Morning Edition on IPR News and Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount http://iowapublicradio.org/post/salon-uses-image-north-koreas-leader-promote-discount The sign with a picture of Jim Jong-un offered 15 percent off all men's cuts through April. Two officials from the North Korean embassy arrived at the London salon and ordered the sign be taken down. 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 In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about her story in The Atlantic. She examines the failure of school desegregation. 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 The domesticated chili pepper is the most widely grown spice crop in the world. A team of researchers at the University of California Davis has discovered the origin of that pepper. 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 three-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 Sam Evans-Brown 39248 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-business-innovation-depend-ceos-age Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies. 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. The Belgian Malinois named Layton must've 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. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> 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 Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. 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 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 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 Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treadmill-users-can-use-app-run-london-marathon Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm Kelly McEvers. So the London Marathon happened yesterday, but runners who missed it will soon be able to run it from the gym. Race organizers are releasing an app for treadmill users creating a high definition virtual reality London marathon experience. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time, past some famous landmarks, Buckingham palace and all that and spares you from London's famous rain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:33:00 +0000 editor 39088 at http://iowapublicradio.org Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings http://iowapublicradio.org/post/waste-treatment-plant-boasts-its-pefect-weddings The plant in King County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:33:00 +0000 editor 39089 at http://iowapublicradio.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://iowapublicradio.org/post/don-draper-truth-you-lied <em>***For </em>Mad Men<em> fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below. </em><p>Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.<p>Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.<p>Facing a roomful of Hershey's executives, he told a heartwarming story of getting one of their candy bars as a reward for mowing the lawn. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 39085 at http://iowapublicradio.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Despite Havoc, Syrian War Sparks Hope Among Kurdish Minority http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-violence-syrian-war-sparks-hope-among-kurdish-minority With Syria in chaos, minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy. Kurds who fled to northern Iraq from Syria will press those demands when they finally go home. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:59:00 +0000 editor 39082 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ahead Of Midterm Elections, Obama Focuses On Voting Rights http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-news-22 President Obama's weekly address dealt with the question of women and equal pay. On Friday, he went to a forum organized by civil rights activist Al Sharpton where he talked about voting rights. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:59:00 +0000 editor 39083 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Vows To Reclaim Occupied Towns By Force http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-vows-reclaim-occupied-towns-force Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:59:00 +0000 editor 39084 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Girl Wouldn't Want A KFC Corsage? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-163 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And that brings us to today's last word in business, which is: Kentucky Fried Corsage.<p>It is prom season and KFC wants to be part of your special night.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>For just 20 bucks, you can order a KFC corsage that your date won't forget. It looks like most corsages, with baby's breath surrounding a centerpiece. But instead of a pink or yellow rose, there's a fried chicken drumstick.<p>GREENE: A real one, evidently. So in the interest of food safety, the chicken is not included. You have to pick it up on the way to your event. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:59:00 +0000 editor 39086 at http://iowapublicradio.org Breakup Text Is Evidence In Engagement Ring Lawsuit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/breakup-text-evidence-engagement-ring-lawsuit A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., ruled a woman can keep her engagement ring after her fiance broke things off with a text. Jokingly or not, the man wrote she could keep the "$50,000 parting ring." Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:37:00 +0000 editor 38976 at http://iowapublicradio.org When It Comes To Presidential Libraries, Size Matters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-it-comes-presidential-libraries-size-matters George W. Bush explained to a crowd gathered at the LBJ presidential library in Austin, Texas, why the libraries are a competitive thing for former presidents. 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