Jackie Northam http://publicradioeast.org en Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://publicradioeast.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet in Geneva with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. It's hoped the multilateral talks will produce a diplomatic breakthrough on the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts say that without that, the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 39081 at http://publicradioeast.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' http://publicradioeast.org/post/reporter-reflects-rwanda-its-madness-took-over There was a thin mist in the early morning air when we set off for the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on April 11, 1994. The genocide had begun four days earlier.<p>There were no flights into the country, so I and three fellow journalists crossed into Rwanda from neighboring Burundi, hitching a ride with a French priest who was shuttling Tutsi nuns out of the country. He took us to the town of Butare, where a Belgian inn keeper rented us an old cream-colored Renault and drew us a map of how to get to Kigali.<p>We drove north, winding our way through Rwanda's soaring hills and deep lush valleys. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 38542 at http://publicradioeast.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-taps-new-energy-sources-and-potential-geopolitical-clout The recent oil and natural gas boom in the U.S. is paying major dividends for Washington's geopolitical clout. Thanks to <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/151930969/science-and-the-fracking-boom-missing-answers">hydraulic fracturing</a>, the U.S. is awash in domestic energy, which is having a ripple effect globally.<p>If you want to gauge one effect of this newfound energy wealth, you don't have to look any further than the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, says Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.<p>He says the U.S. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 38130 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas http://publicradioeast.org/post/german-company-benefits-cheap-us-natural-gas Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 37332 at http://publicradioeast.org Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas? http://publicradioeast.org/post/can-europe-wean-itself-russian-gas Many European nations were searching for ways to cut back their reliance on Russian energy long before the crisis in Ukraine flared last month.<p>In 2006 and 2009, for example, the EU was rattled by the ease with which Moscow cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and other parts of Europe after disputes over cost and supply. The two-week standoff in 2009 left millions in Eastern Europe without heat in the middle of winter.<p>Russia supplies the European Union with about a third of its natural gas, shipped mostly by pipeline through Ukraine. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 37008 at http://publicradioeast.org Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas? A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry http://publicradioeast.org/post/boom-oil-boon-us-shipbuilding-industry Scott Clapham peers down into a cavernous dry dock at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. He points to massive pieces of steel, some covered with a light dusting of snow. When assembled, they will form a 115,000-ton oil tanker.<p>It's one of two oil tankers being constructed for SeaRiver Maritime, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, costing $200 million apiece. It takes roughly 1,000 workers more than a year to build, and the shipyard already has orders for four more tankers and two container ships, says Clapham, the senior vice president of Aker Philadelphia. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36407 at http://publicradioeast.org A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy http://publicradioeast.org/post/world-bank-gets-overhaul-and-not-everyones-happy The World Bank, the largest international development institution, is undergoing a sweeping reorganization, the first of its kind for the bank in nearly a generation.<p>The bank, based in Washington, has laid out a new set of goals, but they're accompanied by deep budget cuts and the elimination of a whole layer of senior management jobs.<p>The overhaul is being led by its president Jim Yong Kim. One of the first things the 54-year-old physician and anthropologist did when took office in July 2012 was launch a company-wide survey. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36359 at http://publicradioeast.org The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship http://publicradioeast.org/post/hitching-ride-worlds-biggest-cargo-ship I started my journey at the famed Gdansk Shipyard, home of Poland's solidarity movement in the 1980s. It was nearly midnight when I arrived and saw for the first time the Maersk McKinney Moller, the world's largest container ship.<p>I simply wasn't prepared for just how massive it is. The whole ship really can't be taken in, even standing at a distance, so I gave my neck a good stretch by scanning this behemoth end to end, and up and down.<p>That sense of scale was reinforced when I walked up the ship's steep gangway with Mikkel Linnet, a communications officer with Maersk. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36296 at http://publicradioeast.org Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-downturn-global-shipping-bets-big-everything On a cold, blustery day at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, one of several massive cranes whirs along a rail high above the pier, picks up a heavy container from a ship's deck and loads it on a waiting truck back on land. The truck drives away, another arrives, and the whole process starts again.<p>It's a scene played out every day along America's coasts as massive container ships from across the globe pull into deep-water seaports, waiting to be unloaded. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36216 at http://publicradioeast.org After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything Chinese Tech Giant Lenovo Extends Its Reach In U.S. http://publicradioeast.org/post/chinese-tech-giant-lenovo-extends-its-reach-us In January, Lenovo struck deals with two American companies. In a span of one week, the company spent roughly $5 billion to purchase both IBM's low-end server business and Google's Motorola mobile phone business. The moves help establish Lenovo as a global player. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 33963 at http://publicradioeast.org As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring' http://publicradioeast.org/post/overseas-costs-rise-more-us-companies-are-reshoring For decades, American companies have been sending their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in places like China, Vietnam and the Philippines reduced costs and translated into cheaper prices for consumers wanting flat-screen TVs, dishwashers and a range of gadgets.<p>But now a growing number of American companies are reversing that trend, bringing manufacturing back to the United States in a trend known as "reshoring."<p>Kim Freeman, a spokeswoman for General Electric Appliances, walks into a sprawling plant in Louisville, Ky. Machine noise is thunderous in the brightly lit room. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32924 at http://publicradioeast.org As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring' Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor? http://publicradioeast.org/post/do-you-know-who-owns-your-favorite-liquor Liquor companies like to make drinkers think their favorite spirits always have been and always will be attached to a very particular place — Kentucky bourbon, Irish whiskey, Russian vodka.<p>But like many other industries, the liquor business has gone global, and a small number of players increasingly dominate the industry worldwide. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:29:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32141 at http://publicradioeast.org Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor? As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion? http://publicradioeast.org/post/costs-soar-who-will-pay-panama-canals-expansion For five years, a multibillion-dollar expansion has been underway on the Panama Canal so that ships three times the current size can pass through the vital waterway. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 31563 at http://publicradioeast.org As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion? NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies http://publicradioeast.org/post/nafta-opened-continent-some-canadian-companies Six brand new Challenger corporate jets sit on a showroom floor waiting to be picked up here at the Bombardier Aerospace plant on the outskirts of Montreal. Manager Frank Richie watches as technicians polish the gleaming aircraft and make last-minute adjustments. Each one is personalized, from the leather trim inside to the fancy paint job on its exterior.<p>Through a side door, you enter an enormous assembly line for more than a dozen other Challenger jets. The factory floor spans nearly 900,000 square feet.<p>Bombardier has been around since 1942, when it began making snowmobiles. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 20:04:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30638 at http://publicradioeast.org NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight http://publicradioeast.org/post/battle-bottom-feeder-us-vietnam-catfish-fight Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.<p>Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.<p>Battle has been catfish farming for more than three decades. Catfish has always been popular in the South, but its popularity took off throughout the country in the 1980s. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 29922 at http://publicradioeast.org Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S. http://publicradioeast.org/post/trains-gain-steam-race-transport-crude-oil-us On a quiet fall morning in the Delaware countryside, a lone sustained whistle pierces the air. Within moments, a train sweeps around a broad curve, its two heavy locomotives hauling dozens of white, cylindrical rail cars, loaded with 70,000 barrels of crude oil.<p>It's a scene playing out with growing frequency across the United States and Canada. The U.S. is awash in oil, due in large part to advances in drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. U.S. production hit a 24-year-high in September. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 26460 at http://publicradioeast.org Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S. For European Gangs, A Gem Of A Growth Industry: Jewel Heists http://publicradioeast.org/post/thieves-cash-jewelry-heists <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfyrCCcZFlc</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 25506 at http://publicradioeast.org For European Gangs, A Gem Of A Growth Industry: Jewel Heists Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties http://publicradioeast.org/post/asian-investors-find-hot-market-us-properties The General Motors Building in Manhattan is a majestic 50-story, white marble structure that takes up one full city block. This is prime New York City real estate. A flagship Apple store sits on the ground floor, across the street is the Plaza Hotel, and on another corner is an entrance to Central Park.<p>The GM building is considered one of the most valuable office towers in the U.S. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 24440 at http://publicradioeast.org Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties Why Do Chemical Weapons Evoke Such A Strong Reaction? http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-do-chemical-weapons-evoke-such-strong-reaction Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It took more than two years and at least 100,000 lives lost for the U.S. government to threaten Syria with military action. The catalyst was the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:36:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22579 at http://publicradioeast.org If It's Not Legal, Can A Strike On Syria Be Justified? http://publicradioeast.org/post/analysts-obama-lacks-legal-frame-syria-strike As the Obama administration argues for a military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical attack that it says killed more than 1,400 Syrians, analysts say the case for a strike lacks a legal framework.<p>President Obama said Friday that the decision to act is part of a U.S. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22319 at http://publicradioeast.org If It's Not Legal, Can A Strike On Syria Be Justified?