January 17, 2003 Western states are at the top of the list for hunger. The loss of traditional jobs, high cost of living and remoteness of many rural communities all are part of the reason. NPR's Robert Smith reports.
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January 3, 2003 The home-improvement chains Home Depot and Lowe's seek to fulfill promises to environmentalists to protect and sustain supplies of the lumber they sell. The business rivals are tracking the lumber to its source, seeking to reduce the impact on endangered forests. NPR's Robert Smith reports.
January 1, 2003 The number of people who hunt wildlife is falling, as more people choose to take pictures of animals. However, it's hunting and fishing licenses that pay for wildlife management. NPR's Robert Smith explains states will have to change how they manage public lands.
November 27, 2002 The "large white" breed of turkey has ruled the commercial market for so long that other regional breeds are dying out. Dedicated foodies try to bring back the "bourbon red," the "American bronze" and other rare breeds. NPR's Robert Smith reports.
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October 25, 2002 NPR's Robert Smith reports on the two sniper suspects. John Allen Muhammad, 41, is a Gulf War veteran who converted to Islam. John Lee Malvo, 17, an immigrant from Jamaica, is being held as a material witness.
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October 24, 2002 Authorities investigating the sniper shootings believe the two men they are questioning lived for several years in the Pacific Northwest, mainly in the Seattle/Tacoma, Wash., and Bellingham, Wash., areas. Police in Bellingham described John Lee Malvo as "quiet" and say he spent a lot of time in the library at the high school there. Officials say he and John Allen Muhammad moved to Clinton, Md., early last year. Muhammad is a veteran of the Gulf War and was based at Fort Lewis, Wash., in the 1980s. Muhammad has been married and divorced twice. NPR's Robert Smith talks to Jacki Lyden about the latest background information from Seattle.
October 24, 2002 Guest: Larry Abramson *NPR Reporter Melanie Peeples *Reporter in Montgomery, Ala. Robert Smith *NPR Reporter in Seattle, Wash. Jonathan Krone-Stadt *Freelance Writer, Silver Spring, Md. Political dynasties are America's form of royalty and in this fall's election, they're as prominent as ever. In this hour of Talk of the Nation, join Neal Conan for the latest news on the Washington, D.C. area sniper investigation.
October 18, 2002 NPR's Robert Smith reports it was a grim financial week for the nation's aviation industry. The major airlines reported that over the last three months, they have lost more than $2 billion. UAL, the parent company of United Airlines, announced today that it lost nearly $900 million all by itself in the third quarter. The prospects at United Airlines are so bad, the company is publicly discussing a bankruptcy filing.
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October 11, 2002 NPR's Robert Smith reports on safety rules for longshoremen working the docks along the West Coast. Port managers decided to lock out the workers after union members began "working to rule," following every safety regulation. Shipping companies claimed that "working to rule," is in effect a work slowdown. That lockout lasted 10 days before the Bush administration stepped in.
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October 7, 2002 Today, presidents of more than 300 colleges and universities released a statement calling for "intimidation-free" campuses. NPR's Robert Smith reports on concerns about anti-Semitism and free speech in higher education. (3:45) Read the Transcript
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