WGCU Honors Greatest Generation With 'WWII VETS: Stories of Service'

WATCH and LISTEN online. WGCU Public Media is honoring the “greatest generation” through WWII VETS: Stories of Service. WGCU-FM is airing audio portraits Thursdays in May – at 8:45am during Morning Edition and 5:45pm during All Things Considered.
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Bandwidth And Bikinis: Cuban Entrepreneurs Make Web Pilgrimages To Miami

Press Listen to hear the radio version of this reportWhen Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage – not so much for bathing suits but for bandwidth.The most important stop on Rodríguez’s schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami’s high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.As Valenzuela showed Rodríguez how to do business online, his awe-struck expression seemed to evokeJosé Arcadio Buendía in “One Hundred...
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Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

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One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: it's huge.

Before leaving for the Memorial Day holiday, the trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the massive trade deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That leaves the U.S. House, and it's not clear it has the votes yet. If it passes, though, TPP, which has angered many in the president's party, would be by far the largest free trade agreement the US has in effect.

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

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Italy holds regional elections on Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see Berlusconi posing with trophies of his soccer team, A.C. Milan, addressing rallies, and selfies of the 78-year-old media tycoon with his 29-year-old girlfriend Francesca Pascale — as well as Berlusconi hugging his white poodle Dudu.

Florida Atlantic University professor Daniel Raviv has a solution for drivers who can’t stop texting. He’s created a program that can block the texting capability of a phone that is located near the driver’s seat of a moving vehicle. The program, still in development, would also prevent the driver’s phone from receiving text messages if the car is moving above a designated speed.

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

According to CNN and The New York Times, at least five people have been killed in those two states and 12 people are missing in Texas.

The Times reports:

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

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In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced on Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

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