KRCC http://krcc.org en Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir http://krcc.org/post/real-vanilla-isnt-plain-it-depends-dare-we-say-it-terroir Banish the phrase "plain vanilla" from your lexicon.<p>Why? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 23994 at http://krcc.org Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This http://krcc.org/post/co-discoverer-ebola-never-imagined-outbreak As a young scientist in Belgium, Peter Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976.<p>He took his first trip to Africa to investigate this mysterious disease. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he met people who had contracted it. "I'll never forget the glazed eyes, the staring and the pain ... this type of expression in the eyes ... telling me I'm going to die," says Piot. "That I'll never forget."<p>Piot went on to study AIDs in the 1980s and became founding executive director of the Jointed United nations Program on HIV/AIDS. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:30:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23990 at http://krcc.org The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years http://krcc.org/post/holiday-gas-prices-lowest-four-years Some good news heading into the long weekend: Labor Day gas prices are at their lowest level in four years.<p>The <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=17771">U.S. Energy Information Administration</a> says the nationwide average for retail regular was $3.45/gallon on Aug. 25, that's the lowest average price for a Monday ahead of Labor Day since 2010 and it's about $0.25/gal less than at the end of June this year. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23991 at http://krcc.org Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care http://krcc.org/post/study-kids-orphanages-can-do-well-those-foster-care "Please, sir, I want some more," Oliver Twist famously asked in the food line at an orphanage.<p>Instead he got a blow to the head with a ladle.<p>In the real world, conditions at orphanages can be even bleaker. Back in the 1990s, media coverage of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/19/158924764/for-romanias-orphans-adoption-is-still-a-rarity">Romanian orphanages</a> showed dozens of children, sitting unclothed in crowded rooms. Most were neglected and many were suffering from debilitating diseases like polio. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Linda Poon 23993 at http://krcc.org Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real http://krcc.org/post/app-can-reveal-when-withdrawal-tremors-are-real <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmrmFR50RWI</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 23992 at http://krcc.org An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial http://krcc.org/post/texas-voter-id-law-goes-trial Dozens of lawyers will gather in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday for the start of a new challenge to the state's controversial voter ID law.<p>The trial is expected to last two to three weeks, but it's unlikely to be the end of what's already been a long, convoluted journey for the Texas law — and many others like it.<p>First, some background:<p>Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature passed new photo ID requirements for voters back in 2011. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 23989 at http://krcc.org Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola http://krcc.org/post/experimental-drug-saves-monkeys-stricken-ebola Scientists are reporting strong evidence that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp may be effective for treating victims of the devastating disease.<p>A <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13777">study</a> involving 18 rhesus macaque monkeys, published Friday in the journal <em>Nature,</em> found that the drug saved 100 percent of the animals even if they didn't receive the drug until five days after they had been infected. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:38:00 +0000 Rob Stein 23987 at http://krcc.org Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor http://krcc.org/post/juiciest-bits-come-out-trial-virginias-ex-governor The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/lawyers-in-mcdonnell-case-present-closing-arguments-today/article_9080b796-2ebe-11e4-a6b2-0017a43b2370.html">went into closing arguments</a> today. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 editor 23988 at http://krcc.org The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter http://krcc.org/post/home-grown-technology-israel-becomes-leading-arms-exporter One byproduct of the recurring battles between Israel and its Arab neighbors is that Israel has developed a homegrown weapons industry that addresses its very specific needs.<p>Over the decades, this has included a number of cutting-edge technologies, from drones to night-vision equipment, which have been widely exported.<p>A more recent example is the Iron Dome, which was used throughout the latest conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 23986 at http://krcc.org With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses http://krcc.org/post/malaysia-airlines-cuts-third-its-workforce-after-steep-losses For Malaysia Airlines, the tragic loss of two of its aircraft with all passengers and crew in recent months has hardly been the extent of its problems: On Thursday, the carrier announced a steep quarterly loss, and today came word that it is cutting nearly a third of its workforce.<p>The airline said it would lay off 6,000 employees, or about 30 percent of its 20,000-strong workforce a day after it <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/business/malaysia-airlines-financial-losses-grow.html?_r=0">reported a loss in the quarter ending June</a> of $97.6 million, on top of a first-quarter loss Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23985 at http://krcc.org Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla http://krcc.org/post/peace-corps-stint-madagascar-gave-him-vision-vanilla <strong></strong>Madagascar-grown orchids produce most of the world's vanilla beans, but vanilla extract isn't manufactured in country. Former Peace Corps volunteers-turned-entrepreneurs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.madecasse.com/vanilla/">Madécasse</a> brand, aim to change that. They want to produce the world's first "bean to bottle"<strong></strong> extract, made entirely in Madagascar by local people using all-local materials — right down to the packaging. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 23984 at http://krcc.org A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat http://krcc.org/post/britain-raises-terror-alert-level-cites-no-specific-threat British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning that the threat to the U.K. from international terrorism is "greater and deeper" than ever before, as London raised its terror warning level in response to what it said were plans by the Islamic State and other extremist groups to attack the West.<p>The U.K. ratcheted up the alert to "severe," which is the second-highest of five levels and indicates the risk of an attack is considered "highly likely." However, it's important to note that authorities have not offered evidence of a specific or immediate plot. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23983 at http://krcc.org Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill http://krcc.org/post/california-lawmakers-pass-affirmative-consent-sexual-assault-bill California is one step closer to becoming the first state to require colleges and universities "to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity," <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-bills-legislature-20140829-story.html"><em>The Los Angeles Times</em> reports</a>.<p>The California Senate gave the bill unanimous approval on Thursday, and it is now headed to the governor's office.<p>The <em>Times</em> adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Along with a comprehensive prevention program, colleges would be required to help victims of sexual assault seek m Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 23981 at http://krcc.org California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services http://krcc.org/post/life-under-islamic-state-sharia-law-and-few-services Ever since the Islamic State seized Mosul more than two months ago, it's been difficult to get a detailed picture of life inside Iraq's second largest city.<p>But glimpses have emerged. This week, the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, presented <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/Media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true&LangID=E" target="_blank">details of a massacre</a> that took place at the city's Badoush prison in June. Islamic State fighters seized more than 1,000 inmates. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 23982 at http://krcc.org Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge http://krcc.org/post/volcanoes-iceland-papua-new-guinea-keep-residents-edge <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3e5j1WYRk</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23980 at http://krcc.org Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt http://krcc.org/post/plea-fergusons-leaders-help-heal-acknowledge-our-hurt <em>(Editor's Note: NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate a community conversation on Thursday around race, police tactics and leadership following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The following story is based on what happened at the event.)</em><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/341575228/ferguson-mo" target="_blank">Ferguson, Mo.</a>, is a study in contrasts. It boasts spacious Victorians in its historic section, with lush green lawns, many featuring "I Heart Ferguson" signs. Just blocks away, there's a burnt-out QuikTrip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Michel Martin 23979 at http://krcc.org Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era' http://krcc.org/post/un-syrian-refugee-crisis-biggest-humanitarian-emergency-our-era The Syrian civil war has sparked "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era."<p><a href="http://www.unhcr.org/53ff76c99.html">That's according to António Guterres</a>, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, who added that while the world's response to the crisis has been "generous," it hasn't met the needs of refugees.<p>The U.N. agency released new numbers on Friday and the picture they paint is exceedingly grim. A few data points from the report:<p>-- The total number of Syrian refugees is on the verge of surpassing 3 million people since the conflict began in 2011. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:10:00 +0000 editor 23977 at http://krcc.org U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era' Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Government Will Seek NATO Membership http://krcc.org/post/ukrainian-prime-minister-says-government-will-seek-nato-membership Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his government has sent parliament a bill that allows Ukraine to open a path toward membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.<p>"The main and only goal of Ukraine's foreign policy is to join the European Union," Yatsenyuk <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=uk&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fyatsenyuk.org.ua%2Fua%2Fnews%2Fopen%2F1167">said in a statement</a>.<p>Remember, it was the rejection of a trade deal with the European Union that sparked the protests that ultimately led to <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/287141232/cri Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:58:00 +0000 editor 23975 at http://krcc.org Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Government Will Seek NATO Membership Russia Moves More Troops Across Ukraine Border, NATO Says http://krcc.org/post/russia-moves-more-troops-across-ukraine-border-nato-says <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Russia+Moves+More+Troops+Across+Ukraine+Border%2C+NATO+Says&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDE1MjUxMDc0MDE0MDYzMDA2MjgyM2EzMg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:31:00 +0000 editor 23976 at http://krcc.org '99 Bottles Of Beer' Inspires Bigger Container To Hold Beer http://krcc.org/post/99-bottles-beer-inspires-bigger-container-hold-beer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%2799+Bottles+Of+Beer%27+Inspires+Bigger+Container+To+Hold+Beer&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good Morning. I'm David Greene. Packs of beer - they come in all sizes. There's your four-pack of craft brews, standard six-pack or party-sized 24-pack. And now this - Steve, will you sing along with me?<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Absolutely. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:00 +0000 editor 23971 at http://krcc.org Student Attendance Drops At College Football Games http://krcc.org/post/last-word-business-100 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Student+Attendance+Drops+At+College+Football+Games+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 23974 at http://krcc.org 'Life Of Crime' Has Authentic Elmore Leonard Snap http://krcc.org/post/life-crime-has-authentic-elmore-leonard-snap <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Life+Of+Crime%27+Has+Authentic+Elmore+Leonard+Snap&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 23973 at http://krcc.org Wrong Campus Photo Used For Student Material http://krcc.org/post/wrong-campus-photo-used-student-material <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Wrong+Campus+Photo+Used+For+Student+Material&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Students at Washington State University received student planners. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 23972 at http://krcc.org As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash http://krcc.org/post/bp-pays-oil-spill-impact-some-people-arent-seeing-cash BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/10/249734365/bp-argues-companies-are-unfairly-cashing-in-on-2010-spill">disputing some of those claims</a> in court battles that could drag on for years.<p>But there's another group of people who lost money after the spill and never received compensation. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 23968 at http://krcc.org As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' http://krcc.org/post/rats-new-york-city-tries-drain-rodent-reservoirs New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.<p>City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.<p>When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she's not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Joel Rose 23970 at http://krcc.org Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority http://krcc.org/post/despite-isiss-resources-attacking-us-might-be-stretch Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently talked about the militants associated with the Islamic State, the group also known as ISIL or ISIS. He made them sound 10 feet tall.<p>"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen," he said. "They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology [and] a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess; they are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."<p>Audrey Kurth Cronin, a professor at George Mason University and an expert on terrorism, is more sanguine. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 23969 at http://krcc.org For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-82914-legacy-0 <p>It’s not unusual out here in the Middle Distance to begin wondering what we will leave behind when we’re gone. I’m not planning on going anywhere any time soon, but if middle age has taught me anything it’s that lives can end gracefully and naturally with time for reflection, or they can end suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving black holes in their wake.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:44:51 +0000 Noel Black 23967 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-82914-legacy <p>It’s not unusual out here in the Middle Distance to begin wondering what we will leave behind when we’re gone. I’m not planning on going anywhere any time soon, but if middle age has taught me anything it’s that lives can end gracefully and naturally with time for reflection, or they can end suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving black holes in their wake.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:44:48 +0000 Noel Black 23966 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar http://krcc.org/post/obama-says-us-will-aid-iraqis-who-are-marooned-mount-sinjar <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Obama+Says+U.S.+Will+Aid+Iraqis+Who+Are+Marooned+On+Mount+Sinjar&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 23965 at http://krcc.org 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says http://krcc.org/post/we-dont-have-strategy-yet-islamic-state-obama-says President Obama says the U.S. doesn't "have a strategy yet" on how to deal with <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/321561054/isis" target="_blank">Islamic State </a>militants who now control vast swaths of territory across Iraq and Syria, but he added that the militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.<p>"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 23962 at http://krcc.org 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says