Robert Siegel http://publicradioeast.org en Letters: Curious Texas Town Names http://publicradioeast.org/post/letters-curious-texas-town-names Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Time now for your letters. This week, Melissa Block has been in Texas reporting and hosting the program from there and she's been exploring the origins of unusual town names. Bonnie Langham(ph) of Dime Box, Texas, told Melissa that that name came from 19th century settlers.<p>BONNIE LANGHAM: The settlers, if they had wanted to send a letter to somebody, they would leave their letter and a dime in the box.<p>SIEGEL: Then whoever was headed to the nearest town would take the letters and mail them. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 38042 at http://publicradioeast.org What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting http://publicradioeast.org/post/whats-known-and-still-unclear-about-fort-hood-shooting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.<p>LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.<p>SIEGEL: At around 4:00 p.m. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 38044 at http://publicradioeast.org Letters: 'The Big Broadcast' And Laughing Down The Hall http://publicradioeast.org/post/letters-big-broadcast-and-laughing-down-hall Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Time now for your letters. First, two corrections. On Monday, we took you to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin to tell you about something called Oculus Rift. It is a virtual reality headset. And in our story, we mistakenly said that it would be available to consumers in 18 to 20 months. In fact, there is no release date yet for a consumer model. Only the development kit is currently available.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Also in that story, some of you may have heard us refer to Black Castle. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 36285 at http://publicradioeast.org To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://publicradioeast.org/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 36193 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://publicradioeast.org/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 34708 at http://publicradioeast.org For NFL Teams, Postseason Offers Little Chance For Relaxation http://publicradioeast.org/post/nfl-teams-postseason-offers-little-chance-relaxation Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In the National Football League, it is the final week of the regular season and that's usually a time for teams to lick their wounds, rest their starters or just contemplate next year, but not this season. The playoff picture is in such upheaval that many teams are fighting for their postseason lives. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us to talk about what's at stake this week. And hiya, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.<p>SIEGEL: It may be easier to start with which playoff positions are known. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30785 at http://publicradioeast.org In Gas-Rich And Fast-Growing Qatar, A Focus On Food Security http://publicradioeast.org/post/gas-rich-and-fast-growing-qatar-focus-food-security The Gulf nation of Qatar has nearly depleted its groundwater, and will increasingly need to import food. Some farms still operates on ground water, but in the long haul, Qatar is counting on desalination and using money to import food. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30706 at http://publicradioeast.org Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic? http://publicradioeast.org/post/are-we-genetically-inclined-be-materialistic People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, whereas capitalistic societies put it on steroids. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30716 at http://publicradioeast.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://publicradioeast.org/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30651 at http://publicradioeast.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges The Dark Roots Of 'The Nutcracker' And The Man Who Wrote It http://publicradioeast.org/post/dark-roots-nutcracker-and-man-who-wrote-it This is the time of year when one man's work is widely - if indirectly - celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. E.T.A. Hoffman, who lived from 1776 to 1822 in the Kingdom of Prussia, was responsible for a work that is a staple the holiday season, the original author of The Nutcracker. You can read more about the story, which aired last Christmas, here. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30659 at http://publicradioeast.org As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny http://publicradioeast.org/post/world-cup-looms-qatars-migrant-worker-system-faces-scrutiny Over the past decade, Qatar's population has soared from 660,000 to more than 2 million. Here's the catch: Qataris themselves number only around 260,000.<p>The rest, more than 85 percent of the population, are not citizens. As Professor Mehran Kamrava, an American scholar at Georgetown University's campus in Qatar, says, they are all migrant workers of varying types.<p>"There are gradations of migrant workers," he noted. "I happen to be a white-collar migrant worker, as a professor. But there are lots of people who work in the construction industry. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30571 at http://publicradioeast.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-tiny-qatar-punches-above-its-weight Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.<p>The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.<p>Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.<p>Those citizens are outnumbered by foreign workers more than 5 to 1. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30494 at http://publicradioeast.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' Damaged Fuel Rods Removed At Fukushima Nuclear Plant http://publicradioeast.org/post/damaged-fuel-rods-removed-fukushima-nuclear-plant Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant successfully removed some radioactive fuel from one of the damaged reactors on Monday. It's an important first step, but there's a long way to go before the situation at the plant can be said to be completely under control Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 28016 at http://publicradioeast.org Bitcoin Goes To Washington As Senators Parse Currency's Legality http://publicradioeast.org/post/bitcoin-goes-washington-senators-parse-currencys-legality The digital currency Bitcoin is becoming more prevalent, both for benign purchases and as a way for criminals to conduct illicit transactions. Bitcoins have been used on underground websites to facilitate sales of narcotics and child pornography. But even those most concerned about criminal activity agree that the emerging digital currency has arrived and can have beneficial uses. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 28025 at http://publicradioeast.org NYPD Officer Arrested In Motorcycle Road Rage Case http://publicradioeast.org/post/nypd-officer-arrested-motorcycle-road-rage-case An undercover NYPD officer was arraigned Wednesday in connection with a road rage incident that's been viewed thousands of times on YouTube. Det. Wojciech Braszczok is one of several motorcycle riders who've been arrested for their roles in an attack on Alexian Lien, an SUV driver who led bikers on a high-speed chase last month and that ended in his beating. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:37:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 25174 at http://publicradioeast.org BlackBerry Agrees To Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion http://publicradioeast.org/post/blackberry-agrees-sell-itself-47-billion Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel, and it's time now for All Tech Considered.<p>BlackBerry, the maker of the once iconic smartphone, may have reached the end of the line as an independent company. It announced last week it was writing off close to a billion dollars this quarter and laying off 40 percent or its remaining workforce. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 23979 at http://publicradioeast.org New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-head-olympic-committee-faces-number-challenges The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 23014 at http://publicradioeast.org Bipartisan Senators Support Delaying Vote On Syria Strike http://publicradioeast.org/post/bipartisan-senators-support-delaying-vote-syria-strike President Obama, scheduled to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday evening, trekked to the Capitol in the afternoon to address the Democratic and Republican Senate luncheons. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 23031 at http://publicradioeast.org NFL Settles Players' Concussions Dispute For $765 Million http://publicradioeast.org/post/nfl-settles-players-concussions-dispute-765-million The NFL has agreed to a $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players and families over concussions. The money will fund medical exams and treatment and provide compensation to players and families. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 22190 at http://publicradioeast.org Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced To Death Penalty http://publicradioeast.org/post/fort-hood-shooter-sentenced-death-penalty A jury has sentenced Nidal Hasan to the death penalty for a shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and 31 others injured. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 22093 at http://publicradioeast.org