Robert Siegel http://publicradioeast.org en What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46935 at http://publicradioeast.org What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By http://publicradioeast.org/post/tenuous-progress-jets-crash-site-clashes-flare-close The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Tenuous+Progress+At+Jet%27s+Crash+Site%2C+As+Clashes+Flare+Close+By&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46921 at http://publicradioeast.org Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza http://publicradioeast.org/post/wrap-days-events-eastern-ukraine-and-gaza Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to recap the major stories of the day. The United States is pinning the blame for the crash of a passenger jet in Ukraine on pro-Russian separatists. President Obama said today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the separatists. Mr. Obama called for a cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The crash site itself is under rebel control. And the first international monitors arriving on the scene say their access is being limited. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46753 at http://publicradioeast.org Israel Launches A Ground Campaign Against Hamas In Gaza http://publicradioeast.org/post/israel-launches-ground-campaign-against-hamas-gaza According to a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Defense Force has been instructed to begin a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. The move comes 10 days after violence renewed between Hamas and Israel. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46648 at http://publicradioeast.org Malaysian Airliner Crashes In Eastern Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/malaysian-airliner-crashes-eastern-ukraine A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. In the immediate aftermath, it is not clear whether the plane was shot down, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling for a swift investigation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46638 at http://publicradioeast.org The American Adviser's Quandary: What More Can Be Done In Iraq? http://publicradioeast.org/post/american-advisers-quandary-what-more-can-be-done-iraq Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>One sign of a divided state is a divided military, and Iraq's armed forces are in turmoil. Tens of thousands of troops have taken off their uniforms and fled, rather than fight Sunni extremists. This, despite the fact that the United States spent years and billions of dollars training and equipping the Iraqi army. Well, now American advisors are back, trying to see what can be salvaged.<p>NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman covered the Iraq War and joins me now. And, Tom, let's start with the Iraqi military. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46449 at http://publicradioeast.org HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://publicradioeast.org/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46065 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45981 at http://publicradioeast.org Argentina Steps Past The Dutch In Penalty Kicks http://publicradioeast.org/post/brazils-loss-ripples-argentina-and-netherlands-step-stage Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Brazil and the World Cup now and the final match up is set. Argentina will face Germany for the title on Sunday, having defeated the Netherlands today on penalty kicks 4-2. The Germans absolutely dismantled Brazil yesterday, and the reverberations of that game are still rattling around Brazil and the world. NPR's Tom Goldman is no doubt feeling them where he is in Rio de Janeiro. And, Tom, let's start with today's game. No goals after 120 minutes so penalty kicks, and Argentina came out on top. Describe the action for us.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Yeah. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45964 at http://publicradioeast.org In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss http://publicradioeast.org/post/half-hour-germany-begins-its-rout-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The images out of Brazil right now are of fans in tears, faces with looks of disbelief, hands covering mouths in shock. In the first of two semifinal World Cup matches, the home team is losing and it's losing big. Germany is leading 5-0. Let's go to NPR's Tom Goldman in Rio de Janeiro. Tom, what's the scene where you are in Rio?<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Well, I can tell you the scene right now is a lot different than it was earlier today, Robert. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45878 at http://publicradioeast.org In Battle Over Gaza, A Slow Build-up Shows No Signs Of Ending http://publicradioeast.org/post/battle-over-gaza-slow-build-shows-no-signs-ending Israel stepped up its air assault on the Gaza Strip, following the killings of Israeli and Palestinian teens. Unlike air strikes in the past, Israel has tempered its initial show of force for several reasons, but the situation appears to be steadily intensifying. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45864 at http://publicradioeast.org Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era http://publicradioeast.org/post/remembering-paul-mazursky-filmmaker-ear-his-era Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died. The writer and director captured the spirit of his times in such comedies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman." Mazursky died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 84. And joining us now to talk about him is our film critic, Bob Mondello. Hi, Bob.<p>BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Hi.<p>SIEGEL: Mazursky had a very extensive career. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45343 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Vows To Flex Executive Authority On Immigration Policy http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-vows-flex-executive-authority-immigration-policy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama came out to the White House Rose Garden today to plead, once again, for Congress to act on the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed a year ago. Since then, it's been stalled in the House.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45263 at http://publicradioeast.org GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up http://publicradioeast.org/post/gop-completes-leadership-shuffle-mccarthy-and-scalise-step House Republicans voted Thursday on leadership positions in the party's caucus. While House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=GOP+Completes+Leadership+Shuffle%2C+As+McCarthy+And+Scalise+Step+Up&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44389 at http://publicradioeast.org Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own http://publicradioeast.org/post/amazon-raises-curtain-fire-its-own At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire." NPR's Martin Kaste was at the unveiling in Seattle, and he offers his take on the event. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44315 at http://publicradioeast.org Correction: Al Feldstein Obituary http://publicradioeast.org/post/correction-al-feldstein-obituary Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Last month in an obituary, we failed to credit a couple of audio sources, and we want to set the record straight. In our remembrance of former "Mad Magazine" editor Al Feldstein, we used this film clip.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FELDSTEIN")<p>AL JAFFEE: Al Feldstein was a very, very good editor. He didn't fool around. If he liked something, that was it.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>That is cartoonist Al Jaffee remembering his former editor. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44304 at http://publicradioeast.org As Isis Strengthens Hold In Northern Iraq, Violent Reprisals Begin http://publicradioeast.org/post/isis-strengthens-hold-northern-iraq-violent-reprisals-begin Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The fighting goes on in Iraq between government forces and Sunni groups led by extremist militants. At the same time, there are reports of escalating sectarian violence. The militant group ISIS has taken swaths of Northern and Western Iraq in a matter of days and continues to push into new territory. In a moment, we'll hear more about the broad ambitions ISIS has to conquer the region. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44206 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-commandos-catch-alleged-leader-benghazi-attack Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The United States has, in custody, a man they say was behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi. His name is Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44213 at http://publicradioeast.org Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday http://publicradioeast.org/post/audra-mcdonald-racks-tonys-time-billie-holiday Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's a new queen of Broadway. Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony award last night for her betrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, CRAZY HE CALLS ME")<p>AUDRA MCDONALD: (As Billie Holiday, singing) Crazy he calls me. Sure I'm crazy. Crazy in love, I'd say.<p>CORNISH: When she got to the stage to accept her Tony, the audience at Radio City Music Hall was on its feet. The standing ovation that initially drowning her out.<p>MCDONALD: Thank you so much. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43517 at http://publicradioeast.org 'A Change-up On Steroids:' The History Of A Sky-Scraping Pitch http://publicradioeast.org/post/change-steroids-history-sky-scraping-pitch In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the <a href="http://www.baseballdictionary.com/">Dickson Baseball Dictionary</a>, offers more details. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43065 at http://publicradioeast.org