest and most contested districts in the country. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 27869 at http://wnpr.org As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank http://wnpr.org/post/eric-cantor-joins-wall-street-investment-bank Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week begins working at the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company.<p>Cantor will serve as vice chairman and managing director, and will also be elected to the firm's board of directors.<p>Cantor, 51, and firm founder Ken Moelis announced the decision in a joint interview on Monday.<p>A statement on the<a href="http://www.moelis.com/News/SitePages/news-feed-details.aspx?feedId=248"> Moelis website</a> said, "Cantor will provide strategic counsel to the firm's corporate and institutional clients on key issues. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Doreen McCallister 27867 at http://wnpr.org Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank As Casinos Close, Atlantic City Tries To Pivot Focus Elsewhere http://wnpr.org/post/casinos-close-atlantic-city-tries-pivot-focus-elsewhere <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=As+Casinos+Close%2C+Atlantic+City+Tries+To+Pivot+Focus+Elsewhere&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 27866 at http://wnpr.org On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar http://wnpr.org/post/final-recording-joe-beck-exposes-possibilities-guitar <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=On+Final+Recording%2C+Joe+Beck+Exposes+Possibilities+Of+The+Guitar&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzczMDA2MDEzNTg3ODA1MTAzZjYxNg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Tom Moon 27865 at http://wnpr.org Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids http://wnpr.org/post/golf-course-provides-oasis-low-income-kids <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=Golf+Course+Provides+Oasis+For+Low-Income+Kids&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>CORNISH: All summer, dozens of lower-income kids in Providence, Rhode Island learned golf. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 John Bender 27864 at http://wnpr.org Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa http://wnpr.org/post/economic-impact-ebola-crisis-spreads-across-africa <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=Economic+Impact+Of+Ebola+Crisis+Spreads+Across+Africa&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzOTg1NjAzMDEyNTIwMDUzMDg0MGQ5NA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 27863 at http://wnpr.org 40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat http://wnpr.org/post/40-years-after-working-view-drivers-seat In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country with a tape recorder, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 conversations with a variety of people, including a waitress, a car parker, a jockey, a baseball player, a farm worker, a press agent and a sports team owner.<p>The result was <em>Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do</em>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 27862 at http://wnpr.org 40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO http://wnpr.org/post/analyst-response-russian-incursion-will-be-defining-moment-nato <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=Analyst%3A+Response+To+Russian+Incursion+Will+Be+%27Defining+Moment%27+For+NATO&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 27861 at http://wnpr.org 3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release http://wnpr.org/post/americans-detained-n-korea-urge-us-secure-their-release Three Americans who have been detained in North Korea appealed today to the U.S. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:18:00 +0000 editor 27858 at http://wnpr.org 3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work http://wnpr.org/post/these-5-crops-are-still-hand-harvested-and-its-hard-work Mechanization has made the farming of many crops — lettuce and tomatoes, among them — a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work.<p>How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor.<p>For Labor Day, we thought we'd round up some of those crops that still require specialized human labor. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:25:00 +0000 editor 27856 at http://wnpr.org These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct http://wnpr.org/post/it-has-been-100-years-passenger-pigeon-became-extinct The <a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2014/08/26/cincinnati-zoo-remembers-martha-the-worlds-last-passenger-pigeon/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Zoo</a> held a commemorative event; the <a href="http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/news/marthas-day" target="_blank">London Zoo stopped the clock outside its bird house</a> at noon. The object of their memorials: Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.<p>Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant birds. Massive flocks of more than 1 million would darken the sky. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 27857 at http://wnpr.org The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds http://wnpr.org/post/model-manhood-immigrant-dads-draw-two-worlds Lindolfo Carballo knows there's a stereotype about men like him. He grew up in San Miguel, El Salvador, he says, in a male-dominant culture.<p>"I'm coming from a so-called 'machista' country, right? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 27854 at http://wnpr.org To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss http://wnpr.org/post/cutting-back-carbs-not-fat-may-lead-more-weight-loss We've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/31/295719579/rethinking-fat-the-case-for-adding-some-into-your-diet">reported</a> a lot this year about how there's a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S.<p>Turns out, eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and nuts to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/12/275376259/the-full-fat-paradox-whole-milk-may-keep-us-lean">dairy fat</a> — doesn't make us fat.<p>But eating too many carbohydrates — particularly the heavily refined starches found in bagels, white pasta and crackers — does our collective waistlines n Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:51:00 +0000 editor 27855 at http://wnpr.org Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots http://wnpr.org/post/dom-flemons-holds-those-old-time-roots-0 <em>Prospect Hill</em> is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.<p><em>Originally broadcast July 30.</em> <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=Dom+Flemons+Holds+On+To+Those+Old-Time+Roots&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5Njc0ODg4MDEzNDA5MTE5NDRhNDMzYw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DOM FLEMONS: (Scat singing). Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:41:00 +0000 editor 27860 at http://wnpr.org The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival http://wnpr.org/post/story-little-feats-fame-destruction-and-revival <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+Story+Of+Little+Feat%27s+Fame%2C+Destruction+And+Revival&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5Njc0ODg4MDEzNDA5MTE5NDRhNDMzYw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our rock historian Ed Ward describes Little Feat as the archetypal '70s band. They had a charismatic front man who was a guitar virtuoso. They wrote wonderful songs and they had an influence far in excess of their record sales. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:41:00 +0000 Ed Ward 27859 at http://wnpr.org U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters http://wnpr.org/post/uk-seeks-expand-terrorism-laws-target-british-fighters Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give U.K. police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.<p>"We will introduce specific and targeted legislation ... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:10:00 +0000 editor 27853 at http://wnpr.org U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows http://wnpr.org/post/more-clashes-pakistan-pressure-government-grows Anti-government protesters in Pakistan briefly forced state TV off the air amid continuing clashes with police and renewed calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.<p>Today's violence marks an escalation of demonstrations that had been mostly peaceful until Saturday night when protesters tried to storm Sharif's residence in Islamabad. At least three people reportedly died and 500 were injured amid clashes with police. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:17:00 +0000 editor 27852 at http://wnpr.org More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors http://wnpr.org/post/showboat-casino-latest-atlantic-city-close-its-doors The iconic Showboat casino in Atlantic City closed Sunday, the latest casualty of competition from gambling in other states.<p>Denise Miller of New Jersey says she was an employee on the first day in 1987 when the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat opened. Although she no longer works there, Miller came down to watch the closed sign hung on the boardwalk entrance.<p>"I'm upset. I'm angry, because Showboat never went bankrupt," she told WHYY's Emma Jacobs. "It was a good casino, a good place to work and people enjoyed it because it was a big emphasis on customer service. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 27851 at http://wnpr.org Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors We're Going to the Drive-In! http://wnpr.org/post/were-going-drive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The drive-in movie theater turned 80 last summer.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you haven't been to one for a long time, you might be surprised at how much fun they are.</span></p><p>Here in Connecticut their numbers are shrinking --it's probably some combination of real estate prices, gas prices, the advent of home theaters, and the sheer economics of running any movie theater with fewer than 82 screens.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000 editor 3915 at http://wnpr.org We're Going to the Drive-In! Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/ahead-new-talks-russian-minister-calls-ukraine-cease-fire <strong>Update at 3:21 p.m. ET</strong><p>Pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine are no longer demanding full independence, telling negotiators in Belarus that they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.<p>The Associated Press adds:<p><blockquote><p>"It's a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks — possibly avoiding tougher Western sanctions. The talks follow last week's meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:38:00 +0000 editor 27849 at http://wnpr.org Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time http://wnpr.org/post/it-might-sound-stupid-maybe-it-isnt-economy-time As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.<p>And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this time around the track, they may discover that many Americans want to hear about other issues as well.<p>Wait. What?<p>The economy is not the No. 1 issue?<p>That's right. Gallup <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/174809/government-economy-immigration-top-problems.aspx">pollsters asked voters</a> what was important, and the No. 1 topic turned out to be dissatisfaction with politicians. No. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 27850 at http://wnpr.org It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law http://wnpr.org/post/judge-blocks-enforcement-louisianas-abortion-law Louisiana's new abortion law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. But a lawsuit challenged the law on the basis that the requirement was medically unnecessary and would result in the closure of the state's abortion clinics. <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/LA%20Order.pdf">A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked</a> the measure.<p>In his ruling, U.S. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:51:00 +0000 editor 27848 at http://wnpr.org State Announces $27 Million in Redevelopment Money http://wnpr.org/post/state-announces-27-million-redevelopment-money <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has announced a total of $27 million in grants and loans for 20 environmental remediation and redevelopment projects in Connecticut.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 27761 at http://wnpr.org State Announces $27 Million in Redevelopment Money Japanese Baseball Games Goes 50 Innings http://wnpr.org/post/japanese-baseball-games-goes-50-innings <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=Japanese+Baseball+Games+Goes+50+Innings&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A baseball game in Japan started on Thursday. It ended on Sunday, 50 innings later. The final score was three-nothing. The four-day game was the semi-final round of the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:15:00 +0000 editor 27846 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer Docs In Peru Take A Shopping Trip To Look For Patients http://wnpr.org/post/volunteer-docs-peru-take-shopping-trip-look-patients After a couple days operating on people in Iquitos, Peru, we realize we're going to need some more patients.<p>We started with about 50 candidates, with hernias, tumors or unidentified pains. But most were excluded for a variety of reasons. Some were too old or weak, and we feared complications with their hearts. Some never returned with the x-rays (relatively affordable at government clinics) we would need before operating. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 27845 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer Docs In Peru Take A Shopping Trip To Look For Patients More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height http://wnpr.org/post/more-evidence-adhd-drugs-dont-curb-ultimate-height More and more kids <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/22/246771526/more-children-are-being-medicated-for-adhd-than-before">are being diagnosed</a> with <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518/">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a>, and many are medicated — often with stimulant drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.<p>With so many children taking these drugs, plenty of parents and doctors are concerned about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/05/30/187268305/missplaced-blame-on-childhood-ritalin-for-later-substance-abuse">potential side effects</a> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 27844 at http://wnpr.org More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height Archaeologists Find Brewery Remains At Virginia Campus http://wnpr.org/post/archaeologists-find-brewery-remains-virginia-campus Archaeologists digging up the grounds of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., found the remnants of a campus brewery from the 1700s. It's already known that slaves sold the school hops. <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=Archaeologists+Find+Brewery+Remains+At+Virginia+Campus&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDc0NDkyMDEzMTQ4ODU0MTE0OGNiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:01:00 +0000 editor 27847 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe-1 <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Back in March, a team of Harvard scientists claimed to have found the first direct evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang. Within a matter of hours, their story had made its way around the Internet, spreading across blogs, news sites, and social media. </span></p><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 27750 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted? http://wnpr.org/post/why-did-crowd-flee-shanghai-subway-after-foreigner-fainted One Saturday night this summer, a foreigner fainted and fell to the floor of a Shanghai subway car.<p>The passengers around him scattered. Not a single person tried to help.<p>When the train arrived at the next station, hundreds rushed out, nearly trampling each other.<p>The incident was captured on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMbwov9UD3w">closed-circuit cameras</a>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 27843 at http://wnpr.org Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted?