All Things Considered http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52744 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52739 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Noah Adams 52741 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 52740 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/story-torture-and-forgiveness-spans-half-century Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In 1995, two men whose paths had crossed more than half a century before, met in Thailand: one a Scotsman, the other Japanese. In 1942, the Scotsman, Eric Lomax, had been a prisoner of war and a victim of torture. Takashi Nagase was a Japanese soldier and an English language interpreter for the men who tortured Lomax. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52733 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 52727 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/harmony-loving-sisters-keep-it-retro <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdPYwsbuASc</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 editor 52734 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 52677 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52673 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 editor 52675 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 52670 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 52671 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 52672 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Yasiel Puig is the star second-year outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a Cuban refugee who plays with phenomenal athletic talent and abandon. In fact, sometimes what he abandons is the guidance of his coaches and manager. He is energetic to the point of recklessness when he's running bases or playing the outfield. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52657 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/south-korea-ferry-disaster-sets-rescuers-and-fears-motion Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Tragedy in South Korea today. Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank off the country's southern coast. At least six people are confirmed dead so far, but there is fear that the death toll will rise dramatically. Passengers who were rescued said they believe many more were trapped below deck.<p>We're joined now by Jason Strother. He's a journalist based in Seoul.<p>And, Jason, first can you tell us about what happened here? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52658 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Steve Henn 52664 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 52617 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/sending-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 52614 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/portugal-sales-receipt-may-be-your-ticket-win-big On Lisbon's cobblestone lanes, the Portuguese economy is hobbling along as it always has — in cash.<p>In a tiny, 100-year-old bar, Nuno Goncalves pours out glasses of <em>ginja</em> — a Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur — for his customers, mostly old men in flat caps. A small shot-glass full costs 50 cents — cash only. There is a cash register, but it doesn't print receipts.<p>"It's a local business. They just count the money they have, and the bottles they sell," explains a customer named Felipe. "They will not give you a receipt — and you will not ask for a receipt. Because, come on! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 52615 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 David Schaper 52608 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/months-training-and-moment-silence-marathon-draws-near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 52609 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/perennial-co-writer-returns-album-his-own Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52610 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/reunited-and-it-feels-little-awkward-outkast-coachella <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEiAGFMnNI</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 52556 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gene-linked-alzheimers-poses-special-threat-women A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.<p>The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 52546 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nsa-coverage-garners-pulitzers-post-and-guardian Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 52547 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/roller-coaster-year-texas-town-rocked-blast When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.<p>And then — a massive explosion. The men fighting the fire at the plant never had a chance. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 52548 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/after-deaths-renewed-focus-leaky-gas-pipelines After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/12/289434505/firefighters-respond-to-building-collapse-in-new-yorks-harlem">gas explosion</a> last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.<p>It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.<p>In Philadelphia, after a long, cold winter, construction crews are back at work. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 52543 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines When The Wealthy Need Cash, Pawn Shops Can Be Appealing http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-wealthy-need-cash-even-picassos-get-pawned Traditionally, pawn shops have been the last stop for people desperate for cash. But now there's a small but growing group of pawn shops for the wealthy.<p>Actor and model Regi Huc needed $75,000 in a hurry last year. He was making his first feature film, and needed to do re-shoots before the deadline to enter this year's film festivals.<p>On paper his finances look good. He owns some buildings in Philadelphia and has a stake in a family business, but he needed that money within a week. He didn't have the cash in his bank account. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Ashley Milne-Tyte 52537 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When The Wealthy Need Cash, Pawn Shops Can Be Appealing Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nevada-ranch-dispute-ends-feds-back-down-now Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The situation came to a head on Saturday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 52538 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net For All You Need To Know About The Blood Moon, Ask Mr. Eclipse http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/all-you-need-know-about-blood-moon-ask-mr-eclipse Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MOONDANCE")<p>VAN MORRISON: (Singing) Well, it's a marvelous night for a moon dance with the stars up above in your eyes.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's must-see astronomy tonight across most of the U.S. A full lunar eclipse, as the moon moves into the Earth's shadow and turns a lovely shade of red. It's a blood moon, and it's actually the first of four full lunar eclipses that will occur in the next 17 months. Joining me to talk about this is Fred Espenak. He runs NASA's eclipse website and he does that from Portal, Arizona. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52542 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net