Kelly McEvers http://publicradioeast.org en At Venice Beach, Rich, Poor And Middle Class Coexist http://publicradioeast.org/post/venice-beach-rich-poor-and-middle-class-coexist Economists say lower-income Americans are better off when they live in an area with a diversity of income levels. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports on an area with a wide range of economic diversity, California's Venice Beach. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 46278 at http://publicradioeast.org Tommy Ramone, Co-Founder Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://publicradioeast.org/post/tommy-ramone-co-founder-ramones-dies-65 Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, has died at age 65. The drummer was the last living member of the legendary punk band he helped create. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 46232 at http://publicradioeast.org On Calif. Cattle Ranch, Students Wrangle With Meaning Of Manhood http://publicradioeast.org/post/calif-cattle-ranch-students-wrangle-meaning-manhood <em>For </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a>"<em> series, NPR's Kelly McEvers sent this report on Deep Springs College — the all-male college that her husband attended, and where he and McEvers have both taught. </em><p>About a hundred years ago, a man named L.L. Nunn was building power plants in the American West. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 45969 at http://publicradioeast.org Pentagon Decides To Dig Up Remains Of Long-Lost Soldier http://publicradioeast.org/post/pentagon-decides-dig-remains-long-lost-soldier After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has decided to disinter the possible grave of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines.<p>Military officials also plan to disinter the remains of 10 other men in the same unmarked grave, says Navy Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost, a Defense Department spokeswoman. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 45348 at http://publicradioeast.org Are Life Spans Getting Longer? It Depends On How Wealthy You Are http://publicradioeast.org/post/are-life-spans-getting-longer-it-depends-how-wealthy-you-are While life expectancies are getting longer for those who are well off, life spans for poor women are actually getting shorter. The stories of two women, from two very different places, illustrate the reasons for the gap. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 44672 at http://publicradioeast.org Farm Workers' Low Wages Hinder San Joaquin Valley's Economy http://publicradioeast.org/post/farm-workers-low-wages-hinder-san-joaquin-valleys-economy Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, that's the national picture. Let's zoom in on a region that stands out for its high unemployment, Central California's San Joaquin Valley. NPR's Kelly McEvers went to find out why it's so hard to get a job amid some of the most productive farmland on earth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE RINGING)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: Employment Development Department, work force services.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: It's first thing in the morning. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 43277 at http://publicradioeast.org 17 Primary Candidates Vie For Rep. Henry Waxman's Seat http://publicradioeast.org/post/17-primary-candidates-vie-rep-henry-waxmans-seat When the Democrat from Southern California announced his retirement earlier this year, he opened up a seat that had been occupied for decades. The top-two vote getters will face off in November. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 42905 at http://publicradioeast.org Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage http://publicradioeast.org/post/albuquerque-police-face-federal-scrutiny-local-outrage Kenneth Ellis III was shot and killed by police in a 7-Eleven parking lot in Albuquerque, N.M.<p>He is among the dozens of people local police have shot over the last four years, 25 of whom have died. The U.S. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 42004 at http://publicradioeast.org Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage Spouses Of H1B Visa Holders May Soon Be Able To Hold U.S. Jobs http://publicradioeast.org/post/spouses-h1b-visa-holders-may-now-hold-jobs-us Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>With immigration reform a non-starter in Congress, those advocating reform have been urging the Obama administration to make changes on its own. And the first of those changes was announced this week. It involves the guest visa program known as H1B that allows highly skilled professionals from other countries to come to work in the U.S. The change would allow nearly 100,000 spouses of H1B visa holders to work as well. NPR's Kelly McEvers has the story.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Back in India, Priyancka More got a management degree and an MBA. Thu, 08 May 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 40835 at http://publicradioeast.org Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead http://publicradioeast.org/post/pentagon-reorganizing-how-it-brings-home-americas-war-dead Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced an overhaul Monday of the agencies responsible for finding, identifying, and returning the remains of servicemen lost in past wars.<p>The Pentagon spends more than $100 million a year on the effort, but last year only identified 60 of the more than 80,000 missing.<p>Hagel's undersecretary, Michael Lumpkin, says there will now be one agency to bring home lost servicemen and better communication with the families of the fallen. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:19:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 37768 at http://publicradioeast.org Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead Hoping To Slim POW-MIA Bureaucracy, Hagel Makes One Out Of Two http://publicradioeast.org/post/hoping-slim-pow-mia-bureaucracy-hagel-makes-one-out-two Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the creation of a new defense agency charged with merging the multiple divisions currently responsible for finding and identifying the more than 80,000 members missing from past conflicts. A five-month investigation by NPR and the independent news agency ProPublica had found the U.S. recovery effort to be slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 37739 at http://publicradioeast.org Deportees To Mexicali Wait For Another Chance To Cross Into U.S. http://publicradioeast.org/post/deportees-mexicali-wait-another-chance-cross-us Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. With Linda Wertheimer, I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>It was the middle of a sunny day when our road trip along the U.S.-Mexico border led us to one of the driest regions we'd seen.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A VEHICLE)<p>INSKEEP: For a moment there, the landscape made our producer, Selena Simmons-Duffin, think of "Lawrence of Arabia." We had sand dunes over sand dunes over sand dunes. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 37416 at http://publicradioeast.org Capitol's Immigration Stagnation Gets Dreamers Moving On The Border http://publicradioeast.org/post/capitols-immigration-stagnation-gets-dreamers-moving-border With deportations at a record high under the Obama administration, and with immigration reform stalled in Congress, Dreamer protest groups are trying to keep the issue alive with actions of their own. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 36835 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureaucracy http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-grave-science-marked-risk-aversion-and-bureacracy In part two of <a href="http://apps.npr.org/grave-science/">a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica</a>, we look at the agency charged with bringing home and identifying the 83,000 American war dead. It's stymied by an extreme aversion to risk. See the <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 35934 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureaucracy Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All http://publicradioeast.org/post/dated-methods-mean-slow-return-fallen-soldiers-or-none-all The agency charged with bringing home and identifying American war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods, <a href="http://apps.npr.org/grave-science/">according to a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica. </a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 35851 at http://publicradioeast.org Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns http://publicradioeast.org/post/reinventing-dwindling-middle-class-may-take-revolution My parents moved away from Lincoln, Ill., two decades ago, when I was in college. I hardly ever get back there. But my mom still works in Lincoln, and it was to Lincoln I headed to meet her this fall, after returning to the U.S. from the Middle East.<p>I got off the train from Chicago and immediately saw that the old depot building — where we used to go for fancy dinners before prom — was shuttered. A little monument commemorating the day Abraham Lincoln named the town in 1853 was faded and peeling. There was a man asleep on a bench at the train stop. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 27520 at http://publicradioeast.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab http://publicradioeast.org/post/iraq-laying-claim-kebab When you hear the word "kebab" in America, you might think of skewers with chunks of chicken or beef and vegetables, marinated and grilled on coals or gas. But say "kebab" in the Middle East, and it means a lot of things — chunks of lamb or liver on skewers, or the more popular version of grilled ground meat logs found in Turkey, Iran and much of the Arab world.<p>If you spend enough time in the Middle East, you learn it can be hard to pinpoint the origins of things. Everybody claims to have invented hummus, flatbread and even yogurt. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 20969 at http://publicradioeast.org In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt http://publicradioeast.org/post/al-jazeera-under-fire-its-coverage-egypt <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=indIpXbtOUU</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 18946 at http://publicradioeast.org Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt Syrian Refugees Caught Up In Egypt's Political Crisis http://publicradioeast.org/post/syrian-refugees-caught-egypts-political-crisis Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Egypt, the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi has changed things - not just for Egyptians but also for another group of Arabs living in that country. It's a story of how when one group falls from grace, so do those who are perceived to be its supporters. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 18769 at http://publicradioeast.org Ramadan Takes Political Tinge In Egypt http://publicradioeast.org/post/ramadan-takes-political-tinge-egypt Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>It's the holy month of Ramadan, usually a time of reflection, prayer and solidarity with fellow Muslims. But this Ramadan, Egypt is divided. The ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood earlier this month and his current detention by Egyptian security forces, has polarized the country. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 18596 at http://publicradioeast.org