Audie Cornish http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 Letters: Athletic And Academic Demands In College http://iowapublicradio.org/post/letters-athletic-and-academic-demands-college Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 38744 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-speaks-decries-us-experimenting-rats-ukraine In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 37078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-announces-task-force-help-young-minority-men Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama kicked off a new initiative this afternoon aimed at improving the odds for young black and Latino men. The White House calls the program My Brother's Keeper. The idea is to bring together business people, faith leaders, athletes and celebrities to confront the challenges facing young men of color. Major charities have pledged $200 million to the cause over the next five years. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 36880 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hopes-dim-long-term-extension-jobless-benefits The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 34865 at http://iowapublicradio.org Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny http://iowapublicradio.org/post/christie-delivers-statewide-address-under-increased-scrutiny Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.<p>GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 34868 at http://iowapublicradio.org Explanatory 'Verticals' Give Big-Name Journalists More Power http://iowapublicradio.org/post/explanatory-verticals-give-give-big-name-journalists-more-power Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Recently we've heard of some big changes at several news organizations involving some of their most prominent journalists. At the Washington Post, the founder of the popular policy site Wonkblog, Ezra Klein, is weighing a departure. And the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are both scrambling to set up dedicated news teams to replace journalists who have left in pursuit of more money and independence. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 34397 at http://iowapublicradio.org Federal Appeals Court Stays Ruling Against NYPD Stop-And-Frisk http://iowapublicradio.org/post/judge-halts-parts-nypd-stop-and-frisk-policy The court also removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from the case, saying she violated the appearance of impartiality, among other reasons. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31460 at http://iowapublicradio.org Twitter Reveals User Numbers, Financial Info Ahead Of IPO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/twitter-reveals-user-numbers-financial-info-ahead-ipo Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Twitter is revealing more details about its planned initial public offering. Late this afternoon, the company announced its intention to raise a billion dollars by selling stock, and revealed detailed information about its finances for the first time. We're joined now by NPR's Steve Henn to discuss this peek behind the Twitter curtain. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 30070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Apple Hopes New iPhone Will Help It Compete In Developing World http://iowapublicradio.org/post/apple-hopes-new-iphone-will-help-it-compete-developing-world Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Apple unveiled two new phones today. One of them, the iPhone 5C, is a lower-priced phone aimed at customers in the developing world. The other, a high-end model, comes with a fingerprint scanner called Touch ID. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 28875 at http://iowapublicradio.org Unemployment Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Levels http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unemployment-claims-drop-pre-recession-levels More than 330,000 people filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That sounds like a big number — and is a slight increase over the previous week — but it's being taken as some very good news. For a month, now, fewer new people are asking for unemployment insurance than at any time since November, 2007. That's before the Great Recession. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 27917 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Tainted Water Daily http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fukushima-nuclear-plant-leaking-300-tons-tainted-water-daily Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to Japan for an update on the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It was heavily damaged by an earthquake and resulting tsunami in March 2011, leading to several meltdowns. Then yesterday, the government estimated that some 300 tons of radioactive water are pouring into the ocean each day. Meanwhile, the plant's owner has unveiled plans to seal its reactors in a wall of ice. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 27174 at http://iowapublicradio.org Former Goldman Sachs Trader Found Liable For Fraud http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-goldman-sachs-trader-found-liable-fraud Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>In New York City today, a victory for the Securities and Exchange Commission: A federal jury held former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre liable on six of the seven counts against him. The SEC had accused Tourre of intentionally misleading investors about a mortgage-backed security just as the housing sector was beginning to collapse. The investment created huge losses.<p>For more on the verdict, we're joined by NPR's Dan Bobkoff, who's been watching the trial. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 26786 at http://iowapublicradio.org White House Proposes Major Changes To Corporate Tax Code http://iowapublicradio.org/post/white-house-proposes-major-changes-corporate-tax-code President Obama traveled to Tennessee on Tuesday, another event in his recent push to emphasize jobs and the economy. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 26652 at http://iowapublicradio.org Where Are All Of Wyomings Escalators? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/where-are-all-wyomings-escalators Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Turning now to escalator news, specifically Wyoming escalator news.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>There is a reported paucity of moving staircases in the Cowboy State, and that shortcoming has been posited as an argument for Wyoming to have fewer than its allotted pair of senators.<p>CORNISH: The argument goes like this: Why should a state with only two escalators get two senators?<p>BLOCK: Well, for some insight, we turn to the self-proclaimed escalator editor of the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune.<p>JEREMY FUGLEBERG: I am currently at the base of an excellent Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 24230 at http://iowapublicradio.org House Republicans Start Crafting Their Own Immigration Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/house-republicans-start-crafting-their-own-immigration-bill Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The push for a big rewrite of the nation's immigration laws has moved from one side of the Capitol to the other. Late last month, the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul. Now it's up to the GOP-led House to act.<p>But House Republican leaders say they have no intention of even bringing up the Senate's bill. They'll come up with their own legislation. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:21:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 23761 at http://iowapublicradio.org NSA Leaker Sets Sights On South America, But Why Ecuador? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nsa-leaker-sets-sights-south-america-why-ecuador Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The U.S. continues its cat and mouse game with the man who confessed to leaking NSA secrets, Edward Snowden. After spending the last few weeks in Hong Kong, Snowden caught a plane to Moscow this weekend, and he's believed to still be in Russia. But his exact whereabouts are uncertain. The U.S. has urged Russia not to let Snowden leave.<p>Today, officials from Ecuador said Snowden has applied for asylum there. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22966 at http://iowapublicradio.org Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham http://iowapublicradio.org/post/breaking-golfs-color-barrier-birmingham This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.<p>On Tuesday, she <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/18/193128475/how-the-civil-rights-movement-was-covered-in-birmingham" target="_blank">interviewed Hank Klibanoff</a>, co-author of <em>The Race Beat</em>, about how Birmingham newspapers covered the civil rights movement at the time it unfolded. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:18:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22820 at http://iowapublicradio.org Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses http://iowapublicradio.org/post/desegregation-birminghams-golf-courses Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. All this week, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, where the city is in the midst of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous and influential civil rights protests that occurred here. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22798 at http://iowapublicradio.org How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-civil-rights-movement-was-covered-birmingham As the Civil Rights Movement was unfolding across the US in 1963, the entire nation had its eyes on climactic events taking place in Southern cities like Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss. But there's a stark difference between how the national press covered the events in Birmingham and how Birmingham's papers covered their own city.<p>As part of NPR's series on that pivotal summer of 1963, Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to revisit some of the stories that shaped the city and the nation at the time. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22676 at http://iowapublicradio.org How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham A Look Back At How Newspapers Covered The Civil Rights Movement http://iowapublicradio.org/post/look-back-how-newspapers-covered-civil-rights-movement Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish in Birmingham, Alabama. It's been half a century since Birmingham was at the center of the Civil Rights struggle. Back in May of 1963, images of fire hoses and German shepherds turned on young protesters pretty much shocked the world. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:18:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22674 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Obtained AP Journalists' Phone Records http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-obtained-ap-journalists-phone-records Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Today we learned of some news from the Associated Press in which the AP is at the center of the story. The newswire service reports that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of editors and reporters' phone records from last year as part of a government investigation. Late today, the Justice Department issued a statement saying it strives to strike a balance between the need for information in criminal cases and the rights of individuals and news organizations.<p>NPR's Carrie Johnson joins me now with more. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:27:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 20716 at http://iowapublicradio.org Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Sending Ricin Letters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/charges-dropped-against-man-accused-sending-ricin-letters Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Mysterious new developments in Mississippi today in the case of poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. Senator and a Mississippi judge. Federal authorities are dropping charges against a man arrested last week in connection with the case.<p>NPR's Debbie Elliott has an update for us. And, Debbie, to start, the initial suspect, Paul Kevin Curtis, is actually free tonight. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 19678 at http://iowapublicradio.org Remembering Lillian Cahn, Creator Of The Coach Handbag http://iowapublicradio.org/post/remembering-lillian-cahn-creator-coach-handbag Lillian Cahn, co-founder of Coach Leatherwear Co., died March 4 at the age of 89. Cahn was the force behind today's high-end leather handbags.<p>Back in the 1960s, she and her husband, Miles Cahn, were running a leather goods business in Manhattan. They produced men's wallets and billfolds but wanted to expand.<p>"My wife had a great sense of style, and she made the suggestions that we men maybe were a little thoughtless about," Miles Cahn says with a laugh. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 17533 at http://iowapublicradio.org Senate Confirms Brennan As CIA Director http://iowapublicradio.org/post/senate-confirms-brennan-cia-director Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The U.S. Senate has approved the nation's new top spy. Senators confirmed John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the whole process has been pretty dramatic. It began last year with the scandalous resignation of Brennan's predecessor, General David Petraeus. And it wound up today after a showy challenge to the vote on the Senate floor. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 17381 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rivalries And Infighting Could Follow In Wake Of Chavez's Death http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rivalries-and-infighting-could-follow-wake-chavezs-death Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Joining us now to talk about what comes next is NPR's Tom Gjelten. He's covered Latin America for us.<p>And, Tom, Hugo Chavez, such a dominating figure in Venezuela. What happens now in the immediate aftermath of his death?<p>TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: Well, Audie, as we just heard in that report from Juan Forero, the problem in Venezuela is that Chavez dominated the political scene, the government so much that it's hard to see how he can be replaced easily. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:45:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 17247 at http://iowapublicradio.org No Obvious Favorites As NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Starts http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-obvious-favorites-ncaa-mens-basketball-tournament-starts Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR.<p>Every spring, you hear that almost anyone can win March Madness. Well, this year, it's true. There's no obvious favorite in this month's NCAA men's basketball tournament, at least a dozen contenders from schools big and small. And conference championships began today. So who knows which contender will fall on its face and which dark horse no one considered will emerge in the next two weeks?<p>We've got our own Mike Pesca here to talk about how the competition is shaping up. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 17246 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Administration To File Brief Urging Supreme Court To Strike Down Prop. 8 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-administration-file-brief-urging-supreme-court-strike-down-prop-8 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Now to a developing story about a major Supreme Court case. NPR has previously reported that the Obama administration would file a Friend of The Court Brief, urging The Court to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage in California. Well, today is the deadline to file that brief but it has not yet been filed.<p>NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg is here to explain what we may expect to come in the brief and why its significant. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:41:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 16950 at http://iowapublicradio.org Raising Taxes A Key Sticking Point In Fiscal Cliff Talks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/raising-taxes-key-sticking-point-fiscal-cliff-talks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And if past negotiations are any indication, that silence could mean the talks are going well. We're joined now by NPR's congressional reporter Tamara Keith, who has been following developments on the Hill and beyond. And as Ari just said, neither side is talking about the details, but Tamara, what are they saying?<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Both Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, and Michael Steele, the Speaker's spokesman, are making it clear they don't intend to negotiate this thing through the media. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:25:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 11837 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sandy Continues To Disrupt Lives As It Heads West http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sandy-continues-disrupt-lives-it-heads-west Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Sandy has spoken. Over the past 24 hours, the storm has swamped vast sections of the Jersey shore, crippled much of New York City and left more than 8 million Americans in the dark.<p>SIEGEL: Sandy is cutting deeper inland now across southern Pennsylvania and raking Chicago and Milwaukee with strong gusts. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 10042 at http://iowapublicradio.org