Morning Edition on IPR News & Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en Wal-Mart To Offer Money-Transfer Service http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wal-mart-offer-money-transfer-service Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with wiring from Wal-Mart.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: The giant retailer is taking another step into banking. The company says it's launching a money transfer service next week. It'll go head-to-head with Western Union and MoneyGram in a market worth about $900 billion. But Wal-Mart says it will offer lower fees. Western Union and MoneyGram's stock both dropped on the news. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 editor 39323 at http://iowapublicradio.org Indiana Man Lets Buyer Keep His Stolen Car http://iowapublicradio.org/post/indiana-man-lets-buyer-keep-his-stolen-car Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers with the story of not one, but two, good Samaritans in Boonville, Indiana. A Chrysler belonging to Derk West was stolen last week. The thief then sold the car to a 72-year-old man for 300 bucks. That buyer started feeling like the deal was too good to be true.<p>So he looked up the car's rightful owner, Mr. West, gave him a call. Derk West decided the older man needed the car more than he did so he let him keep it. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:59:00 +0000 editor 39319 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chelsea Clinton Announces She's Pregnant http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chelsea-clinton-announces-shes-pregnant Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>Well, the tabloids have been reporting it for years but now it is official: Chelsea Clinton is actually pregnant this time. New York magazine proclaimed that America's version of a royal baby is on the way. Chelsea's parents, Bill and Hillary, sent out tweets confirming the news. The former president wrote that he is excited to add a new line to his Twitter bio: grandfather-to-be. And, of course, now speculation on the 2064 presidential race can begin.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 39315 at http://iowapublicradio.org Many Sunken Ferry Victims Believed To Be Trapped Below Deck http://iowapublicradio.org/post/many-sunken-ferry-victims-believed-be-trapped-below-deck Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In South Korea today, officials have requested arrest warrants for the captain and also two crew members of the ferry that capsized off the country's southern coast. At least 28 people are dead and nearly 300 people remain unaccounted for. Many of them are believed to be trapped below deck, but divers have so far not been able to get inside that vessel. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39310 at http://iowapublicradio.org Budget Cuts Threaten Mock Villages At Military Training Center http://iowapublicradio.org/post/budget-cuts-threaten-mock-villages-military-training-center Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>America has learned a lot about fighting wars over the past decade. And you can see how they apply the lessons learned at the Fort Irwin National Training Center in Southern California. The military still holds old-style war games there, with tanks and planes. But the war scenarios also reflect the recent challenges faced in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.<p>Like counterinsurgency operations, where the enemy doesn't wear a uniform, and looks exactly like the civilians the military is supposed to protect. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39311 at http://iowapublicradio.org Colombia Mourns Death Of Favorite Son: Gabriel Garcia Marquez http://iowapublicradio.org/post/colombia-mourns-death-favorite-son-gabriel-garcia-marquez Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>If you think about the country of Columbia, you might think about turmoil - drug trafficking and violence - but a native son countered those notions with dream-like, whimsical storytelling. Nobel Prize-winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87. Juan Forero visited his hometown.<p>JUAN FORERO, BYLINE: A few years back, Gabriel Garcia Marquez returned to tiny, forlorn Aracataca on Colombia's Caribbean coast and was warmly welcomed by brass band and big, cheering crowds. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39312 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inmates To Be Moved Temporarily Out Of Infamous Iraqi Prison http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inmates-be-moved-temporarily-out-iraqs-abu-ghraib-prison Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>And I'm Kelly McEvers. It's a name that conjures up grim images. Abu Ghraib prison. Once the site of prisoner abuse and torture, first under Saddam Hussein then under U.S. occupation, the prison temporarily closed this week. The decision comes as a Sunni-led insurgency in Western Iraq, near Abu Ghraib, is targeting Iraq's Shiite-led government in Baghdad.<p>To talk about Abu Ghraib, we reached Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parkerby Skype. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39313 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plunge In Circulation Forces Changes At Japanese Magazine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-166 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And our last word in business today is: Wonderful Wife.<p>It's the name of a women's magazine in Japan. It used to be a top seller back when more women stayed home and took care of their kids.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>But times have changed. As more women work even after having kids, Wonderful Wife has plunged in circulation. So the publisher says it's taking Wonderful Wife off the racks and replacing it with a new magazine aimed at working mothers.<p>GREENE: It will be called Chanto, meaning properly or correctly. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39316 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move http://iowapublicradio.org/post/increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.<p>But underneath the surface, Earle says, the 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. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 39255 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount http://iowapublicradio.org/post/salon-uses-image-north-koreas-leader-promote-discount Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers. A salon in London recently used an image of North Korea's leader to promote a discount. Bad hair day? - said the sign with a picture of Kim Jong-un - 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.<p>We're not sure how many customers opted for the sale after seeing the picture of Kim's shaved, short at the sides, puffy, parted in the middle situation - because two officials from the North Korean embassy came and ordered the sign to be taken down. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 editor 39252 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard http://iowapublicradio.org/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 39253 at http://iowapublicradio.org Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South http://iowapublicradio.org/post/probe-gains-integration-eroded-especially-south Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>This spring will mark 60 years since Brown versus Board of Education. That's the Supreme Court ruling that was intended to end segregation in America's public schools. But a year-long study by the investigative journalism group ProPublica finds that we've never gotten to that goal. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:00 +0000 editor 39250 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Origins Of The Domesticated Chili Pepper http://iowapublicradio.org/post/origins-domesticated-chili-pepper Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Researchers believe they've discovered the origin of another pepper: The domesticated chili pepper, now the most widely grown spice crop in the world.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The birthplace of the world's favorite spice is a fertile valley in East Central Mexico, between Oaxaca and Veracruz, not in the northeastern part of the country as previously thought.<p>MCEVERS: The Sacramento Bee reports the project conducted at the University of California, Davis was pretty complex. They used archaeology, genetics...<p>GREENE: ...and language. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 39247 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring Breakers Who Want Snow And Thrills Ski Tuckerman's Ravine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-breakers-who-want-snow-and-thrills-ski-tuckermans-ravine On a clear weekend day, as many as 3,000 people will make the 3-mile trek up the side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington to the snowfields, defying steep terrain and the threat of avalanches. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 39248 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-business-innovation-depend-ceos-age Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>One of the keys to success for a company or even a country is the ability to innovate, to create new ideas and products that change how people work, live and behave. And there's now new research suggesting that innovation could depend on the age of the people in charge. Of course innovation is just one measure of success. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam has returned to join us. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 39249 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College http://iowapublicradio.org/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 39251 at http://iowapublicradio.org Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller http://iowapublicradio.org/post/police-trace-heavy-breathing-emergency-caller Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Greene. Police near London received a troubling emergency call. All the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops rushed out to investigate, and found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth.<p>The Belgian Malinois named Layton must have tooth-dialed 999 - Britain's version of 911 - after snatching the phone from its owner. The owner told the Daily Mirror: He's downright naughty, but I would never swap him.<p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:55:00 +0000 editor 39196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sad-panda-china-gets-her-own-play-area Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers, with news of a sad panda in China. Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. She's now a happy panda. The zoo where she lives built her a mini-amusement park. And now the staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in Southwest China has given her a plasma TV, where she can watch other pandas at play. Si Jia was one of three giant pandas rescued after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 39197 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Minority Tartars Consider Pragmatic Approach To Crimea Annexation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/minority-tartars-consider-pragmatic-approach-crimea-annexation People in the newly annexed territory of Crimea are trying to figure out how to deal with their new status as part of Russia, rather than Ukraine. Tatars were vocal in their opposition to the Russian takeover of Crimea. That's because they remember their history of maltreatment under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 39192 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Criticizes Tax System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-165 Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>And our last word in business today is: Tax Confusion.<p>Yesterday, of course, was the deadline for filing. And today, you're maybe feeling some uncertainty over whether you got everything right.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A lot of people complain that the tax code is just too complex, but usually not directly to the IRS. After all, you could be asking for an audit if you file that complaint. This does not seem to be the concern of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.<p>MCEVERS: He's made complaining to the IRS a bit of an annual tradition. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 39193 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tremendously-gratifying-win-2-pulitzer-prizes-post-editor-says Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Washington Post is celebrating a pair of Pulitzer Prizes this week. One is for a series on Americans who rely on food stamps. The other, a Public Service medal for stories based on the documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>The Post has won the Public Service medal many times before, including for its legendary Watergate coverage. But after years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's prizes are especially sweet. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 39194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space http://iowapublicradio.org/post/astronauts-will-soon-be-able-eat-fresh-vegggies-space A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:00 +0000 editor 39145 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book http://iowapublicradio.org/post/captain-underpants-2013s-most-vilified-book Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," for the second year in a row. The series got the most formal complaints in a list compiled by librarians across the country. The graphic children's novels feature a superhero in his skivvies fighting villains like Dr. Diaper, which, believe it or not, earned the books more complaints than the very adult book "Fifty Shades of Grey."<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:00 +0000 editor 39146 at http://iowapublicradio.org Russian Media Accused Of Using Propaganda In Ukraine Reporting http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russian-media-accused-feeding-propaganda-ukraine-crisis Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Those pro-Russian militants we've heard a lot about occupying buildings in Eastern Ukraine, well, in Russia, they're portrayed very differently than they are here in the West. Russia's pro-government media characterize these men as embattled citizens, trying to protect themselves from a hostile Ukrainian government. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 39142 at http://iowapublicradio.org Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/empathy-how-should-we-care-about-one-another Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 39137 at http://iowapublicradio.org Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/floridas-freshwater-springs-attract-spring-breakers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are several hundred springs in Florida. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Greg Allen 39138 at http://iowapublicradio.org Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russias-move-ukraine-turns-allies-adversaries Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 39139 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retailers Want Your Tax Refund http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-164 It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 39140 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2 Senior Executives Leave General Motors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/business-news-100 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with another shakeup at GM.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: General Motors announced yesterday that two of its senior executives have left the company. The departures of the senior vice president for communications and for human resources follow in the heels of strong criticism of the company's handling of February's recall of nearly 2.6 million cars.<p>A company spokesman says the two events are unrelated. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 39141 at http://iowapublicradio.org