NPR Staff http://publicradioeast.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://publicradioeast.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:30:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46940 at http://publicradioeast.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://publicradioeast.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46927 at http://publicradioeast.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://publicradioeast.org/post/youth-unemployment-crisis-hits-african-americans-hardest Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.<p>Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William Spriggs, an economist at Howard University, the trend is also being driven by a sluggish economy. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46881 at http://publicradioeast.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://publicradioeast.org/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46863 at http://publicradioeast.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists http://publicradioeast.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46859 at http://publicradioeast.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' http://publicradioeast.org/post/fitness-trainer-shaun-t-i-understand-why-you-feel-weak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vnicyr94o</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46860 at http://publicradioeast.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler http://publicradioeast.org/post/unlocking-eclectic-conversation-shabazz-palaces-ishmael-butler <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFGLQe65Abg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tk9e7FG2ww</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46861 at http://publicradioeast.org Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://publicradioeast.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46843 at http://publicradioeast.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' http://publicradioeast.org/post/secret-behind-romeros-scary-zombies-i-made-them-neighbors Director George A. Romero grew up on classic movie monsters — and he says he never dreamed he'd be responsible for creating the modern zombie that now lurks alongside those monsters. "I never expected it. I really didn't," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "... All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors ... I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors!"<p>Zombies are everywhere in Hollywood — there's a new batch of films every year, and AMC's <em>The Walking Dead </em>continues to kill it in the ratings. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46838 at http://publicradioeast.org The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://publicradioeast.org/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46821 at http://publicradioeast.org A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://publicradioeast.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.<p>The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46814 at http://publicradioeast.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee http://publicradioeast.org/post/meet-mockingbird-memoir-recalls-talks-harper-lee In 1960, Harper Lee published <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46816 at http://publicradioeast.org To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness http://publicradioeast.org/post/rainbow-dark-jenny-lewis-staring-down-sadness <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46817 at http://publicradioeast.org Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow http://publicradioeast.org/post/fred-hersch-floats-dynamic-trio-tow The last time <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14997031/fred-hersch" target="_blank">Fred Hersch</a> was featured on <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em>, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.<em></em><p>A new studio recording by Hersch's trio came out earlier this month; it's called <em>Floating</em>. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46777 at http://publicradioeast.org Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-film-zach-braff-asks-how-long-can-you-pursue-your-dreams Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy <em>Scrubs</em>. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film <em>Garden State</em>, a model of 20-something angst.<p>Braff also directs and stars in his latest film, <em>Wish I Was Here</em>, which he co-wrote with his older brother, Adam. The collaboration yielded a coming-of-age story of sorts. It's about a guy who hasn't quite earned the title of adult, even though he's already a family man with kids. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46743 at http://publicradioeast.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975 http://publicradioeast.org/post/colo-clerk-recalls-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses-1975 For the past month, county clerks in Colorado have been challenging a ban on same-sex marriage by <a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/denver-pueblo-clerks-follow-boulder-issuing-marriage-licenses-gay-couples">issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples</a>.<p>The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule on their actions any day now.<p>But few know that this is history repeating itself.<p>Back in 1975, when Clela Rorex was the newly elected county clerk in Boulder, she began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.<p>On a visit to StoryCorps, Rorex tells her friend Sue Larso Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46669 at http://publicradioeast.org Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975 QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? http://publicradioeast.org/post/quiz-which-these-state-fair-foods-are-faux It is the season of state fairs, when you may have a chance to expand your palate or test your gag reflex at the concession stands. (Once you're stuffed, maybe you'll get to admire a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/11/169085074/this-butter-sculpture-could-power-a-farm-for-3-days">butter sculpture</a>.)<p>If it can be dipped in batter or put on a stick, someone is probably trying to sell it on a fairground. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:48:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46657 at http://publicradioeast.org QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank http://publicradioeast.org/post/amid-shimmering-tension-walk-through-israel-and-west-bank Not long ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek traveled through Israel and the West Bank as part of his journey walking from Africa to South America. He was there this spring, before the current violence erupted. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46568 at http://publicradioeast.org Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future http://publicradioeast.org/post/calorie-counting-machine-may-make-dieting-easier-future Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.<p>Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to <a href="https://www.marketresearch.com/Marketdata-Enterprises-Inc-v416/Weight-Loss-Status-Forecast-8016030/">market research</a>, but the weight often comes right back. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46406 at http://publicradioeast.org Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear http://publicradioeast.org/post/3-scariest-words-boy-can-hear <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series.</em><p>It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.<p>Ehrmann — who played with the Baltimore Colts for much of the 1970s and was a lineman at Syracuse University before that — confronted many models of masculinity in his life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46371 at http://publicradioeast.org The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear