All Things Considered on IPR News and News/Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en 'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-sexual-assault-convictions Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts. <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=%27Tahrir+Harassment%27+Trials+End+In+Sexual+Assault+Convictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTgyNDI4MDEzMTM0MjQzMTZlNDI0Mg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 44188 at http://iowapublicradio.org N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-force Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody last week in Staten Island. A video of the incident shows one officer using an apparent chokehold on Garner before he died. The incident is prompting the New York Police Department to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 44189 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <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=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTgyNDI4MDEzMTM0MjQzMTZlNDI0Mg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 44190 at http://iowapublicradio.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://iowapublicradio.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 editor 44141 at http://iowapublicradio.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/book-review-angels-make-their-hope-here Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDRED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Now to 19th-century New Jersey and a new novel. It set among unusually tolerant people. A racially mixed community that offers refuge to independent souls. Alan Cheuse has this review of the novel "Angels Make Their Hope Here" by Breena Clarke.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Clarke calls her Jersey Shangri-La, Russell’s Knob. Where a black community elder named Duncan Smoot heads a couple of families. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 44140 at http://iowapublicradio.org D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dc-washingtons-voice-shines-diamond-nations-capital During a recent visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by both his smooth baritone and his curiously apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington into the studio for a conversation and a few songs. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:23:00 +0000 editor 44139 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 44134 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://iowapublicradio.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <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=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 44135 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/polish-case-tougher-russia-sanctions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>European foreign ministers met in Brussels today and agreed to expand the list of Russian individuals and entities targeted for destabilizing Ukraine. They're also preparing a list of other options including limits on dual technology sales and measures targeting the financial and energy sectors. One vocal advocate of tougher sanctions is Radek Sikorski, the foreign minister of Poland. Poland buys natural gas from Russia, and he told me that a better European energy policy can drive down the price that Europeans pay for that gas. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 44129 at http://iowapublicradio.org Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct http://iowapublicradio.org/post/newark-police-placed-under-federal-microscope-rampant-misconduct Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>New Jersey's largest police force is getting a federal monitor. An investigation has found that the Newark police repeatedly violated residents' civil rights. Sarah Gonzalez of member station WNYC reports.<p>SARAH GONZALEZ, BYLINE: An investigation by the Department of Justice and the state's U.S. Attorney's office found that police in Newark have been stealing drugs and money from the narcotics unit, stopping and arresting black men and women at a disproportionate rate and using excessive force. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 44119 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spicy-take-old-standby-ketchups-ripe-return When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in high season, <em>All Things Considered</em> reaches into the archives for an heirloom tomato ketchup recipe, which produces a spicy sauce you'll likely not to find anywhere else. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 44128 at http://iowapublicradio.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44074 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44072 at http://iowapublicradio.org What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits If You're A College Man Who Hasn't Shared His Bed, You're Not Alone http://iowapublicradio.org/post/if-youre-college-man-who-hasnt-shared-his-bed-youre-not-alone Freelance writer Noah Berlatsky talks about sex in college — or, rather, not having sex in college. Berlatsky was among the 10 percent of students who remain virgins throughout college, and this felt to him like an embarrassment — and a knock against his masculinity. But, he realized in time, it made him no less or more a man. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 editor 44075 at http://iowapublicradio.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44060 at http://iowapublicradio.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bloody-battle-medal-honor-recipient-held-his-post-alone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.<p>SIEGEL: Today, Pitts is married with a young son and lives in New Hampshire. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 44070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tenuous-progress-jets-crash-site-clashes-flare-close The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev. <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=Tenuous+Progress+At+Jet%27s+Crash+Site%2C+As+Clashes+Flare+Close+By&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44063 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44027 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies http://iowapublicradio.org/post/actor-james-garner-rockford-files-dies Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>OK, we don't to let that play much longer for you to know where we're going with this - the theme from "The Rockford Files" and a few seconds to remember actor, James Garner. He died yesterday at home, here in Los Angeles. He was 86. A native of Oklahoma, Garner was a Korean War vet. He got his start in Hollywood with small parts in Westerns. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 44024 at http://iowapublicradio.org Death Toll Climbs In Israel-Gaza Conflict Amid Attempts At Cease-Fire http://iowapublicradio.org/post/death-toll-climbs-israel-gaza-conflict-amid-attempts-cease-fire Israel widened its operation into Gaza Sunday and each side had the highest death toll of this two-week-old conflict. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem about this deadly day. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 44025 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44026 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/superheroes-go-mainstream-comic-cons-get-corporate Darren Tompkins attended his first comic convention (or comic con) in Roanoke, Va., back in the mid-1980s. At the time, these gatherings were only for die-hard comic fans — people who might invest in a Batman or Joker costume to wear once a year.<p>"Really, it was just a small ballroom filled with cardboard boxes," Tompkins says. "I mean, there weren't any actors or famous people or panels or anything. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:18:00 +0000 editor 44004 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate At Crash Site In Ukraine, Rebels Restrict International Monitors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crash-site-ukraine-rebels-restrict-international-monitors Separatist rebels at the site of the shot down Malaysia Airlines jet in Eastern Ukraine have been giving restricted access to international monitors Saturday. Corey Flintoff speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers from Donetsk on the effort and the outcry over the slow pace of the body recovery and evidence gathering. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 44002 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee http://iowapublicradio.org/post/meet-mockingbird-memoir-recalls-talks-harper-lee In 1960, Harper Lee published <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44003 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://iowapublicradio.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.<p>The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 43999 at http://iowapublicradio.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It Community Groups Help Immigrants Settle Amid Political, Legal Turmoil http://iowapublicradio.org/post/community-groups-help-immigrants-settle-amid-political-legal-turmoil <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=Community+Groups+Help+Immigrants+Settle+Amid+Political%2C+Legal+Turmoil&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDI3NjUzMDEzNjkzMTgzNTExNDFlYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEver's.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF RECORDING)<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The following message will be repeated in Spanish and English.<p>MCEVERS: Let's say you're from Central America. You live here in the U.S. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 44001 at http://iowapublicradio.org New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-yorks-night-birmingham-horror-sparked-summer-riots It was called "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1964/07/20/violence-flares-again-in-harlem.html?_r=0" target="_blank">New York's night of Birmingham horror</a>."<p>Just over two weeks after the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/behind-the-civil-rights-act/#/annotations" target="_blank">landmark Civil Rights Act</a> was signed into law in 1964, violence erupted in the streets of New York City, lasting a total of six nights. It was the first in a series of riots that would come to define the later years of the 1960s civil rights movement. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 43974 at http://iowapublicradio.org New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wrap-days-events-eastern-ukraine-and-gaza Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to recap the major stories of the day. The United States is pinning the blame for the crash of a passenger jet in Ukraine on pro-Russian separatists. President Obama said today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the separatists. Mr. Obama called for a cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The crash site itself is under rebel control. And the first international monitors arriving on the scene say their access is being limited. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43969 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inside-gaza-and-under-israeli-fire-family-tries-stay-safe The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza">beginning of Israel's ground invasion Thursday night</a> was loud. Explosions lit up the sky to the north and east and boomed throughout the Gaza Strip.<p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/18/332499370/israeli-ground-operation-in-gaza-continues">Friday</a> started pretty quietly for Rashad Abu Tawila.<p>"It was before dawn," the Gaza resident recalls, through an interpreter. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Emily Harris 43970 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe