Steve Inskeep http://iowapublicradio.org en Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways http://iowapublicradio.org/post/born-border-tijuana-grows-new-ways Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.<p>Border security is ever-present here. The city has grown so close to the rusted U.S. border fence that it practically leans on it. The fence even cuts across the middle of Friendship Park, a circular plot of land that was laid out on the actual borderline as a symbol of the two nations' warm relations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 38244 at http://iowapublicradio.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crossing-desert-why-brenda-wanted-border-patrol-find-her It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.<p>We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 38187 at http://iowapublicradio.org Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pancho-villa-panda-express-life-border-town Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.<p>It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.<p>All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 38124 at http://iowapublicradio.org From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mend-wounds-violence-still-scar-juarez We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."<p>He said this even though he lives within sight of Juarez, in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande. Many people on the U.S. side long ago stopped visiting their Mexican sister city, and not without reason: Juarez was the world's most violent city as recently as 2010. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 38005 at http://iowapublicradio.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rarely-told-stories-sexual-assault-against-female-migrants Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A dust-covered car has been in our parking lot at NPR West this week. It was the vehicle that took Steve Inskeep and several colleagues along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. We've been hearing what they found in recent days, stories of people and goods and culture that cross the border. Steve's in our studio now with a rather difficult story to tell. Steve, what is that?<p>STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Well, Arun, it involves people who migrate illegally across the border into the United States, which, of course, has been happening for decades. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37993 at http://iowapublicradio.org Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands http://iowapublicradio.org/post/congressmen-are-bullish-borderlands The U.S.-Mexico border isn't just about immigration. Local politicians in El Paso, Texas, say their city is misunderstood. Being located across the river from Mexico is part of their potential. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37976 at http://iowapublicradio.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border http://iowapublicradio.org/post/always-watching-us-mexico-border-site-complexity We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.<p>Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.<p>The Border Patrol — part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — allowed us a look inside the communications center at its headquarters in Laredo, Texas. The room had no windows, just a giant wall of screens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37957 at http://iowapublicradio.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border Intocable's Music Straddles The Border http://iowapublicradio.org/post/intocables-music-straddles-border <em>Morning Edition's</em> Steve Inskeep stops in Zapata, Texas, in the latest installment of our Borderland series. Zapata is the hometown of the lead singer of Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border. Ricky Munoz explains how listening to a mix of Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard while growing up influenced his band. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37888 at http://iowapublicradio.org Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier http://iowapublicradio.org/post/borderland-where-neighbor-nations-emerging-futures-meet My colleagues and I drove 2,428 miles and remained in the same place.<p>We gathered a team, rented a car, checked the batteries in our recorders and cameras. We moved from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. We crossed deserts, plains and mountains. But all the while, we were living in Borderland — zigzagging across the frontier between Mexico and the United States.<p>We were seeking stories of people, goods and culture that cross the border. Heavily fortified though it is, the border remains the place where two nations meet, trade, clash and influence one another. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37770 at http://iowapublicradio.org Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier Remembering The Alamo With A Texas Historian http://iowapublicradio.org/post/remembering-alamo-historian At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, historian Frank de la Teja explains how the dividing line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37772 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Diplomat Tours Central African Republic http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-diplomat-powers-tours-central-african-republic Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The American ambassador to the United Nations is visiting Central African Republic today. Before becoming a diplomat, Samantha Power was a journalist who wrote about stopping genocide. And now she is visiting a country where there's fear of one. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed nearly 1,000 people. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with Ambassador Power. She's on the line. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 33747 at http://iowapublicradio.org A View From China, India On Carbon Dioxide Emissions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/view-china-india-carbon-dioxide-emissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Well, let's hear from some of the rest of the world. We're gonna go to China and India and to NPR correspondents in those countries, beginning with NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Beijing. Hi, Anthony.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Okay. So the Chinese declined to agree to controls on their carbon emissions, but is this a major priority for China?<p>KUHN: Absolutely. It's a matter of key national interest to them. It's a matter of national security. Look at all the protests that happen every year because of pollution. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 32657 at http://iowapublicradio.org Study: Commuting Adversely Affects Political Engagement http://iowapublicradio.org/post/study-commuting-adversely-effects-political-engagement Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Okay. We all know about the partisan divide in this country - Democrats, Republicans - but there's another political divide. Part of the country is very engaged in the political process and part is not.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Older Americans, richer Americans and better educated Americans are more likely to be politically engaged. Now researchers have found one more factor that seems to shape political engagement, the length of your commute. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 32329 at http://iowapublicradio.org China Expected To Loosen One-Child Policy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/china-expected-loosen-one-child-policy A state-run news service says the government will make a big change to the policy designed to restrain population growth. That policy has also led to a relative shortfall of young people and especially of girls. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:12:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 32175 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tacloban Took Brunt Of Typhoon Haiyen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tacloban-took-brunt-typhoon-haiyen Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We have two perspectives now on the destruction a typhoon left behind in the Philippines. The first is the view from the air. It comes from U.S. Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, who is coordinating an American military effort to help typhoon survivors. Not long ago, General Kennedy stepped on board a helicopter for what he called reconnaissance. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 31981 at http://iowapublicradio.org Typhoon Season Raises Concerns About Fukushima Plant http://iowapublicradio.org/post/typhoon-season-raises-concerns-about-fukushima-plant Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Okay, the Atlantic hurricane season has been quiet so far, but in the Pacific two typhoons are moving toward Japan, raising concerns once again about the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which sits right on the coast. Its reactors, of course, melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Joining us to discuss what the effects could be is NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel. Hi, Geoff.<p>GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: Hi.<p>INSKEEP: Okay. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:19:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30991 at http://iowapublicradio.org Senate Expected To Announce Deal To Raise Debt Limit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/senate-expected-announce-deal-raise-debt-limit Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>Hours before a deadline to extend the federal debt limit, the stock market seems kind of comfortable. The Dow Jones Industrials are actually up this morning, amid some hope that Congress may agree on a measure to avoid default and also reopen the federal government.<p>Let's find out what we can. NPR congressional Tamara Keith has been covering this story all the way through. She's at the Capitol. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:13:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30665 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Impostors On Campus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-college-freshman-may-feel-imposters-campus Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Tens of thousands of freshman have just finished their first month in college. They've signed up for classes, met a bunch of other people and, if history is any guide, asked themselves a question: What am I doing here? Everyone else is smarter and better adjusted than I am. And for some, that question totally changes the college experience, may even cause them to drop out, which is why a researcher was determined to intervene. He told his story to NPR's Shankar Vedantam, who's here to tell it to us. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:11:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30638 at http://iowapublicradio.org 3 American Economists Win Nobel Prize http://iowapublicradio.org/post/3-american-economists-win-nobel-prize Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics was awarded today to three American men - Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, Robert Shiller. The Nobel committee cited their research in the predictability of stock prices, as well as other asset prices. We're going to find out more now from Zoe Chace of NPR's Planet Money team. She's on the line. Hi, Zoe.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Each of these guy's names is a little familiar, I think to the layman, especially maybe Shiller. Who are they?<p>CHACE: So, all right. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30541 at http://iowapublicradio.org Prize In Economics A Latecomer To Nobel Lineup http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prize-economics-latecomer-nobel-lineup Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Later this morning, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced in Sweden. Unlike some other Nobel Prizes we've heard about in recent days, this one comes with an asterisk. And NPR's Robert Smith is covering the story. He's in New York. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30534 at http://iowapublicradio.org 3 Scientists Share 2013 Nobel Prize For Chemistry http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-nobel-prize-chemistry Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be shared by three scientists who took chemistry inside the world of computing. This powerful technology is now used to develop drugs and perform all sorts of vital tasks in chemistry. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:36:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30309 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nobel Prize Awarded In Medicine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/1st-nobel-prize-be-announced Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK. This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine will go to three scientists who have figured out how cells package up material - like hormones - and how they deliver those materials to other cells. This is one of the most basic functions for living cells and diseases can result when the machinery goes awry, so it's important to understand.<p>All three of the winners work at universities here in the United States, and joining us to tell us more about this is NPR science correspondent Richard Harris. He's in our studios. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:55:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30192 at http://iowapublicradio.org Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive http://iowapublicradio.org/post/netanyahus-push-countering-iranian-leaders-charm-offensive It must be draining to do eight interviews in a row, but Benjamin Netanyahu seemed energized by it. The Israeli prime minister <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/04/228895462/israels-netanyahu-says-hed-consider-a-meeting-with-new-iranian-leader">walked into our meeting</a> in a New York hotel room bantering and smiling. He commented on the shades (pulled down to avoid a backlit photo) and noticed a novel that our engineer had brought along. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30102 at http://iowapublicradio.org Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/talk-shutdown-familiar-feeling-white-house President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/30/227872581/obama-we-will-not-delay-obamacare">spoke with NPR</a> in the Oval Office on Monday, as a visiting group of young people in suits got a tour of the Rose Garden outside the windows. The most striking part of our encounter in this moment of crisis was how familiar the atmosphere seemed.<p>Some of what the president said he also said during the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/07/22/138583916/obamas-many-acts-command-debt-ceiling-stage">debt ceiling crisis of 2011</a>. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:09:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29903 at http://iowapublicradio.org After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House Holder Makes Moral Argument Against Mandatory Sentences http://iowapublicradio.org/post/holder-makes-moral-argument-against-mandatory-sentences Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>The nation's top law enforcement officer says the criminal justice system is broken. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29385 at http://iowapublicradio.org G-8 Leaders Wrap Up Summit In Nothern Ireland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/g-8-leaders-wrap-summit-nothern-ireland Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>President Obama and other leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations wrap up their two-day summit meeting today in Northern Ireland. They reached some agreement on shoring up the global economy, not so much when it comes to the civil war in Syria. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:38:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 22628 at http://iowapublicradio.org Voters Head To The Polls To Pick New President In Iran http://iowapublicradio.org/post/voters-head-polls-pick-new-president-iran Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The voting is over in Iran's presidential election to choose a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The vote comes amid controversy over Iran's nuclear program, ever-tightening sanctions led by the U.S. and economic trouble. This is the first presidential election since 2009, when the disputed result sparked months of protest, followed by intense repression.<p>Our colleague Steve Inskeep of NPR's MORNING EDITION has been covering the election in Tehran, and he joins me now. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 22472 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sanctions-squueze-iranians-keep-improvising Iranians have lived with American sanctions for many years, and we could see the evidence of this when we stepped into a Tehran shop called GM Auto Parts.<p>It had the famous blue and white General Motors logo, though the sign, like almost everything in the spare parts shop for American cars, looked decades old.<p>The silver-haired owner, Sadegh Janati, showed us catalogs of cars and parts that he used to import from the U.S. in the 1970s. They came straight from GM, he said, until the years after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, when U.S. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 22404 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising Iran's Election May Not Really Be About Picking A President http://iowapublicradio.org/post/irans-election-may-not-really-be-about-picking-president When Iranians vote Friday for president, it will be an election unlike any other.<p>Clerics who hold supreme power in the Islamic Republic have allowed elections for decades.<p>But while the people vote, clerics and their allies make the rules. Those already in power choose who can run for office and limit what they do if elected.<p>Restrictions are tighter than ever after massive protests that followed a disputed election in 2009. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:53:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 22358 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iran's Election May Not Really Be About Picking A President Despite Limited Election Choices, Iranians Eager To Be Heard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-limited-election-choices-iranians-eager-be-heard The day we arrived in Iran's capital, Tehran, billboards along the drive from the airport to the city center were already telling us something about what's happening in the country as it prepared for Friday's presidential elections.<p>We see typical highway signs for Sony Ericsson, but also billboards featuring the face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:28:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 22288 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite Limited Election Choices, Iranians Eager To Be Heard