Daniel Zwerdling http://publicradioeast.org en New Shooting Revives Old Questions About Mental Health In Military http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-shooting-revives-old-questions-about-mental-health-military The mass shooting at Fort Hood, the second at the same Army base in just five years, is renewing questions about the state of mental health treatment on U.S. military bases. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 38040 at http://publicradioeast.org Weeks Later, More Questions Than Answers In W.Va. Chemical Spill http://publicradioeast.org/post/weeks-later-more-questions-answers-wva-chemical-spill State officials in West Virginia say that in most areas, they can no longer detect any of the industrial chemical MCHM that spilled into the water supply recently. They say the water is safe for people to drink and use — including most pregnant women. But other public health specialists say they don't trust these assurances.<p>"I think there's no way to know what the safe levels of the chemicals are at this point," says Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the state's largest public health department. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 33248 at http://publicradioeast.org Weeks Later, More Questions Than Answers In W.Va. Chemical Spill The Catch-22 In The Toxic Chemicals Law http://publicradioeast.org/post/catch-22-toxic-chemicals-law Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now, the contaminant that leaked into the Elk River was a chemical called MCHM, and officials in West Virginia have promised to investigate how it might affect the public and the environment. That prompted NPR's Daniel Zwerdling to ask why didn't they know that before?<p>DANIEL ZWERDLING, BYLINE: Scientists do know a few things about MCHM. I went online and got a copy of a manufacturer's safety data sheet. It's says, warning, exclamation mark, harmful if swallowed, causes skin and eye irritation. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 32014 at http://publicradioeast.org Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders http://publicradioeast.org/post/army-takes-its-own-toxic-leaders Top commanders in the U.S. Army have announced publicly that they have a problem: They have too many "toxic leaders" — the kind of bosses who make their employees miserable. Many corporations share a similar problem, but in the Army's case, destructive leadership can potentially have life or death consequences. So, some Army researchers are wondering if toxic officers have contributed to soldiers' mental health problems.<p>One of those researchers is Dave Matsuda. In 2010, then-Brig. Gen. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 31405 at http://publicradioeast.org Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels http://publicradioeast.org/post/judges-cookbook-reveals-secrets-bialys-and-bagels There are two important things that you learn about Michael Zusman, baker and co-author of <em>The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home,</em> when you bake with him.<p>First, his real job has nothing to do with bread or writing recipes: He's a trial judge. "Full time," Zusman says. "Wear a black robe every day." <br /> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 31003 at http://publicradioeast.org A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels ACLU Report Questions 'Suspicious Activity' Reporting http://publicradioeast.org/post/aclu-report-questions-suspicious-activity-reporting The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained internal documents from the federal government's anti-terrorism programs — relying on "suspicious activity reports" — that suggest that state law enforcement officials and others have repeatedly questioned their value. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 26648 at http://publicradioeast.org Your Digital Trail: Data Fuels Political And Legal Agendas http://publicradioeast.org/post/your-digital-trail-data-fuels-political-and-legal-agendas <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqWuioPHhz0</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:58:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 24754 at http://publicradioeast.org Your Digital Trail: Data Fuels Political And Legal Agendas Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us? http://publicradioeast.org/post/your-digital-trail-does-fourth-amendment-protect-us <em>This is the third story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by <strong>G.W. Schulz</strong> from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Yesterday, we examined </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/01/227776072/your-digital-trail-private-company-access">how data-tracking companies are monitoring your online behavior</a>.<em> Today we look at your Fourth Amendment rights.</em><p>Science-fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 24651 at http://publicradioeast.org Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us? Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access http://publicradioeast.org/post/your-digital-trail-private-company-access <em>This is the second story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by <strong>G.W. Schulz</strong> from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 24572 at http://publicradioeast.org Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access Navy Yard Shooter, Aaron Alexis, Killed In Battle With Police http://publicradioeast.org/post/navy-yard-shooter-aaron-alexis-killed-battle-police Police say the gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, died after a gun battle inside a building at the Navy Yard on Monday. He was a veteran with a history of gun-related incidents. His last known address was in Fort Worth, Texas. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 23494 at http://publicradioeast.org Fort Hood Shooter To Represent Himself In Court-Martial http://publicradioeast.org/post/fort-hood-shooter-represent-himself-court-martial 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>One of the most remarkable courts martial in U.S. history begins tomorrow. Nidal Hasan goes on trial at Fort Hood in Texas. Back in 2009, Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, walked into the health clinic at that base and started shooting indiscriminately. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 20340 at http://publicradioeast.org At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss http://publicradioeast.org/post/cambodia-hotel-workers-are-boss <em>This story is part of NPR's ongoing series about </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/130593764/social-entrepreneurs-taking-on-world-problems">social entrepreneurs</a><em> — people around the world who are dreaming up innovative ways to develop communities and solve social problems.</em><p>If you walk into the lobby of the Soria Moria hotel near the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, it probably won't strike you as a bold experiment in development and democracy. The Soria Moria, in the booming town of Siem Reap, is a three-star hotel with 38 rooms that is more cozy than fancy. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:17:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 17982 at http://publicradioeast.org At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss After Deadly Chemical Plant Disasters, There's Little Action http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-deadly-chemical-plant-disasters-theres-little-action You might think that everything would have changed for the chemicals industry on April 16, 1947. That was the day of the Texas City Disaster, the worst industrial accident in U.S. history. A ship loaded with ammonium nitrate — the same chemical that appears to have caused the disaster last month in West, Texas — exploded. The ship sparked a chain reaction of blasts at chemical facilities onshore, creating what a newsreel at the time called "a holocaust that baffles description."<strong> </strong><p>Or you might think everything would have changed on Dec. 3, 1984. Fri, 17 May 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 14320 at http://publicradioeast.org After Deadly Chemical Plant Disasters, There's Little Action From Family To Digital Footprints: A Portrait Of Tsarnaevs http://publicradioeast.org/post/family-digital-footprints-portrait-tsarnaevs NPR's Daniel Zwerdling reports on what's known about the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 12201 at http://publicradioeast.org Agencies That Oversee Fertilizer Plants Have Spotty Records http://publicradioeast.org/post/agencies-oversee-fertilizer-plants-have-spotty-records Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>NPR's Daniel Zwerdling has been looking into the history of this fertilizer plant and explosions that have happened at other fertilizer plants. And Danny, what can you tell us about West Fertilizer and its history? Have there been safety problems before?<p>DANIEL ZWERDLING, BYLINE: There have been but let me first say, it seems kind of like a homespun operation, not huge. They have seven or eight employees. According to Dunn and Bradstreet, they had about a million dollars in sales last year. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 12050 at http://publicradioeast.org Researchers Question Obama's Motives For Brain Initiative http://publicradioeast.org/post/researchers-question-obamas-motives-brain-initiative Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>Earlier this week, President Obama announced his new Brain Initiative. He said he wants $100 million to explore America's next great frontier in science: Mapping the human brain, to understand how the brains neurons and circuits communicate. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 11015 at http://publicradioeast.org New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-mortgage-program-helps-cambodias-poor-find-better-homes If you've applied for a mortgage recently, you know how hard it can be. The bank demands all kinds of obscure documents and wants proof of almost every asset you own. But an innovative mortgage program halfway around the world will evaluate your application without any extra documentation — and if you're approved, it will give you a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. There's just one catch: The mortgages are only for low-income people in Cambodia. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:55:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 10963 at http://publicradioeast.org New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes For A Florida Fishery, 'Sustainable' Success After Complex Process http://publicradioeast.org/post/florida-fishery-sustainable-success-after-complex-process <em>Part three of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171717418/the-meaning-of-sustainable-labeled-seafood">three-part series</a> by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.</em><p>The long, clunky-looking fishing boat pulls up to Day Boat Seafood's dock near Fort Pierce, Fla., after 10 days out in the Atlantic. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:35:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 7068 at http://publicradioeast.org For A Florida Fishery, 'Sustainable' Success After Complex Process Conditions Allow For More Sustainable-Labeled Seafood http://publicradioeast.org/post/conditions-allow-more-sustainable-labeled-seafood <em>Part two of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171717418/the-meaning-of-sustainable-labeled-seafood">three-part series</a> by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.</em><p>Next time you walk up to the seafood counter, look for products labeled with a blue fish, a check mark, and the words "Certified Sustainable Seafood MSC." Then ask yourself, "What does this label mean?"<p>The MSC — Marine Stewardship Council — says that the "sustainable" label means that fishermen caught the seafood with methods that don't deplete its supply, and help protect the environment in the waters where it was c Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:42:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 7069 at http://publicradioeast.org Conditions Allow For More Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable? http://publicradioeast.org/post/sustainable-labeled-seafood-really-sustainable <em>Part one of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171717418/the-meaning-of-sustainable-labeled-seafood">three-part series</a> by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.</em><p>Rebecca Weel pushes a baby stroller with her 18-month-old up to the seafood case at Whole Foods, near ground zero in New York. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 7027 at http://publicradioeast.org Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable?