All Things Considered http://publicradiodelmarva.net en FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/fcc-propose-change-net-neutrality-rules-media-report The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:06:00 +0000 editor 53081 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 53079 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/scientists-pinpoint-source-antarctic-quack For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.<p>The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.<p>"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says <a href="http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsPeople.html">Denise Risch</a>, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."<p>Some thought it might be a secret Soviet sub. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 53078 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53068 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/big-time-home-sales-stoke-hope-northeast-housing-market Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 editor 53057 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/chile-wildfire-litters-questions-ash-burned-out-homes In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 editor 53058 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/moscow-answers-ukrainian-offensive-warning-its-own Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53059 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/knuckleball-no-more-world-cup-soccer-ball-gets-redesign John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52994 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Album Review: 'Abracaco' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/album-review-abracaco Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Banning Eyre says that Veloso's new album, <em>Abracaco</em>, is one of the most engaging in his epic career. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 53004 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ex-ranger-recalls-friendly-fire-killed-pat-tillman Ten years ago Tuesday, former NFL star Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who fired on Tillman, and <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10816260/pat-tillman-enduring-guilt">he told his story recently on ESPN's <em>Outside the Lines</em>.</a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 NPR Staff 53005 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Searching The Planet To Find Power For The Cloud http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/searching-planet-find-power-cloud <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FJ6_kEEKJg</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 52939 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Searching The Planet To Find Power For The Cloud The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/tawdry-ballad-man-casino-and-game-chance Millionaire Chinese gamblers, high-class Mongolian escorts, drunken Englishmen — these are the kind of characters who populate Lawrence Osborne's hypnotic new novel, <em>The Ballad of a Small Player</em>. Set in the hotels and casinos of Macau, a former Portuguese colony where ostentatious 21st century glamour meets the faded charms of old Asia, the novel traces the trajectory of a compulsive gambler, the self-styled "Lord" Doyle, a man who seems addicted to failure. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Tash Aw 52938 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/keep-business-growing-vendors-rebrand-pots-stoner-image From the outside, Jan Cole's recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., just feels welcoming. Big glass windows let in natural light, and the walls are painted in soothing earth tones. Cole used her background in spa management to build a "warm and inviting" pot shop that puts customers at ease.<p>In fact, the store's name, The Farm, is so inconspicuous, "we have a lot of people who come in think that we might be an organic food grocer or something," she says.<p>And that's exactly who Cole is trying to attract: the tote-bag carrying, socially conscious, natural-food crowd. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 52936 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/robotic-exoskeleton-helps-get-vets-back-their-feet Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. These robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping people who are paralyzed, including many veterans, stand up and walk. As Erin Toner of WUWM reports, the technology helps improve patients' mental and physical health, but it's far from changing their lives entirely. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Milwaukee Public Radio. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:39:00 +0000 editor 52937 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'Boondocks' Returns After Four Years To An Altered Comedy Landscape http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/after-four-years-away-boondocks-returns-tv When celebrity chef Paula Deen got in trouble for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/20/193913397/stuff-you-might-have-missed-in-the-paula-deen-brouhaha">maybe being racist</a> last year, I couldn't help but think about <em>The Boondocks</em>. The Deen controversy, and all of the comedic potential it provided, seemed to be perfect fodder for an episode of the Peabody Award-winning show that airs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.<p>But the show has been on hiatus for four years. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:18:00 +0000 editor 52934 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'Boondocks' Returns After Four Years To An Altered Comedy Landscape Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/teen-stowaway-somehow-survives-flight-hawaii-wheel-well The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 52930 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/some-irwindale-still-not-happy-about-smelly-neighbor-sriracha The skirmish continues between Sriracha and Irwindale, Calif. Irwindale's city council declared that owner David Tran must curb his hot sauce factory's smelly fumes or they'll do it themselves. Tran is considering relocating, and he has already received several offers. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 52935 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie http://publicradiodelmarva.net/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 21:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52873 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://publicradiodelmarva.net/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 52868 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/south-korea-ferry-rescue-efforts-yield-only-grim-results Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. It has been a grim Easter Sunday for relatives of passengers who were on the ferry that capsized off the coast of South Korea on Wednesday. The death toll from that disaster is now over 50, with about 240 people still missing, most of them high school students. Today, divers started retrieving bodies from inside the vessel.<p>NPR's Anthony Kuhn is covering the story in Seoul and joins us now. Anthony, it took divers about four days before they could get in the ship and recover bodies. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Arun Rath 52869 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers http://publicradiodelmarva.net/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 52870 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers The Players In The Battle For India's Soul http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/players-battle-indias-soul The numbers from India's election are staggering: 814 million potential voters, nine stages of voting over six weeks. They are the biggest in the world. Correspondent Julie McCarthy talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the candidates vying for power. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 editor 52838 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Russia's Military: Threatening Enough To Avoid Using Force? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/russias-military-threatening-enough-avoid-using-force Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 editor 52839 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/training-war-middle-mojave In the middle of the Mojave Desert, between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there is a place that looks just like Afghanistan.<p>There are villages with houses, shops, a mosque and a marketplace. But it is all a facade. The area is actually a U.S. Army installation, the Fort Irwin National Training Center. If you want to see how a decade of fighting has profoundly changed the way the U.S. prepares its soldiers for war, this is where you come.<p>As the U.S. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:38:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52836 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to love to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 52807 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 editor 52806 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 editor 52804 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 52800 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 52799 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/disaster-everest-marks-deadliest-day-mountains-history Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Just ahead of peak climbing season on Mount Everest, tragedy has struck once again. At least 12 local climbers are dead and several more or missing after a massive avalanche this morning. The climbers, Nepalese Sherpas, were setting up ropes along a dangerous stretch of slope used by adventure tourism companies. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52793 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net