Morning Edition on IPR News and Studio One en Colleges Move To Ban Selfie Taking At Graduation Ceremonies Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Greene. Selfies are now favored by movie stars, astronauts, even the president of the United States. But as we head into commencement season, they have been banned at some college graduations. The University of South Florida told students to think about the dignity of the ceremony before attempting a selfie with the university president as she hands them their diplomas. If you do strike a pose and take a pic of yourself, the university says they might take that diploma back. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 editor 39625 at Amsterdam Mayor May Ban Pot In Red Light District, Court Says Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Amsterdam is not quite the wide-open city you thought it was. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and nobody prosecutes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It's sold openly in shops. The mayor, though, wants to prevent you from doing those two things together. A court has upheld his effort to ban marijuana cafes within the Red Light District. So, it does not matter what you do in Amsterdam, but it does matter where you do it.<p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 editor 39626 at U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The CIA is ramping up a program to ship arms to rebels in Syria - more powerful weapons than in the past. The United States had resisted this step until now. We're learning about it from NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman who's in our studios once again. Tom, good morning.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: What kind of weapons are we talking about here?<p>BOWMAN: Well, Steve, some of these weapons are antitank weapons. They're called TOWs. And I'm told this is the first of an increased effort to arm the so-called moderate rebels. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 39618 at Obama: U.S. To Defend Japan In Territorial Disputes With China Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama is on the first leg of a four-country trip to Asia and today he reassured Japan that the U.S. will defend it in territorial disputes with China. China is not on the president's itinerary this time, but that country looms large over the trip all the same. NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins us from Seoul, which is the president's next stop. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 39619 at Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, we know mom and pop shops have been struggling for some time now, trying to compete against big-box stores and online retailers. Just in the last quarter, online sales jumped by 16 percent. But all is not lost for the shop around the corner. Some small retailers are actually embracing their size by making their businesses very, very specialized.<p>Here's NPR's Sonari Glinton.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A CROWD)<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: You know how every town or neighborhood has their cast of characters? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 39620 at With SuperShoes, Insoles Can Be Your Guide Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And today's last word in business is: SuperShoes.<p>This new high-tech offering is not exactly footwear. SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And inside those insoles are vibrotactile ticklers that are linked to your mobile device. You enter a destination and apparently these ticklers will guide your way, with a tickle to the left or a tickle to the right.<p>INSKEEP: Or a constant tickle to let you know you have arrived at your destination. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 39622 at Sales Of New Homes Plunged In March Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with a housing drop.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Sales of new homes plunged in the month of March to the lowest pace since last July. The harsh never-ending winter may have been partly to blame, but the sluggish economy and the fact that it's still tough to get a mortgage made things especially difficult for some buyers.<p>There was also sticker shock, as the median price of new homes hit record $290,000. A thaw might be occurring now that we're into April. Some homebuilders say things are indeed looking up. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 39623 at Florida School Offered Kids Caffeine On Test Day Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some stores post a warning: Disobedient children will be given and a puppy and an espresso. Maybe that's not so bad. Kids at a Melbourne, Florida elementary school were given caffeine. Each kid was offered trail mix and Mountain Dew on the morning of standardized tests. A grandmother got the school to stop, but the principal says she read a study on keeping kids' energy levels stable. By the way, Creole Elementary is rated an A+ school. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:34:00 +0000 editor 39557 at Canadian Police Extricate Bear From Jar Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Winnie the Pooh is often found head-first in a jar of honey. For a bear in Canada, birdseed was too much to resist. Residents in Sudbury, Ontario spotted a bear stumbling down the street, unable to see where it was going, because a large jar of birdseed was stuck on its head. It even bumped into a police car. The cops, you will be happy to know, got experts there to sedate the bear and cut the jar off its head.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:34:00 +0000 editor 39558 at Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban Steve Inskeep talks to Lee Bollinger, a former president at the University of Michigan, about Tuesday's ruling. Bollinger was president during two earlier landmark affirmative action cases. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 39554 at Haagen-Dazs Experiments With Veggie Ice Cream Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Our last word in business is: Veggie Ice Cream.<p>Japanese parents trying to get their kids to eat vegetables can skip to desert.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Haagen-Dazs is testing vegetable-flavored ice cream in Japan. Flavors include tomato cherry and carrot orange.<p>INSKEEP: Mm. It is healthier than traditional ice cream, although, not because of the vegetable content. Mainly because the milk content is lower. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 39555 at In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 39550 at In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Whether they like it or not, libraries in some cities serve as homeless shelters. People come off the streets to find quiet and warmth. If libraries want to do something about this, they have some choices: They can put homeless visitors back out on the street. San Francisco libraries want to get them back on their feet.<p>Scott Shafer reports from member station KQED.<p>SCOTT SHAFER, BYLINE: On a recent weekday morning, San Francisco library patron Jacqueline Diehl enters the city's main branch. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 39552 at How Hospitals Can Reduce Disabilities For Stroke Patients Research finds when hospitals initiate rapid response programs to treat stroke victims, response time is cut and fewer patients die. The stroke patients also have fewer significant disabilities. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 39553 at Supreme Court Rules On Race-Based College Admissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The Supreme Court this morning, upheld a ban on using racial preferences in admissions to the public universities of Michigan. The ban was enacted by referendum as an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 and struck down by a lower court. Today, the justices voted 6-to-2 to say the federal courts could not do that and the ban had to stand.<p>NPR's Nina Totenberg joins us now to talk more about this. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 39511 at 49ers Fans Seeing Red Over Transit Color Proposal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Fans of the 49ers are seeing red over proposed colors in new trains for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. The new seats will be bright green and blue - just like the Seattle Seahawks. One San Francisco fan has collected some 2,000 signatures on a petition protesting seats the colors of the 49ers arch rival. And surely it's just a coincidence, since the general manager of BART was previously the director of Seattle's Department of Transportation. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:13:00 +0000 editor 39500 at Feds Say Powdered Alcohol Not Ready Yet Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Stop the presses, as they used to say before news was spread by Twitter. You will not be making drinks with powdered alcohol yet. We reported yesterday on plans to sell Palcohol mixed drinks to which, like lemonade, you just add water. Now federal regulators say stop, they were wrong to say Palcohol was ready for market. A federal approval for the label was given in error. The company must have a drink and start again.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:13:00 +0000 editor 39501 at For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out The federal government spends almost $8 billion on preschool programs across the country, mostly on low income 4-year-olds. States spend billions more. But with at least 30 states planning to expand access to pre-K and President Obama promoting "preschool for all," what constitutes a quality preschool program?<p>NPR's education team set out to better understand what separates the nation's best programs from the rest, and that journey led to a surprising place: Tulsa, Okla. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39490 at For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Sometimes in the evening in Cairo, Egypt, people take a sailboat ride on the Nile. I got to do this once, Renee. It's amazing. The river cuts through the center of the city and you can see the lights of Cairo spreading along each bank. Except, of course, when the lights are out.<p>MONTAGNE: And power outages are a feature of daily life, I gather. The electrical grid needs repair. Power plants need fuel. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 39491 at Georgia Bill Loosens Restrictions On Guns In Public Places Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, more than 70 measures have gone into effect around the U.S. actually loosening restrictions on guns. And tomorrow the governor of Georgia is expected to sign a bill that will allow gung to be carried in more places. Among those against the gun bill are cities in Georgia concerned about having to spend more on security. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39492 at Kelis Puts 'Milkshake' Behind Her And Moves On To 'Food' Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Millions of people know the singer Kelis for "Milkshake" - that's her hit from a decade ago. It's the sort of song that nobody really thought was about a milkshake.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MILKSHAKE")<p>KELIS ROGERS: (Singing) My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and their like, it's better than yours, damn right, it's better than yours. I could teach you, but I'd have to charge. My milkshake...<p>INSKEEP: Kelis Rogers is her full name and her latest recording is all about food, at least the song titles are. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39494 at Fur Flies Over First Cat Cafe Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And our last word in business today is: Meow.<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>INSKEEP: Actually, it's cat cafe. There's been a bit of a cat fight over which city would host the nation's first cat cafe, meaning a place where patrons can cozy up with a latte and also a feline in need of a good home and hopefully adopt that cat.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A San Francisco shop called KitTea has been in the works for some time, raising about $60,000 over the Internet for a launch later this year. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39495 at Florida Proposes New Rules Regarding Alligators A state commission proposed a ban on selling stuffed baby alligators in "unnatural positions." It's designed to discourage baby gator hunting. If passed, no more little gators waving on a surfboard. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 39438 at Miss America Asks School To Reconsider Student's Punishment When Miss America visited Patrick Farves high school, he asked her to the prom. She can't go, and the school punished him for asking. But she reportedly asked the school to rethink the suspension. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 39439 at Honda Introduces Asimo To North America Asimo is Honda's latest humanoid robot. This one, the third version, is more life-like than previous models. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 39434 at Powdered Alcohol Approved By The Feds Palchohol is powdered alcohol — just mix with water to create an instant cocktail. The creators of Palcohol pitched their idea as a solution to the soaring price of alcohol. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 39435 at GM To Boost Car Production In China Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts on the road in China.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: The Beijing Auto Show is underway and among the big announcements is this: General Motors says it will boost its production in China. GM said yesterday it will be able to produce five million cars per year by the end of 2015. It sold just over three million vehicles in China last year.<p>The company has been in fierce competition with Volkswagen as China's most popular carmakers. GM plans to open three factories in China by the end of 2014 and two more next year. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 39436 at Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dies At 76 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Hurricane Carter has died. He was 76 years old, a former boxer, a figure of controversy and, for some, a cause. Rubin Carter was his given name. He fought his first professional boxing match the day after he was released from prison in 1961. Later and more famously, he was in trouble with the law again, including on the night in 1966, when a triple murder was committed in Patterson, New Jersey.<p>The man known as Hurricane was convicted of that crime and spent nearly 20 years in prison for it, until his conviction was overturned. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39428 at 'Transcendence': Latest Sci-Fi Movie About Artificial Intelligence Transcendence is an ambitious and provocative film about the perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that is intriguingly balanced between being a warning and a celebration. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39429 at Dominated By 1 Point Of View, Late-Night TV Needs New Voices On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert stops by the CBS Late Show to greet the man he'll replace next year, David Letterman. It also spotlights a reality in late-night TV --almost every host is a white man. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39430 at