WGCU http://wgcu.org en Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert http://wgcu.org/post/training-war-middle-mojave In the middle of the Mojave Desert, between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there is a place that looks just like Afghanistan.<p>There are villages with houses, shops, a mosque and a marketplace. But it is all a facade. The area is actually a U.S. Army installation, the Fort Irwin National Training Center. If you want to see how a decade of fighting has profoundly changed the way the U.S. prepares its soldiers for war, this is where you come.<p>As the U.S. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:38:00 +0000 NPR Staff 9482 at http://wgcu.org Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw http://wgcu.org/post/gm-was-slow-recall-saturn-cars-steering-flaw General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 Saturn cars that have been found to have defective power steering systems, newly released federal documents show. The records also show federal regulators didn't demand a recall of the cars, despite thousands of complaints about them.<p>The cars' problem is described as "a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9483 at http://wgcu.org GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 http://wgcu.org/post/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-13 Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.<p>"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9481 at http://wgcu.org Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads http://wgcu.org/post/extra-vaccination-push-underway-ohio-mumps-outbreak-spreads Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, are calling the city's mumps outbreak the biggest since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s.<p>Columbus generally gets an average of one case of mumps a year, but since February, there have been <a href="http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=69188">244 cases reported</a> in an outbreak that began on the Ohio State University campus. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Steve Brown 9479 at http://wgcu.org Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack http://wgcu.org/post/pakiastani-tv-journalist-hamid-mir-wounded-attack Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.<p>Details about the attack are still emerging. Citing police, Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9480 at http://wgcu.org Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://wgcu.org/post/ancient-landscape-found-under-two-miles-ice-greenland In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.<p>"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the <a href="http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18309&category=uvmhome">University of Vermont</a> says. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9478 at http://wgcu.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf http://wgcu.org/post/telltale-rainbow-sheens-show-thousands-spills-across-gulf Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.<p>"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."<p>It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.<p>And leak they do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Bob Marshall 9476 at http://wgcu.org Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes http://wgcu.org/post/so-how-they-do-it-zebras-getting-stripes How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?<p>In <a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Rudyard </a><a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Kipling's version</a>, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.<p>OK. Not bad.<p>Here's another notion, this one from <a href="http://www.ricardosolisart.com/">Ricardo Solis</a>, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 9477 at http://wgcu.org So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants http://wgcu.org/post/ukraine-calls-easter-truce-clash-militants <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9475 at http://wgcu.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident http://wgcu.org/post/captain-apologizes-death-toll-rises-s-korea-ferry-accident <strong>This post was updated at 7:25 p.m.</strong><p>Divers recovered more bodies early Sunday in South Korea, from the wreckage of a ferry that sank earlier this week. The number of confirmed dead has now risen to 46. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9474 at http://wgcu.org Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top http://wgcu.org/post/silicon-valley-immigrants-toast-their-way-top Public speaking can be nerve-wracking whatever your native tongue. It can be especially difficult for immigrants who speak English as a second language.<p>In California's Silicon Valley, some immigrant tech workers strengthen their voices by joining public speaking support groups like Toastmasters clubs.<p>Members usually meet once a week to practice giving speeches, which are timed to the second and judged for grammar and presentation. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 9473 at http://wgcu.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top Captain, 2 Crew Members Arrested In S. Korea Ferry Sinking http://wgcu.org/post/captain-2-crew-members-arrested-s-korea-ferry-sinking Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn. Scott Simon is away. It's been four days since a ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea. Two hundred and seventy passengers are missing, most are high school students. After days of rough seas, divers have finally made it inside the submerged ship. NPR's Anthony Kuhn was with family members this morning and joins us now from the capital, Seoul. Good morning, Anthony.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hello there, Wade.<p>GOODWYN: Divers are inside the ship. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 9472 at http://wgcu.org Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary http://wgcu.org/post/obama-adds-malaysia-his-asia-itinerary Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>For his second term, president Obama has touted that his administration would make a so-called Asia pivot - less focus on the Middle East, more on China. But history has a way of intervening. This week, the president will try to make something of his promise as he visits three U.S. allies - Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. He'll also be stopping in Malaysia, and he'll be the first U.S. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 9471 at http://wgcu.org Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster http://wgcu.org/post/training-could-avert-another-fertilizer-plant-disaster Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>This week is the one-year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people, most of them volunteer firemen in the little town of West, Texas. More than 160 people were hurt by the massive blast, which caused $100 million in damage to the surrounding neighborhoods. I went to West, both in the immediate aftermath of the explosion and then again last month to see how the recovery was coming along. West is a mostly Czech community famous for its delicious pastries called Kolaches. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 9470 at http://wgcu.org Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing http://wgcu.org/post/watch-blind-lets-you-feel-time-passing Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>If you've ever sat through a never-ending meeting or a bad movie, you've probably had to resist the urge to look down at your watch. What time is it? So imagine if you could just reach down and feel the time on your wrist. Well, when Hyungsoo Kim was in business school, he helped design a device that would let you do just that. It's not a watch, it's a timepiece 'cause you don't have to watch it to know the time.<p>This timepiece, called the Bradley, was designed for the blind. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 9469 at http://wgcu.org Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule http://wgcu.org/post/putin-tries-sell-ukraines-muslims-russian-rule Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 9468 at http://wgcu.org Syrian Rebel Stronghold On The Verge Of Government Takeover http://wgcu.org/post/syrian-rebel-stronghold-verge-government-takeover The Syrian city of Homs has been a rebel stronghold since the anti-government uprising began. But one rebel tells NPR that they're low on ammunition and medical gear. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 9467 at http://wgcu.org Avalanche Sweeps 12 Sherpas Off Mt. Everest http://wgcu.org/post/avalanche-sweeps-12-sherpas-mt-everest Twelve sherpas died in a recent avalanche on Mount Everest. Climber Conrad Anker explains that the guides were helping prepare a route for hundreds of climbers expected for the coming summer season. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 9466 at http://wgcu.org Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://wgcu.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. Before the outbreak, Equatorial Guinea had been free of polio for nearly 15 years. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 9465 at http://wgcu.org Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades http://wgcu.org/post/mental-and-physical-toll-bullying-persists-decades What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.<p>Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 9464 at http://wgcu.org Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades