Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:59 pm
We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.
Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum by Russia and has left the transit zone at Moscow's airport where he has been holed up for more than a month. Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow and Pentagon correspondent Larry Abramson.
NPR's business news starts with unemployment numbers.
No, this is not the big monthly jobs report. We'll get that tomorrow. But this morning one number from the Labor Department - the department announced that applications for jobless benefits fell to 326,000 last week. That is the lowest level since January of 2008. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:21 pm
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The White House says it is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant a temporary one-year asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday after spending more than a month holed up in its transit center. Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who has been advising the former U.S. intelligence contractor, told Russian media that Snowden's whereabouts are being kept secret for security reasons.
Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:23 am
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In the '80s, My Little Pony was a toy line and TV franchise aimed at little girls. Well, today an expanding group of grown men are fans of the pastel-colored ponies. They call themselves Bronies. This weekend, thousands are heading to Baltimore for BronyCon 2013. There'll be music inspired by My Little Pony, Brony Dance-offs, even some academic pony panels. BronyCon began two years ago with a hundred attendees. Like a magical flying pony, the thing's taking off,
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And I'm David Greene. Good morning. This is likely the last day the Senate will be in session until mid-September. Tomorrow members of the House will lave town as well. They're heading out for their August recess with none of the frantic legislative scrambles and deal making that typically end a summer session. Instead, lawmakers seem to be saving their strength for epic battles when they get back. Here's NPR's David Welna.
Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:01 pm
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In Zimbabwe, polling stations stayed opened late into the night yesterday to allow for the massive turnout of voters who've been waiting in long lines to cast ballots for a president and parliament. But today, the country's main opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, is claiming intimidation and poll rigging in the election.
Egypt's military-backed interim government has ordered security forces to break up protest camps set up in Cairo by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The camps have already been the scene of bloody clashes, and the government order has raised fears of further violence.
NPR's business news starts with Sony plugged into profits.
Sony reports that it's making money again. The Japanese company announced its second quarter earnings today. Most of its success though comes thanks to a favorable currency rate - a weak yen was key for Sony. Still, the company did see a little improvement in its smartphone sales and entertainment business. Net income for Sony's latest quarter was $35 million. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
OK, start paying attention to golf if you want to witness some potential history. Over the next four days, golf fans will certainly be glued to the women's British Open. But even if you don't usually follow golf, there is a name that you should know. If South Korean golfer extraordinaire Inbee Park raises the winner's trophy, she will become the first person, man or woman, to win four major professional titles in a single calendar year.
To talk about this, NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman is on the line. Hey, Tom.
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In this case, what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. A standing room only crowd packed a ballroom at Caesar's Palace yesterday to hear General Keith Alexander. The director of the National Security Agency delivered a keynote address to a hacker conference. And given the recent NSA leak, he ended up in front of a very tough crowd.
A side view of the new ant species Eurhopalothrix zipacna. Mounting glue and paper appear beneath the ant, one of 33 new species discovered in Central America by Jack Longino, a biologist at the University of Utah.
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The face of ant species Eurhopalothrix semicapillum, named for the hairy patches on its face.
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Note the sideways-moving jaws on the face of this queen of the ant species Octostruma convallis.
When writer Chris Grabenstein plots his mysteries, the murders happen in the corny nooks of New Jersey's Jersey shore. After all, there's something delightfully cheesy about a beach town.
"I guess I'm a cheesy guy. I like this kind of stuff," Grabenstein says. "Ever since I was a kid I loved tourist towns."
The author points out shop names as we walk along his stretch of the shore. There's the Sunglass Menagerie, an ice cream shop called Do Me A Flavor, Shore Good Donuts and How You Brewin' coffee. I'll spare you the rest — Long Beach Island has 18 miles of this stuff.
Suffixes like .org, .net and .com are the most common on the Internet today. But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which governs Web names, plans to add some 1,400 more, some ending in Arabic or Chinese characters.
Starting this fall, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, will begin rolling out 20 new suffixes, or top-level domains, every week. This will create new entrepreneurial opportunities, says ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade.
"Diversity to the domain name system is coming," he says.
(left picture) Don Gonyea, Brian Naylor and Scott Horsley on day 1 of the RAGBRAI ride, team No Pie Refused is all smiles in anticipation of the infinite varieties of peach pie (a group favorite) to be tasted on the road ahead.
Musing from the last RAGBRAI stop before ending at the Mississippi River: "Is this Heaven?" "No, it's Iowa."
Mt. Ragbrai: A mountain of bicycles in West Point, IA. On the phenomenon of stretching "short rides" across a full day's time (on account of good conversation), one woman smiled and said: "That's RAGBRAI."
Breaking camp, day 3: (l-r) Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley, and Brian Naylor. Rumors have started swirling that Horsley ties the tightest do rag. Remains to be seen.
Horsley (l) and Gonyea (r) reach the half-way point and reflect on the trip, thus far. Window puppet muses, "Why do the cute ones always ride so fast?"
"We're getting a street-level view, and we're talking about other things. Like Pie." - No Pie Refused
All smiles Gonyea notes, "This chop has its own zip code."
Taking a breather from pork chops and peach pies in favor of some good old mid-western tacos.
From tumblr: "BREAKING NEWS. Horsley flat tire. Happening now! Bussey, IA." But what caused the mishap? A witness swears that Horsley twitched ever-so-slightly during discussions surrounding the 'lovely bass' that Gonyea contributed to the 'symphony of snoring from surrounding RAGBRAI tents.' Details unconfirmed.
From tumblr: "Novelty helmets are a common sight. The Corn Sharks. Team Spam. The Bone Heads. Humor aside, they have a practical function, making it easier to spot one's teammates among the spandexed multitudes."
No Pie Refused took great joy in pulling 'I (Heart) NPR' buttons from fanny-packs, and 'making it rain' over the crowds along the route. That is, until a ubiquitous 'Condom King' made a power play for the RAGBRAI spotlight. This sign says it all: 'We Love NPR!'
No Pie Refused: 1. Condom King: 0.
From tumblr: "There's a joke that White House photographers like to play on newbie reporters. After flying into a foreign capital on Air Force One, they'll tell first timers, 'Just leave your bags in the overhead bin. They'll be delivered to your hotel room.' This is not true. But the crack team at Pork Belly Ventures... deliver[s] gear for hundreds of RAGBRAI riders to our tents each afternoon."
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:14 am
The NPR newsroom was recently abuzz with rumors that three political correspondents had fallen prey to certain nostalgia for the Hawkeye State, after murmurs of slow summer news cycle amidst a grid-locked Congress began percolating around the coffee machine.