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1:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Charles Wright Named 20th U.S. Poet Laureate

Charles Wright, pictured here in 2006, has been named the 20th U.S. Poet Laureate. (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress has chosen Southern writer Charles Wright to serve as the nation’s next poet laureate beginning this fall.

Wright hails from Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. For years, he was a professor at the University of Virginia.

He began writing poetry while he was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army, inspired by the work of Ezra Pound.

In announcing the selection, Librarian of Congress James Billington says Wright is a master of the “meditative, image-driven lyric.”

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1:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Does Lockdown Training Save Lives?

Students receive training for barricading a classroom door in the event of a shooter entering their school as part of the ALICE program. (ALICE Training Institute)

New details are emerging today about the school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, earlier this week.

Officials have identified the shooter as freshman student Jared Michael Padgett, and say he was armed with an AR-15 rifle and carrying nine loaded magazines, which could have shot off several hundred rounds. The gun and ammunition belonged to the boy’s family. Padget killed fellow freshman Emilio Hoffman and wounded a teacher.

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1:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Political Thriller Author Brad Meltzer Wants To Thrill Kids With History

Brad Meltzer's "Ordinary People Change the World" series tells the stories of famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks -- as children. (Eric Ogden)

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:33 pm

Brad Meltzer is known for writing political thrillers like “The Inner Circle” and hosting the History Channel series “Decoded.” But he’s also the author of “Ordinary People Change the World,” a series of children’s picture books.

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1:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Taxi Strikes Across Europe Protest Uber App

Roads are snarled on June 11 in London as taxi drivers stop their black cabs, blocking the street to protest over new technology they say endangers passengers. The strike action by taxi drivers hit many European cities, Wednesday, sparked by fears about the growing upheaval in the travel and transport industry, largely due to digital technologies like Uber. (Sang Tan/AP Photo)

City streets across Europe are jammed today as tens of thousands of taxi drivers block traffic. Cabbies in Madrid, Milan, Paris and London are protesting Uber, the smartphone app-based chauffeur service that they say is threatening their livelihood.

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1:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Environmental Risks Of Corn Production

Nearly one-third of all U.S. cropland is used for corn. Growing corn uses a lot of water and fertilizer, and some of these production techniques, coupled with the effects of climate change, are threatening U.S. corn production. (Chris Bartnik/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:18 pm

Nearly one-third of all U.S. cropland is used for corn — but it’s not all the type you eat off the cob. More than a third of U.S. corn is used for animal feed, with another third grown for ethanol for cars.

Growing corn uses a lot of water and fertilizer, and some of these production techniques, coupled with the effects of climate change, are threatening U.S. corn production.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Police: Gunman Kills Student In School Shooting

Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized.

The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

Authorities say they’re now focusing on reuniting students with their parents.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

World Cup Preview

The 2014 World Cup gets underway on Thursday, when host country Brazil takes on Croatia. Then 63 more soccer games will be played until one of the 32 teams is crowned winner on July 13.

Bill Littlefield, the host of NPR’s Only A Game, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the teams and the players, who are carrying with them the hopes of entire countries.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Las Vegas Shooter Ranted About Police, Government In Online Videos

Jerad and Amanda Miller are pictured in a photo from Facebook. (Facebook)

YouTube videos have surfaced of 31-year-old Jerad Miller, in which he rants about not trusting police or government and relying on guns to protect himself from forces that want to limit his freedom.

He and his 22-year-old wife Amanda Miller shot and killed two police officers and a third person in Las Vegas on Sunday, before taking their own lives.

The Millers left a “Don’t tread on me” flag and a swastika on the body of one of the officers.

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1:58 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Documentary Tells Story Of Landscape Design Pioneer Olmsted

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed some of America's most well known green spaces, including Central Park, a green oasis in the middle of busy Manhattan. (PBS)

Nineteenth-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed some of America’s most well-known green spaces, including Central Park in New York City.

A new documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” which premieres on PBS stations around the country on June 20, shows how Olmsted not only designed the city parks, but influenced the way America looked at landscape design.

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1:58 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

'All The Way' Wins Tony Award For Best Play

Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way” has won the Tony Award for best play.

Starring Bryan Cranston, the play focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Cranston, the former “Breaking Bad” star also nabbed the Tony for best lead actor in a play in his Broadway debut.

Also, after years of helping hand out Tony Awards to others, Neil Patrick Harris finally has one of his own.

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1:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Study Looks At What's Killing Centenarians

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:16 pm

The population of centenarians — people age 100 and over — is growing across the globe.

People over 100 years are expected to reach 3.2 million by 2050, according to a new study by Kings College in London.

The study, which examined the cause of death among the growing demographic, found that centenarians are less likely to die of cancer or heart disease at that age, and more likely to die from pneumonia or frail health.

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2:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

'The Fault In Our Stars' Resonates For Esther Earl's Parents

Today, the much anticipated film “The Fault In Our Stars” opens in theaters.

The movie stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as two teens who meet in a cancer support group and fall in love, and is based on the blockbuster John Green novel.

Green was inspired to write the book by one of his fans, Esther Earl, a young woman who succumbed to cancer in 2010 shortly after her 16th birthday.

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2:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

D-Day Artifacts On Display At Massachusetts World War II Museum

Kenneth Rendell, owner of the Museum of World War II, has been amassing his collection of WWII memorabilia since he was a kid. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The announcement of the the invasion of Normandy which signaled the end of World War II, happened 70 years ago today.

A special exhibition about D-Day is on display at the World War II museum in Natick, Mass. It houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts about the war.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WBUR’s Andrea Shea takes us on a tour of the museum.

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2:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Walmart Workers Air Grievances At Annual Meeting

Walmart workers and union activists protest outside a Walmart store on June 4 in Chicago. Workers and activists were scheduled to hold strikes at Walmart stores in more than 20 cities today in their campaign to raise wages. The strikes are scheduled to draw attention to worker grievances before Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting, taking place today in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Walmart’s annual meeting today is a star-studded affair, but the company’s new CEO Doug McMillon has a big challenge on his hands.

The giant retailer faces increased scrutiny amid allegations of bribery in Mexico, lack of oversight in Bangladesh factories, and growing criticism about low wages and benefits, and high compensation for its executives.

Bob Moon of Bloomberg Radio tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that this comes as Walmart is seeing declining sales for five consecutive quarters.

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1:42 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Young Doctor Becomes Crusader To Keep Teens Out Of Tanning Beds

Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology resident at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is behind new Missouri law requiring anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using an indoor UV tanning device. (Valerie Yermal/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 3:12 pm

The FDA has just put in a place some new guidelines for indoor tanning beds and booths, but the state of Missouri is going even further.

A bill signed into law today by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon requires anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using a tanning bed or booth.

The person behind the law is Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology resident at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She pushed for seven years to get the bill approved by state lawmakers.

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1:19 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Military Law And The Case Of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

How does military law handle a deserter or a defector? And how will the U.S. military deal with the controversial case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl? Military law expert Eugene Fidell discusses these questions with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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1:19 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Preview: NHL And NBA Finals

Drew Doughty, #8, of the Los Angeles Kings, celebrates after he scores a second period goal past Henrik Lundqvist, #30, of the New York Rangers, during Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tonight, the NBA finals begin as the Miami Heat compete against the San Antonio Spurs.

The two teams will meet for the second year in a row in the finals as Miami fights for a three-peat win, making them the fourth team ever to achieve the record and the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers since 2000 to 2002.

NHL finals also continue tonight as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings fight for the Stanley Cup. The Kings dominated in game one, but will they hold up against the Rangers’ speed?

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1:31 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Steady Market Has Fed Worried About Investor Complacency

Federal Reserve officials have expressed concern that investors may start taking big risks due to a relatively long period of low volatility in the stock market.

Business Insider executive editor Joe Weisenthal discusses the Fed’s worries and how they might affect their decisions on interest rates, with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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1:28 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

High School Valedictorians Have High Aspirations

Leilanie Martinez, 17, is the valedictorian of her class at South Gate High School in Los Angeles. She plans to attend U.C. Berkeley in the fall. (Courtesy of Leilanie Martinez)

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 3:31 pm

This week we are speaking to high school valedictorians from across the country. Today we speak with 17-year old Leilanie Martinez.

Martinez is graduating from South Gate High School in Los Angeles county. She will attend U.C. Berkeley next year and plans to major in political science.

That’s because she eventually wants to come back to South Gate to run for mayor of Los Angeles.

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1:26 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Summer Salad Recipes From Kathy Gunst

Kathy adds some freshly cracked black pepper. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:00 am

With the warmer weather, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst‘s garden has been flourishing. As she tells host Robin Young, “seeing tender young greens come up in my garden, I’m like a little kid in a candy store, I am just so excited.”

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1:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Stays Independent

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 12:12 pm

The Philadelphia-based indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has been making music for about a decade and doing it outside the mainstream music business. At first, the band got a boost from music blogs and today it releases its music independently.

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1:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

France: U.S. $10 Billion Fine On BNP Paribas 'Unreasonable'

A BNP Paribas advertisement sits atop a building on Broadway June 2 in New York. BNP Paribas faces a potential fine of up to $10 billion USD for breaking sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on Iran. The fine would be the largest imposed on a bank by US. regulators for sanctions-breaking, and one of the largest regulatory fines in history. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. is investigating whether France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, violated sanctions on Sudan, Iran, and Syria between 2002 and 2009.

France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, says the reported $10 billion fine on BNP Paribas is not reasonable. This comes as President Obama is about to visit France for talks with French President Francois Hollande.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about the situation.

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1:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Tree-Killing Beetle Creates Opportunity For Urban Lumber Mills

Small holes signify emerald ash borer damage in a dying tree. (Frank Morris/KCUR)

Ash trees are dying across much of the country. A green beetle, the emerald ash borer, has spread from the Upper Midwest, imperiling millions of trees.

But there is opportunity amid the destruction. Urban lumber mills that saw up salvaged city trees are on the rise — spurred by mounting demand for local products and a tsunami of supply delivered by the emerald ash borer.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Frank Morris of KCUR reports from Kansas City.

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3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Tim Cook kicked off the annual WWDC which is typically a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and software. The conference runs through June 6. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.

Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.

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3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Remembering Ann B. Davis Of 'The Brady Bunch'

Ann B. Davis was best known for playing the part of Alice, the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch. (YouTube screenshot)

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country’s favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks to Here & Now about her life and her role on the show.

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3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Study Finds Seasonal Workers Worse Off In Fair Trade Operations

A four-year study has found that agricultural workers are worse off in "fair trade" operations. (ftepr.org)

A recently released four-year study from the University of London shows that agricultural workers in and near operations with a “Fair Trade certified” label are actually worse off than their non-Fair Trade counterparts.

Rodney North of the Fair Trade group Equal Exchange says the goal of Fair Trade was never to improve the wages of temporary workers, rather its goal was to ensure that small farmers got to keep their land.

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1:41 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Is It Time To Scrap The Resume And Cover Letter?

Are those résumés and cover letter we work so hard on perfecting a waste of time? Journalist Jesse Singal thinks so -- adding that it's discriminatory, that companies should adopt alternative techniques when screening job candidates. (Scott Kellum/Flickr)

“It’s time for the résumé and the cover letter to die,” writes New York Magazine’s Jesse Singal. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that the current cover letter and résumé packet is discriminatory and time wasting, and that companies should adopt alternative techniques when screening job candidates.

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1:41 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

DOT Seeks Transparency In Airfares

People heading to the airport this summer may have an easier time finding a fair price on flights. The DOT is proposing a rule that would effectively change the way a “ticket” is defined, and require all ticket agents and airlines to display that ticket price to provide a basis for comparison. (Jonathan Cohen/Flickr)

This summer, millions of vacationers will buy plane tickets. But will they be able to fairly compare fares?

Critics say airlines have made it impossible to figure out the true cost by obscuring fees and taxes. Now, the Department of Transportation is proposing a rule that would effectively change the way a "ticket" is defined, and require all ticket agents and airlines to display that ticket price to provide a basis for comparison.

However, the airlines are howling.

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1:41 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Aretha Franklin Performs The National Anthem At Harvard Graduation

Aretha Franklin performs the National Anthem at Harvard University's 2014 commencement. (Screenshot)

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It’s commencement season, and yesterday at Harvard University, soul legend Aretha Franklin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. And just in case anyone doubted the degree was deserved, Franklin sat down at the piano, and schooled those in attendance, with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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2:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Funeral To Be Held For Philadelphia House

3711 Melon Street in West Philadelphia will get a proper goodbye on Saturday with the "Funeral for a Home" event, organized my Temple Unviersity's Tyler School of Art. (Jeffrey Stockbridge/funeralforahome.org)

Mourners will gather in Philadelphia on Saturday to bid farewell to an old house. The gathering will be a celebration of a life, a “home going,” with drill teams and bands and a meal — all after they’ve carted the shingles, broken window panes and floorboards away.

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