All Things Considered on IPR News & Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en President 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, Maryland might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Barack 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 President Obama's Favorite County — At Least When it Comes to Giving Speeches When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 39296 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <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=The+Ohio+Snake+Art+That%27s+Been+Mid-Slither+For+A+Millennium&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Noah Adams 39299 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century http://iowapublicradio.org/post/story-torture-and-forgiveness-spans-half-century Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39300 at http://iowapublicradio.org On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <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=On+Russian+Call-in+Show%2C+Putin+Maintains+Hard+Line+Against+West&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 39282 at http://iowapublicradio.org Search Continues For Nearly 300 Missing In South Korea Ferry Accident http://iowapublicradio.org/post/search-continues-nearly-300-missing-south-korea-ferry-accident The search continues for survivors and answers in the South Korean ferry disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn offers details on the latest developments. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 39283 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why Israel Is Staying On The Sidelines In Ukraine Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-israel-staying-sidelines-ukraine-crisis Israel has been largely silent about Russia's muscling in on Ukraine. The tiny country — with a Russian Jewish foreign minister — seems to want to preserve its good relations with Moscow. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39293 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 39236 at http://iowapublicradio.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://iowapublicradio.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39237 at http://iowapublicradio.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 editor 39239 at http://iowapublicradio.org Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://iowapublicradio.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 39231 at http://iowapublicradio.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 39234 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 39235 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved Iranian U.N. Ambassador's Past Makes Fodder For Diplomatic Dust-up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iranian-un-ambassadors-past-makes-fodder-diplomatic-dust The U.S. has denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice as ambassador to the United Nations, which is based in New York. Aboutalebi is an experienced diplomat, but his past involvement as a translator during the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is problematic. Iran has complained to the world body, and a special committee is set to review the issue next week. <em>Bloomberg</em> reporter Sangwon Yoon explains the diplomatic controversy and how it may play out. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39227 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Steve Henn 39228 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Yasiel Puig is the star second-year outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a Cuban refugee who plays with phenomenal athletic talent and abandon. In fact, sometimes what he abandons is the guidance of his coaches and manager. He is energetic to the point of recklessness when he's running bases or playing the outfield. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39229 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big http://iowapublicradio.org/post/portugal-sales-receipt-may-be-your-ticket-win-big On Lisbon's cobblestone lanes, the Portuguese economy is hobbling along as it always has — in cash.<p>In a tiny, 100-year-old bar, Nuno Goncalves pours out glasses of <em>ginja</em> — a Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur — for his customers, mostly old men in flat caps. A small shot-glass full costs 50 cents — cash only. There is a cash register, but it doesn't print receipts.<p>"It's a local business. They just count the money they have, and the bottles they sell," explains a customer named Felipe. "They will not give you a receipt — and you will not ask for a receipt. Because, come on! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 39183 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 39181 at http://iowapublicradio.org Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sending-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 39182 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://iowapublicradio.org/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Schaper 39177 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near http://iowapublicradio.org/post/months-training-and-moment-silence-marathon-draws-near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 39178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own http://iowapublicradio.org/post/perennial-co-writer-returns-album-his-own Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39179 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reunited-and-it-feels-little-awkward-outkast-coachella <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEiAGFMnNI</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 39126 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gene-linked-alzheimers-poses-special-threat-women A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.<p>The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 39123 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nsa-coverage-garners-pulitzers-post-and-guardian Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 39124 at http://iowapublicradio.org Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/emicida-people-sample-what-nearest-them <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdvYAjQYdIs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQLw8XRBKQ</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 39120 at http://iowapublicradio.org Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them' After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-deaths-renewed-focus-leaky-gas-pipelines After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/12/289434505/firefighters-respond-to-building-collapse-in-new-yorks-harlem">gas explosion</a> last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.<p>It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.<p>In Philadelphia, after a long, cold winter, construction crews are back at work. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39119 at http://iowapublicradio.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nevada-ranch-dispute-ends-feds-back-down-now Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The situation came to a head on Saturday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 39111 at http://iowapublicradio.org Suspected Kansas Shooter Had Ties To KKK http://iowapublicradio.org/post/suspected-kansas-shooter-had-ties-kkk The man suspected of killing three people at a Jewish community center and retirement home is a white supremacist formerly of the Ku Klux Klan. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, 73-year-old Frazier Glen Cross once ran a paramilitary camp in North Carolina. Cross may have been planning the shooting for months. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 39112 at http://iowapublicradio.org For All You Need To Know About The Blood Moon, Ask Mr. Eclipse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/all-you-need-know-about-blood-moon-ask-mr-eclipse Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MOONDANCE")<p>VAN MORRISON: (Singing) Well, it's a marvelous night for a moon dance with the stars up above in your eyes.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's must-see astronomy tonight across most of the U.S. A full lunar eclipse, as the moon moves into the Earth's shadow and turns a lovely shade of red. It's a blood moon, and it's actually the first of four full lunar eclipses that will occur in the next 17 months. Joining me to talk about this is Fred Espenak. He runs NASA's eclipse website and he does that from Portal, Arizona. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39115 at http://iowapublicradio.org