NPR Staff http://wemu.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://wemu.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 49138 at http://wemu.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://wemu.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 49128 at http://wemu.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://wemu.org/post/youth-unemployment-crisis-hits-african-americans-hardest Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.<p>Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William Spriggs, an economist at Howard University, the trend is also being driven by a sluggish economy. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49090 at http://wemu.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://wemu.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 49087 at http://wemu.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists http://wemu.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49086 at http://wemu.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wemu.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49078 at http://wemu.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://wemu.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.<p>The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49057 at http://wemu.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://wemu.org/post/new-film-zach-braff-asks-how-long-can-you-pursue-your-dreams Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy <em>Scrubs</em>. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film <em>Garden State</em>, a model of 20-something angst.<p>Braff also directs and stars in his latest film, <em>Wish I Was Here</em>, which he co-wrote with his older brother, Adam. The collaboration yielded a coming-of-age story of sorts. It's about a guy who hasn't quite earned the title of adult, even though he's already a family man with kids. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49019 at http://wemu.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? http://wemu.org/post/quiz-which-these-state-fair-foods-are-faux It is the season of state fairs, when you may have a chance to expand your palate or test your gag reflex at the concession stands. (Once you're stuffed, maybe you'll get to admire a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/11/169085074/this-butter-sculpture-could-power-a-farm-for-3-days">butter sculpture</a>.)<p>If it can be dipped in batter or put on a stick, someone is probably trying to sell it on a fairground. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:55:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48958 at http://wemu.org QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank http://wemu.org/post/amid-shimmering-tension-walk-through-israel-and-west-bank Not long ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek traveled through Israel and the West Bank as part of his journey walking from Africa to South America. He was there this spring, before the current violence erupted. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48906 at http://wemu.org Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future http://wemu.org/post/calorie-counting-machine-may-make-dieting-easier-future Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.<p>Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to <a href="https://www.marketresearch.com/Marketdata-Enterprises-Inc-v416/Weight-Loss-Status-Forecast-8016030/">market research</a>, but the weight often comes right back. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48801 at http://wemu.org Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear http://wemu.org/post/3-scariest-words-boy-can-hear <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series.</em><p>It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.<p>Ehrmann — who played with the Baltimore Colts for much of the 1970s and was a lineman at Syracuse University before that — confronted many models of masculinity in his life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48775 at http://wemu.org The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children http://wemu.org/post/princess-fresh-prince-brings-history-children Hey, remember Hilary Banks from <em>Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em>?<p>She's back, but in a different light. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48716 at http://wemu.org Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://wemu.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48693 at http://wemu.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops http://wemu.org/post/its-etsy-kenyan-style-making-art-out-flip-flops-and-bottle-tops Sure, it's tough to earn a living as an artist. But it helps if your materials don't cost a lot. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, several of the Kenyan craftspeople work wonders with discarded beer bottles and flip-flops.<p><strong>Jonathan Lento: He Fashions Flip-Flops Into Funky Fauna Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:09:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48643 at http://wemu.org It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://wemu.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 48614 at http://wemu.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice Report Says FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims http://wemu.org/post/report-says-fbi-nsa-spied-american-muslims Reporters Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain say, <a href="https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/09/under-surveillance/">in the online news website Intercept</a>, that based on information provided by Edward Snowden they have evidence that<strong> </strong>the FBI and NSA used covert surveillance on the email accounts of 202 American Muslims.<p>The five men named in the story include a lawyer, Asim Ghafoor, a GOP operative named Faisal Gill, Rutgers University professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, activist Agha Saeed, and Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council of American-Isl Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48537 at http://wemu.org Report Says FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel http://wemu.org/post/what-gets-you-stressed-tell-our-expert-panel <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEN9Z0qLaok</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:23:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48513 at http://wemu.org What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya http://wemu.org/post/meet-musicians-and-storytellers-kenya <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZxRIYsb8ks</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuc858LOytg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm46th-UsRE</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48450 at http://wemu.org Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was http://wemu.org/post/teen-tries-be-parent-his-own-dad-never-was <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series. </em><p>Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.<p>When his daughter, Hailey, was born, Ramos was overwhelmed. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48422 at http://wemu.org Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation http://wemu.org/post/we-asked-you-answered-going-extremes-disconnect-vacation Summer is a great time to take a break from some of the stressors in our lives. For many of us, that stress is brought on by too much screen time and the pressure to stay connected.<p>A few weeks ago, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/23/324892657/digital-detox-step-one-step-away-from-the-phone">we asked you</a> to send us <em>your</em> stories of digital detoxing — putting down the smartphone, avoiding email and staying off social media. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48419 at http://wemu.org We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones' http://wemu.org/post/programs-target-poverty-obamas-five-promise-zones Five areas across the country have been designated as "Promise Zones" by the federal government. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:48:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48377 at http://wemu.org Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones' The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy' http://wemu.org/post/life-and-death-internets-own-boy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvsxnOg0bJY</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48374 at http://wemu.org The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy' Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work http://wemu.org/post/release-echos-bones-resurrects-becketts-rejected-work Playwright and author Samuel Beckett, who died 25 years ago, wrote lasting works of literature like <em>Waiting for Godot </em>and <em>Endgame. </em>But a previously unpublished short story of his — now being released for the first time — was not so appreciated.<p><em>Echo's Bones, </em>which follows a man who has just come back from the dead, was supposed to be the final story in Beckett's first-ever collection of stories. Editor Charles Prentice, who commissioned the story in 1933, described it this way: "It's a nightmare ... Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48356 at http://wemu.org Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo' http://wemu.org/post/noodle-makers-daughter-falls-ballroom-dancing-mambo Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>The novel "Mambo in Chinatown" takes readers from the grungy kitchen at the back of a not-so-nice Chinese restaurant in New York City to the seemingly glamorous world of professional ballroom dancing. And in the middle of it all, is the book's narrator, 22-year-old Charlie Wong, who describes herself in the opening lines as the daughter of a dancer and a noodle maker. Charlie finds herself torn between two cultures trying to hold her family together. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 48344 at http://wemu.org A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'