All Things Considered on 90.5 WKAR http://wkar.org en Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://wkar.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 57222 at http://wkar.org The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers http://wkar.org/post/evolution-esquire-man-10-revealing-covers This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been exploring what it means to be a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">man in America</a> today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.<p>There are few people more acquainted with those shifts than David Granger. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 editor 57220 at http://wkar.org The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small http://wkar.org/post/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-mans-quest-find-extra-small <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=When+One+Size+Doesn%27t+Fit+All%3A+A+Man%27s+Quest+To+Find+An+Extra-Small&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Viet Le 57221 at http://wkar.org Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? http://wkar.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 editor 57204 at http://wkar.org Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://wkar.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 57214 at http://wkar.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? http://wkar.org/post/when-it-comes-creativity-are-two-heads-better-one Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."<p>Take Steve Jobs: "Jobs created Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak," says Shenk. "Flash-forward to the end of his life, a lot of the great work at the height of Apple was done with this design guru, Jonathan Ive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 57213 at http://wkar.org When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours http://wkar.org/post/ariz-governor-orders-review-after-execution-lasts-2-hours <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=Ariz.+Governor+Orders+Review+After+Execution+Lasts+2+Hours&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:36:00 +0000 editor 57168 at http://wkar.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://wkar.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 57164 at http://wkar.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wkar.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 57159 at http://wkar.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wkar.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and <a href="http://www.ymca.net/summer-food-program">non-profit groups</a> are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 57160 at http://wkar.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music http://wkar.org/post/finding-anthropology-latin-dance-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199041/jorge-drexler" target="_blank">Jorge Drexler</a>'s songs have been called introspective and literate. He's been compared to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15168166/paul-simon" target="_blank">Paul Simon</a>. But a couple years ago, the Uruguayan musician began to wonder what it would take to write dance-oriented music. That's the assignment he gave himself on his latest album, <em>Bailar en la Cueva</em>, or "dancing in the cave."<p>"I decided to start this record from the feet and from the movement centers in the body," Drexler says. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 57156 at http://wkar.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered http://wkar.org/post/confusion-chance-clarity-your-weather-questions-answered Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/332650051/there-s-a-20-percent-chance-of-rain-so-what-does-that-mean" target="_blank">this story</a> about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.<p>From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:<p><blockquote><p>"There's a 20 percent chance that at least one-hundreth of an inch of rain — and we call that measurable amounts of rain — will fall at any s Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 57157 at http://wkar.org 'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions http://wkar.org/post/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-sexual-assault-convictions Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 57151 at http://wkar.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://wkar.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 editor 57106 at http://wkar.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://wkar.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:58:00 +0000 editor 57102 at http://wkar.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' http://wkar.org/post/book-review-angels-make-their-hope-here Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDRED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Now to 19th-century New Jersey and a new novel. It set among unusually tolerant people. A racially mixed community that offers refuge to independent souls. Alan Cheuse has this review of the novel "Angels Make Their Hope Here" by Breena Clarke.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Clarke calls her Jersey Shangri-La, Russell’s Knob. Where a black community elder named Duncan Smoot heads a couple of families. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 57103 at http://wkar.org D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital http://wkar.org/post/dc-washingtons-voice-shines-diamond-nations-capital During a recent visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by both his smooth baritone and his curiously apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington into the studio for a conversation and a few songs. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 57098 at http://wkar.org VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://wkar.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <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=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 57093 at http://wkar.org Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://wkar.org/post/near-crash-site-stories-jet-cleave-closely-russian-version Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>U.S. intelligence officials outlined today what they know so far about the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight in Ukraine. A U.S. spy satellite detected the launch of a surface to air missile from eastern Ukraine at the time the plane went down.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>They were also able to verify the identities of separatist leaders on an intercepted phone call. But U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 57094 at http://wkar.org Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct http://wkar.org/post/newark-police-placed-under-federal-microscope-rampant-misconduct Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>New Jersey's largest police force is getting a federal monitor. An investigation has found that the Newark police repeatedly violated residents' civil rights. Sarah Gonzalez of member station WNYC reports.<p>SARAH GONZALEZ, BYLINE: An investigation by the Department of Justice and the state's U.S. Attorney's office found that police in Newark have been stealing drugs and money from the narcotics unit, stopping and arresting black men and women at a disproportionate rate and using excessive force. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 57082 at http://wkar.org A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return http://wkar.org/post/spicy-take-old-standby-ketchups-ripe-return When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in high season, <em>All Things Considered</em> reaches into the archives for an heirloom tomato ketchup recipe, which produces a spicy sauce you'll likely not to find anywhere else. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 57091 at http://wkar.org The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions http://wkar.org/post/polish-case-tougher-russia-sanctions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>European foreign ministers met in Brussels today and agreed to expand the list of Russian individuals and entities targeted for destabilizing Ukraine. They're also preparing a list of other options including limits on dual technology sales and measures targeting the financial and energy sectors. One vocal advocate of tougher sanctions is Radek Sikorski, the foreign minister of Poland. Poland buys natural gas from Russia, and he told me that a better European energy policy can drive down the price that Europeans pay for that gas. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 57092 at http://wkar.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://wkar.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57041 at http://wkar.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wkar.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 57038 at http://wkar.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://wkar.org/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 57033 at http://wkar.org What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits If You're A College Man Who Hasn't Shared His Bed, You're Not Alone http://wkar.org/post/if-youre-college-man-who-hasnt-shared-his-bed-youre-not-alone Freelance writer Noah Berlatsky talks about sex in college — or, rather, not having sex in college. Berlatsky was among the 10 percent of students who remain virgins throughout college, and this felt to him like an embarrassment — and a knock against his masculinity. But, he realized in time, it made him no less or more a man. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 editor 57039 at http://wkar.org In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone http://wkar.org/post/bloody-battle-medal-honor-recipient-held-his-post-alone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.<p>SIEGEL: Today, Pitts is married with a young son and lives in New Hampshire. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 57029 at http://wkar.org Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By http://wkar.org/post/tenuous-progress-jets-crash-site-clashes-flare-close The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev. <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=Tenuous+Progress+At+Jet%27s+Crash+Site%2C+As+Clashes+Flare+Close+By&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 57020 at http://wkar.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://wkar.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57030 at http://wkar.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://wkar.org/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56994 at http://wkar.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County