Delmarva Public Radio http://publicradiodelmarva.net en A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach </a>wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose—to present the biblical passion story, in music, at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences more than 280 years after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 52693 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52694 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/no-sign-yet-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster <h6>This post will be updated as news comes in.</h6><p>A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.<p>South Korean Coast Guard authorities said Thursday that divers have not been able to get into any of the cabins aboard the overturned ship, the Sewol. Bad weather and rough seas are said to be hampering the search efforts. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52692 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move The American workforce might want to pay attention to the brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>The brown truck in rural Pennsylvania looks pretty much the same as it did when Bill Earle started driving for UPS more than 20 years ago.<p>But Earle says underneath the surface his job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package, used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.<p>The computer doesn't just give advice. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 52691 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/salon-uses-image-north-koreas-leader-promote-discount The sign with a picture of Jim Jong-un offered 15 percent off all men's cuts through April. Two officials from the North Korean embassy arrived at the London salon and ordered the sign be taken down. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:43:00 +0000 editor 52690 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Under Pressure To Cut Costs, Wall Street Banks Downsize http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/under-pressure-cut-costs-wall-street-banks-downsize Many banks report earnings this week. Bank of America turned in a loss after taking a big charge for legal expenses. Citigroup will lay off about 300 stock and bond traders in an effort to cut costs. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:43:00 +0000 Ilya Marritz 52689 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/lost-sea-lion-pup-found-california-almond-orchard The pup was discovered 100 miles from the ocean. It mostly likely swam up the San Joaquin River, hopped out and couldn't find its way back. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 52688 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/probe-gains-integration-eroded-especially-south In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about her story in The Atlantic. She examines the failure of school desegregation. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:00 +0000 editor 52685 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/brazil-has-lot-riding-its-world-cup-teams-outcome Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 52684 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/pay-it-forward-proposal-could-help-students-afford-college A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 52687 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/does-business-innovation-depend-ceos-age Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 52686 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/plant-breeders-release-first-open-source-seeds A group of scientists and food activists is launching a <a href="http://www.news.wisc.edu/22748">campaign</a> Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 52680 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 52681 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/meet-sisters-saving-spanish-horses-slaughter It's been four years since Spain's construction-fueled economy collapsed, leaving 57 percent of young Spaniards out of work. Noisy protesters occupy Madrid's streets every weekend, demanding jobs and an end to punishing austerity.<p>But there is another, voiceless victim of the country's economic crash: Spanish horses.<p>They once carried the <em>conquistadores</em> into battle in the Americas. Spanish purebred horses have long been the choice breed for royal equestrians across Europe and for cowboys in Hollywood films. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:28:00 +0000 editor 52679 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-divorce-leads-happily-ever-after-small-business Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.<p>But that's not always the case.<p>Take Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband. They divorced the way many do, fighting over money and various other things. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52682 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/sichuan-peppers-buzz-may-reveal-secrets-nervous-system The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.<p>What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when people who suffer from <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm">paresthesia</a> experience constant tingling in their limbs.<p><a href="http://mcb.berkeley.edu/index.php?option=com_mcbfaculty&name=bautistad">Diana Bautista</a>, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, wondered: Could these sensations be connected?<p>Bautista says a lot of what we know come Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 editor 52683 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/john-edwards-resumes-career-trial-attorney Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.<br /> <br />Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.<p>At that time, the boy was an infant in the care of Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., and an emergency room doctor.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:56:00 +0000 editor 52678 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 52677 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/free-drug-samples-prompt-skin-doctors-prescribe-costlier-meds Every "free" sample comes with a price.<p>Dermatologists who accept free tubes and bottles of brand-name drugs are likelier to prescribe expensive medications for acne than doctors who are prohibited from taking samples, a study <a href="http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx">reports</a> Wednesday.<p>The difference isn't chump change. When patients see a dermatologist who gets and gives free samples, the average cost of medicines prescribed is $465 per office visit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 52676 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds 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' 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 Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 52674 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms 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 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 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 On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/your-mark-get-set-grow-guide-speedy-vegetables Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?<p>There are two ways to make this happen. Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Marc Silver 52669 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52662 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years 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 Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ukrainian-tanks-roll-above-them-russian-flags-fly Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with the latest from eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is continuing an operation to oust pro-Russian militants from occupied government buildings, but today, it experienced a setback. Ukraine's defense department confirms that some of its armored personnel carriers began flying the Russian flag. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 52661 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/high-schools-most-dreaded-test-gets-makeover The standardized test that's been giving America's college-bound teenagers nightmares since the 1920s is getting a makeover.<p>On Wednesday, the College Board offered new details on changes to its SAT. Among the biggest shifts: Gone are the days of memorizing obscure vocabulary words. Though if you're in high school and set to take the SAT next year, don't burn those vocabulary flashcards just yet. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 52660 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations