All Things Considered on 90.5 WKAR http://wkar.org en Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://wkar.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Richard Harris 56589 at http://wkar.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://wkar.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 56590 at http://wkar.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://wkar.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 56583 at http://wkar.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass http://wkar.org/post/remembering-jazz-legend-charlie-haden-who-crafted-his-voice-bass <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJGY-LV1fZ8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYzlgETvKaY</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 editor 56586 at http://wkar.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://wkar.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 56585 at http://wkar.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands http://wkar.org/post/fate-new-nc-voter-id-law-now-rests-judges-hands North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WUNC-FM. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 editor 56581 at http://wkar.org The Musician's Secret Slang: A 'Crow,' An Oboe And A Cleveland Call-Out http://wkar.org/post/musicians-secret-slang-crow-oboe-and-cleveland-call-out Every profession has a jargon all its own, and musicians are no different. Oboist Alli Gessner and blues musician Brian Brickley offer a few terms distinctive to the music world: "crowing" and "good night, Cleveland," among others. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 editor 56579 at http://wkar.org In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain http://wkar.org/post/after-brazils-world-cup-defeat-poem-numb-pain Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174665">Casey at the Bat</a>." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.<p><blockquote><p>The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;<br />He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 editor 56573 at http://wkar.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration http://wkar.org/post/after-decades-storage-damaged-rothko-murals-get-high-tech-restoration Paintings by postwar abstract artist Mark Rothko are highly coveted — in May one of his works sold at auction in London for $50 million. But oddly enough, Harvard University has had a handful of Rothkos — faded by sunlight and splattered with food and drink — in storage. Now, new technology has led to a potentially controversial restoration.<p>Retired Harvard curator and conservator Marjorie Cohn was an apprentice at the Harvard Art Museums around the time Rothko was commissioned to create wall-sized paintings for a new space at the university's Holyoke Center. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 editor 56580 at http://wkar.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://wkar.org/post/captain-pizza-saves-day-doesnt-save-himself-slice It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.<p>That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.<p>"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:12:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56536 at http://wkar.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://wkar.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-2-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 56534 at http://wkar.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://wkar.org/post/veterans-face-another-battle-fighting-prescription-drug-addiction There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.<p>The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 56530 at http://wkar.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://wkar.org/post/obamas-request-immigration-funds-meets-pushback-hill President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. <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=Obama%27s+Request+For+Immigration+Funds+Meets+Pushback+On+The+Hill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 56531 at http://wkar.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith http://wkar.org/post/stories-muslim-identity-playwright-explores-fault-lines-faith Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, <em>Disgraced,</em> won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.<p>Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 editor 56532 at http://wkar.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://wkar.org/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56526 at http://wkar.org The Hopes And Hazards Of The 17-Story Water Slide http://wkar.org/post/hopes-and-hazards-15-story-water-slide Kansas City now boasts the world's tallest water slide. At about 17 stories high, the slide had been postponed multiple times during construction after tests went bad. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, the slide is attracting thrill-seekers and naysayers alike. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KCUR-FM. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 56527 at http://wkar.org In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn http://wkar.org/post/high-drama-its-1964-convention-gop-hung-right-turn In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 56528 at http://wkar.org Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://wkar.org/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56465 at http://wkar.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://wkar.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:21:00 +0000 John Burnett 56463 at http://wkar.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can On Calif. Cattle Ranch, Students Wrangle With Meaning Of Manhood http://wkar.org/post/calif-cattle-ranch-students-wrangle-meaning-manhood <em>For </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a>"<em> series, NPR's Kelly McEvers sent this report on Deep Springs College — the all-male college that her husband attended, and where he and McEvers have both taught. </em><p>About a hundred years ago, a man named L.L. Nunn was building power plants in the American West. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 56457 at http://wkar.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop http://wkar.org/post/obama-stumps-colorado-womens-vote-backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 56451 at http://wkar.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd http://wkar.org/post/clash-nashville-property-battle-music-row-draws-crowd News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15294227/ben-folds" target="_blank">Ben Folds</a>, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 56455 at http://wkar.org Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd Dublin Has Garth's Heart, But Not His Concerts Anymore http://wkar.org/post/dublin-has-garths-heart-not-his-concerts-anymore Garth Brooks fans abound in Ireland, and now 400,000 of them won't get to the chance to see him perform. Brooks has cancelled five concerts after the Dublin City Council refused to grant him more than three. Melissa Block speaks to Rachel Flaherty of <em>The Irish Times</em> about the controversy. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 56454 at http://wkar.org Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor http://wkar.org/post/corruption-convictions-spell-10-year-sentence-former-nola-mayor Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A federal judge has sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison for corruption conviction. The sentence was lighter than what prosecutors were seeking for the former two-term Democrat. NPR's Debbie Elliott covered Nagin's trial earlier this year, and she joins us now to talk about today's sentencing. Debbie, first remind us of what Ray Nagin was convicted of back in February.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Well, a New Orleans jury found him guilty of 20 of the 21 federal corruption counts he was facing. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 56445 at http://wkar.org The Plight Of Mosul's Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin http://wkar.org/post/plight-mosuls-museum-iraqi-antiquities-risk-ruin Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. As Sunni insurgents have swept through Iraq seizing cities, they've also begun destroying ancient artifacts. Shrines, tombs and statues that the group ISIS believes are against Islam. Present day Iraq was once Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and considered the cradle of civilization. Now there's great concern that antiquities and archaeological sites will be wiped out. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 56446 at http://wkar.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Weight Away From Low-Level Marijuana Cases http://wkar.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-weight-away-low-level-marijuana-cases Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The district attorney of Brooklyn, New York has announced that his office will not prosecute most low-level marijuana cases. Kenneth Thompson explained his decision by saying, we are pouring money and effort into an endeavor that produces no public safety benefit for the community. And DA Thompson joins me now to talk about the new policy. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 56449 at http://wkar.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along http://wkar.org/post/break-cycle-child-poverty-teaching-mom-and-dad-get-along After a half-century of the War on Poverty, an anti-poverty agency in Ohio has concluded that decades of assistance alone just hasn't changed lives. Instead, it says, the ongoing breakdown of the family is to blame.<p>"You're seeing the same people come year after year, and in some cases generation to generation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 56405 at http://wkar.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat http://wkar.org/post/collective-anguish-brazilian-defeat Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now on to Sao Paulo, where NPR South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro caught the game at a bar. And, Lourdes, I assume there is collective anguish, albeit very loud anguish right now. What's the mood?<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Well, I think people are drowning their sorrows in this bar. And I think anguish is absolutely the right word. I think you could also use the word despair, shock, horror. People have told me this surpassed even the worst imaginings of their most pessimistic friends. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56404 at http://wkar.org What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be http://wkar.org/post/what-looks-overcharging-your-hospital-might-not-be Despite concerns first raised a few years ago, hospitals do not seem to be abusing their electronic data systems to generate bigger bills and boost their income — at least according to authors of a large study released Tuesday. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 editor 56398 at http://wkar.org Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools http://wkar.org/post/against-islamic-state-militants-treasury-may-need-try-new-tools In the fight against terrorist organizations, one weapon has been effective in the past: cutting off their funding.<p>Terrorist groups tend to get their money from outside donors or charities. But the Islamic State, the group that now controls huge areas of Syria and Iraq, doesn't get its money that way. So the methods the U.S. Treasury has used to fight terrorist groups in the past won't work as well.<p>Right after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration created an intelligence unit within the Treasury Department. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 56399 at http://wkar.org