WEMU http://wemu.org en Connected Vehicles Conference In Ann Arbor This Week http://wemu.org/post/connected-vehicles-conference-ann-arbor-week <div>Industry, academic and policy experts will be in Ann Arbor this week for a connected cars conference.&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:52:14 +0000 Associated Press 44660 at http://wemu.org Connected Vehicles Conference In Ann Arbor This Week GM Says China Sales To Hit 5 Million Next Year http://wemu.org/post/gm-says-china-sales-hit-5-million-next-year <div>The president of General Motors says sales of GM-brand vehicles in China should reach 5 million next year, and Cadillac sales will double to 100,000.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:45:01 +0000 Associated Press 44659 at http://wemu.org GM Says China Sales To Hit 5 Million Next Year Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' http://wemu.org/post/ferry-transcript-shows-confusion-and-panic-please-come-quickly For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.<p>The radio transcript gives harrowing new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people still missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44657 at http://wemu.org Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie http://wemu.org/post/hey-kids-remember-youre-our-side-fbi-makes-movie <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pYCz-oVDBg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xlUNK4JHQ</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44653 at http://wemu.org Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results http://wemu.org/post/south-korea-ferry-rescue-efforts-yield-only-grisly-results It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Arun Rath 44656 at http://wemu.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://wemu.org/post/honey-blood-and-harmony-jordi-savalls-balkan-journey <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327828/jordi-savall" target="_blank">Jordi Savall</a> has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/126390261/jordi-savall-tracing-jerusalems-history-in-music" target="_blank">smashing together music</a> from different times and different cultures.<p>At his concerts, it's difficult to predict what might happen — or who might show up. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44658 at http://wemu.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers http://wemu.org/post/scientific-experiment-field-trips-just-teachers In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.<p>But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.<p>That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.<p>"That's why I'm here," says fifth-grade teacher Joel Spears. "I teach all the subjects. I went in not knowing how to teach science, really. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 44655 at http://wemu.org A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools http://wemu.org/post/californias-drought-ripples-through-businesses-and-even-schools Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.<p>Michael's multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work.<p>"It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath.<p>Michael says about one-fifth of the land will lie fallow this year. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44654 at http://wemu.org California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year http://wemu.org/post/service-dog-guides-marathon-bombing-victims-through-grim-year At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.<p>Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital.<p>But we want to tell you an encouraging part of their story. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 editor 44652 at http://wemu.org Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://wemu.org/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44651 at http://wemu.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today 'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together http://wemu.org/post/wound-doesnt-close-armenians-suffer-uncertainty-together At St. Elie Armenian Catholic Church in downtown Beirut, Zarmig Hovsepian lit three candles and slowly mouthed silent prayers before Easter Mass. After reciting "Our Father," she added a prayer of her own: "For peace, for Lebanon and the region," she said, underscoring the deep sense of apprehension beneath the surface of otherwise festive Easter celebrations.<p>Next door in Syria, violence recently displaced thousands from the historic Armenian town of Kessab, which rests in northwestern Syria, along the Turkish border. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:23:00 +0000 Susannah George 44650 at http://wemu.org 'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists http://wemu.org/post/florida-church-whose-worshipers-are-all-tourists Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshipers today.<p>That's because the church is across the street from Walt Disney World. The main basilica was built in the early 1990s, to give visitors to the resort complex a place to worship. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44649 at http://wemu.org The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder http://wemu.org/post/hurricane-carter-dies-boxer-was-wrongfuly-convicted-murder Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44646 at http://wemu.org 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church http://wemu.org/post/may-be-rogue-parishioners-last-easter-closed-church Nearly a decade has passed since the doors of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church were shut and its holy water dried up.<p>With the Archdiocese of Boston strapped for cash, it was one of dozens of churches in the area to be closed and sold off. At the time, the archdiocese was in the throes of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It had agreed to pay nearly $85 million to more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests.<p>The closing of the church took parishioners in Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, by surprise. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 44647 at http://wemu.org This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas http://wemu.org/post/google-frecking-week-pandas What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been <strong>Google Frecking</strong> for pandas.<p>Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.<p>Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 44648 at http://wemu.org Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce http://wemu.org/post/ukraine-deadly-gunfight-rattles-easter-truce A shootout at a checkpoint killed at least two people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, according to multiple reports. The violence comes on the heels of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the West that calls for armed groups to disband; that pact led officials to announce <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/19/304905585/ukraine-calls-an-easter-truce-in-clash-with-militants">a truce for this Easter weekend</a>.<p>The shootout took place at a separatist checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44645 at http://wemu.org Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands http://wemu.org/post/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-thousands A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.<p>From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44644 at http://wemu.org Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon http://wemu.org/post/organizers-predict-huge-crowd-boston-marathon Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In Massachusetts, nearly 36,000 runners are preparing for tomorrow's Boston Marathon. This year's race is a tribute to the three people who died in the bombing that happened shortly before 3 p.m. last year near the finish line. At least 260 other people were injured in the attack. Tomorrow, Boston city streets will again be lined with hundreds of thousands of spectators there to cheer on the runners, intent on reclaiming this year's race as a symbol of the city's resilience. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44643 at http://wemu.org Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve http://wemu.org/post/conservationist-shot-africas-oldest-nature-preserve Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In the Democratic Republic of Congo this past week, a noted conservationist is recovering from gunshot wounds after an attack by unknown assailants. Forty-three-year-old Emmanuel de Merode is a Belgian Prince. He is also the director of Africa's oldest nature preserve, Virunga National Park. It's a world heritage site and one of the most bio diverse places on Earth. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 editor 44642 at http://wemu.org Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow http://wemu.org/post/colorado-holds-first-cannibis-cup-first-legal-pot Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Today, some 30,000 people will converge in Denver, Colo. for the 5th annual Cannabis Cup, a marijuana festival and tradeshow. It's the first time the event is being held after legal marijuana sales went into effect January 1 of this year. To learn more about the event, we're joined by Ricardo Baca. He's the editor of "The Cannabist" blog at the Denver Post. Thanks so much for being with us, Ricardo.<p>RICARDO BACA: Hey. Thank you.<p>MARTIN: So first off, this is kind of tongue-in-cheek, but the event is happening on April 20, which is 420. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 editor 44641 at http://wemu.org Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge? http://wemu.org/post/ukraines-divide-may-be-too-broad-easter-bridge Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Ukraine celebrates Easter today as a divided country. Last week, world leaders met in Geneva to try to tamp down the crisis and end the occupation of government buildings by pro-Russian militants. So far, nothing has happened. Hoping the holiday will calm tensions, Ukraine's interim defense minister called an Easter truce. But despite their common faith, many feel the divide between Ukrainians in the east and west may be too large to heal. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44640 at http://wemu.org Measures Of Change After Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse http://wemu.org/post/bangladesh-factory-tragedy-sparks-changes-not-enough Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>One year ago, the clothing manufacturing industry suffered its deadliest accident in history. An eight-story building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Many were garment workers making cheap clothes for U.S. and European manufacturers. At the time, those corporations came under intense pressure for lax safety standards. To find out if and how the industry has responded, I'm joined by Steven Greenhouse. He's a labor and workplace reporter for the New York Times. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 editor 44639 at http://wemu.org S. Korean Community Waits And Prays For Its Missing Students http://wemu.org/post/s-korean-community-waits-prays-its-missing-students Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. For the first time since a ferry capsized and sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, divers have begun to recover bodies from inside the sunken vessel. The death toll has passed 50 with more than 250 still missing. Most of the passengers were students from a single high school outside the capital city. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the community and how they're coping.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Tears are wiped and shoulders are padded at the Dream Church. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 44638 at http://wemu.org Hindu Nationalist Topping Polls In World's Largest Election http://wemu.org/post/hindu-nationalist-tops-polls-worlds-largest-election Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Voting is underway in the world's largest democracy. More than 800 million people will be going to the polls in India over a five-week period to elect their government. The front runner for prime minister is a politician named Narendra Modi, a dynamic and controversial Hindu nationalist, who has promised to turn around India's flagging economy. To hear more about what the election looks like on the ground, we've reached out to Supriya Sharma. She's traveling across India east to west by train to report on the elections. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 editor 44637 at http://wemu.org Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre http://wemu.org/post/tiny-lichtenstein-loses-precious-quarter-acre The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 44636 at http://wemu.org