Public Radio East http://publicradioeast.org en U.S. Accuses Russia Of Missile Test, West Agrees On Tougher Sanctions http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-accuses-russia-missile-test-west-agrees-tougher-sanctions The Obama administration is formally accusing Russia of testing ground-launched cruise missiles, which constitutes a violation of a 1987 arms control agreement, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/world/europe/us-says-russia-tested-cruise-missile-in-violation-of-treaty.html?_r=0" target="_blank">according to today&#8217;s New York Times</a>.<p>Russian officials have previously denied the allegation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 47535 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Accuses Russia Of Missile Test, West Agrees On Tougher Sanctions Former Top Chinese Official Targeted By Investigation http://publicradioeast.org/post/former-top-chinese-official-targeted-investigation China&#8217;s former security chief Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for suspected &#8220;serious disciplinary violation,&#8221; according to state media. He headed the country&#8217;s Ministry of Public Safety and was a member of the top decision-making body in China, the Politburo Standing Committee.<p>He is also the most senior Chinese official to be investigated since the Gang of Four, which included the wife of the late leader Mao Zedong, in the early 1980s. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 47534 at http://publicradioeast.org Former Top Chinese Official Targeted By Investigation Iraq War Vet Returns To A Broken Country http://publicradioeast.org/post/iraq-war-vet-returns-broken-country I first came across the work of <strong>Roy Scranton</strong> on the <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/home-fires/" target="_blank">&#8220;Home Fires&#8221; blog</a> on The New York Times website. The blog featured the writing of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Roy served in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Alex Ashlock 47533 at http://publicradioeast.org Iraq War Vet Returns To A Broken Country Tiny House, Big Problems http://publicradioeast.org/post/tiny-house-big-problems Rolf and Mari von Walthousen are a young couple who want to tread lightly on the land. They built a tiny cabin in the woods of a northern Michigan town named Cedar.<p>Their 200-square-foot house has no electricity or running water. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 47532 at http://publicradioeast.org Tiny House, Big Problems Google Asks, What Makes Us Healthy? Skeptics Ask, Should Google Be The One To Know? http://publicradioeast.org/post/google-asks-what-makes-us-healthy-skeptics-ask-should-google-be-one-know Google has announced a massive science project, Baseline Study, to provide the most complete possible picture of a healthy human body.<p>In the initial stage, the project will gather genetic and molecular information, and collect bodily fluids including blood, urine and saliva, from 175 volunteers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 47531 at http://publicradioeast.org Google Asks, What Makes Us Healthy? Skeptics Ask, Should Google Be The One To Know? The Case For Competitive Eating http://publicradioeast.org/post/case-competitive-eating Running out of summer entertainment ideas? Why not check out the <a href="http://joeys.ca/contest/mle2014.html" target="_blank">Joey Chestnut Vs. Joey&#8217;s All-Stars Fish Taco World Record Challenge</a>, or the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GyozaChampionship" target="_blank">Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship</a>?<p>Or are you horrified by the idea of competitive eating?<p><strong>Crazy Legs Conti</strong> is a defender of the &#8220;sport,&#8221; as he calls it, and a long-time Major League Eating (MLE) competitor. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 47530 at http://publicradioeast.org The Case For Competitive Eating White House Threatens More Russian Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Ukrainian Rebels http://publicradioeast.org/post/white-house-threatens-more-russian-sanctions-kerry-decries-ukrainian-rebels Saying that the conflict in Ukraine had "gone on for far too long," Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to make sure investigators had access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.<p>The separatists who control that area of Ukraine, said Kerry, "have displayed an appalling disregard for human decency."<p>Kerry spoke after Dutch and Australian experts abandoned their attempts for a third day in a row to reach the debris field.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/29/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/">CNN reports</ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:07:00 +0000 editor 47528 at http://publicradioeast.org White House Threatens More Russian Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Ukrainian Rebels Share With Us: #WHYLISTEN To Public Radio? http://publicradioeast.org/post/share-us-whylisten-public-radio At NPR and NPR Member Stations nationwide, our journalists, producers, and storytellers spend their days and nights finding the stories that matter – around the world and in your own backyard. Energized by a mission to create a more informed public, we seek to cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the events, ideas, and cultures that we encounter every day; the human side of the story. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Rund Abdelfatah 47529 at http://publicradioeast.org Share With Us: #WHYLISTEN To Public Radio? Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up http://publicradioeast.org/post/getting-hospice-care-shouldnt-have-mean-giving It's a painful dilemma for seriously ill Medicare patients: In order to receive the extra support, counseling and care provided by the program's hospice benefit they have to agree to<strong> </strong>stop receiving curative treatment for their disease.<p>Faced with that stark either-or choice, many forgo hospice care until the last days of their lives. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 47526 at http://publicradioeast.org Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi http://publicradioeast.org/post/solving-scourge-slow-hotel-wi-fi You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.<p>It happens too often and hotels don't seem to care, despite charging you a few hundred bucks a night to stay in the comfort of their rooms. So now, a couple of competing sites and apps are trying to solve the problem. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 47527 at http://publicradioeast.org Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi East Nashville Rocks http://publicradioeast.org/post/east-nashville-rocks How do you know you are in East Nashville? Follow the beards, a current joker might say. If you do, you'll find yourself in an area tucked in between Nashville's neat downtown and the city's eastern edge, separated from each by the twisting Cumberland River. To the west, tourists flock to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium — the "Mother Church of Country Music." The Opryland complex — the venerable stage and radio show's comfortably suburban home since 1974 — is to the east, where the city sprawls into malls, hotels and tourists attractions. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Ann Powers 47524 at http://publicradioeast.org East Nashville Rocks Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'? http://publicradioeast.org/post/do-you-dare-venture-through-these-tangled-woods I am not a trained reader of horror. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Amal El-Mohtar 47525 at http://publicradioeast.org Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'? NCAA Reaches $75 Million Settlement In Head-Injury Lawsuit http://publicradioeast.org/post/ncaa-reaches-75-million-settlement-head-injury-lawsuit The NCAA has reached a settlement with former athletes that provides $75 million for medical monitoring and research into head injuries. The settlement also calls for a change in the way schools handle head trauma.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2014/07/29/ncaa-concussion-lawsuit-settlement-75-million/13309191/">As USA Today explains</a>, the NCAA currently requires that member schools only have a concussion management plan. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 47523 at http://publicradioeast.org NCAA Reaches $75 Million Settlement In Head-Injury Lawsuit Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/jeff-tweedy-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 There aren't a whole lot of failures on the resume of Jeff Tweedy, who co-piloted the groundbreaking alt-country band Uncle Tupelo in the '80s and early '90s, then multiplied its popularity as the leader of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15164119/wilco" target="_blank">Wilco</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 47519 at http://publicradioeast.org Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Conor Oberst, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/conor-oberst-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 Far removed from his days as a white-knuckled teenage prodigy in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189641/bright-eyes">Bright Eyes</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15998977/conor-oberst">Conor Oberst</a> has settled into his 30s as a wise and wizened elder statesman. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:17:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 47520 at http://publicradioeast.org Conor Oberst, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/dawes-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 The Newport Folk Festival sells out months before its lineup is announced, but fans aren't entirely in the dark: Most know there's at least a 50 percent chance that the lineup will include the countrified California roots-rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/113932444/dawes" target="_blank">Dawes</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 47521 at http://publicradioeast.org Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Ages And Ages, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/ages-and-ages-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 The Sunday lineup of 2014's Newport Folk Festival will take thousands of fans to church, as it opens with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/204549052/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2013" target="_blank">Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir</a> and closes with the gospel and R&B titan <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395355/mavis-staples" target="_blank">Mavis Staples</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 47522 at http://publicradioeast.org Ages And Ages, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Time To 'Girl Up:' Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer http://publicradioeast.org/post/time-girl-teens-fight-right-school-soccer They are seven girls in their teens and early 20s, awake at the ungodly (for them) hour of 8:30 a.m. With sleepy smiles, the young women slip into a windowless conference room in a Washington, D.C. hotel to talk to a reporter, who's curious to find out: What's it like to be a global girl activist?<p>And they're the experts. They're supporters of the U.N. Foundation group called <a href="http://www.girlup.org/">Girl Up</a>, which has the manifesto of "uniting girls to change the world."<p>Girl Up fights for the rights of the 600 million adolescent girls of the developing world. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Marc Silver 47518 at http://publicradioeast.org Time To 'Girl Up:' Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 In the past, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/204549052/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2013" target="_blank">Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir</a> has been employed as a sort of Newport Folk Festival palate-cleanser: a way to kick off the day with something kind, approachable, reverent and rooted in many folk traditions. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 47516 at http://publicradioeast.org Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/deer-tick-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 John McCauley's ragged roots-rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15773271/deer-tick" target="_blank">Deer Tick</a> has become a Newport Folk Festival staple, along with McCauley's frequent collaborators in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/113932444/dawes" target="_blank">Dawes</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91839891/delta-spirit" target="_blank">Delta Spirit</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 47517 at http://publicradioeast.org Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014