June 22, 2006 Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have decided not to evict 3,000 people from temporary trailers on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Initially, the agency said most of the people living in the trailers didn't qualify for federal help.
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June 16, 2006 It's been great fun this week helping out with Mixed Signals, talking with editors and reporters, watching the newswires and a bit of World Cup soccer, just to stay in touch. Next week our veteran blogger J.J. Sutherland returns, with a guest appearance Neda Ulaby, whose work as an arts reporter you know and whose further interests may indeed be revealed.
June 16, 2006 A question about apartheid in South Africa 30 years ago: "Do you take what your father has taken or do you stand up for what you think it right?" The speaker is Thandi Modise and he is recalling the mood in the black townships for producers Joe Richman and Ben Shapiro. They collected memories and newscast accounts of the uprising that began on June 16, 1976, in the schools of Soweto and spread throughout the white-controlled country.
June 16, 2006 For the sheer fun of it, catch Robert Krulwich on Weekend Edition Saturday. He's boldly attacking a basic truth: "If you dig a hole straight through the Earth you'd come out in China."
June 16, 2006 My colleague Melissa Block sends a note reminding me I missed a key part in Thursday's blog about former Secretary of the Interior (Arizona Gov.) Bruce Babbitt. I was recalling a 1988 April Fool's story wherein Canada was to buy Arizona. Babbitt told Robert Siegel he'd been offered the job of running the new province. What I left out? Canada wanted Arizona so they'd have a warm-water port.
June 16, 2006 Last night, I took a tentative step into a new tech era. I tried out an Internet radio (a couple of these are on the market). Like most guys, there's not a chance I'd look at the operation manual first but soon I got confused and needed a bit of help. By page 3, I was cruising and it's scary.
June 16, 2006 The Escapes section of [Friday's] New York Times tempts readers with an article about Oregon cherries. Pableaux Johnson traveled with his wife and another couple along what's called the Hood River Fruit Loop -- in the northwest part of the state.
June 16, 2006 Capitol Hill getting set to clear out for the weekend after a vote on the war in Iraq. That's the news lead out of the 9:30 editor's meeting today.
June 16, 2006 This morning, two Father’s Day-timed conversations. On a StoryCorps segment, Gina Caywood talks with her dad, George. Mr. Caywood helped raise four daughters in Azusa, Cailf., while struggling with depression.
June 15, 2006 Listen on Friday, watch on Sunday -- it's time for "Zizou" in action at the World Cup. I know this from Genevieve Oger's upcoming piece from Paris on French soccer star Zinedine Zidane. "As soon as he has the ball, he becomes magical," someone says in her story. Zidane was born in Marseilles of Algerian immigrant parents. He has played elsewhere in Europe but is a superstar in France, becoming a legend in the 1998 World Cup final win over Brazil where he scored two goals -- with his head!
June 15, 2006 "Check and see who paid for that story," you'll sometimes hear around any credible newsroom. Companies love to work up studies and surveys that might appear to be a news feature. Here's the item (comments in italics are mine): New York (important city) Reuters: Phoenix on Wednesday (timely) was named the sweatiest city in the United States (superlatives are great copy, especially for local TV news), but (most news copy thrives on conjunctions) Miami topped the list as the most uncomfortable American due to its mix of humidity and heat...
June 15, 2006 Listen to these 12 seconds (audio). Play it again, if you want. It's Dada audio. Producer Tracy Wahl, inspired by the Dada exhibition at the National Gallery here in Washington (it's moved on to MOMA in New York where it will open June 18), wondered what the sound equivalent might be. Here's what she set up: Twelve people went into our computer sound files and each selected 12 seconds at random, with each excerpt coming from a different NPR story. Then, again at random, they pulled one second from each of the 12-second files. The order of the excerpts is random as well...
June 15, 2006 "The Sri Lanka bombing," an editor said at the 9:30 meeting. Not much more to say -- just continuing political violence. The government began air strikes against the Tamil Tigers after more than 60 people were killed in a bus attack in rebel territory. Some pleasant news… President Bush will announce the creation of a national monument to protect the waters around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA calls this the "single-largest act of ocean conservation in history." Our environmental reporter Elizabeth Shogren talks with a visiting researcher on Midway Island...
June 15, 2006 With my first cup of coffee this morning, I noticed the Washington Post headline "Crisis Seen in Nation's ER Care," and then the story became real with Joanne Silberner's voice on the radio. She visited the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where she saw patients who had been there 10 hours and a woman who had waited 9 hours for a prescription refill (her local free clinic couldn't see her for two weeks). Joanne followed Dr. Art Kellerman, chairman of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and a practitioner at Grady, through his own long night of frustration...
June 14, 2006 There's an ongoing struggle over the future of the Internet and we have one of the fight songs. The issue is "network neutrality" and I had to call Laura Sydell, one of our tech reporters, for help with the basics here. Network neutrality is what many believe exists now on the Internet as sort of an egalitarian operating principle, with entrepreneurs competing on a level field for your valuable mouse clicks...
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