WNPR News http://wnpr.org en 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://wnpr.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff-0 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/188698578/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff">June 25, 2013</a>.<p>One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 20389 at http://wnpr.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://wnpr.org/post/japan-says-it-will-temporarily-scale-back-whale-hunt Japan says it will kill fewer whales when its seasonal Pacific hunt begins next week and will only observe whales in the Antarctic, after a U.N. court ordered it to stop taking the marine mammals from the Southern Ocean.<p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the Pacific catch target would be lowered to about 210 from the current 380. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:01 +0000 Scott Neuman 20387 at http://wnpr.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://wnpr.org/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:17:56 +0000 David Edelstein 20386 at http://wnpr.org Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black' http://wnpr.org/post/return-many-shows-they-call-orphan-black When I saw the first episode of BBC America's <em>Orphan Black</em> last year, I was convinced it was a crappy Canadian police drama.<p>That's because the set-up seemed like the oddest sort of crime procedural nonsense. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:17:44 +0000 Eric Deggans 20385 at http://wnpr.org The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black' So, 'Scandal' Writers, How Did You Write That Awful Wrist Thing? http://wnpr.org/post/so-scandal-writers-how-did-you-write-awful-wrist-thing Sundance has been making strides in scripted television with series like <em>Rectify</em> and <em>Top Of The Lake</em>, but Friday night also brings back a charming little interview show they have — sort of a perfect Friday night show, actually.<p><em>The Writers' Room</em>, hosted by Jim Rash (a screenwriter who's also on NBC's <em>Community</em>) features friendly, sometimes giggly chats with groups of writers and sometimes stars from different TV shows. The second season premiere concerns <em>Scandal</em>, which just wrapped up its third season on ABC. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:15:16 +0000 Linda Holmes 20384 at http://wnpr.org So, 'Scandal' Writers, How Did You Write That Awful Wrist Thing? China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated http://wnpr.org/post/china-admits-one-fifth-its-farmland-contaminated Unbridled industrialization with almost no environmental regulation has resulted in the toxic contamination of one-fifth of China's farmland, the Communist Party has acknowledged for the first time.<p>The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and Land and Resources, says 16.1 percent of the country's soil in general and 19.4 percent of its farmland is polluted with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. It was based on a soil survey of more than 2.4 million square miles of land across China, spanning a period from April 2005 until December 2013. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:13:55 +0000 Scott Neuman 20383 at http://wnpr.org China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use http://wnpr.org/post/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it.<p>The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette.<p>That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have an odor.<p>Discretion, it turns out, makes for good money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Miles Bryan 20381 at http://wnpr.org Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail? http://wnpr.org/post/hunting-tastiest-egg-duck-goose-chicken-or-quail The chicken clearly rules the roost of American egg production. Our hens laid 95.2 billion eggs in 2013, according to government <a href="http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/ChickEgg/ChickEgg-02-27-2014.txt">figures</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay 20388 at http://wnpr.org Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail? Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base http://wnpr.org/post/why-scott-walker-looking-beyond-his-fan-base Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.<p>It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that <em>other</em> office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.<p>And that's to be expected.<p>Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House — much like Bill Clinton in 1990 and George W. Bush in 1998 and Rick Perry in 2010.<p>Of course there's no question what's on Walker's mind, long term. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:27:00 +0000 Ron Elving 20382 at http://wnpr.org Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base Survey Says: What's Your Springfield Commute? http://wnpr.org/post/survey-says-whats-your-springfield-commute <p>The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is asking the public for input on daily routes, parking locations, and commute timing in anticipation of the reconstruction of an elevated highway through Springfield.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:11:50 +0000 Heather Brandon 20368 at http://wnpr.org Survey Says: What's Your Springfield Commute? A "Love Theme" for Where We Live http://wnpr.org/post/love-theme-where-we-live <p>Last month, Hartford’s very own Asylum Quartet <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet">visited</a> WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> to talk about and perform some music.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:36 +0000 Lydia Brown 20373 at http://wnpr.org A "Love Theme" for Where We Live Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported http://wnpr.org/post/strong-quake-rattles-mexico-no-reports-injuries A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck near Mexico's resort town of Acapulco could be felt as far away as Mexico City, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of Friday's quake was located about 80 miles northwest of Acapulco at a depth of about 15 miles. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20374 at http://wnpr.org 15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer? http://wnpr.org/post/15-years-after-columbine-are-schools-any-safer The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 20379 at http://wnpr.org To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque http://wnpr.org/post/fight-extremism-dont-alienate-troublemakers-mosque In the fight against Islamic extremism, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says that intervention within the community is more effective than external surveillance and secrecy. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 20378 at http://wnpr.org New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorks-muslims-push-public-schools-close-eid-holidays President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 20377 at http://wnpr.org Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea? http://wnpr.org/post/gefilte-fish-shortage-best-thing-parting-red-sea A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 20376 at http://wnpr.org Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters? http://wnpr.org/post/should-college-dropouts-be-honored-their-alma-maters From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 20375 at http://wnpr.org Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying http://wnpr.org/post/heres-what-putin-didnt-tell-snowden-about-russias-spying "Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304057289/putin-tells-snowden-that-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance" target="_blank">asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday</a>.<p>"We don't have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist," the Russian leader responded.<p>Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/tgjelten/status/457169455101902848" target="_blank">as NPR's Tom Gjelten tweets< Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20380 at http://wnpr.org Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying Yankee Ingenuity: Curtis Veeder, a Mechanical Genius and Shrewd Businessman http://wnpr.org/post/yankee-ingenuity-curtis-veeder-mechanical-genius-and-shrewd-businessman <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:47:40 +0000 Mary Muller & Erin Strogoff 20370 at http://wnpr.org Yankee Ingenuity: Curtis Veeder, a Mechanical Genius and Shrewd Businessman Senators Blumenthal and Murphy Discuss Heroin Addiction at New Haven Forum http://wnpr.org/post/senators-blumenthal-and-murphy-discuss-heroin-addiction-new-haven-forum <p>U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy held a roundtable forum on&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_2098287380" tabindex="0">Thursday</span>&nbsp;about how to deal with the heroin problem in Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal described the situation as an "epidemic and [a] scourge."&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:42:50 +0000 Ray Hardman & Lori Mack 20367 at http://wnpr.org Senators Blumenthal and Murphy Discuss Heroin Addiction at New Haven Forum The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy http://wnpr.org/post/agony-and-utility-ecstasy-0 <p></p><p>"Molly" is the nickname for MDMA, or ecstasy. It's short for "molecule," meaning you're getting the "real thing," chemically speaking. Except you almost never do.</p><p>This hour, we talk about the dangers of Molly, the medical uses of MDMA, and the curious romance between the drug and the form of music known as EDM, Electronic Dance Music.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:36:42 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf & Betsy Kaplan 20371 at http://wnpr.org The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy Wal-Mart To Offer Money-Transfer Service http://wnpr.org/post/wal-mart-offer-money-transfer-service The giant retailer will go head to head with Western Union and Moneygram in a market worth about $900 billion. But Wal-Mart says it will offer lower fees. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 editor 20372 at http://wnpr.org Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden http://wnpr.org/post/pakistani-madrassa-names-its-library-osama-bin-laden A sign now outside the small library at a religious school for girls in Pakistan's capital says the room has been named for a martyr — Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida terrorist network was responsible for the Sept. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20369 at http://wnpr.org Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden MGM Springfield Seeks Delay In Awarding Casino License http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-springfield-seeks-delay-awarding-casino-license Nervous about the prospect of a casino repeal referendum, MGM is asking Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to delay awarding a casino license for the company’s Springfield project.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/mgmcasino_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commi Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:34 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20365 at http://wnpr.org MGM Springfield Seeks Delay In Awarding Casino License MassDOT Surveys Commuters In Planning I-91 Project http://wnpr.org/post/massdot-surveys-commuters-planning-i-91-project The Massachusetts Department of Transportation as part of the planning for a major highway project in western Massachusetts is surveying commuters.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The elevated highway in Springfield, MA known as the I-91 viaduct will be rebuilt beginning in November. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:15 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20366 at http://wnpr.org MassDOT Surveys Commuters In Planning I-91 Project Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/deal-doubt-separatists-refuse-budge-ukraine "Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3A1B520140418" target="_blank">Reuters reports</a>.<p>What's more, "the separatists' spokesman <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226" target="_blank">told the BBC</a> that the Kiev government was 'illegal,' so they would not go until the Kiev government ste Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20364 at http://wnpr.org Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://wnpr.org/post/tragedy-atop-world-everest-avalanche-kills-least-12 At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.<p>The death toll may go higher: <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=At+least+12+killed+in+Everest+avalanche&NewsID=412101" target="_blank"><em>The Himalayan Times</em> reports</a> that while 12 bodies have been recovered, an additional body "has been sighted buried in the snow," and that as the day ended another five Sherpas were still missing. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20363 at http://wnpr.org Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/life-cerebral-palsy-asylum-saxophone-quartet <p>Photographer Chris Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy; Chris was not.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://chriscappy.com/distance-between-us-book.php" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Distance Between Us</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The story it tells is about how both&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capozziellos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are living and coping with Nick’s condition. Both join us to talk about their project.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:11:03 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20320 at http://wnpr.org Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface http://wnpr.org/post/rescue-efforts-continue-korean-ferry-sinks-below-surface As darkness fell Friday in the Yellow Sea off South Korea's southern coast, there was still no good news to report about efforts to determine if any of the nearly 270 people missing since a passenger ferry capsized Wednesday might still be alive inside the sunken ship.<p>The overturned ship's keel, which had been floating just above the surface of the water, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/18/transcript-shows-ferry-captain-delayed-evacuation/" target="_blank">disappeared below the waves at day's end</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20357 at http://wnpr.org As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated http://wnpr.org/post/why-mumps-and-measles-can-spread-even-when-were-vaccinated More than two months after a nasty <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mumps/downloads/dis-mumps-color-office.pdf">mumps virus</a> triggered fever, headache and painfully swollen glands among a handful of students at Ohio State University, the outbreak has ballooned to 234 cases at last count, and has spilled into the surrounding community in Columbus, Ohio.<p>"Columbus officials are calling it the city's biggest outbreak since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s," WOSU reporter Steve Brown tells Shots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 20359 at http://wnpr.org Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated