All Things Considered on IPR News & Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign http://iowapublicradio.org/post/knuckleball-no-more-world-cup-soccer-ball-gets-redesign John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39538 at http://iowapublicradio.org Album Review: 'Abracaco' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/album-review-abracaco Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Banning Eyre says that Veloso's new album, <em>Abracaco</em>, is one of the most engaging in his epic career. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 39539 at http://iowapublicradio.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://iowapublicradio.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 39533 at http://iowapublicradio.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ex-ranger-recalls-friendly-fire-killed-pat-tillman Ten years ago Tuesday, former NFL star Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who fired on Tillman, and <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10816260/pat-tillman-enduring-guilt">he told his story recently on ESPN's <em>Outside the Lines</em>.</a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39534 at http://iowapublicradio.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39523 at http://iowapublicradio.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa Searching The Planet To Find Power For The Cloud http://iowapublicradio.org/post/searching-planet-find-power-cloud <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FJ6_kEEKJg</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 39481 at http://iowapublicradio.org Searching The Planet To Find Power For The Cloud The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tawdry-ballad-man-casino-and-game-chance Millionaire Chinese gamblers, high-class Mongolian escorts, drunken Englishmen — these are the kind of characters who populate Lawrence Osborne's hypnotic new novel, <em>The Ballad of a Small Player</em>. Set in the hotels and casinos of Macau, a former Portuguese colony where ostentatious 21st century glamour meets the faded charms of old Asia, the novel traces the trajectory of a compulsive gambler, the self-styled "Lord" Doyle, a man who seems addicted to failure. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Tash Aw 39480 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image http://iowapublicradio.org/post/keep-business-growing-vendors-rebrand-pots-stoner-image From the outside, Jan Cole's recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., just feels welcoming. Big glass windows let in natural light, and the walls are painted in soothing earth tones. Cole used her background in spa management to build a "warm and inviting" pot shop that puts customers at ease.<p>In fact, the store's name, The Farm, is so inconspicuous, "we have a lot of people who come in think that we might be an organic food grocer or something," she says.<p>And that's exactly who Cole is trying to attract: the tote-bag carrying, socially conscious, natural-food crowd. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000 editor 39477 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/robotic-exoskeleton-helps-get-vets-back-their-feet Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. These robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping people who are paralyzed, including many veterans, stand up and walk. As Erin Toner of WUWM reports, the technology helps improve patients' mental and physical health, but it's far from changing their lives entirely. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Milwaukee Public Radio. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:39:00 +0000 editor 39478 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Boondocks' Returns After Four Years To An Altered Comedy Landscape http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-four-years-away-boondocks-returns-tv When celebrity chef Paula Deen got in trouble for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/20/193913397/stuff-you-might-have-missed-in-the-paula-deen-brouhaha">maybe being racist</a> last year, I couldn't help but think about <em>The Boondocks</em>. The Deen controversy, and all of the comedic potential it provided, seemed to be perfect fodder for an episode of the Peabody Award-winning show that airs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.<p>But the show has been on hiatus for four years. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:36:00 +0000 editor 39474 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Boondocks' Returns After Four Years To An Altered Comedy Landscape Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teen-stowaway-somehow-survives-flight-hawaii-wheel-well The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 39470 at http://iowapublicradio.org Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha http://iowapublicradio.org/post/some-irwindale-still-not-happy-about-smelly-neighbor-sriracha The skirmish continues between Sriracha and Irwindale, Calif. Irwindale's city council declared that owner David Tran must curb his hot sauce factory's smelly fumes or they'll do it themselves. Tran is considering relocating, and he has already received several offers. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 39475 at http://iowapublicradio.org In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results http://iowapublicradio.org/post/south-korea-ferry-rescue-efforts-yield-only-grisly-results Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. It has been a grim Easter Sunday for relatives of passengers who were on the ferry that capsized off the coast of South Korea on Wednesday. The death toll from that disaster is now over 50, with about 240 people still missing, most of them high school students. Today, divers started retrieving bodies from inside the vessel.<p>NPR's Anthony Kuhn is covering the story in Seoul and joins us now. Anthony, it took divers about four days before they could get in the ship and recover bodies. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Arun Rath 39419 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hey-kids-remember-youre-our-side-fbi-makes-movie <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pYCz-oVDBg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xlUNK4JHQ</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:07:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39416 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools http://iowapublicradio.org/post/californias-drought-ripples-through-businesses-and-even-schools Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.<p>Michael's multimillion-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work.<p>"It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath.<p>Michael says about one-fifth of the land will lie fallow this year. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39417 at http://iowapublicradio.org California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scientific-experiment-field-trips-just-teachers In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.<p>But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.<p>That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.<p>"That's why I'm here," says fifth-grade teacher Joel Spears. "I teach all the subjects. I went in not knowing how to teach science, really. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 39418 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://iowapublicradio.org/post/honey-blood-and-harmony-jordi-savalls-balkan-journey <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327828/jordi-savall" target="_blank">Jordi Savall</a> has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/126390261/jordi-savall-tracing-jerusalems-history-in-music" target="_blank">smashing together music</a> from different times and different cultures.<p>At his concerts, it's difficult to predict what might happen — or who might show up. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39421 at http://iowapublicradio.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/training-uncertain-military-future-calif-desert In the middle of the Mojave Desert, between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there is a place that looks just like Afghanistan.<p>There are villages with houses, shops, a mosque and a marketplace. But it is all a facade. The area is actually a U.S. Army installation, the Fort Irwin National Training Center. If you want to see how a decade of fighting has profoundly changed the way the U.S. prepares its soldiers for war, this is where you come.<p>As the U.S. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39396 at http://iowapublicradio.org Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert The Players In The Battle For India's Soul http://iowapublicradio.org/post/players-battle-indias-soul The numbers from India's election are staggering: 814 million potential voters, nine stages of voting over six weeks. They are the biggest in the world. Correspondent Julie McCarthy talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the candidates vying for power. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 editor 39393 at http://iowapublicradio.org Russia's Military: Threatening Enough To Avoid Using Force? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russias-military-threatening-enough-avoid-using-force Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 editor 39394 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-easter-truce-standoff-ukraine-appears-steadfast In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39395 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://iowapublicradio.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to love to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 39365 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:50:00 +0000 editor 39364 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 39356 at http://iowapublicradio.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://iowapublicradio.org/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 editor 39361 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://iowapublicradio.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 39357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey http://iowapublicradio.org/post/welcome-spring-and-more-importantly-playoff-hockey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>After the marathon, Boston sports fans will still have playoff hockey. If you pay attention to the National Hockey League, then you probably heard or maybe even said that there's nothing like the playoffs. And judging from the start of this year's playoffs, it's not an exaggeration. Here to talk more about it is sportswriter Stefan Fatsis. And, Stefan, the NHL playoffs began on Wednesday, but just how exciting have these first games been?<p>STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: They've been great. Seven games, so far, five decided by one goal. Two went into overtime. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39354 at http://iowapublicradio.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://iowapublicradio.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 39351 at http://iowapublicradio.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://iowapublicradio.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39355 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 39301 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches