All Things Considered http://iowapublicradio.org en U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-reveals-failed-special-forces-mission-rescue-hostages <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.S.+Reveals+Failed+Special+Forces+Mission+To+Rescue+Hostages&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Obama administration officials revealed this evening that U.S. special forces recently attempted to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria. The mission was unsuccessful. The statement comes after the release of a video depicting the murder of journalist James Foley. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 45548 at http://iowapublicradio.org No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-1-most-expensive-coffee-comes-elephants-no-2 I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123604085">Thailand's Golden Triangle</a>, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium.<p>Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, is betting his life savings that he can turn his idea into, well, gold. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:49:00 +0000 editor 45543 at http://iowapublicradio.org No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2 From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man http://iowapublicradio.org/post/father-and-son-what-it-means-be-military-man Military service once defined the lives of many men in the United States, particularly before the end of the draft in 1973. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:45:00 +0000 editor 45544 at http://iowapublicradio.org From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man 'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times http://iowapublicradio.org/post/f-fraudster-family-novel-our-modern-times A father takes his three sons to a hypnotist's show. Called onto the stage, the father's cool self-possession and confidence seem to prevail, and he walks away, claiming no effect. They leave the show, he drops his sons off and drives away. We learn later that he has taken his passport and emptied the family bank account. The boys will not see him again until they are adults.<p>Arthur Friedland's abandonment of his children is the tragedy at the center of this beautifully translated novel by German-Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 45546 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options http://iowapublicradio.org/post/syria-us-weighs-range-unpalatable-options President Obama said Wednesday that the Islamic State is a cancer that threatens all governments in the Middle East. But that raises the question of what the U.S. could or should do.<p>Two former U.S. ambassadors to Syria, Robert Ford and Ryan Crocker, have advocated different approaches to a conflict where there are many different options. But none is appealing and there's no guarantee, or even a likelihood that U.S. action would ultimately determine the outcome.<p>Ford, who stepped down from the post in February, has wanted the U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 45542 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile http://iowapublicradio.org/post/many-seek-justice-ferguson-mo-will-have-wait-while Both the county case and the federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown are expected to take time, as are basic answers about the circumstances that led to the black teenager's death Aug. 9.<p>About two dozen people showed up Wednesday in front of the St. Louis County Courthouse to demonstrate against County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who is preparing to present evidence in the case to a grand jury.<p>"This means something to me, so I had to be here," says demonstrator Lamont Farr, a home health care worker. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45540 at http://iowapublicradio.org Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/epa-wades-water-fight-farmers <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=EPA+Wades+Into+Water+Fight+With+Farmers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4OTAxNzAzMDEzMjc0MTc2MzA5ZDZlMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule change that would redefine its reach under the Clean Water Act. The EPA says, it's an attempt to clarify which bodies of water are subject to regulation, but farmers have strong objections. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 editor 45531 at http://iowapublicradio.org Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/militants-behead-american-journalist-leveling-new-threats-us <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Militants+Behead+American+Journalist%2C+Leveling+New+Threats+At+U.S.&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Today, American foreign policy intersected with personal tragedy. The parents of James Foley spoke about their son. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 45532 at http://iowapublicradio.org Yogi Iyengar, Who Helped Bring Yoga To The West, Dies At 95 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/yogi-iyengar-who-helped-bring-yoga-west-dies-95 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Yogi+Iyengar%2C+Who+Helped+Bring+Yoga+To+The+West%2C+Dies+At+95&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDA0NzIzMDEzMTM3NjQ4NzBhNjYxZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 editor 45538 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amid The Chaos In Ferguson, Another Police Shooting http://iowapublicradio.org/post/amid-chaos-ferguson-another-police-shooting <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Amid+The+Chaos+In+Ferguson%2C+Another+Police+Shooting&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Allow peace to settle in. That's the plea from leaders in Ferguson, Missouri today. They released a statement pledging action in response to more than a week of unrest there. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 45497 at http://iowapublicradio.org Blocked At The Border, Gaza Man's Hopes Of Escape Fade http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blocked-border-gaza-mans-hopes-escape-fade <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Blocked+At+The+Border%2C+Gaza+Man%27s+Hopes+Of+Escape+Fade&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Israel says militants in Gaza broke a cease-fire today by launching dozens of rockets into Israel. One landed in the vicinity of Tel Aviv. One injury was reported. Israel launched a series of aerial attacks on Gaza. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 45498 at http://iowapublicradio.org Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola http://iowapublicradio.org/post/doctors-without-borders-what-we-need-contain-ebola With the continuous uptick in the number of cases and deaths in the current Ebola outbreak, the few agencies that are on ground are stretched thin.<p>That includes <a href="http://www.msf.org/">Doctors Without Borders</a>, also known as MSF. It's one of the main health care providers in West Africa, where there are more than <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_19_ebola/en/">2,000 cases</a> of Ebola and 1,200 deaths. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 45499 at http://iowapublicradio.org Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ebola-skies-how-virus-made-it-west-africa The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided. Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before.<p>The type of Ebola causing the outbreak — called Zaire — is the deadliest strain. Until this year, it had been seen only in Central Africa, about 2,500 miles away. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 45489 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa 'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fight-begins-heart-reading-james-baldwin-ferguson-seethes It is early August. A black man is shot by a white policeman. And the effect on the community is of "a lit match in a tin of gasoline."<p>No, this is not Ferguson, Mo. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:01:00 +0000 editor 45491 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ferguson-teachers-use-day-opportunity-civics-lesson <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/19/341574604/fresh-clashes-in-ferguson-mo-as-national-guard-arrives">Chaos and unrest overnight</a> have kept the National Guard in the suburban town of Ferguson, Mo., for a second day, and the local school district has canceled classes for the week. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45490 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson Once An Object Of Reverence, Brazilian Soccer's A Punchline http://iowapublicradio.org/post/once-object-reverence-brazilian-footballs-punchline It's been over a month since the World Cup ended in Brazil, but the shame of the country's blowout loss remains. Once, Brazilians were welcomed in other countries with talk of Brazil's soccer dominance; now, everyone merely speaks of their historic defeat against Germany. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 45483 at http://iowapublicradio.org We Are What We Google: How Search Terms Reflect Our Wealth http://iowapublicradio.org/post/we-are-what-we-google-how-search-terms-reflect-our-wealth <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=We+Are+What+We+Google%3A+How+Search+Terms+Reflect+Our+Wealth&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0NzY4MDEyMTY4NTkyNzMzZTEyMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From the New York Times comes word of yet another dimension to the inequality of wealth. We are what we Google. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 editor 45484 at http://iowapublicradio.org Study Shows Sharp Racial Divide In Reaction To Ferguson http://iowapublicradio.org/post/study-shows-sharp-radial-divide-reaction-ferguson A recent study by the Pew Research Center finds that there are stark racial divisions in reactions to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Audie Cornish talks to Carroll Doherty, director of political research at Pew, for more. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Study+Shows+Sharp+Racial+Divide+In+Reaction+To+Ferguson&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjQ1NzYwMDEyMjU5MjA0MjE0Yzg1Mg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 editor 45480 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-long-do-cds-last-it-depends-definitely-not-forever Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc.<p>Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs are degrading, and researchers at the Library of Congress are trying to figure out why.<p>In a basement lab at the library, Fenella France opens up the door to what looks like a large wine cooler. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45444 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery http://iowapublicradio.org/post/one-year-after-calif-rim-fire-debate-simmers-over-forest-recovery Eric Knapp breaks apart a burned pine cone, looking for seeds — in his line of work this is considered a clue.<p>"Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing," Knapp says.<p>He is standing in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest that was severely burned by the Rim Fire. Knapp, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is studying how forests recover.<p>"It's completely dead," he says. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 editor 45433 at http://iowapublicradio.org One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/met-opera-tentatively-settles-2-major-unions A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera — the largest opera house in the world — appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.<p>The Met's labor problems have played out, for the most part, in the press, with acrimonious statements from both management and unions substituting for actual bargaining sessions. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 45442 at http://iowapublicradio.org Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/embattled-yazidis-say-they-are-now-enduring-atrocity-no-74 A massacre of members of the Yazidi minority in the Iraqi town of Kocho made headlines last week. Around 80 men were killed by militants from the so-called Islamic State, the extremist group that has swept through much of northern Iraq.<p>But that was not the only massacre, according to the Yazidis. In a camp for the displaced near the Syrian border, people call 21-year-old Abbas Khader Soullo a walking miracle. To explain why, he unbuttons his shirt and shows his bullet wounds.<p>He was shot in an attack on Yazidis that received much less attention in the village of Jazira. That was Aug. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45443 at http://iowapublicradio.org Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 Yazidi Community In America Watches Events In Iraq With Horror http://iowapublicradio.org/post/yazidi-community-america-watches-events-iraq-horror For the past week, American warplanes and drones have been attacking militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq. The U.S. is working to prevent the genocide of an ethnic and religious minority known as the Yazidis.<p>A sizable group of Iraqi Yazidis lives in Lincoln, Neb. Sulaiman Murad is among them; he grew up in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, which has been at the heart of recent Islamic State violence. Murad translated for the U.S. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 45386 at http://iowapublicradio.org Yazidi Community In America Watches Events In Iraq With Horror Massive, Pricey Casino Fails After Two Years Of Operation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/massive-pricey-casino-fails-after-two-years-operation <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Massive%2C+Pricey+Casino+Fails+After+Two+Years+Of+Operation&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MzU5NTYzMDEyNzY2MjYxMzZjODE4NQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST: <p>If you're just joining us, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Tess Vigeland. Picture Atlantic City, and you probably see the boardwalk, classic casinos, the Miss America pageant, maybe even saltwater taffy, which was invented there. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:03:00 +0000 editor 45390 at http://iowapublicradio.org In St. Louis Area, A Short Distance Can Make A Big Difference http://iowapublicradio.org/post/st-louis-area-short-distance-can-make-big-difference <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+St.+Louis+Area%2C+A+Short+Distance+Can+Make+A+Big+Difference&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST: <p>Ferguson has been described as a powder keg in search of a match. The events of the past week are terribly sad, but perhaps not surprising given the town's history of white flight and increasing poverty. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:03:00 +0000 editor 45391 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Night At The Museum ... With Robots http://iowapublicradio.org/post/night-museum-robots There are four robots roaming around the Tate Britain museum in London. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Priska Neely 45366 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Night At The Museum ... With Robots Sen. McCaskill On Ferguson: 'We're Going To Get All The Facts' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sen-mccaskill-ferguson-were-going-get-all-facts <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sen.+McCaskill+On+Ferguson%3A+%27We%27re+Going+To+Get+All+The+Facts%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 editor 45362 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Work Of Ferguson Photographer, Snapshots Of Chaos http://iowapublicradio.org/post/work-ferguson-photographer-snapshots-chaos <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Work+Of+Ferguson+Photographer%2C+Snapshots+Of+Chaos&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Tess Vigeland 45363 at http://iowapublicradio.org Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry On Charges Of Abusing Power http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grand-jury-indicts-texas-gov-rick-perry-charges-abusing-power <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Grand+Jury+Indicts+Texas+Gov.+Rick+Perry+On+Charges+Of+Abusing+Power&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDYxNjY4MDEzMTQ2OTkxMzkyOWU2NQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45339 at http://iowapublicradio.org Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola http://iowapublicradio.org/post/even-100-million-who-says-it-will-take-months-control-ebola When public health officials warn that it's likely to take many months to bring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control, it's not because they're facing a single huge challenge.<p>"If there was just one solid, large chunk we could slice out, we would," says WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander, at the agency's regional coordination center in Conakry, Guinea. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Richard Harris 45333 at http://iowapublicradio.org Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola