Audie Cornish en Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 39003 at For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 39007 at On The Road Back To Boston, Two Runners Tell Their Stories Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. For the last 10 weeks, NPR has been following eight runners who have been preparing for this year's Boston Marathon. We've dubbed our runners the NPR 8 and they've been blogging the highs and lows of their training. Today, we have some excerpts from their audio diaries.<p>AMELIA NELSON: It's the getting the shoes on and getting out the door. It's that dread before you make it happen and the first two miles. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 38726 at Letters: Athletic And Academic Demands In College Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 38321 at Letters: Jim DeMint And Kenny G Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about Tea Party conservative Jim DeMint and a sneaky commentary on Kenny G. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 35931 at Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 35665 at Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama kicked off a new initiative this afternoon aimed at improving the odds for young black and Latino men. The White House calls the program My Brother's Keeper. The idea is to bring together business people, faith leaders, athletes and celebrities to confront the challenges facing young men of color. Major charities have pledged $200 million to the cause over the next five years. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 35321 at When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to talk about the Pentagon's view on cuts to military benefits. And Tom, we just heard from Quil that retirees feel the military is essentially breaking faith with those who served. But what do Pentagon leaders say to that?<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, Audie, I spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey earlier this week and I asked him about these pension cuts and here's what he had to say.<p>GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY: Look. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32211 at Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32016 at Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.<p>GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32017 at Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Today brings a new wave of questions about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. It's no longer just about whether Christie knew members of his team had ordered a traffic jam on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. Today we learned the federal government is also investigating whether the Christie administration misused funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.<p>We're joined once again by reporter Matt Katz of member station WNYC. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31925 at In NFL Playoffs, Excitement Does Little To Dim Injury Concerns Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>An Olympic team spot isn't the only glittering sports prize up for grabs this weekend. Eight teams gear up for the NFL divisional playoffs on the road to next month's Super Bowl. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now for his regular Friday update on what's happening in football. Hey there, Stefan.<p>STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So let's start with those two games tomorrow. First, Indianapolis at New England. In a nutshell, what do we expect?<p>FATSIS: All right. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31756 at The Bridge On The River Hudson Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We can't let this story go today without one more minute on the key player in this scandal, the George Washington Bridge. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, it's the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge. Last year, 102 million vehicles crossed it.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The suspension bridge spans the Hudson River, and it opened in October 1931. It has exposed supporting steel towers. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:35:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31674 at Republicans Pipe In About Poverty and Inequality Poverty and income inequality have long been staples of the Democratic Party platform, but they haven't often been high priorities. This year, that appears to be changing, and what's more, some Republicans seem eager to join the conversation. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31498 at Explanatory 'Verticals' Give Big-Name Journalists More Power Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Recently we've heard of some big changes at several news organizations involving some of their most prominent journalists. At the Washington Post, the founder of the popular policy site Wonkblog, Ezra Klein, is weighing a departure. And the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are both scrambling to set up dedicated news teams to replace journalists who have left in pursuit of more money and independence. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31248 at Ukrainian Police Threaten To Drive Protesters Out Of City Buildings Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We begin this hour in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Riot police have surrounded the main square, the site of a week's long anti-government protest. Members of one of the main opposition party say armed troops raided their headquarters today and seized computer equipment. Police are also threatening to enforce a court order to drive protesters out of city buildings they've been occupying.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff is Kiev and joins us now. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 29434 at Federal Appeals Court Stays Ruling Against NYPD Stop-And-Frisk The court also removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from the case, saying she violated the appearance of impartiality, among other reasons. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 26763 at Twitter Reveals User Numbers, Financial Info Ahead Of IPO Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Twitter is revealing more details about its planned initial public offering. Late this afternoon, the company announced its intention to raise a billion dollars by selling stock, and revealed detailed information about its finances for the first time. We're joined now by NPR's Steve Henn to discuss this peek behind the Twitter curtain. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 24778 at Obama: 'We Still Have A Window' To Avert A Shutdown Audie Cornish talks with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about his interview Monday afternoon with President Obama. We hear excerpts from the interview, more of which will air Tuesday on Morning Edition. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 24503 at Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb Fifteen Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of them disabled, climbed Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Sept. 11. The climb is the culmination of a three-day hike, which for many of the vets has had the therapeutic effect of reproducing a combat patrol — just without the bombs or bullets. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 23107 at Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb